If you want a multi-function printer, but don't need built-in fax capability, Brother's DCP-7070DW might be a good option. It's a monochrome laser printer that can also be used for scanning and photocopying. It includes a few extras too, such as support for two-sided printing and an Ethernet port. It's available to buy online for around £210.
The DCP-7070DW is very similar in appearance to the entry-levelthat we reviewed recently. Its footprint is small at the bottom, but it flares outwards at the top to accommodate the flatbed scanner. This printer is finished in black, with some glossy highlights on the scanner lid. As a result, it looks slightly more upmarket and consumer-centric than its boring stablemate.
On a sloping surface near the top of the printer, you'll find the control panel, which includes a two-line LCD display, along with up and down arrow buttons for moving around the straightforward menus. There are also dedicated buttons for the scanning and copying features, as well as another button to turn on and off duplex printing. It all helps to make the printer pretty easy to operate.
The bottom of the printer is home to a 250-sheet paper tray and, above this, there's a single-sheet feeder for use with envelopes and other odd paper sizes. Once printing is completed, the results are fed into a paper tray that's housed in a cut-out in the belly of the machine.
Setting this model up doesn't take long. It comes with its toner and drum cartridge pre-installed, but you have to remove them before use to take off some protective tapes, and then shake the cartridge around to make sure the toner is evenly distributed. Once you've installed it again, it's simply a matter of loading the drivers onto your computer and choosing how you want the printer to connect to your PC.
There are three options on this front. You can either hook it up directly via a USB lead, link it to your network using an Ethernet cable, or connect via Wi-Fi. Wireless set-up is very easy.
The lid of this model's flatbed scanner is double-hinged, which makes it easy to scan books and magazines. The scanner has an optical resolution of 19,200dpi and produces very good results. Colours are impressively accurate and plenty of detail is retained.