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Brother DCP-J140W
  • Brother DCP-J140W
  • Brother DCP-J140W - Controls
  • Brother DCP-J140W - Open
  • Brother DCP-J140W - Cartridges
  • Brother DCP-J140W - Feature Table
  • Brother DCP-J140W - Speeds and Costs

Summary

Our Score:

6

Pros

  • Easy front-loading cartridges
  • Clever use of LCD
  • Good software bundle

Cons

  • No memory card or USB slot
  • Only single paper cassette
  • Inaccurate speed claims

Key Features

  • Small footprint
  • Separate colour cartridges
  • LCD display
  • Wireless connection as standard
  • Low purchase price
  • Manufacturer: Brother
  • Review Price: £56.00

Brother has an extensive range of inkjet all-in-ones and the DCP-J140W sits near the low end of this range, at under £60. It’s aimed firmly at the home market, for people who want basic print, copy and scan functions, but also offers wireless connection to mobile devices, such as phones and tablets.

Like so many Brother inkjets, this is a low profile, smoothly-curved black box, with a small footprint, but greater front to back dimension than some competitors. The scanner lid has a pattern and texture, giving it a quality look, which is slightly diminished by the sparse control panel.

This consists of a single-line, 16-character LCD display and a simple array of 13 buttons to control all its functions. Although the LCD is minimalist, Brother has done well to use it in three parts to show enlargement, copy quality and number of copies, by default. In fact, there are few places where control is made awkward by the small screen.

Brother DCP-J140W - Controls

Most Brother all-in-ones sport SD and MemoryStick slots in their front panels, but not the DCP-J140W. There's no facility for uploading images from card or USB drive and the only physical connection is via the machine’s traditional, internal USB socket.

It will link wirelessly, though and manages to run a WPS setup with hardly any intervention; simply select the option, wait for the enigmatic ‘SETTING WLAN’ display and press the WPS button on your wireless router. A minute or so later the printer is connected.

Brother DCP-J140W

There are no surprises in the rest of the setup. Flip down the cover to the right of the paper tray and you can slide in the four individual ink cartridges. Brother’s Control Center 4 software is supplied, which gives comprehensive control of all the key functions of the machine.

The only other thing to do is load the single, 100-sheet paper cassette, which is used for both plain and photo paper, and the machine is ready to go. A small, extending support and paper stop pulls out from the front edge of this cassette, but is much less intrusive than the output trays of most other budget all-in-ones.

Ashkal

August 30, 2012, 2:11 pm

The printer is mediocre there are better like Epson ME535, XP202, XP101, and other from Canon or HP is better.
1)Photo printing quality is low you get blueish tint or more reddish, but wonder is there is no Tweak oprion in Control Centre 4 to correct colour balance or anything.
2) While scanning you won't get option to select the area of scannig or to cut it,edit it's alignment.
3) WiFi is not possible connect directly from comp or Phones wifi.
4) ControlCenter 4 is very very Basic.Options you get in machine won't get in connect software CC4. for eg. While scanning you choose next page scanning in
in Machine not in CC4 sotware.
5) Lack of Card reader is one more drwaback.
6) Ordinary paper prints are water soluble.

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