Brother MFC-J4510DW review: Brother steps up its game with an all-in-one all-star

A panel on the right side of the MFC-J4510DW pulls down to reveal access to the four separate ink cartridges: magenta, cyan, yellow, and black. Brother isn't the only company that does this, but this unit unfortunately ships with a set of "starter" pack cartridges that don't contain as much ink as a refill pack--it's a bad first impression to the brand and an insult to the customer that just spent money on your product.

Of course, the Brother Web store offers an array of ink packages and yields to accommodate your printing preferences from a standard cartridge, to the XL series that produces 600 pages per cartridge, all the way up to the XXL series that nets 1,200 pages.

Performance

The MFC-J4510DW pulled down respectable results in CNET's standard throughput tests. Its scores trailed the HP Photosmart 7510 just slightly across the four benchmarks, but neither could outperform the Epson WorkForce 645 in the results, leading with 11.81 pages per minute (PPM) in the text speed tests.

Speed test (in pages per minute)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Text speed (PPM)  
Graphics speed (PPM)  
Photo speed (1 Sheet)  
Presentation speed (PPM)  
Kodak Office Hero 6.1
4.94 
2.06 
1.08 
1.43 
Canon Pixma MX372
5.63 
1.8 
1.62 
2.57 
HP Photosmart 7510
6.46 
3.86 
1.3 
6.45 
Brother MFC-J4510DW
6.71 
4.2 
1.14 
6.19 
Epson WorkForce 645
11.81 
4.32 
1.12 
5.69 
Output performance varies according to the quality setting selected within the print driver menu, but I recommend keeping the setting at "Best" for things like office handouts, student essays, and personal projects. Photos on Brother's own glossy 4-inch-by-6-inch paper appear with little to complain about, roughly on par with the industry, though I did notice a few spots that lacked visual resonance and a vibrant hue. I'll concede that this is likely due to the limits of tricolor cartridges, and the graphics quality -- which also includes pictures -- came out with respectable features for the price.

Conclusion

When I was first introduced to this device in a media briefing, I expressed my surprise and satisfaction at the price tag relative to the long list of features, and my time with the review unit solidified my initial reaction. The MFC-J4510DW's work-friendly features (ADF, auto-duplexing, USB reader) play well with its cloud competence, and the redesigned chassis adds another layer of freshness to a company that I previously considered a benchwarmer in the printer game. If you're working out of your home or shopping for a printer to use in a small office, this workhorse is worth your investment.

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Brother MFC-J4510DW

Part Number: MFC-J4510DW-US
MSRP: $199.99 Low Price: $121.99 See all prices

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  • Type fax / copier / printer / scanner
  • Printing Technology ink-jet
  • Max Original Size Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
  • Optical Resolution 2400 x 2400 dpi
  • Functions copier