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Last month I shared a deal on a Dell all-in-one color laser, which sold out quickly because a color laser (even a non-AIO) for $119.99 is awesome.
Don’t care about color? More awesome for you today: Quill has the Dell E515dw monochrome multifunction printer for $69.99 shipped. This model originally retailed for $219.99 and currently sells for $174.99.
The E515dw can print, scan, copy and fax. (I will withhold my usual snarky comments about faxing, except to say that 1991 called and wants its technology back.) There’s an automatic document feeder (ADF) that holds up to 35 sheets and an automatic duplexer for double-sided printing.
Just as important, the E515dw offers USB, Ethernet and Wi-Fi connectivity, with support for AirPrint and Google Cloud Print baked in. Features like those add up to a decidedly office-friendly MFP.
When evaluating any printer, it’s always smart to check the cost of consumables. A few reviews I read suggested they’re on the high side, but I found compatible toner cartridges selling for as little as $20. It doesn’t really get any cheaper than that.
Speaking of reviews, CNET hasn’t covered the E515dw, so check out what Computer Shopper and PC Mag had to say. Interestingly, they’re a bit at odds when it comes to performance and print quality, so be sure to add Quill’s customer ratings (4.4 stars out of 5) to your consideration.
My take: At $69.99 out the door, this is a seriously sweet deal on a monochrome MFP. I’m seriously tempted to grab one myself, if only because my old workhorse Brother laser is, well, just a laser. Your thoughts?
Bonus deal: The Dell printer is all business. Here’s something way more fun: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Skymall (yes, Skymall) has the Zink Happy photo/label printer for $99.99 shipped when you apply coupon code ZINKHAPPY at checkout. That’s a full $100 off the regular price.
The Zink Happy uses no ink whatsoever, instead relying on thermal imaging and special paper that comes in rolls. Those rolls are available in a variety of widths, from 3/8 to 2 inches.
And because it’s Wi-Fi-capable, with built-in AirPlay and Google Cloud Print support, you can crank out mini-photos from just about any app on your phone or tablet. I wouldn’t pay $200 for one of these, but $100? Probably a fun thing to have at a party.