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Whilst no-one would argue against the claim that this is an affordable printer to buy, the rate it gets through ink completely erodes any savings you have made really quickly. Finding compatible inks proved to be a nightmare, and the cost of buying from Dell is high, with postage & packing costs on top. Once installed, the inks - even the "longlife" cartridges last me a couple of months at the most, and I would by no means consider myself a high user.
In terms of the quality of printing though I don't necessarily concur with the other reviewers saying how poor it is. In "normal colour" mode for documents I find no problems with the quality. Photos are also (in the main) ok - very occasionally I have wasted the odd photo. It's purely the cost of ink, and the amount it gets through that would prevent me from ever recommending this printer.
I did not have any problems in setting it up and have never had problems operating the scanning or copying functions, both of which are good quality and I use quite a bit.
Unfortunately this is not a good printer, and me as usual I tired to spend the least amount of money on something and it was not the best idea at all, but unfortunately at the time, I had no money and was desperate. If you can avoid this printer, please do, you don't have to spend any more to get something better.
To set up you are given a manual in more languages than I knew existed, with unclear instructions and basic diagrams which don't help with the connections and setting up on the PC. There are several preferences you can choose from and for this I recommend economy, fast draft. Just to save ink.
The problems with this thing continued when it was in use, I did one single test print once I had set it up, and it was moaning about a paper jam. Only once i had yanked a piece of paper out of the printer I tried again. Unfortunately that piece of paper got caught on the rollers inside, and ripped as it came out.
This time it did actually work and started printing. It had done a full ten pages, and day after day it printed more and more without fault, until it finally came up with another problem, which was running out of ink.
In total I printed about 60 maybe 70 pages before it finally needed more ink, and I was printing quite economically, just simple word documents and a couple web pages, and it already needed more.
I therefore think that this is a not very Eco friendly printer, and in the long run will cost more than you save buying it in the first place. The problems over time soon get too bad, and it becomes useless. Within 5 months the rollers started to cut out and then back in again and shortly after that, it just gave up all together and wouldn't feed paper.
For summary : It's poorly built, poor quality printing, not very Eco friendly, chews up paper, breaks down quickly and the hardest printer to set up.
So you might wonder what happened to this printer? Well right now it's in a landfill site somewhere. It was not even worth repairing or trying to improve the already rubbish components. Not recommended.
When I first bought this printer I thought it was value for money, it being a scanner, printer and copier. In using it I never had any trouble - that is until I went to scan a document onto the computer and my printer just took a mind of it's own and refused to do so. It had to be sent away and fixed. Now after having this printer a year Ive found that no amount of fixing it and repairing it works. It simply has a mind of it's own. It has a lot of kinks in my opinion that seriously need working out - especially if this is the case with all printers. One of these most irritating kinks is that when you go to print something, you cannot have more than three thin pieces of paper in the printer unless you want 'Paper Jam' to appear on your computer every single time, even after resorting and rearranging the paper. Just a pain to be honest.
I got this printer when I ordered my new computer from Dell - it wasn't that expensive as part of the package and I thought that it seemed like a good idea to have. The first time I used it I scanned some old pictures - worked well and the images were good. Then I printed something from the internet - again printed fine, at the quality I needed.
Then, the third time I used it I turned it on and it said it had a paper jam. I hunted for the paper jam (I work in IT so I know how to unclog a printer) and could not find it anywhere. then I got a friend(who works in a computer repair shop) to come round and he could not find a paper jam. However no matter how many times you try to use it, it says it has a paper jam. It will not even let you scan images which has nothing to do with the printing function!
So the amount I paid for 2 uses - not worth it. Avoid this product
I have used this printer previously and it has to be said it is not the greatest printer in the world infact it is far from it. This printer is trying to be the jack of all trades printer but it doesn't do either job brilliantly.
The printing aspect is ok at best. The image quality does seem to vary sometimes you will get an image in beautiful colour then in a lower quality then with several lines through it all within the space of around 15 sheets. Which is not good value for money as the official ink cartridges are expensive. And don't even try using third party compatibles as the printer then prints out every image watered down and black text gets printed out green. Although to the machines credit it can print out worded documents very quickly
The scanner and copier are very easy to use if a bit slow. From what I've noticed the scanning speed of this all in 1 speed does drop considerably. For example the time for the first scan is about 50 seconds the next scan is about 2 mins and then the third one takes 4 minutes and thats when i lose my patience and give up scanning items
Although one thing i do like with this printer is the USB allowing you to print of an image from a Memory stick and/ or camera
From an asthetic point of view it is quite and ugly and large device that will struggle to fit on the top of the workdesk. But it is one of the cheapest all in 1 printers avaliable so style cannot really factor in to the price to much
I use this printer on a daily basis at work. It serves as my main desktop printer when I can't be bothered to walk across the office to the main laser job. Its a neat size which doesn't clutter my desk and the top of it serves as a useful dumping ground for documents (although that's of little use to you).
The print quality isn't the best, when compared to the laser printers we have elsewhere in the office but is good enough for simple drafts or black text. The scanner however is where the Photo 926 makes up for its other failings. Scan quality is fine for my needs- photos, documents and text all show up clearly and the in-box software makes it simple and straightforward to do so.
The printer's built in screen and controls also makes it very simple to make quick photocopies, even when the computer is turned off. Finally, the built in card readers are additionally useful (supports SD, MMC, MS, xD and CF), my computer doesn't have card slots so the printer serves as a bonus card reader too.
