Brother MFC-J625DW review: Brother MFC-J625DW

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The Good Fast print speeds; Touchscreen control; Duplex printing; Automatic document feeder.

The Bad Photo printing is a tad slow; Print quality could be better.

The Bottom Line The Brother MFC-J625DW offers many features for very little outlay, yet also prints at a rapid pace. Its print quality isn't quite as good as that of similarly priced machines from HP and Canon, though.

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7.5 Overall

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Brother's MFC-J625DW is nothing if not feature-packed. In addition to offering printing, scanning and photocopying, this multifunction device includes duplex printing, an automatic document feeder, Wi-Fi support and a colour touchscreen. Currently you can buy it online for around £110.

Low-slung design

The J625 has a large-ish footprint of 405x378mm, but the design is quite low-slung as the printer stands at just 180mm tall. The curved edges and black finish mean that it's easy on the eye while retaining a professional air.

There are some neat design touches too, such as the way the automatic document feeder is hidden out of the way until you flip-up the mid-part of the scanner lid -- something that gives this model a much neater look than most other multifunction devices.

The front panel includes dedicated buttons for the fax, copy, scan and photo printing features, as well as a numerical keypad for entering fax numbers.

It's also home to a flip-up touchscreen. This is a resistive display and isn't as bright or vivid as the one you'll find on the likes of Lexmark's S605 or Kodak's Hero 7.1, but it still makes it quick and easy to change the printer's settings. It's also handy for selecting shots that you want to print from memory keys plugged into its USB port or cards plugged into its memory card slot.

The J625 uses a cassette-style slot in the paper feeder. This can take up to 100 sheets of A4 paper, but it's also got a photo paper compartment, so you don’t have to unload your A4 sheets when you want to print snaps. You do, however, have to slide out the paper tray and manually push the photo tray to the front to switch to photo printing, which is a bit of a pain.

Brother MFC-J625DW
The MFC-J625DW looks both stylish and professional.

Easy set-up

The printer uses a black cartridge and three separate colour cartridges. These slot into holders that are located on the front right, behind a small flip-out panel. They're very easy to install and once you've got them in place you can load up the various bits of software on your PC from the installation disc, including Nuance's PaperPort document management software.

The J625 has Wi-Fi onboard, and you can set up a Wi-Fi network directly from its touchscreen display and share the J625 with all the computers on your home network. Alternatively, you can connect it directly to a single PC via USB. Both methods are very easy to set up.

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