New Dell B1160w Laser Printer

Dell B1160w printerThis is a really nice deal. I obtained a very limited amount of these units open-box. They are brand new and under Dell warranty. I verified that each one works perfectly: I carefully unboxed each one, set it up, plugged it into a computer via USB with the correct printer driver, printed one test page then had the printer print a 2-page report of its status. I include these three pages with each printer.  I made sure that all parts were present and resealed the box. So these are new and verified excellent printers. They're really nice! If you google them, you'll see that Dell sells them direct for $99.99 and many companies sell them for more (some much more).


First of all, this thing's small, as in tiny for a laser printer. At 13" wide, 8.4" tall and 7 inches deep it'll fit on any desk or in any nook or cranny where space is at a premium. can connect to your wireless, so you only have to get a power cable to it! (You can choose to plug into it via USB if you like too). There's only one toner cartridge and its good for 1,500 copies, and a fuser unit that's designed for the life of the unit. The maximum monthly duty cycle is 10,000 copies per month (that would be a lot of toner cartridges). It prints up to 21 ppm of letter-sized paper. The default print resolution is 600 x 600 but it can go up to 1200 x 1200. The paper input tray holds 150 sheets.

But now here comes the cool part. It works with Windows of course (specifically Windows 8, which just recognizes it when plugged in and installs the correct driver without intervention). It works with every version of Windows, 32 and 64 bit versions, all the way back to Windows 2000. AND it works with Macs, anything from OS X 104 through 10.7. AND it works with Linux; specifically Red Hat, Fedora, SuSE and OpenSuSE, Mandriva, Ubuntu and Debian. Did I mention it has Novell Netware support? (is that even an issue anymore?). Oh, yeah, you can print from any Android mobile device with Dell mobile print app. How cool is all that? (all that's lacking is iOS support).


I'm not so sure there is a lot of bad with this printer, the criticisms seem very minor to me. One article says that because it doesn't have an Ethernet port, it can't support small workgroups. Specifically "Unfortunately, the printer's modest price tag means you also don't get the benefit of connecting multiple users to the device on an Ethernet network. The good news is that you can still cut the cord, at least for personal use." (CNET Review). Huh? I'm not exactly certain why a small workgroup can't print to it wirelessly. But if you can't, you can probably afford to give each person their own at this price (but you can have a group printing wirelessly to it quite easily).

Dell B1160w Laser PrinterPC Magazine lists as its Pros "Low cost [at $129.99! my addition]. Notably small size, even for a personal printer. Wi-Fi." The Cons it lists as "Low paper capacity. No duplexer. No Ethernet. High running cost." And Consumer Reports (subscription required) lists its "Highs" as

• Excellent text quality
• Very fast printing black text
• Very good monochrome graphics quality

And its "lows" as

• Less versatile than most
• Noisier than most when printing

PC Pro had this very nice comment to make: "Print quality is excellent for such an affordable printer. Text was almost perfect, and the quality in our image and photo tests blew away most of the competition."

Let me address the "High Running Costs" which several reviews mention. CNET says "You can pick up a refill that will supposedly print 1,500 sheets for $59.99 on the Dell Web site . Doing the math, that comes out to about 3.9 cents per page, just under the average cost for a plain sheet of black ink on both laser and ink-jet printers." Consumer Reports says the cost per page is 4.4 cents. Sure enough Dell is selling the toner cartridge for $59.99. But a quick Google shows that I can get a non-OEM toner cartridge for the printer for $40.89 from a reputable 4 1/2 out of 5-star rated toner supplier on-line. FYI I always buy non OEM toner for my printers, because the prices original equipment manufacturers charge for their toner/ink is truly outrageous and because I've never had a bad experience with a reputable non OEM toner supplier. Some people will never use non-OEM, some (like myself) will never use anything but. At $40.95 toner cost the price per page comes down to 2.7 cents, very very very reasonable.

