Conclusion

April 13, 2012 by Sarah Meyer Reads (15,853)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service & Support
    • 6
    • Print Quality
    • 8
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 8
    • Performance / Print Speed
    • 7
    • Features
    • 6
    • Operational Costs
    • 6
    • Total Score:
    • 6.83
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Ink Control Tests
In our tests, we exhaust (printing until the color runs out) a new set of cartridges; exhaustion meaning the printer will not print another “quality” document without a replacement. We print at a ratio of three full pages of black and white text to one full page of color. We decided on the 3:1 ratio because we felt that the average user is printing more text than color.

The Dell V725w includes four Dell starter ink cartridges (CMYK). There was no mention of a number on these cartridges, but Dell offers three levels of cartridge replacement: Series 31 standard capacity, Series 32 high capacity and Series 33/34 extra high capacity.  NOTE: I spoke with Dell and they said that the starter cartridges shipped are the Series 32 high capacity cartridges.

At the ratio of 3:1 in Dell’s normal print mode, the V725w printed 326 pages when the Dell Status Messenger alerted me to low ink levels for the black, magenta and yellow ink cartridges. At 438, the magenta ink tank expired (ran out of ink) closely followed by the black and yellow ink tanks. At this point, the V725w threw two identical error messages – one on my pc, the other on the printer control panel – saying that the printer did not have enough ink to maintain print quality.

I had no paper jams during my testing of the V725w.

Energy Tests
The Dell V725w consumes an average amount of energy compared to other inkjets in its class. In ready mode, the V725w uses about 7W of energy while in sleep mode the number is reduced to about 3W of energy.

When performing tasks, the V725w never used more than 30 W of energy. Typically, when printing text document, the V725w hovered in the range of 14-18W, but in draft mode, that range was closer to 21-24W. When printing color documents, the energy use was around 16-20W but when printing photos, the energy use dropped to about 12-16W.

The V725w has an eco-mode quick key located in the main menu for controlling power saving modes and duplex printing, but simply hitting the power key once will take the V725w from ready to sleep mode instantly.

V725w Specifications:

  • 4-in-1 inkjet: print, scan, copy and fax
  • Print speeds (ISO): up to 10 ppm in black, 6 ppm in color
  • Print resolution: up to 4800 x 1200 dpi
  • 2.4-inch LCD
  • 50-sheet ADF
  • Automatic duplexing
  • Monthly duty cycle: up to 10,000 pages
  • Paper capacity: up to 150-sheets
  • Connectivity: Wireless, USB, Ethernet
  • Operating systems: Windows, Mac OS 10.4-10.7, Linux
  • Energy Star, RoHS and WEEE compliant
  • 1-year limited hardware warranty with advanced exchange service


Conclusion

If I were going to suggest the Dell V725w to a reader, I would suggest it to a reader looking for a reliable, low cost inkjet for their personal office or home office. Why? Because it offers multiple devices, competitive print speeds, network capability and a blend of office-centric features including a front side USB port, 50-sheet ADF and automatic duplexing.

Which is not to say that the V725w wouldn’t suit the home environment, I just think that there are options on the market that offer more enticing, creative features for a family or student at the same price point as the V725w.

Either way, the V725w is a solid choice thanks to improved print quality, print speeds and features over previous generation Dell inkjets. I would consider it if you are looking for a no fuss AIO inkjet.

Pricing and Availability
The Dell 725w Wireless All-in-One is available now through Dell for the suggested retail price of $169.99.

Supplies and accessories are also available through Dell by selecting our printer model.

The Dell V725w comes with a 1-year limited hardware warranty, but can be upgraded to 2-year or 3-year service.


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