- USB, Ethernet and wireless connections
- Good real-world print speed
- Easy maintenance
- No fax facilities
- No Automatic Document Feeder
- Only single-sheet multi-purpose feed
- Review Price: £211.00
- Duplex print
- Wireless connection with WPS setup
- Well-designed control panel
- Good bundled software support
- Neat, self-contained footprint
Brother has a good range of small, mono laser all-in-ones, but the DCP-7070DW has the specs of a top-end model with most of what home and small offices will need.
It’s a neat, square-cut machine with rounded front corners and a flair upwards from its small-footprint base. Completely cased in a textured and high-gloss black, the machine has a simple, single-sheet flatbed scanner with extending hinges to its lid to allow scanning of book pages, as well as individual sheets.
The control panel is simple and well laid out. As the machine doesn’t include fax functions, there’s no need for a numeric pad and here there’s just a two-line by 16-character backlit LCD, with navigation controls to its right and function and option selectors to its left. These include a button for duplex print, which is standard on the DCP-7070DW and others to start a scan and cancel a print job. Finally there are start and stop buttons for copying, at the extreme right.
The scanner section lifts on sprung hinges so you can get at the top of the laser printer engine, in case of any paper jams. The front panel also hinges forward, revealing the combined drum and toner cartridge, which slides out from the front. Set into the front panel is a flip-down panel which provides single-sheet feed of special media and below this is a 250-sheet main paper tray. No extra trays are available for expansion.
At the back are sockets for USB and 10/100 Ethernet, but the machine also supports wireless networking and includes WPS setup, via button and passcode.
Brother provides a copy of Nuance PaperPort to handle document management and OCR from the scanner, as well as its own MFL-Pro Suite, covering most of the likely things you’ll want to do with the machine.