I couldn't possibly tell you how much it cost as it was already on my desk when I started working here but I imagine there are cheaper, better quality printers available by now. that said, if you're offered one on the cheap- go for it!
Dell Photo All-in-One Printer 926 is according to the adverts "affordable" and yes i will agree you can put your hand in your pocket and buy it without breaking the bank but thats about it I'm afraid as the difficulty comes when trying to get it to work with your computer.
You search the instruction manual after doing everything directed to do over and over before you give in and admit defeat and decide to ring for help,
You explain to the nice person on the end of the phone that you have reached your tolerance level in trying to connect the printer to the computer and are ringing for help as all you keep getting is a irritating pop up telling you that the computer does not recognise the printer.
And then you are greeted with the nice person saying not to worry and that they will help you through the process , even though you have declared roughly 5 times that you have followed the instructions and the on screen prompts. Now I'm no technician but what i was instructed to do was basically put a cow on the moon and expect it to build and recreate the 7 wonders of the world whilst teaching it how to do a rubiks cube with all four hoofs!
Seriously why do these computer boffins talk to you as if you know every connection on an circuit board like it is the back of you hand? After much of asking "where is that", "what does it look like" etc etc , i crumpled on the floor with bits of printer everywhere finally gave up the ghost and told the nice person that i was completely lost as to what was going on and that i did not expect it to cause this much trouble all i wanted was a basic printer like i have had in the past where i plug in the thing hook it up follow the on screen prompts and be merrily away printing my photos.
Looking back i could well of bought a construction kit to build the national grid and not been any better of getting it to print pictures let alone provide me with light.
And it gets better after telling the nice person i basically gave up he told me that tampering with the product will null my warranty so for paying out £74.99 i had got nowhere, no national grid and defiantly no working printer and despite protests that i only did what i was told by the nice person on the phone it was still a case of i was informed on my warranty that tampering with the product would null and void it.
So i then basically said "its broken then" well i said something a little bit stronger but I'm keeping my wording pleasing on the eye as not to upset anyone...... Yes the nice man said but then had the gall to basically offer me another one that he could do me with a 10% discount for my trouble with the product i had bought.!
I know the the cheek of it , they expected me to pay out yet more money for another one when the pile of printer was on my floor because of his instructions. Needless to say i did not take the offer of purchasing another with the 10% off. I put the now ruined printer back in to its box and it has taken up residency under the stairs.
The only thing this product is good for is the free box it comes in and all the free packaging ,it has loads of uses but why pay £70 odd pound out for a box when you get them free from any supermarket, well it is simple you are not paying for the box but for the picture.
I can certainly say i shall be staying well away from Dell products in the future, and if you have purchased one and it is playing up DO NOT listen to anyone that tells you to take it apart without checking your warranty.
I needed to buy a new printer as my old one was a slow piece of junk so as I purchased my laptop I was offered a printer as well and I thought that I'd fo for the good looking Dell AIO 926. But thats it, its only good looking because everything else about this all in one printer is terrible. Let me give you an overview of why this printer is so bad, the mains plug is always coming out, the printer doesnt respond most of the time and its always eating my paper.
The good: theres not much to say about this printer in terms of how good it is as I have only seen the bad things that this printer does. The most positive thing about this printer is that when it prints it prints at a decent rate - so your not waiting long for your document to be printed. It also prints photos, and it came with a pack of 10 photo paper. Other than its an All In One, theres nothing special about the printer and I think its time to move on to the bad.
The bad: one of the worst things about this printer is that the mains plug in the back is always falling out which can be so frustrating. For some reason dell continue to produce plugs which dont fit into their required port and then fall out continuosly. As I said it gets you realy annoyed as when the printer doesnt start up you have to keep pushing the plug back into its place. Another consistently occuring problem is that the printer seems to jam up whenever you try scanning something, it sometimes takes up to 15 mins trying to scan one item!! Also I dont know if this problem actually occurs, but I've realised that the paper in my printer seems to be decreasing whenever the printer is not in use and happens at a real quick rate. The final problem is that the ink for this printer costs a fortune, more than most printers, the final cost adds up to around £25 and I purchase ink every three to four months.
I would NOT recommend this printer to anyone as I have not had a good experience with this printer and there have been a lot of continuosly occuring problems. There are many better printers out there in the market which probably are a hundred times better than this Dell AIO printer. Dont buy this printer!!
Knowing what I now know I probabily wouldn't have chosen this printer as it is not the best picture quality for my printing purposes. I am a training photographer and although the quality is good, the problem lies with the amount of ink that the printer uses in large A4 size coloure prints. A Cartridge will only last upto 20-30 prints and only being able to get the ink from dell it is not very cost effective. The printer can print documents in a quick time but photos are slow due to the detail and depth of colour. Not a bad all rounder for home use but if you want to produce photos at a cheaper price I woud reccomend using a more dedicated photo printer for the job. The scanner is quick and crisp at the highest setting and as a copier also not bad quality. An the whole not the best but not bad for the home
If you want a printer that is economical on ink please do not buy this one. I printed off two assignments which are about 15 A4 pages each. Plus about an extra 10 pages for each assignment which included my research therefore = approximately 50 pages. the printer ran out of ink. Come my second module i did roughly the same and it ran out of ink. I have in the past used it to print photos but they are not of very good quality. I have used the scanner, this is about the best thing that comes with the printer as it has easy to use software which you can edit the copy with (which is good as i am not the best with computers). However it is quite cheap for a 3 in 1 printer so i suppose you get what you pay for. But it is not worth all the ink cartridges you have to keep replacing and at roughly £15 a cartridge it doesnt work out cheap