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Brother MFC-J430w review: Brother MFC-J430W

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The Good Fast print speeds; On-board Wi-Fi; Automatic document feeder.

The Bad Feathering on bolded text; Colours in graphics and photos are a little washed out.

The Bottom Line The Brother MFC-J430W delivers printed pages at a speedy pace and is easy to set up and use. However, its print quality just isn't as good as what you'll get from rival models at a similar price.

7.5 Overall

There are plenty of models to choose from in Brother's range of all-in-one printers, but the MFC-J430W is among the cheapest, as you can pick it up online for under a hundred notes.

Despite this, it still offers a wealth of features including a handy automatic document feeder and on-board Wi-Fi.

It's available to buy for around £90.


The MFC-J430W offers printing, scanning, faxing and copying features. Like all of Brother's multi-function models, it has a short and squat design with rounded edges to soften its appearance. Brother's higher-end models have glossy finishes, but this one sports a cheaper matte look, which is understandable given its modest price tag.

It also makes do with a smaller 4.9cm screen. As it lacks a memory card reader or host USB port, the display isn't going to be used for selecting photos to print, so its smaller size isn't that much of an issue.

The control panel is neatly laid out with large buttons for selecting the fax, scan and copying features. It's also reasonably easy to find your way around the menus, although they look overly busy at times.

The slot-in, cassette-style paper tray at the bottom of the chassis holds up to 100 sheets of A4 paper. As there's no separate photo paper compartment, you have to remove these sheets when you want to print photos, which is a tad inconvenient.


Installing the four ink cartridges is easy; they simply slot straight into a holder that's hidden behind a plastic flap at the front. Connecting this model to your computer doesn't take much effort.

Its USB port is oddly placed. To get at it you have to hinge up the scanner mechanism, and once the lead is connected you need to route the cable through a small channel and out the back. To be fair, as this model has Wi-Fi on board, most people are likely to opt to use it rather than a wired connection.

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