June 4, 2013 by Sarah Meyer Reads (14,162)
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


Setting up the B1165nfw
You’ll start with the quick install guide that covers all the bases: unpack, install toner, load paper, plug in, and install software via the provided CD.

Dell is really hyping the new Dell Printer Easy Wi-Fi Installer and with good reason. It took all of five minutes to get the B1165nfw setup on my network; I didn’t even have to plug in my network key.

The “4 clicks” consist of selecting the printer setup, selecting the connection method, confirming the wireless network and hitting finish. I’m assuming the software chooses the network my computer is setup on and that’s how it gets away with not needing users to input a network key. That’s pretty helpful in an office environment or even a home environment where the user may not have access to the network key (or forgot it).

All in all, it took me about 10 minutes to set up the B1165nfw.

Ease of Use
As far as installed software goes, customers will have access to Dell Printer Manager, a home center that offers links to the Scan Assistant, PCFax, the Dell Embedded Web Service and Dell’s support website. You can switch between the basic and advanced Dell Printer Manager versions if you want more detailed info about usage, supplies, maintenance and more.

Dell Scan Assistant is the scan software provided allowing customers to scan color or black and white documents and images to their computer through the glass flatbed or ADF. Users can operate with the factory settings or set their own scan preferences with custom image type, resolution, document size, document source, multiple pages, auto crop, blank page detection and more.

PCFax is fairly basic; add the files you want to send, then input the details: recipients and their fax number as well as an optional cover page. You can preview before you send.

Or scan, copy or fax using the control panel. Even with a two-line display, the navigation went smoothly and I had no issues using any of the devices.

The Dell B1165nfw (and B1265dfw) comes with a full version of Nuance PaperPort 14. I didn’t have time to review this software, but it’s a $99 retail value.

If you decide to set up the B1165nfw over a network (wired or wireless), you’ll have access to the Embedded Web Service which gives users real time status reports, supplies information, usage counts, current settings, print information and maintenance information.

However, you can access all of the above information using the Dell Printer Manager or using Print Properties menu below so no worries if you decide to set up your device via a USB connection.

If you happen to visit PrinterComparison often, you might notice the similarities between the Dell B1165fnw and the Samsung SCX-3405fw, specifically when reviewing the software. That’s because the two companies collaborate on imaging projects. We’ve noticed this before when reviewing the Dell B1160w and Samsung ML-2165w.

Print Speed and Quality
As we mentioned earlier, the B1165nfw shares the same print engine as the B1160w so the advertised print speeds are the same at 21 ppm. And like the B1160w tests, we found the B1165nfw speeds to be extremely accurate and consistent. The average print speed was right on 21 ppm with a first page out in 7 seconds. If coming out of sleep mode, the first page out might be slightly slower.

The default print quality was good and I expected as much after reviewing the B1160w review. There is a toner saver mode that can be turned on through the printer properties by selecting the graphics tab. The text is only slightly lighter in the toner saver mode so customers can feel comfortable printing in toner saver mode all the time. Not sure what the actual savings would end up being since the eco simulator didn’t address it.

Dell B1165nfw standard print sample, left, Dell B1165nfw toner saver print sample, right

The B1165nfw only offers manual duplexing so print speeds will vary because users will need to remove the first half of the job from the output bin, insert prints into the input bin and then press the start button to continue printing.

I think the B1165nfw would truly be more “eco friendly” with automatic duplexing. I’d also like to see a front side USB port considering it’s a $200 multifunction device. Maybe on the next configuration.

I had zero paper jams to report during our testing.



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