Pros

  • Low price; lots of software
  • Very easy to use; automatic duplexing

Cons

  • Feathery text quality; pricey black ink
  • Slow graphics printing

At A Glance

Automatic duplexing and an ADF distinguish this multifunction from most others in its price range.

Manufacturer’s Description

Enjoy printing, scanning, faxing, and standalone copying with the Dell 948 All-in-One Printer. The Printer can help produce high quality photos and documents with a print resolution of up to 4800x1200 dpi. It prints up to 28 ppm (Actual speed may vary according to usage) in black and gives you vivid and crisp color printouts at up to 25 ppm (Actual speed may vary according to usage). The impressive 48-bit full resolution scans photos and documents at up to 1200x1200 dpi. With PictBridge you can also print photos directly from your camera or from the built-in media cards without starting your PC. Built-in Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software saves your time and increases your productivity by converting paper text documents into text files. This printer includes the Dell Ink Management System - an intelligent software program that monitors your ink level and notifies you when your ink levels are low. The 948 All-In-One Printer comes with Dell's 24x7 toll-free technical phone support.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.dell.com

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number 2233185
Inventory Number 30777
Requirements
Operating System Compatibility
  • Microsoft Windows XP
  • Microsoft Windows 2000
Display
Display type Monochrome
Ports and Connections
Wireless connection
  • 802.11 optional
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11b/g
  • 802.11b/g optional
Bluetooth Yes
PictBridge Yes
USB 2.0 Yes
Serial Port No
Parallel Port 0
USB 1.1 Yes
Memory
Memory size 32.0 MB
Memory max 0.032 GB
Power
Maximum Power Draw (watts) 32.0 watts
Standby Power Draw (watts) 2.0 watts
Faxing
Fax page memory capacity 160.0
Dimensions
Width 18.0 inches
Depth 16.1 inches
Height 11.3 inches
Weight 17.6 pounds
Media Handling
Standard Number of Input Trays 1.0
Standard Input Sheet Capacity 100
Manual Feed Slot 0.0
Automatic Duplexer Standard
Max Input Trays 1.0
Maximum Paper Height 14.0
Storage Media
Micro SD xD-Picture Card
Memory stick Memory Stick
Compact flash CompactFlash
SD card SD Card
Resolutions
Monochrome horizontal optical resolution 600 x 600 dpi
Color horizontal optical resolution 4800 x 1200 dpi
Scanning
Scanner Type Flatbed
Maximum External Bit Depth
  • 48
  • 16
Maximum Scan Resolution 1200 x 1200
Optical Scanning Resolution 1200 by 4800

Performance

PCWorld Test Center (Quality)
Print quality: Text Good
Print quality: Color photo Superior
Print quality: Grayscale photo Superior
Copy quality Good
PCWorld Test Center (Speed)
Print speed: Text 7.6   ppm
Performance
300dpi Line Art Image (secs) 16.67
Final Scan Time, One-Page Word Document, 300 dpi 15.99
Two-Page Excel Document (secs) 72.16
Color Output Quality Good
One-Page Line Art, Maximum Resolution Good
Final Scan Time, 2-by-2-Inch Document, 600 dpi 41.76
4 by 6 Grayscale Photo (secs) 28.86
4 by 6 Color Photo (secs) 29.07
Final Scan Time, 4-by-5-Inch Document, 100 dpi 16.75
Ten-Page Word Document (secs) 102.85
Sports Action Shot (secs) 107.6
Overall Scan Quality Good
Preview Scan, One-Page Word Document, 300 dpi 14.3
Grayscale Glossy Output Quality n/a
One-Page Copy (secs) 17.21
One-Page Webpage (secs) 36.19
Tested Grayscale Speed (ppm) 2.1
Three-Page Word Document (secs) 44.26
Preview Scan, 2-by-2-Inch Document, 600 dpi 14.13
Tested Glossy Photo Speed (ppm) 0.6
One-Page Word Document, 300 dpi Good
Tested Lineart Speed (ppm) 3.6
Preview Scan, 4-by-5-Inch Document, 100 dpi 14.22
Tested Color Speed (ppm) 1.7
Line Art Output Quality Good