The print quality is nothing special, either. Black text is fuzzy and jagged and ink saturation is poor, so the white paper fibres show through in places, giving the text a dark grey, rather than fully black appearance.
Colours on plain paper, while looking a little anaemic, are smoothly laid onto the paper, with no signs of banding and good colour fidelity. Black text registration over colour is also good. A full-colour copy reproduces colours quite well, though again paler than in the originals.
Photographic prints, on Brother’s own glossy photo paper, are well detailed and include smooth colour transitions and reasonably natural colourings. Shadow detail is spoiled by some loss of definition as darker shades tend to black.
Although the machine is well provided with assistance screens to help sort out any problems, it’s a bit too keen for you to follow them. For example, if you try to print and the MFC-795CW runs out a paper, it demands you refill the paper tray and won’t let you cancel the error condition until it has completed the job. If you decide not to finish the print task, you have to turn the printer off and on again to make it forget – the Stop/Exit button has no effect.
The MFC-795CW can only use the standard-yield LC-1100 series cartridges, while some other machines in the range can also take the HY versions. This limits the economy you can achieve with the machine, though in its intended market this may not be a problem.
You can get slightly better costs by buying the four cartridges in a bundle pack and we’ve used this to calculate page costs, which come out at 3.72p for an ISO black page. This makes it more expensive to run than the Epson and HP machines we’ve referred to on the previous page, though around one penny per page less than the Lexmark.
The colour page cost comes out at 10.64p, which is again more expensive than the Epson and HP, nearly 3p per page more in the case of comparison with the HP Photosmart Premium C309g.
While the fax and phone – complete with answering machine – may be a useful adjunct to the core features of print, scan, copy and photo transfer, it’s hard to recommend the MFC-795CW because its underlying print facilities are slow and print quality, certainly on plain paper, is less than ideal. Brother sells a lot of this style of inkjet all-in-one, so there must be a market for convenience over ultimate print quality, but we’d advise looking carefully at the competition.