"A lemon of a printer with many buggy "features""1.0 starson by Cheruvim
Pros: good print quality. Good print speed. Compact use of space. Lots of features.
Cons: Many of the nice features are buggy.
Network interface is buggy.
Driver software is buggy.
Very unreliable printer!
Summary: Where to begin? The Dell v515w probably should have never come to market. Many of its features are buggy.
Want to print photos off your Micro SD card? Nope. Want to set the printer for Photo quality scans and then try and scan to a computer on your network? Nope. Want to scan to any computer on your network, even after you've done all the proper configurations? Nope. Want to print off that partitioned USB card? Nope. Nope and Nope. Bottom line, many of the advertised features are not fleshed out, and poorly implemented, you are basically getting half of the printer advertised.
The printer has a good print quality because, guess what, this is really a Lexmark printer in disguise. The driver will only work for Windows, but there is a Lexmark driver you can use for Mac OSX. Just don't tell Dell. The Driver on Windows 7 is buggy anyway. It can't wake the printer on LAN. If you tend to sleep your desktop, expect Dell's connection driver (dleacoms.exe) to try and connect to a sleeping printer, also expect that this driver while doing so, will take up 100% of your computer's CPU, making your computer unusable until you kill the process or restart. Several people on Dell's support forum have complained about this (http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/peripherals/f/3528/t/19434141.aspx) however, if you try and upgrade the firmware through the driver, guess what??? Nope, doesn't work either.
The DHCP client on the printer is buggy. If it sleeps long enough to loose the DHCP lease, it won't renew it. It will try and use the same stale IP on your local network which means, nothing can connect to it.
Mainly you will find that you will never be able to connect to this printer over the network unless you unplug it and plug it back in again. I have not used this printer over usb, but I find that if you are WiFi enabled, that is something of a major draw, why not make it work?
In closing, this printer is a lemon and Dell should take responsibility for bringing such shoddy products to market. They owe it to their customers and to their reputation. I have had many a Dell desktop in the past and they have been the best, most reliable machines you could ask for. Even refurbished they were stellar. However, my advice to Dell would be, don't sell repackaged printers from your competitors, you know they're only out to get you and Lexmark got them good! This printer's a lemon!