Dell B1160w Review: No Hassle Ultra Compact Laser

by Sarah Meyer Reads (8,949)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service & Support
    • 6
    • Print Quality
    • 9
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 8
    • Performance / Print Speed
    • 9
    • Features
    • 7
    • Operational Costs
    • 9
    • Total Score:
    • 8.00
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


  • Pros

    • Low initial cost
    • All-in-One toner piece
    • Energy efficient
  • Cons

    • Limited functionality
    • Manual duplexing

Quick Take

An ultra compact single function monochrome laser printer targeted at customers who want no hassle printing.

Dell announced its added seven new laser printers to its imaging lineup earlier this morning and we got two of the brand new additions – the B1160w and the C3760dn – in for review. We shared first looks of both products and now we’ve moved on to the reviews, starting with the Dell B1160w Mono Laser Printer.

The B1160 series is the first time Dell has offered a laser solution in the $100 price range with the B1160 coming in at $99 and the B1160w coming in at $119. You might also notice that Dell has changed up the naming process for their products with a B (monochrome) or C (color) designation on laser class products.

Find out more about the B1160w as we share our exclusive review with plenty of information on ease of use, test results, energy use and more!

Build and Design

The B1160w is the smallest laser box available from Dell, replacing the 1130 in the printer lineup, with the approximate dimensions of 14 x 8 x 7-inches and weighing in at eight pounds.

The design is very similar to the Samsung ML-2165w that we saw earlier this spring with the flip-out output tray, folding input paper tray and a small control panel with a one-touch WPS button, the power key and two LED lights alerting users to the toner/status. The main difference between the two happens to be my favorite thing about the B1160w: the rich black color.

The B1160w uses a one-piece toner cartridge with users choosing the capacity that fits their printing needs 700-page yield or 1500-page yield and offers a lifetime fuser unit. With the 1500-page cartridge, the B1160w can offer a cost-per-page of 4 cents.

As mentioned previously, both the 100-sheet output tray and 150-sheet input tray fold out from the device and can handle media up to legal size (8.5 x 14 inches).

All the connections are found on the back of the printer. The B1160w offers two connectivity options; the high-speed USB 2.0 and wireless 802.11 b/g/n.



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