On the good side, the DCP-365CN prints in colour nearly as fast as it does in black. Against this is that fact that both colour and black are near-equally slow. Brother may claim 33ppm in black and 27ppm in colour, but that’s in draft mode and in normal mode, which most people will use most of the time, you’ll be lucky to see a tenth of that.
Our 5-page, black text print took 1:45, equivalent to a print speed of 2.86ppm. On the longer, 20-page document, the speed rose to 2.97ppm, still pretty slow compared with the specification. The 5-page black text and colour graphics print took 2:03, a speed of 2.44ppm, so this machine isn't quick, whatever it’s printing.
Copy speeds are little different, with a single-page, A4 colour copy taking 42 seconds and 15 x 10cm photos taking between 2:47 and 3:14, depending on the source of the image.
Unlike most all-in-ones which include memory card slots, the DCP-365CN only provides Photo Capture. What this means is that when you plug a card into any of the slots, the device contacts its host PC and gives you the facility to view photos from the card. To print them, they have to be uploaded to the PC and then downloaded to the printer. This is primarily because the machine has no colour LCD for viewing and selecting thumbnails, but it does mean print from a card is a two-stage process.
This is true, too, for photos coming from a USB drive, though with PictBridge you can use the LCD display on your camera for image selection.
Print quality is similar to most Brother inkjets, all of which use very similar engines. Black text is quite clean, though not as densely black as some of its rivals. Text characters also show some feathering, with jagged outlines betraying a flow of ink up the paper fibres.
Colour graphics look a bit washed out, but are smooth and with good registration of black text over colour. A colour photocopy looks even lighter, though is still usable. Colour photos, while not up in the Canon or HP league, are reasonably well reproduced and colours are dense and vivid, though a little darker than they should be.
Inkjet cartridges come in one yield, which are 300 pages for black and 260 pages for colour. Although you can buy a triple-colour pack and a quad-ink multipack, we could only find these from sources, such as Dixons and PC World, which made them more expensive than individual cartridges bought from some of the discount suppliers.
Working with the best prices we could find gives a cost per black ISO page of 4.7p, with 12.1p per page for a corresponding colour print. These are not particularly good costs and are high for both black and colour pages.
The DCP-365CN is a reasonable, budget all-in-one, which offers above-average print quality, though with a relatively high price per page and long print times. You shouldn't really expect top speed from a machine costing less than £70, but there are certainly better speeds to be seen elsewhere for similar money.