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Brother DCP-J315W review

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Brother DCP-J315W
  • Brother DCP-J315W
  • Brother DCP-J315W - Controls
  • Brother DCP-J315W - Open
  • Brother DCP-J315W - Cartridges
  • Brother DCP-J315W - Feature Table
  • Brother DCP-J315W - Speeds and Costs

Summary

Our Score:

6

User Score:

Pros

  • Easy load cartridges
  • Good software bundle
  • Print from smartphones

Cons

  • Slow page and photo prints
  • No front-panel USB
  • Uninspiring text print

Key Features

  • Wireless connection
  • Low-profile design
  • LCD display
  • Individual colour cartridges
  • Low stand-by power
  • Manufacturer: Brother
  • Review Price: £76.00

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.

Brother DCP-J315W - Controls

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.

Brother DCP-J315W

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.

William

September 9, 2013, 10:19 am

I'd have to disagree. I've had this printer for over a year now best buy ive ever got. Managed to get like 8 black inks and 4 colours for £11 on amazon! Crazy. I always tell people this is the smartest purchase I have ever made!

tom

March 16, 2014, 3:19 am

i regret after i bought this printer as i then noticed it doesn't have option or feature for scanning multi pages into one file especially in PDF format..hopefully Brother will update their driver / software to overcome this issue.

wildtiger

April 4, 2014, 9:56 am

This printer is very efficient BUT sometimes it doesnt print at all

What to do in this case ?

Thanks

Dave Stanley

September 9, 2014, 5:46 pm

paper jams for a pastime - around 1 in 3 prints - fed up with"please wait"! Furthermore you then have to open back to clear AND then lift all the top before the system recognises the fault as cleared.

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