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Brother MFC-J6510DW review

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Brother MFC-J6510DW
  • Brother MFC-J6510DW
  • Brother MFC-J6510DW
  • Brother MFC-J6510DW
  • Brother MFC-J6510DW
  • Brother MFC-J6510DW
  • Brother MFC-J6510DW

Summary

Our Score:

6

Pros

  • Full A3 print, scan and copy
  • ADF for auto-scans up to A3
  • Widescreen LCD

Cons

  • Fuzzy plain-paper, black text print
  • No duplex scanning
  • No multi-purpose feed

Key Features

  • Prints on paper from 15 x 10cm to A3
  • Large format fax with 16 speed dials
  • Full A3 photo print in under four minutes
  • Neat footprint for size of paper
  • Automatic WPS wireless setup
  • Manufacturer: Brother
  • Review Price: £222.17

Having recently looked at Brother’s all-singing A3 inkjet all-in-one, the Brother MFCJ6910DW, it’s interesting to compare it with the £140 cheaper MFC-J6510DW, reviewed here. While still an A3 machine, it loses its second paper tray, duplex scanner and touchscreen.

Brother does its best to keep the dimensions of this big, black printer down, but the very size of the paper it can handle governs its footprint. However, the 250-sheet paper tray is telescopic, so if you only occasionally print A3 pages, you don't have to have the tray extending from the front of the machine. It's a shame there's no single-sheet, multi-purpose feed, though, as you have to empty the main tray to print even one photo.

The top surface of the machine includes a 35-sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) with a flip-over feed tray, which is both high-gloss and high-static, attracting every little speck of dust.

The control panel is well laid out; there’s plenty of room, because of the wide front to the machine. The left-hand end is devoted to a set of 16 quick-access fax numbers and buttons to get at particular print features, such as duplex and copying. To the immediate left of the 83mm, widescreen LCD panel are four illuminated mode buttons and to its right is the usual cross of navigation buttons, a number pad for dialling and start and stop buttons for scan and copy jobs.

Sockets for SD and Memory Stick cards, and for USB and PictBridge connections are set into the front edge of the control panel, and a flip-down panel to the right of the paper trays gives access to the four separate ink cartridges.

At the rear of the left-hand side panel are sockets for phone and optional third-party handset and from mains plug, while USB and network sockets are mounted inside the machine, as is Brother’s habit. A wireless connection is also provided and this is easy to establish with either WPS auto setup or by entering a pass-code.

Brother provides drivers for Windows and OS X and if you're a Windows user, there's also a copy of Nuance PaperPort SE for document management and OCR.

Norm Luke

January 4, 2012, 11:40 am

There is a massive error in your review here. Did you bother reading the manual? There IS a multi-purpose paper feed at the back of the printer, much like many other printers. However, it takes single sheets only. Shame on you! Printing on this machine is glacially slow. Almost as slow as molasses going uphill in mid-winter. Why on earth does it have to go through a drying cycle before printing anything beats all that I have ever seen. My old Canon iP4300 prints an A4 print in high quality mode on plain paper in 1min 05sec, in virtual silence, while the Brother churns and chuffs and carries on before it prints an A4 print in high quality (there is a 'best, setting) mode on plain paper in a massive 1min 29sec. How on earth did you arrive at a score of 7/10 for print speed? Is there actually a printer out there that is slower? I have not tried printing on A3 paper yet -- I have yet to work up the courage. Incidentally, colour saturation is poor even when you select the 'Vivid' setting.

Hara

September 7, 2013, 5:43 pm

thank you for your opinion. I was unsure in buying this printer, thanks to you and other reviews i'll re-think my idea...

Mike

November 29, 2013, 4:07 am

This printer constantly falls off the network for no reason, and it's incredibly frustrating. Sometimes the software used to try and bring the printer back online will work, sometimes it will not, and there's no other options for getting this piece of junk working. DO NOT buy this printer if you are going to depend on it for important, timely scanning and printing. I have spent HOURS trying to get this scrape heap online so I can print out contracts. I will never buy a wireless scanner and printer again, and I will NEVER buy a Brother product again. JUNK.

Apple Notinthephonebook

April 1, 2014, 9:00 pm

yep. I got the same problem. the printer constantly jams, and falls off the network. since I upgraded to window 8, and updated the drivers, the printer is ok, but the scanning function has stopped. I have to constantly re-update the driver again and again. not happy.

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