The Bottom Line
- Wireless (built in)
- Easy to set up and use
- Document cover lacks a supportive hinge
- Paper tray is awkwardly placed
- On the slow side
- Color inkjet Dell printer, scanner, fax, copier
- Easy-to-configure wireless and Ethernet
- Optional duplexer
Guide Review - Dell 968 All-in-One Printer
Wireless is great but it's not enough to make an all-in-one indispensable. Fortunately, this printer has a lot more going for it. Prints--even photos--come out looking good, though they do take a fair amount of time to come out (from 1:00 to 1:35 for a 4x6 photo, and nearly a minute for a high-quality 8.5x11 color copy). Colors are sharp and the ink completely dry on photos and paper.
It's not a photo printer, so it's not fair to compare it to a dedicated photo printer (with only two ink cartridges, colors will never rival photo printers); nevertheless, for occasional printing of photos, you won't have any problems or complaints. On-board editing functions are basic (brightness, rotation, crop, and red-eye removal), but any decent photo editing software (Snapfire software is included) will take care of additional needs.
The printer features the same conveniences that most all-in-ones offer (it has a fax, unlike some other so-called all-in-ones), such as a tiltable LCD screen, multiple media-card slots, and a PictBridge connection up front. While printing, you'll be able to see how much ink is left in the two cartridges (one color, one black). Should the black cartridge run dry, the printer can use the color cartridge's black to finish the job.
One of the rollers in test machine was squeaky, a minor annoyance. Otherwise I found this a fantastic printer.