Scanning and copying
The scanner has an optical resolution of 1,200x2,400 pixels and produces good, but not spectacular, results. Colour accuracy isn’t bad, but scans can be a little lacking in detail. The scanner does have an automatic document feeder that accepts up to 20 sheets of paper at a time and allows you to fax multi-page documents without having to manually feed in each page.
This is a handy feature to have if you often need to fax longer documents. The scanner also helps the printer to be pretty speedy when it comes to photocopying. It took just 18 seconds to produce a black and white photocopy of our test page. The copy quality was very impressive too, as there was plenty of detail retained in the pictures, and the text kept its solid look.
Speed, quality and cost
The printer is very speedy when it comes to producing printouts. In fact, it was faster overall than Canon's rapid, which costs around £40 more. It took just 1 minute nine seconds to print our 10-page black and white text document, and took 2 minutes four seconds to produce 10 copies of our colour graphics test sheet. Our 10-page business presentation in colour printed in a speedy 2 minutes 20 seconds.
Duplex printing was obviously slower, but still not that bad, at two minutes and 42 seconds for five double-sided pages of black text. Photo printing was a bit slower than competing models, though, as it took a full minute to produce a 4x6-inch snap.
Print quality was mixed. Text wasn't as clean as we would have liked, as there's some feathering visible around characters on the page. And while colours in graphics documents and our business presentation were strong and bold, some banding did rear its head on larger blocks of colours.
On the standard setting, colours in photos looked a little muted, but switching to the vivid setting in the driver brought them to the fore without over-egging them too much.
Printing costs are pretty good. A black and white page works out at 3.2p, including 0.7p for paper costs, when you use the high-capacity cartridges, while a colour page works out at 6.4p per page, including 0.7p for paper costs. That's more expensive than Kodak's printers, but similar to or less expensive than most other manufacturers.
Its print quality doesn't quite match similarly priced machines from HP and Canon, but Brother's MFC-J625DW boasts fast printing speeds and plenty of features.