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Brother MFC-J825DW review

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Brother MFC-J825DW
  • Brother MFC-J825DW
  • Brother MFC-J825DW - Controls
  • Brother MFC-J825DW - Open
  • Brother MFC-J825DW - Tray
  • Brother MFC-J825DW - Phone Interface
  • Brother MFC-J825DW - Feature Table
  • Brother MFC-J825DW - Speeds and Costs

Summary

Our Score:

7

Pros

  • iPrint&Scan for easy phone transfer
  • Fast print and copy for class
  • CD/DVD direct print

Cons

  • Pale colour copies
  • Fiddly photo paper tray
  • Plain paper print quality only average

Key Features

  • Duplex print
  • Low-profile design
  • Twin paper trays
  • Wide-aspect touch screen
  • Easy cartridge maintenance
  • Manufacturer: Brother
  • Review Price: £143.00

Brother has been making neat, well-featured all-in-ones for many years and each new generation gets more refined and useful, though the core piezo inkjet engine is still much the same as before. The MFC-J825DW is near the top end of its new range and includes duplex, direct CD/DVD print and a nifty new bit of software in its feature set. It has also added a jolly little wake-up tune, when the machine is switched on.

With only slightly less glossy black than a plastic baby grand, Brother has broken up the gentle curves of the lid of the machine’s 20-sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) with some subtle line decoration. The middle section of the lid flips over to become a steeply raked paper feed.

In front of the scanner lid is a well organised control panel, with Brother's trademark wide-aspect touchscreen in the centre, flanked by large, illuminated mode buttons to the left and a fax number pad and Start and Stop buttons to the right.

Brother MFC-J825DW - Controls

Over the front lip are slots for SD and MemoryStick cards and for PictBridge cameras and USB drives. There's also a pull-down feeder, which pops out to take the CD and DVD carrier for direct disc printing, which is very convenient.

The slide-out, 100-sheet paper cassette has a 20-sheet paper tray built into its top, but you have to remove the cassette and slide the photo tray forward manually, before you can print photos, which is much less convenient

Brother MFC-J825DW - Open

The software bundle includes Nuance PaperPort SE and Brother’s own multifunction suite, but there's a new applet which is possibly more useful than either of these.

Brother’s iPrint&Scan, as the name suggests, prints from phones and tablets via WiFi, but without the need for separate drivers. It isn't the same facility as HP and Kodak have added to their machines, as it doesn't work over the Internet or require the printer to have an individual IP address.

It can, however, both print to and scan from the all-in-one onto a handheld device –there are versions for both iOS and Android – and then crop and rotate images before storing or sending them on. We tried it with a Samsung Galaxy Mini smartphone and were impressed with the program’s speed and convenience.

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February 28, 2013, 10:52 am

Just bought a MFC-J825DW to use with my Mac Pro. The Driver/software disc provided in the box was inserted into the Mac Pro and was thrown out straight away with a message on the screen advising that the Printer wouldn't work with OS 10.7 (LION). Sent an email to Brother, who immediately sent me a file with links to their support site, - all those links were exclusively for Windows only drivers, nothing for a Mac. (very useful eh) Then spent some time picking through various files on Brother website, downloaded about half a dozen and ended up with a really kludgy Brother "Control Centre" - Scanning is uncontrolled and incapable of scanning multiple documents to one file, - No chance what so ever of printing onto a CD or DVD (does not seem to exist as a printing option). This printer not a good purchase for Mac users.

Mike

July 12, 2013, 6:22 pm

bought a MFC-825DW . From the reviews I thought it was going to be a good printer/copier/scanner/fax. Set it up and from the start worked great. Then I started having printing issues, like the black cartridge was running dry. Purchased new cart(not brother) and installed the cart, printing started working. Printing issues again(less than 50 pgs printed). Went through 4 cart in approx 1 wk. Called Brother tech support, he stated I needed to use Brother cart only because they have a special anti coagulant in their cart. Got a brother cart, called them back, had to clean the cart heads, starts printing, time goes by. Approx 2 wks since cleaning, won't print again,(hasn't printed 30 pages) called tech again, they say it needs cleaning again. The thing about their special ink in pure BS. Luckily this is still under their warranty and it's going back to it's original home. I do not need a printer that has to be cleaned every time you need to use it.

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