Companies that rebadge products from other manufacturers can offer customers a choice and the possibility of getting a printer similar to the originator’s model, but at a lower price. That’s possibly the case with Dell’s P713w, which has more than a hint of one of Lexmark’s Professional series inkjet all-in-ones. It’s quite similar to the Prestige Pro805, but without the Automatic Document Feeder (ADF). It’s also without the £120 price tag, coming in at £90, including delivery.
It has the same angular black and white lines as the Dell P513w, but two obvious differences in design. Paper feeds from a horizontal tray at the front, rather than a near-vertical one at the back, and control comes from a sheer touch panel, embedded in which is a 110mm touch screen.
The screen has a very light and positive feel and offers limited gesture support, responding in places to a virtual slider down the right of the screen. Most controls are single touch and the screens are well laid out, to give very easy interaction with its controls.
The front paper tray takes up to 250 sheets, a decent capacity for this level of inkjet, but you do have to remove plain paper and adjust the same tray for photo blanks, if you need to print photos.
A small hatch to the right of the paper tray opens to reveal a single memory card slot, for SD, MemoryStick and xD, as well as a USB socket, which doubles up for PictBridge.
Unlike Lexmark's Pro range of all-in-ones, these Dell machines use a single, tri-colour cartridge along with a black one, which click into the semi-permanent print head. Installation and cartridge change are very easy and animated instructions are given on the LCD.
Dell provides ink management and toolbar applets, as well as a copy of Abbyy Sprint Optical Character Recognition (OCR). Drivers for Windows and OS X are provided and Linux implementations including Ubuntu, SUSE and Fedora are supported. We had to install two different updates to drivers and firmware while installing the printer, annoying in what is ostensibly a new machine.