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Dell 948 All-in-One multifunction printer

£69 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Dell

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The Dell 948 All-in-One is a colour inkjet multifunction printer that offers good performance and features for a low price - as many others do. But this model has a few bonuses for higher-volume users.

The Dell 948 All-in-One is a colour inkjet multifunction printer that offers good performance and features for a low price - as many others do. But this model has a few bonuses for higher-volume users.

At first glance, the boxy Dell 948 All-in-One looks unremarkable. It has only a USB connection (Dell sells a 802.11b/g adaptor and a Bluetooth adaptor). Its 100-sheet input tray is small, although its 50-sheet, foldout output tray is sturdy.

And the Dell 948 All-in-One has the media slots for photo printing.

Two of the Dell 948 All-in-One's features, however, are rare in this price range: automatic duplexing and a 25-sheet automatic document feeder. Only the similarly designed Lexmark X6570 can boast the same (and the Lexmark costs nearly twice as much as the Dell). It can even scan a duplex document (with manual intervention) and print a duplex copy - nice for saving paper.

With some multifunction printers, you get lost in all the control-panel buttons; with the Dell 948 All-in-One, there are so few that you could hardly go wrong. The two-line, monochrome LCD communicates all menu options in plain English. When it has to say something longer than a word or two, however, the slow scrolling of a line of text across the display will probably seem tedious. The panel can lie vertically flush with the machine or tilt to a set angle.

Dell's All-In-One Center application offers a tabbed interface for major functions, stepping you through processes and calling up the necessary application, such as ABBYY FineReader 6.0 Sprint for optical character recognition (OCR) or Corel Snapfire for photo editing. Get help by clicking a link in the Dell 948 All-in-One's interface or by going straight to the user guide, which is thorough and provided in both paper and HTML forms.

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Dell 948 All-in-One Expert Verdict »

Dell 948 Scores 10.0 out of 10 based on 1 review
All-In-One inkjet, photo, colour
print, scan, fax and copy
borderless printing, colour printing, wireless, dual-sided printing (Duplex)
supports Windows 2000/XP/Vista
quoted print speeds: up to 28ppm b/w, 25ppm colour
print resolution: up to 4800x1200dpi
max scan resolution
up to 1200x1200dpi, 48-bit resolution
32MB SD-RAM
25-sheet automatic document feeder (multi-page scanning, faxing and copying capability)
100-sheet input tray
25-sheet output tray
peer to Peer, modem, wireless
USB, PictBridge, Telephone input and output
458x410x288mm
8kg
  • Build Quality: We give this item 7 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

It's hard to distinguish yourself among a growing pack of competitors, but Dell's 948 AIO has a few special features that make it more useful than others in its price range. While other inkjet multifunctions we've tested are faster or flashier, the Dell 948 All-in-One is still worth considering.

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