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Brother MFC-J825DW - Performance and Verdict

By Simon Williams


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Review Price £143.00

Brother claims speeds of 33ppm for black and 27ppm for colour prints from the MFC-J825DW. While these may well be draft speeds, they're still nearly three times higher than those we saw. Our five-page black text print produced 7.7ppm and the longer, 20-page document gave 9.0ppm. A draft five-page document returned 11.1ppm.

The speeds are all more than respectable for an inkjet in this class and will be the envy of many competitors, so why does Brother feel the need to hype them further? The machine also prints duplex and our 20-side/10-page document gave 4ppm, again a very reasonable result.

A single page colour copy took just 17s, though a five-page, black text copy through the ADF took 1:16, which isn't as impressive. 15 x 10cm photos took from 36s to 1:05, depending on source.

Brother MFC-J825DW

Print quality is no better than OK, with fuzziness to black text when you look at all closely. The draft font is very different from the normal one and is dotty enough that you’ll want to reserve it for internal documents. Duplex pages suffer none of the size reduction some other machines show, when compared with single-sided pages.

Colour graphics, while smooth and showing no banding, are a little light in hue and this is much worse with a colour copy, when bright colours start to look really washed out. Photo prints also come through looking slightly insipid.

Brother MFC-J825DW - Tray

The four ink cartridges the machine uses are available in two capacities and using the higher yield versions gives running costs of 3.8p for a black page and 9.4p for a colour one, both including 0.7p for paper. These costs are respectable and broadly in line with other machines in the £100-£150 price bracket.


You can't fault Brother for the facilities offered by the MFC-J825DW: duplex print, direct CD/DVD print and easy print and scan from a mobile device are all very welcome. Photo printing is still fiddly, though and the main concern is print quality, which is not as good as from most of the machine's main rivals.

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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.


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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