- Easy front-loading cartridges
- Clever use of LCD
- Good software bundle
- No memory card or USB slot
- Only single paper cassette
- Inaccurate speed claims
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.
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.
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.