Dell B3465dnf Multifunction Laser Printer Review
Created for medium or small sized offices, the B3465dnf is built by Dell and it’s a laser printer that is multifunction. The model is designed to be used heavily, something that is shown by the fact that the monthly limit is of 150,000 pages, while the maximum that is recommended is 15,000 pages. The tests have shown that this model is very quick during printing, that the output is of very good quality and when you add the lower page cost and the touch screen which can be used as a control panel, you will understand why we recommend it.
The touch screen is color, even though the printer is a mono laser model designed with the small office in mind. There are a number of other printers that offer the same thing, though the 7 inch screen that the B3465dnf offers is larger and it’s actually similar to what you would expect from a floor standing copier or a multifunction model that is larger.
Besides the nice touch screen, this printer has physical buttons as well on its front panel, plus Start, Cancel, numeric keypad and the Home key. You will get these buttons on the screen as well, so you can choose which you want to use.
Using a network to scan, print and fax is something that you know you will get from a printer of this type. The WiFi option is there as well, setting you back an additional $99.99, so if you want to you can print files from tablets or smartphones.
The printer can handle quite a bit of paper, the drawer taking in 550 sheets, plus an extra 100 in the multipurpose tray. The automatic duplexer is included. That kind of capacity should be sufficient for most offices that are medium or small, but it can be expanded with additional sheet drawers (up to 3 extras).
Speed and Setup
It’s quite a large printer, so it needs its own desk usually. It will print at a fast pace, the official rating being 50 ppm (for text documents without graphics).
The quality of the output is quite good as well. The quality of the text is much better than most other multifunction mono printers that are in the same class. It’s not recommended for desktop publishing use, but otherwise it will do very well.
Graphics quality is just short of the top tier for mono laser MFPs, which makes it easily good enough for PowerPoint handouts and the like. Depending on how much of a perfectionist you are, you may consider it good enough for output going to important clients or customers when you need to convey a sense of professionalism. Photo quality is at the low end of par for a mono laser MFP, but easily good enough to print recognizable photos from Web pages. Depending on your level of perfectionism, once again, you may or may not consider it good enough for, say, photos in a company or client newsletter.
Based just on its output quality, print speed, and standard paper capacity, the Dell B3465dnf Multifunction Laser Printer offers more than enough to make it a good fit for a small to mid-size office. The ability to copy, fax, email, scan to FTP sites, print from and scan to USB keys, and more, plus the large touch screen with its well designed menu system, makes it even more attractive. For offices with heavy-duty needs, it’s an easy pick for Editors’ Choice.