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Brother DCP-7055
  • Brother DCP-7055
  • Brother DCP-7055
  • Brother DCP-7055
  • Brother DCP-7055
  • Brother DCP-7055
  • Brother DCP-7055
  • Brother DCP-7055

Summary

Our Score:

7

User Score:

Pros

  • Quick print for class
  • Good text print quality
  • Thorough software bundle

Cons

  • Very poor greyscale copy quality
  • Currently, expensive to run
  • No wireless or duplex options

Key Features

  • Relatively high resolution print and scan
  • Two-part drum and toner cartridge
  • Close to 20ppm rated speed
  • Easy-to-use control panel
  • Compact, clean lines
  • Manufacturer: Brother
  • Review Price: £109.27

A simple mono laser printer will set you back around £80 and for less than 50 per cent more you can have one with a scanner, making a multifunction printer that can stand in for a photocopier. Brother has a range of them, but the DCP-7055 is at the entry end of the range, so you shouldn't expect much in the way of bells and whistles.

The printer doesn't shout, as it's all clothed in the same light grey plastic, with none of the complications of an Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) to break up its lines. The scanner lid is hinged on lifting pillars, so you can accommodate thick books, as well as single sheets.

The control panel is very simple, with just 11 buttons to control everything. Because there are no fax or memory card functions, print, copy and scan jobs are easy enough to start and stop and the 2-line by 16-character LCD display is enough to show status information and a simple menu system.

Immediately below the scanner section is the top of the laser printer engine, where papers feed out after printing or copying. Although the top section hinges up, this is only really of use for clearing paper jams. There's a strange little flip-up support towards the back of the output tray, though the main paper stop sticks out from the front.

As well as a 250-sheet paper tray, generous on a machine obviously aimed at the SOHO market, there's a single-sheet feed for envelopes and other media. At the back, the only socket apart from the mains connector is for a single USB cable; there's no wireless link on the DCP-7055.

There's no duplex facility, either, but there is a good software bundle, including Brother's own MFL-Pro Suite and ControlCenter 4. There's also a copy of Nuance PaperPort SE, which includes OCR software.

Maxf

October 25, 2012, 9:57 pm

Do not buy this printer. I bought this a replacement for a DCP-7050 printer which was excellent and very economical. This new 'improved' model is outrageous in it's consumption of toner (both OEM and generic) in the region of x10 increase. Avoid like the plague- a total exercise in cynicism by Brother!!!

Joseph Domingo Tibi Ensano

March 9, 2013, 3:27 pm

I agree. This printer is costly in terms of toner. Most inkjet printouts only costs 1.50 PHP per page in our area, but dealers here, sells DCP-7055 cartridges at 1,395 PHP (but usually it's 1,400 PHP). With 700 pages approx. capacity of each cartridge, then it costs about 2.00 PHP per page. That's a total separation to the popular belief that Laser printers should have lower operational costs than Inkjet printers. Man! I should've seen this, before I purchased one. I was so confident with that popular belief. Now, I have to live with workarounds to meet the 1.00 PHP per page target for our small business. That's Toner Save, with tweakings of the brightness and stuff on its console. Could I ever squeeze 1,400 pages out of a single cartridge? At least 1,250 pages? Let's see on its first Low Toner message. I'm ready with a workaround for that too.

abarinja

May 21, 2014, 9:53 am

This printer is a scam. My toner cartridge only lasted 250 pages.

alejandrayalanbowman

April 18, 2015, 9:26 am

I get two compatible cartridges for €12.99 which I find is excellent.

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