Brother has a range of inkjet all-in-ones, most of which use a very similar design on the outside and print engine on the inside. The DCP-J125 is one of the recently launched 2011 range, distinguished from earlier models by the 'J's in their model numbers. This one is at the bottom of the range, very much an entry-level machine, but it still offers a good range of the features, which has made these printers so popular.
With the same low-profile case and gently sloped top cover, the DCP-J125 uses rather less of the high-gloss black plastic that, to our way of thinking, is starting to look dated. There's one band along the front of the flatbed scanner cover and a little in the surround to the colour LCD display, but otherwise it's a more discreet, frosted black.
The flatbed scanner itself is a fairly conventional device, but the scanner lid is on extending hinges, so you can scan books as well as single sheets. Lift the whole scanner section and the USB socket is located near the front of the machine, so you have to feed the cable around inside.
It's quite unusual to have a colour LCD panel on a printer with an asking price of around £68 and, although it's small at just 48mm, it can still be used for selecting images from a memory card, as well as displaying system menus.
The controls themselves are pretty straightforward, reflecting the comparatively simple feature-set of the machine. Set into the front face of the printer is a combined memory card slot, which can take SD, MemoryStick and xD cards, and below this is the 100-sheet plastic paper tray, a design common to most other Brother inkjets and one which always feels a little flimsy. This particular tray doesn't have a photo tray set into its lid, so to load photo paper you have to first extract the cartridge and remove any plain paper that’s loaded.
To the right of the paper tray is a flip-down cover, behind which is the holder for the four ink cartridges that slide conveniently into place with a reassuring click. The cartridges have quite a low capacity, but the printer is designed for home use, where this isn't such a concern.
As well as Brother’s MFL-Pro Suite, there's a copy of Reallusion FaceFilter, a photo-retouching utility aimed at cleaning up portraits. Drivers are provided for Windows and OS X, though you’ll have to go to Brother’s Solution Centre website for Linux support.