Summary

Our Score

8/10

Pros

  • Well-designed controls
  • LCD display
  • Low price

Cons

  • No photo tray
  • No NFC connection
  • Very noisy

Review Price £58.00

Key Features: Direct wireless printing; Separate ink cartridges; Claimed 11ppm mono, 6ppi colour; High capacity cartridge option; Scan to mobile device

Manufacturer: Brother

What is the Brother DCP-J132W?

Inkjet all-in-ones needn't cost £100 or more; this entry-level model from Brother is under £60, yet has many of the features often reserved for more expensive models. The Brother DCP-J132W is a simply styled device, intended for home or home office use.

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Brother DCP-J132W - Open

Brother DCP-J132W - Design and Features

The all-black case has smoothly rounded corners with a simple lid to its flatbed scanner - there is no Automatic Document Feeder (ADF), of course, on a machine at this price. The control panel has the look of a separate module attached to the front of the printer, but is, in fact, moulded into its front and set at a fixed angle.

The panel has a single-line, 16-character LCD display, which is surprisingly useful, displaying enlargement, copy quality and number of copies, by default, but various status messages and instructions, as needed. To the right are menu arrows and colour coded Start and Stop buttons.

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Brother DCP-J132W - Controls

The slightly flimsy-feeling paper cartridge can take up to 100 sheets of A4 plain paper, but can also be loaded with glossy photo paper in sizes down to 15 x 10cm. The front edge of its paper cover includes an extending output support and flip-over paper stop.

Brother DCP-J132W - Connections and Installation

As well as a USB socket located inside the printer, you can connect it to a wireless router via WPS setup or print using Wireless Direct. This means that after downloading Brother's iPrint & Scan utility to an Android or iOS device, you can print from them to the DCP-J132W, without any need for an intervening PC.

A flip-down cover at the right of the front panel reveals the four, individual ink cartridges, which slide into place very easily.

Software includes Brother's own MFL-Pro suite, as well as drivers for the printer and scanner. There appears to be no OCR facility for scanning to editable text, though.

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