Dell B1165nfw Review: A SOHO Standout

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Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service & Support
    • 7
    • Print Quality
    • 8
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 8
    • Performance / Print Speed
    • 8
    • Features
    • 7
    • Operational Costs
    • 8
    • Total Score:
    • 7.67
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


  • Pros

    • Print quality
    • Lifetime fuser guarantee
    • Ease of use
  • Cons

    • Manual duplexing
    • No Front side USB port

Quick Take

The B1165nfw is a great option for a home office or small office looking for an efficient, reliable device.

Dell announced earlier this morning the addition of two new monochrome laser multifunction printers, the B1165nfw and the B1265dfw, to their imaging portfolio.

The new devices will be targeted at the small office, home office (SOHO) market as both models are priced under $300 and offer a range of easy to use features including the Dell Printer Easy WiFi Installer, a one piece toner cartridge with a lifetime fuser guarantee and a full version of Nuance PaperPort 14.

The B1165nfw offers print, scan, copy and fax functionality as well as print speeds up to 21 ppm, 40-sheet automatic document feeder, a maximum monthly duty cycle up to 20,000 pages, 433 MHz processor with 128 MB of memory, 150-sheet paper tray and mobile printing with Google Cloud Print, Apple AirPrint and Dell Mobile Print App.

Build and Design
The Dell B1165nfw is a new device in Dell’s SOHO/SMB lineup, picking up where the discontinued 1135n left off. It shares the same print engine as the B1160w we reviewed last year and uses the same toner cartridge. It is smaller than the B1265dfw with the approximate dimensions of 16 x 12 x 12 inches and weighing in just under 18 lbs without consumables.

The B1165nfw offers a sleek look and feel with a matte black exterior, adjustable gray control panel and folding 40-sheet ADF. The automatic document feeder (ADF) allows users to scan, copy and fax multi-page documents up to legal size.

Although the B1165nfw is a monochrome printer, customers can scan in color using the above mentioned ADF or the glass flatbed that can handle media up to 8.2 x 11.7-inches. The B1165nfw features an optical scan resolution up to 1200 x 1200 dpi in BMP, PDF, TIFF, PNG and JPEG formats.

The adjustable control panel is located on the right side of the printer and features a two line display, three device keys, four directional navigation pad, an alphanumeric key pad, eight additional quick keys and a power button.

Pull up under the scan flat bed and then open the output tray to access the single monochrome toner cartridge. The B1165nfw ships with a 700-page cartridge, but Dell sells a 1500-page cartridge which is considered the standard capacity.

And although the B1165nfw is more compact than other models, it also offers a smaller paper capacity of 150 sheets.

All connections are located on the back of the B1165nfw.



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