Brother's DCP-7055 sits at the bottom of its multi-function laser printer range, offering scanning and copying features, alongside its monochrome printing capabilities. Priced at around £120, it isn't much more expensive than most simple laser printers, so just how well does it perform?
The DCP-7055 isn't really much to look at, despite Brother's attempts to soften its image with rounded corners. The grey colour scheme has a very corporate air.
The printer is narrow at the bottom, but gradually widens out to accommodate the flatbed scanner on the top. It's quite large too, measuring 405 by 398mm at the top, and standing 268mm tall, so you need a surprising amount of space to accommodate it.
The bottom of the printer is home to a 250-sheet paper tray, which will be sufficient for most home users. Above this, there's a single-sheet feeder that can be used for printing envelopes, labels and other items of an unusual size. All the printed materials get fed out into a paper tray that's largely embedded in the main body of the machine, underneath the control panel.
The control panel is reasonably comprehensive for a printer in this price bracket. It has a two-line LCD display, along with up and down buttons for moving though the menus. The menu system is basic, but it's relatively easy to find your way around and gives you control over most of the printer's core functions.
There are also some dedicated buttons for the scanning and copying features, as well as stop, print and cancel buttons. All in all, it's a fairly standard arrangement for a multi-function model.
Scanning and copying
The top of the DCP-7055 houses the A4 flatbed scanner. This has an optical resolution of 19,200dpi and a double-hinged lid so it can be used to scan thicker items, like books. The scanning quality is quite good, capturing strong colours and above-average levels of detail. Scans can look slightly too reddish compared to the original, though.