There are a surprising number of good all-in-ones in the £50-£100 bracket and Brother’s DCP-J315 falls smack in the middle of the bracket. It follows the lines of much of the company’s range and offers wireless connection for computers and mobile devices.
Largely cased in textured black plastic, with only highlights in high-gloss, the machine looks functional, though a little lopsided towards the front, where all the controls are clustered to the right of the 48mm LCD. The display is set in at an angle, so is easy to view and is large enough for menu options and selecting from photo thumbnails.
The controls themselves are very straightforward, with a diamond of menu navigation buttons, mode buttons for photo capture and scan and three buttons to start and stop copy and scan jobs. Just over the front lip is a single slot for MemoryStick and SD cards, though there's no front panel USB, which is a shame, as it wouldn't cost much to fit and would increase the scan and print capabilities considerably.
The flatbed scanner doesn't have an Automatic Document Feeder (ADF), but that's little surprise on a machine in this class. There's a single paper cassette which slots in at the front and can take up to 100 sheets of paper or 20 to 30 photo blanks. The key word here is ‘or’, as you have to remove plain paper to load photo media.
Inside the Brother DCP-J315W, once you've lifted the scanner section onto its bright green ‘bonnet support’, is a single USB socket, but most people will probably opt wireless connection, which provides the most versatility.
The four individual ink cartridges slot in, as is normal with Brother machines, behind a hatch to the right of the paper cassette. Fitting them and replacing them only takes seconds.
Bundled software includes Reallusion FaceFilter Studio, a slightly creepy photo editor, specialising in adjusting face shape, expression and skin colouring in portrait photos, as well as Brother’s Control Center 3, which provides OCR for scanned documents, as well as handling printing.