Scanning and copying
This model's scanner has a resolution of 2,400dpi and does a good job of capturing accurate colours. Yet we felt that it could have done a slightly better job at reproducing fine detail.
The top of the scanner is home to an automatic document feeder that can handle documents of up to 20 sheets in length, so you can scan multi-page documents without having to manually place each sheet on the scanner's glass.
The scanner's fast speed helps it to quickly produce photocopies. For example, our black and white test sheet took just 18 seconds to copy, which is relatively speedy.
Speed, quality and cost
Brother's inkjet prints are known for their speedy output, and thankfully this model is no different. Our 10-page black and white text document took 1 minute 13 seconds to print. Thanks to its duplexer, it produced five double-sided pages of the same document in 2 minutes 42 seconds. Our 10-page colour presentation took 2 minutes 20 seconds to print, while it produced 10 pages of our colour graphics document in 2 minutes 14 seconds. Its photo printing was a touch on the slow side, however, as our 4x6 snap was completed in 58 seconds.
Text quality isn’t bad, but it doesn't look as dark on the pages as the results from Canon and HP printers. There's also some feathering around the edges of individual letters. Colours in our presentation and graphics documents were a tad muted, and there was some banding on larger areas of colour fills. Photo prints were a little lacking in oomph on the colour front too, but switching to the vivid mode in the printer driver did improve things slightly.
The printer uses four inks: one black cartridge and three cartridges for colour. Printing costs compare pretty well to competitors' products. Using the high-capacity cartridge, a black and white page works out at 3.2p, including 0.7p for paper costs, while a colour page works out at 6.4p per page.
The DCP-J725DW certainly doesn't provide the last word in print quality, as it's beaten on both graphics and text results by models from HP and Canon. It is, however, very speedy, and offers low running costs and a good range of features for the price.