Dell Color Multifunction Printer | C2665dnf review

The Dell Color Multifunction Printer | C2665dnf has good speed for a color laser MFP at its price, with a good feature set including NFC connectivity and a duplexing ADF.
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The Dell Color Multifunction Printer | C2665dnf is a color laser MFP suitable for a small office or workgroup. It showed good speed, and has low running costs and a very good feature set. Although its output quality, for photos and especially graphics, could be better, it’s still easy to recommend for a small business looking for a workhorse color laser.

The C2665dnf can scan to email, to a USB thumb drive, to a network folder, FTP server, or to Dell Document Hub, which enables sharing through various cloud-based platforms. You can fax either from the C2665dnf’s keypad or from your computer (PC Fax). The front panel includes an alphanumeric keypad as well as a 4.3-inch customizable touch screen. On top is a 50-sheet duplexing automatic document feeder (ADF), which lets you copy, scan, and fax multipage documents unattended.

The matte-black C2665dnf measures 22 by 17.3 by 22.8 inches (HWD) and weighs 72 pounds. It’s too large and tall to share a desk with, and you’ll want at least 2 people to move it into place. The matte-black C2665dnf measures 22 by 17.3 by 22.8 inches (HWD) and weighs 72 pounds. It’s too large and tall to share a desk with, and you’ll want at least 2 people to move it into place.

The C2665dnf’s paper capacity is 400 sheets, split between a 250-sheet main tray and a 150-sheet multipurpose feeder, and comes with an automatic document feeder for printing on both sides of a sheet of paper. It has a maximum monthly duty cycle of 50,000 pages. An optional 550-sheet tray is also available.

The C2665dnf offers USB and Ethernet connectivity. It has NFC (near field communication) capability, which allows you to print from compatible devices just by touching them to the printer; Wi-Fi is available as an option ($99.99 direct). I tested it over an Ethernet connection with the printer’s drivers installed on a PC running Windows Vista.

The C2665dnf is the first Dell MFP to integrate with the new Dell Document Hub, which enables users to share documents across many cloud platforms, including Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive and Microsoft SharePoint Online. Use of Dell Document Hub is free until March 2014.

Printing Speed
I timed the Dell C2665dnf in its default duplex (two-sided printing) mode on our business applications suite (using QualityLogic’s hardware and software for timing) at an effective 6.4 pages per minute (ppm), a good speed for its rated speed of 18 page per minute for duplex printing (for both color and monochrome). Rated speeds are based on printing text documents without graphics or photos—our test suite includes text pages, graphics pages, and pages with mixed content. Although our official timings are in the default printing mode (duplex, in this case), I also tried the C2665dnf in simplex mode (for which it’s rated at 28 ppm), where it turned in a marginally faster 6.6 ppm.

The C2665dnf’s speed predictably falls in between the Dell C1765nfw Color Multifunction Printer (3.5 ppm in simplex) and the Editors’ Choice Dell C3765dnf Color Laser Printer (8.2 ppm in duplex), though fortunately towards the higher end. We timed the Editors’ Choice OKI MC362W at 5.9 ppm in simplex, and the Canon Color imageClass MF8580Cdwat 4.9 ppm in its default duplex mode and 6.0 ppm in simplex.

Output Quality
Overall output quality was a bit sub-par for a color laser, with text on the high side of average, and sub-par graphics and photo quality. Text was suitable for typical business applications short of demanding desktop publishing applications and the like that use very small fonts.

Graphics quality is okay for PowerPoint handouts, though I would not want to give them to important clients I was seeking to impress seeking to impress. Although colors were generally well saturated, a few darker backgrounds looked faded or blotchy. Dithering (graininess) was apparent in some illustrations. Others showed banding. The C2665dnf did a passable job in handling very thin white or colored lines.

The printer can print out recognizable images from Web pages, but photo quality is well short of what I’d look for to use in, say, a company or client newsletter. Several images showed mild banding, and there was a loss of detail in bright areas. Dithering (graininess) was apparent in some images. I noticed aliasing, a jagged or saw-toothed look in some thin, dark lines such as spokes on a bicycle wheel.

Running Costs

Its running costs of 2.3 cents per monochrome page and 12.8 cents per color page are good for its price, a bit lower than the Editors’ Choice OKI MC362w. The Dell C1765nfw has higher running costs, at 3.5 per monochrome page and 18.5 per color page.

The C2665dnf costs $200 more than the Dell C1765nfw, but brings much more to the table, with much faster speed, lower running costs, greater paper capacity, an auto-duplexer, and a duplexing ADF. The C21765w does offer standard Wi-Fi. The C1765nfw is better suited for offices with more modest printing volumes than the C2665dnf.

The Dell Color Multifunction Printer | C2665dnf is a likeable color laser MFP. It has good speed for its price, fairly low running costs, and a good feature set including NFC connectivity, a duplexing ADF, a customizable touch screen, and integration with Dell Document Hub. Its output quality isn’t great, but should be fine for workaday business uses.

NFC is a nice touch if your office uses compatible mobile devices, which doesn’t include iPhones as well as many smart phones and tablets, particularly older models. The Editors’ Choice OKI MC362w lacks NFC, but instead has standard Wi-Fi, which is a $100 option on the C2665dnf and is more universally useful than NFC. The MC362W costs a bit less, has slightly higher running costs, and is slightly faster.

While the C2665dnf showed slightly better text quality, the OKI had better graphics quality, which is a generally a key reason for buying a color laser. Largely because of that, the Dell Color Multifunction Printer | C2665dnf falls just short of being an Editors’ Choice. That said, it is easy to recommend, and should be the MFP of choice for many businesses, particularly those that can benefit from its NFC capability.

Specifications
Print Duplexing Automatic
Printer Category Laser
Direct Printing from Cameras No
Maximum Standard Paper Size Legal
Rated Speed at Default Settings (Mono) 18 (duplex)
28 (simplex) ppm
Type All-In-One
Rated Speed at Default Settings (Color) 18 (duplex)
28 (simplex) ppm
Color or Monochrome 1-pass color
Technology (for laser category only) Laser
Connection Type USB, Ethernet

Verdict
The Dell Color Multifunction Printer | C2665dnf has good speed for a color laser MFP at its price, with some nice features including NFC connectivity and a duplexing ADF.
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