Print speeds from Brother all-in-ones have usually been above average and this machine continues the trend. Our five-page text document gave 7.1ppm, but this increased to 9.2ppm on the 20-page test. This is close to Brother’s 12ppm claim, though 35ppm for draft print is wishful – we saw 11.1ppm.
The machine supports duplex print and, because of the piezo printheads and Brother’s choice of ink, the machine has to wait very little time between printing first and second sides. Our 20-side document printed as 10 duplex pages gave 4.1 sides per minute.
Colour print speeds were slower, but 5.5ppm is still a good result in this class. A single page colour copy took 28s and a five page black text copy took 1:16, both reasonable. Finally, 15 x 10cm photos took between 1:03 and 1:53, depending on print quality and file source.
The main problem with the DCP-J925DW, as with previous Brother inkjets, is its plain paper print quality. Largely down to the ink formulation, there’s noticeably more run of ink into the paper fibres, giving text a fuzzy appearance.
Colour graphic print is fair, though some dither patterns are visible, but colour copies are banded and pale, a meagre reflection of their originals. Photo prints on Brother paper are good, with natural colours and plenty of detail.
For some odd reason, the price for Brother’s LC-1240BK cartridge, which offers 600 pages, is close to twice the price of the colour cartridges, which also offer 600 pages, each. Even using the best prices we could find, running costs come out at 3.7p for a black page and 9.6p for colour, both including 0.7p for paper. The colour cost is on a par with the printer’s main rivals, but the black cost is on the high side.
The improvements Brother has included in the DCP-J925DW are all welcome. Duplex print and CD/DVD/BD direct print are worthwhile additions, particularly in the SOHO market at which this machine’s aimed. Sadly, it still lacks the print quality virtually all its rivals can offer.