Brother MFC-J825DW review: Brother MFC-J825DW

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The Good Large touchscreen; Duplex support; Direct CD/DVD printing; Handy iPrint&Scan mobile app.

The Bad Below-par text output; Colours lack impact.

The Bottom Line The Brother MFC-J825DW packs in plenty of features and produces printed documents speedily, but it's marred by below-par print quality across text, graphics and photos.

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7.5 Overall

The MFC-J825DW sits towards the top of Brother's current range of multi-function printers and as such has plenty of features.

Not only does it offer duplex printing and an automatic document feeder, but it also supports direct CD/DVD printing and includes both Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity.

It's available from £120 if you buy it online.


In terms of shape, there's little difference between the various models in Brother's current multi-function line-up. They all use the same short and squat design. But as this model is a premium offering, it differentiates itself by sporting a better finish. That equates to the use of a lot more gloss on its surfaces, including an interesting striped pattern on the scanner lid.

The controls can be found on a large panel that stretches across almost the entire width of the printer. We like the way Brother has used big and chunky buttons that feel slightly soft to the touch, but it's the touchscreen that's quite literally the centre of attention here.

It's very wide and can display four large-ish thumbnails at a time when you're selecting photos to print from memory cards or keys. These can be slotted into the multi-format card reader or USB port positioned beneath the right and left edges of the screen.

Below this is a slot that's used for direct CD/DVD printing. All you have to do to print to your discs is load them onto the supplied plastic tray and place it into the slot.

Brother MFC-J825DW tray
Switching between regular and photo paper annoyingly involves manually removing the tray and pushing a lever.

At the bottom of the printer is a slot-in cassette-style paper tray. This is split into two compartments. The first handles standard paper such as A4 sheets. The second is used to store photo paper. However, unlike some competing models, this paper tray isn't powered. If you want to switch between the two paper types, you'll have to manually remove the tray and push a lever to engage the alternative paper source. This is a tad annoying.


Setting up is mercifully quick and easy. The four cartridges are straightforward to install as you simply open a door on the front-right of the printer and click them in. The slots are spring loaded, so you don't have to mess around with any latches.

This model has a USB port, along with Ethernet and Wi-Fi. The Ethernet and USB ports are oddly placed -- you have to lift up the scanner mechanism to get at them and then trail the leads out the back of the machine through a small channel. However, most people will probably connect their computer to the printer via Wi-Fi.

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