Brother DCP-385C – Inkjet All-in-One Review


Key Specifications

  • Review Price: £75.95

Brother has a huge range of inkjet all-in-one machines designed for the home and small office. We recently looked at the DCP-375CW, so it’s interesting to compare the DCP-385C, here, which is just £10 down the range, but with several differences to its feature set.

The most obvious difference is the cosmetic one, as this machine is decked out in white and grey, though it shares the general shape of this whole group of machines, with their gently curved tops, housing both the flatbed scanner and the control panel.

The second difference, a plus for this machine, is its double-width, colour LCD display, so useful when working with photos off a memory card. The DCP-385C has two card slots, handling the now standard SD, MemoryStick and xD formats, but also supporting the older CompactFlash. There’s also a PictBridge socket for direct camera connection.

Coming back to the control panel, which is positioned to the right of the display, the standard controls for menu navigation, number of copies and ink management, as well as Start and Stop buttons for scans and copies, are all where you would expect them to be.

The paper tray, which can take up to 100 sheets of plain paper slides fully into the machine, with just a small extending paper stop to catch finished pages. Unlike the DCP-375CW, this machine has a separate tray for photo blanks, though this has to be pushed forward manually after removing the paper cartridge, before you can print photos from it.

So far, you wonder why you would spend the extra £10 on the DCP-375CW, but the hint is in the ‘W’. The DCP-385C has no wireless network connection and, in fact, no network connection of any type. Your only choice is USB and, as usual with models in this range, you have to feed the USB cable through a channel under the scanner section to find the corresponding socket.

The same software bundle, including Nuance’s PaperPort 11SE and Brother’s own Brother MFL-Pro Suite is supplied with both machines, though of course there’s no need for the networking support applets here. The only physical setup is installation of the four colour ink cartridges, into their dock on to the right of the paper tray. This machine can take higher capacity ink cartridges than the DCP-375CW, but otherwise the two systems are very similar.

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