Brother’s compact inkjet all-in-ones have a good reputation for convenience and feature set, but rather less for print quality. The new range increases the features on offer still further, but can it do anything about the indifferent print on plain paper?
Brother has been taking a look at some of it competition before designing the DCP-J925DW. The high-gloss black top is decorated with attractive light grey swirls, in a similar fashion to some of HP’s recent all-in-ones, while the feed tray for the 15-sheet ADF folds down to complete the subtle curve of the top cover in an Epsonesque way.
What is still firmly a Brother innovation is the wide-aspect LCD touch-screen, which is used for all controls except start, stop, power and home. The display feels more responsive than on previous models and the look and structure of the menu tree has been improved.
Under the front lip of the control panel are twin sockets for SD and MemoryStick, with the other card types now often left out of new designs. There’s a PictBridge socket, though, which is good to see. Given the low cost of fitting this, we’re surprised several manufacturers have dropped this lingua franca of camera connections.
The main paper tray can take 100 sheets and has a 20-sheet photo tray built in on top, so you can load both media at once. The photo tray is still not powered, though, so you have to remove the whole cartridge and slide the photo tray forward by hand to print photos. It now has a small blue indicator at the front, to show which paper is selected.
The main new feature of the DCP-J925DW is its CD/DVD tray, which slots in just above the paper tray when you pull a grey support mechanism down and out. The tray takes standard 120mm discs, though not the 80mm nor credit-card sized ones. You can print on coated discs using the supplied NewSoft CD labeller or by copying an image from the flatbed or a file on a memory card.
Ink cartridges plug in at the right of the paper tray, behind a hatch, and are available in two capacities, though even the higher capacity is only 600 pages.
Brother provides copies of Nuance PaperPort and FaceFilter, as well as its own MFL-Pro Suite, so the printer is well provisioned with support software. Drivers for Windows and OS X are included. Linux support isn’t mentioned, but may be available through the Brother website.