Brother's wide range of lookalike, inkjet all-in-ones starts somewhere near the DCP-365CN. This is a fairly simple machine, with no fax functionality, but still offers print, copy and scan facilities for the home user.
Following the same pattern as so many other Brother devices, the deep, but low, gently sloping case top is divided between an A4 flatbed scanner and a simple control panel with a single-line, 16-character LCD display. This has no backlight but, because it's mounted near horizontally, any overhead light illuminates it well enough to read easily.
In front of the display are four separate buttons for copy options, enlargement and reduction, copy quality and number of copies. It's useful to have these quick-access buttons for such commonly needed features. To the right of the main controls are mode keys for photo capture and scanning and buttons to start and stop a copy job.
Set into the front face of the printer is a memory card slot for SD, MemoryStick and xD cards and there's a PictBridge socket, which doubles up for USB drives.
Below the sockets is a pull-out paper cassette, taking up to 100 sheets of plain paper or 20 photo blanks. You can't load both at once, though, and if you load up more than one sheet of photo paper, you may have trouble with paper mis-feeds – we did.
At the back are sockets for USB and Ethernet connections; it's unusual to have network facilities as standard in a machine at this price.
Brother provides its usual MFL-Pro software suite for scanning and OCR, as well as for handling photo capture and there's also a copy of Nuance’s PaperPort 11, which is a useful addition for file management. Drivers for Windows and OS X are provided as standard, but running a search on the Brother site threw up no support for Linux on this machine.
The four ink cartridges slide into runners behind a cover to the right of the paper tray and are very easy to set. The machine performs a one-off charging cycle when first switched on, prints a test page and is then ready to go.