Brother DCP-J125 - Performance and Verdict

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We recently queried the outlandish speeds Brother UK quotes for printer speed with the company and were told that they had to go with what the Japanese parent company specified. We can understand this, but still think Brother Japan needs to reassess the realism of quoting speeds of 33ppm for black print and 27ppm for colour for this machine.


Our five-page black text print achieved a speed of 2.9ppm and in draft mode it rose to 9.1ppm. The 20-page document produced a speed of 3.2ppm and the black text and colour graphics test gave 2.6ppm. Even taking the draft mode test and reducing it by the 15 seconds it takes the DCP-J125 to process the data before starting to print, still only gives a top speed of 16.7ppm, just half the claimed speed.


A single-page colour copy took a reasonable 43 seconds and a 15 x 10cm photo on an A4 page took 3mins 17secs at the highest print quality. At normal print quality, it still took 3mins 3secs, though, which is slow compared with all the competition.


Black text print quality is fair and in normal use, it would be perfectly acceptable. In comparison with machines from most of the other makers, it’s not quite as sharp or as lacking in ink spread, though it still beats most Epson prints. Fast, draft mode print is quite faint and shows some misalignment between successive passes of the print head.


Colour graphics are smooth and fairly well-saturated, though colours could be a bit brighter. This is especially true with a colour copy, which came through in very insipid colours, compared with direct prints.


Photo prints are reasonable, with lighter colours well-reproduced, but dark ones tend towards black, a reasonably common failing with less expensive inkjets.


There’s only one set of ink cartridges available for the DCP-J125, rated at 300 pages for black and 260 pages for each colour, but you can also buy a multipack with all four cartridges at a reduced price. Using this consumable to get the best running costs gives a cost per page for black of 2.3p, with a corresponding colour cost of 8.3p.


Both of these are good in comparison with similarly priced rivals, such as the Canon PIXMA MP495, which has corresponding costs of 4p and 8.6p.

Verdict


This Brother printer represents better value for money then several others in the same range and does well against similarly priced rivals from other makers. It’s cheap to run for an entry-level machine and while it doesn’t produce the best quality print and is certainly not the quickest, it does have a good range of facilities for a £68 all-in-one.