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Brother DCP-585CW All-In-One Inkjet

Brother now has a bewildering range of all-in-one printers on its books, so many that it's hard to believe it needs another. Although pitched as a high-end device, its price is still well under £100 and for this you get printing, scanning, copying and photo printing in a low-profile printer.

Although a little different in looks from most of its rivals, the DCP-585CW mimics many of its predecessors. Coloured in pale grey, with large areas of high-gloss, piano black, it's basically a large square box, roughly the size of a vinyl record deck, sloped slightly at the front to take the control panel and Brother's now trademark double-width, full-colour LCD display.

The double-width display is particularly useful when printing from memory cards, as you can view a photo thumbnail at the same time as selecting options for printing. Below the control panel are slots for all the common memory cards and for PictBridge.

The slide out, A4 paper cassette has a secondary, 15 x 10cm photo tray built into its lid, though to use photo paper, you have to slide the whole lid section forward, after first removing the paper cassette from the printer. This is unnecessarily fiddly and means photo prints aren't easily removable from the all-in-one, without pulling the cassette out.

There are three ways to connect this device to a PC: via a standard USB cable, with an Ethernet cable or via a wireless connection, making it a versatile machine to set up in an office. The only slight snag is having to reeve the cable around inside the case, as both the USB and Ethernet sockets are built well inside the machine.

You need to lift the scanner section up on a car-bonnet style prop for access to the sockets. This prop is not particularly easy to release and it's a bit too easy to let the scanner down on your fingers.

The four ink cartridges are easier to fit than most, as you pull down a cover to the right of the paper tray and slot each cartridge in, in turn. The printer then primes the ink from all four and you're ready to go. You don't need to perform a head alignment sequence with DCP-585CW, as the print heads are pre-aligned and last the lifetime of the machine.

As well as Nuance's PaperPort OCR software, there's the full Brother MCP-Pro Suite and software called Reallussion FaceFilter, which brightens faces, automatically removes blemishes and reduces redeye.

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