Brother has a wide range of small, all-in-one devices, looking a bit like old fax machines but often loved for just this compactness and ease of use. The MFC-J625DW sits around a third of the way up the product list by SRP, and is intended for the home or small office.
The high gloss lid is broken up by panels of texture and the 20-sheet ADF is very low profile and almost flat when closed. Brother has done this by feeding paper bottom sheet first and outputting it directly on top of the feed stack.
This is very clever, but it does make it hard to see when the machine is feeding sheets. The ADF lid is a bit flimsy, too, and only closes completely when you press at exactly the right point.
The control panel is built around a wide-aspect screen, half of which is an LCD touchscreen and the other is a dedicated touch panel. The two halves work well together to provide easy control for four of the all-in-one’s main functions: scan, copy, fax and photo. It also prints, of course.
The photo functions are supported by both a dual-format card slot, reading SD and MemoryStick cards, and a USB socket, which doubles as a PictBridge connection. They’re set into the front panel above the paper cartridge, which combines a 100-sheet plain paper tray and a 20-sheet photo tray.
You can’t select to print photos without pulling the cassette out and sliding the photo tray forward manually, before sliding it back in. Shame the machine can’t auto-select.
The four cartridges slot in behind a flip-down cover to the right of the paper cassette, in one of the easiest maintenance tasks of any inkjet printer. Bundled software includes Nuance PaperPort 12, as well as Brother’s own MFL-Pro Suite.
The MFC-J625DW can connect through USB or wireless links, though there’s no cable network socket. With a wireless link, you can print via a network router or directly using Wi-Fi Direct.