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Brother DCP-7030 review

Kat Orphanides
16 Apr 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
113
inc VAT

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Specifications

mono laser, 22ppm print speed, USB, 257x428x396mm

Brother's DCP-7030 is a compact mono laser MFP that wouldn't look out of place in any home or small office.

Costing just £79, it's the cheapest mono laser printer here and, although it lacks an ADF and fax capabilities, is ideal for everyday copying and printing tasks.

The DCP-7030 only has a USB connection, which means that you'll have to configure your PC to share it or buy a router with printer support if you want to use it over a network. The driver suite includes Paperport 11SE document management software, but if you would rather use a different package or you don't require document management, the installation disc includes a version of the suite without Paperport.

The printer has a native resolution of 600x600dpi but is capable of an effective resolution of 1,200x600dpi with software enhancement. This proved particularly helpful on our test photographs, which had sharper lines, smoother shading and much less visible dithering in HQ 1200 mode. A set of three pages of images took 22 seconds to print at this enhanced quality, compared to 17 seconds at the printer's native 600dpi resolution.

We were impressed by the speed and quality of the DCP-7030's greyscale document prints, which emerged at a phenomenal 19.2ppm. Although there was some blocky dithering in places, prints looked great, with an excellent range of shades and smooth curves. Standard text printed at a swift 20.3ppm and the first page emerged in just 11 seconds. Scan quality is limited by the 600x2,400dpi maximum optical resolution, but scans were sharp and accurately coloured.

Toner costs of just 1.5p per mono page are also excellent, and total ownership costs were also surprisingly low, despite the cost of replacing the separate drum unit.

The DCP-7030 doesn't have loads of features but is great value if you're after a good-quality compact MFP at a low price. It's an ideal personal printer for a light to medium workload, which makes it our Budget Buy.

Basic Specifications

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Maximum native print resolution600x600dpi
Max optical resolution600x2,400dpi
Output bit depth24-bit

Quoted Speeds

Quoted speed, mono A422ppm

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two greyscale 10x8in photos 1.118s
Time for six greyscale 6x4in photos 1.022s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfacesUSB
Optional printer interfacesnone
Size257x428x396mm
Weight9.9kg
Noise (in normal use)51dB(A)
Power consumption standby5W
Power consumption idle6W
Power consumption active877W

Paper Handling

Maximum paper sizeA4/legal
Maximum paper weight163gsm
Standard paper inputs1
Standard paper input capacity250
Maximum paper inputs1
Maximum paper input capacity250
Duplex (code, cost if option)No

General

Printer technologymono laser
Language(s)host-based
Supported operating systemsWindows 2000/XP/XP-64/Vista/Vista-64, Mac OS X 10.2.5+, Linux
Maximum printer memory16MB
Other laser features and optionsprint from USB, scan to USB, three year onsite warranty extension ZWPS0110, £30

Buying Information

Price£113
Consumable parts and prices1,500 page black TN-2110, £33, 2,600 page black TN-2120, £47, 12,000 page drum DR-2100, £56
Price per mono A4 page1.80p
Price of 2nd paper cassetteN/A
Warrantyone year onsite
Supplierhttp://www.printerbase.co.uk
Detailswww.brother.co.uk

Tested Scan Speeds

Full scan area preview16s
A4 document at 150dpi17s
A4 document at 300dpi36s
6x4in photo at 600dpi36s
6x4in photo at 1200dpiN/A

Tested Copy Speeds

Time for single A4 mono copy 1.012s
Time for 10 A4 copies using feeder 2.0N/A

Copy Features

Maximum number of copies99
Max mono copy resolution600x600dpi

Fax Features

Max mono fax resolutionN/A
Fax memory (maximum mono pages)N/A