Dell C1760nw full review

If your old Dell C1660w colour printer is on its last legs and you're thinking of upgrading your small office or home printer, you'll be pleased to learn that Dell has a successor – with a few more useful features.

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Outwardly little has changed on the new Dell C1760nw. The squat rectangular printer has identical dimensions of 394 x 300 x 225mm as its predecessor, and is styled in the same matt black finish. It weighs fractionally more at 10.6 kg with all consumables loaded,and the printer feels sturdy.

At the front is the same drop-down 150-sheet input tray but a removable 10-sheet bypass tray has been included above and you can print off 100 sheets at a time into the output tray on top.

The rather discreet control panel on the top left also remains unchanged – it's very easy to operate though its five simple buttons and a two-line text LCD. From here you can check remaining pages, for example, as it constantly monitors ink capacity.

It's relatively well backlit, but there’s no improvement on the non-tilting monitor. Auto duplex is also absent.

One obvious area that’s improved since the C1660w is connectivity. The Dell C1760nw now supplements 11b/g/n Wi-Fi and USB 2.0. The Wi-Fi link is quick to establish, while Android and Apple devices can be linked via the Mobile Print app.

Print speeds have also been beefed up, despite the Dell C1760nw retaining the same 384MHz processor with 128MB RAM as its predecessor. Unlike most manufacturers that like to exaggerate their print performance, Dell's claimed speeds of 15ppm for mono and 12ppm for colour proved to be accurate in our tests.

In case you're thinking of running off photo prints on this machine, there are no settings for photo papers. On the other hand, we were pleasantly surprised with the general standard of colour reproduction on plain paper.

There's a slight yellow bias to the colour but there's a good amount of detail on both photo images and graphics. Mixed black and colour documents revealed bold unbroken text and much brighter colours than many comparable models.

Ink cartridge sizes have been expanded, but running costs still work out at 5.66p per page for Standard 700-page black inks, and a whopping 20p per page with 700-page colour toner cartridges.

The High Capacity 2000-page black reduces the price to 2.94p for mono, and 12.6p per page when using the higher-capacity 1400-page colours (cyan, magenta, yellow).

Note that a set of high-capacity CMYK toner cartridges will cost £238 including postage, a price that exceeds the initial cost of the printer alone.


Dell C1760nw: Specs

  • Colour laser printer
  • 128MB standard memory
  • 600 x 600 dpi max printing resolution
  • 384MHz processor
  • 15ppm specified speed
  • manual duplex printing
  • 150-sheet standard input capacity
  • 160-sheet maximum input capacity
  • 10/100 ethernet, USB 2.0, 802.11b/g/n
  • 394 x 300 x 225mm
  • 10.6kg