Yep, it is a little louder than you'd expect from a printer that small. Intolerably so? Nope. Less versatile? Use your're buying a low-end printer. What do you expect? It would seem nitpickingly stupid to review a Hyundai Elantra and slam it for not having super expensive luxurious leather seats as an option. Apples and oranges.

I think it's pretty awesome. PC Magazine mentioned low cost as one of it's benefits at $129.99 each. I'm offering them at $85 which should make this a no brainer!

We offer free delivery in Chicago anywhere North of the Loop  and adjacent Northern suburbs. We have a flat fee of $15 for ground shipping outside of this area. We don't have a lot of these, grab them while you can!


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  Printer Type  
Mono Laser Printer (Print only)
  Printer Dimensions (W x D x H):  
13.03" x 8.46" x 7" (331 x 215 x 178 mm)
  Printer Weight  
8.81 lb (4.0kg)-with toner
7.49 lb (3.4kg)-without toner
  Max Print speed (PPM)  
Up to 20 ppm10 A4 and up to 21 ppm10 Letter
600 x 600 dpi (printer default); maximum 1200x1200 dpi
  Maximum Monthly Duty Cycle  
10000 pages per month
  Media Input Sources  
150-sheet standard tray
  Maximum Paper Input Capacity  
150 sheets
  Media Output capacity  
100 sheets face down

100 sheets
  Included Software  
Dell Printer Manager: Helps easily customize the printer’s settings.
Dell Supplies Ordering Utility: Intelligent monitors toner status and proactively notifies you before you run out of toner;
Firmware Download Utility: Effectively manages firmware update
Lite StatusMonitor: Tracks printer status
Wireless Setting Program: Simplified wireless setup
300 MHz
Standard Memory
Standard: 32MB(not expandable)

Code Rom
Code: 32MB(not expandable)
  Media Types Supported  
Plain, Thin, Thick, Bond, Cardstock, Cotton, Colored, Pre-Printed, Recycled, Archive, Transparency, Label, Envelope
  Paper Weights Supported  
150-sheet standard tray:
Supported Media Size: A4, A5, Letter, Legal, Executive, Folio, Oficio, ISO B5, JIS B5
10 sheet special paper on the same standard tray:
Supported Media Size: A4, Letter, Legal, Executive, Folio, Oficio, ISO B5, JIS B5, A5, Monarch, No.10, DL, C5, Postcard 4x6
Hi-Speed USB 2.0 (USB Cable is included in printer box)
Wireless 802.11 b/g/n (Features WiFi Direct and WPA)
  Printer Language Support  
Printer Driver Language
SPL, Host based XPS
XPS driver can be supported by either on Web

Printer data stream (FW)
  Compatible Client Operating Systems  
Microsoft®  Windows®  8, Win7(32/64bit), 2000, XP(32/64bit), Vista(32/64bit), 2003 Server(32/64bit), 2008 Server(32/64bit), 2008R2(64bit)
Mac OS 10.4~10.7
RedHat Enterprise Linux WS 4, 5, 6 (32/64 bit)
Fedora 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 (32/64 bit),14, 15
SuSE Linux 10.1 (32 bit)
OpenSuSE 10.2, 10.3, 11.0, 11.1, 11.2, 11.3, 11.4 (32/64 bit)
Mandriva 2007, 2008, 2009, 2009.1, 2010 (32/64 bit)
Ubuntu 6.06, 6.10, 7.04, 7.10, 8.04, 8.10, 9.04, 9.10, 10.04, 11.04 (32/64 bit)
SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10, 11 (32/64 bit)
Debian 4.0, 5.0, 6.0 (32/64 bit)
Novell Netware Support
NetWare 5.x, 6.x and later (TCP/IP)
Supported Network protocol
TCP/IP, IPv4/IPv6 (Transportation:Ipsec, ICMPv6, Printing: Port 9100, LPD, DHCPv6, DNSv6, HTTP),SNMP (v1 v2 v3))
  Contents in the Box  
Starter CD
NOM TechSheet(DAO)
Printer Information Guide
Placemat, Power cord
USB cable
Retail warranty5 card
700 page2 black toner

  Environmental and Regulatory