Dell V505 first look

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The V505 first hit our radar late last year when Dell announced that they would be including it in their select group of Product RED items.  Today, we’ll take a quick look at specs, build and design.  Next week, we’ll go into more detail with a full review of the V505.


  • 4-in-1 device: print, scan, copy and fax
  • Print speeds: up to 31 ppm in black, 27 ppm in color
  • Print resolution: up to 4800 x 1200 dpi
  • Scan resolution: up 1200 x 1200 dpi
  • Monthly duty cycle: up to 3,000 pages
  • Automatic document feeder: up to 25 sheets
  • Paper tray: up to 100 pages
  • Built-in duplexing
  • Built-in memory card reader

The V505 is done in mostly black and gray – unless you decide to purchase the Product RED version – and is average size for an all-in-one inkjet.  Its dimensions (taken from Dell’s website) are 17 x 12.3 x 6.8 inches; its actual dimensions (with both trays extended and pieces connected) are approx. 18 x 38 x 11 inches.

The 25 sheet automatic document feeder resides on top of the scanner lid.  It has one adjustable paper clam for different sized media. 

Lift the scanner lid and – shocker – you’ll find the flatbed scanner.  It measurements are approx. 12 x 8.5 inches.

Below the scanner, the top of the printer opens to the inside of the machine.  This is where you install the ink cartridges.  The v505 uses one black cartridge and one color cartridge and have lids that lock into place.

The adjustable control panel consists of a small one line display, a number pad, power button, two arrow keys, a back button, ok/enter button, copy button and cancel button.

The output tray is located below the panel and is about 12 inches long.  When not in use the tray slides into the printer.

The rear tray – located on the back of V505 – holds up to 100 sheets of paper and has two adjustable paper clasps for different sized media.  The rear tray folds into the printer when not in use.

The built-in card reader – to the right of the control panel – is compatible with several different kinds of media including: SD, MS, xD, MMC, CF and MD cards.  It is also PictBridge enabled.

All of the connections are located on the back of the printer.  You’ll find the phone jack, power cord, and USB port there.  You’ll also find a slot for an internal wireless adapter, if you so choose to upgrade the v505 configuration.  We’ll have more on this in our full review.

The V505 is available now for $79 or upgrade to the wireless version for $40 more.  Both can be purchased on Dell’s website.

Update:  You can find our full review online now!



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