Brother MFC-795CW Wireless All-in-One Inkjet Review


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  • Review Price: £178.70

If you look at the Brother site, you’ll see 15 different all-in-one inkjet printers, most of which bear more than a passing resemblance to the MFC-795CW. All of the main printer makers are trying to rationalise their ranges by employing the same or similar print engines throughout and differentiating between them by feature set.

This machine has three outstanding features to separate it from others in the range. It links wirelessly, as well as by Ethernet or USB, has a responsive, easy-to-use touchscreen and it includes a phone handset and built-in telephone answering machine, as well as fax. This makes it a good fit in any office with restricted space, as it can handle most of the main office tasks in one compact unit.

All decked out in black, with a wide-aspect touchscreen for most controls and a neatly styled Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) built into the scanner lid, the machine also sports sockets for the main memory card types and a dual-purpose socket for PictBridge cameras and USB drives.

The main paper tray can take up to 100-sheets of plain paper and has a 20-sheet photo paper tray piggybacked on top, though you have to push this into the machine manually when switching to photo print. 15 x 10cm photos don’t quite eject from the front of the MFC-795CW and you have to go foraging to fetch them out.

The four ink cartridges plug in behind a cover to the right of the paper trays, which is very convenient, and the bundled software, which includes Brother’s own multifunction software and a copy of Nuance PaperPort, installs easily. There are drivers for Windows and OS X and Brother is keen to point out that these work with Windows 7 and Snow Leopard.

Of all the silly inkjet speed claims made by printer makers, Brother’s are the furthest from reality. OK, they may be for draft print, exclude processing time and use an idealised test document, but they bear so little relation to what you’ll see in typical use as to be worthless.

Brother claims this machine can print 35 mono pages or 28 colour ones per minute. We didn’t see one tenth of these speeds. Our five-page black text document took 1min 46s to complete, which is equivalent to a speed of 2.83ppm. The longer, 20-page test took 6mins 45s, or 2.96ppm and the five-page black text and colour graphics job took 2mins 5s, or 2.40ppm.

For comparison, equivalently priced machines from Epson (Stylus Photo PX710W), HP (Photosmart Premium C309g) and Lexmark (Prevail Pro705) had five-page black speeds of 6.67ppm, 7.89ppm and 3.90ppm and five-page text and colour graphics speeds of 6.00ppm, 4.00ppm and 3.70ppm. The MFC-795CW is a very slow all-in-one.

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