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Brother MFC-J430W
  • Brother MFC-J430W
  • Brother MFC-J430W - Controls
  • Brother MFC-J430W - Open
  • Brother MFC-J430W - Cartridges
  • Brother MFC-J430W - Feature Table
  • Brother MFC-J430W - Speeds and Costs
  • MFC-J430w Inkjet All-in-One


Our Score:



  • Well-featured software bundle
  • Easy to use, ‘inverted’ ADF
  • Wireless connection with WPS


  • Pale colour photo copies
  • No photo card readers
  • Small LCD display

Key Features

  • Foldaway ADF as standard
  • Full fax facilities
  • Choice of ink cartridge yield
  • Low-profile design
  • Good speed for price
  • Manufacturer: Brother
  • Review Price: £91.00

Brother’s range of personal inkjet all-in-ones all look suspiciously similar, but the company manages to differentiate them by careful choice of features and prices. The MFC-J430W sits just above entry-level and is a little more austere than some of its pricier siblings. It still has all the essentials, though, including print, copy, scan and fax.

The top of this all-in-one is only very slightly curved and effectively hides its built-in Automatic document Feeder (ADF). The high-gloss centre panel of the device flips over to reveal a slimline, 20-sheet mechanism, which feeds from the machine’s top surface upwards, so paper ends up on top of the feed stack. This makes it easier to remove scanned pages and it’s no harder to load them.

Brother MFC-J430W

The control panel uses only a standard width, 51mm LCD screen, rather than the double-width displays more common in Brother all-in-ones. This doesn't affect the operation of the machine much, as it doesn't include card readers or a PictBridge socket, so needs no facilities for displaying photo thumbnails.

The controls consist of a small power button and a pad of three mode buttons to the left of the display, with a navigation diamond, a numeric pad for fax dialling and Start and Stop buttons for copies and scans to the right.

Brother MFC-J430W - Controls

The front panel of the machine has no sockets set into it, but the paper cassette pulls out from the front, to take up to 100 sheets of plain paper, or equivalent numbers of photo blanks. There's no separate tray for photos.

The USB socket is inside the machine and you have to hinge the scanner section upward and reeve the cable through to reach it. These days, though, most people will choose to connect the printer wirelessly and setup is very straightforward, particularly if your router supports Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS).

The four ink cartridges slide in as normal behind a hatch to the right of the paper tray and once you've installed the software, which includes copies of PaperPort and Brother’s own MFL-Pro Suite, you're ready to go.


May 23, 2015, 6:19 pm

What Chinese Engineer thought it was a good idea to put the USB Printer Cable Connection Inside the Middle of this piece of crap machine!!!! (I understand most will use this Wireless but like today when the wireless network was down then what? This printer feels/is CHEAP...Rickety paper tray....poor quality printing...4 cartridge ink tanks. If this Hunk of 73 Cent Plastic Shltbox was mine and not a clients I would have dragged it behind the car by it power cord back to Office Max/Staples/Best Buy to buy a real printer from HP!!!!!!

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