Brother MFC-J430W review

Simon Handby
15 Jan 2013
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A home office MFP that's affordable to buy and run, but its performance is only average



print speed, USB, 802.11b/g/n wireless, 180x405x378mm

The Brother MFC-J430W is a squat device that can print, scan, copy and fax. There's also a smallish colour display and wireless networking, but no wired Ethernet connection or memory card slots. This is an office-orientated device, though, so memory card slots aren’t a surprising omission.

Brother MFC-J430W

This MFP has a single paper tray that clatters paper noisily into its belly. It's not the only part that feels a little cheap; the 20-sheet automatic document feeder (ADF) is formed by a panel that flexes, and which needs a firm push at the rear edge to lock it closed when not in use, otherwise it swings open when the lid is raised for access to the scanner platen. The lid's hinges extend upwards to accommodate thick original documents, but it's a wobbly movement rather than a precise one.

Brother MFC-J430W

The MFC-J430W takes four ink cartridges inserted into a compartment at the front right, with ink fed to the heads via capillary tubes. While this is generally a quiet device, this ink system produces a characteristic high-pitched sucking sound, and the control panel tends to chirp and beep more than most - you can turn audio alerts off, though. The choice of ink cartridges includes Brother's LC1240 range which are good for 600 pages each, giving this MFP reasonable running costs of 7.6p per page overall.

Brother MFC-J430W

Despite the lack of a touchscreen, this is an easy device to use directly rather than via a PC, with the exception that entering a wireless password can be a fiddle if not using Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS). It's a similar story with the print driver, in which the options are ranged across three simple tabs, with a pane at the left to summarise the selected options. It's straightforward to change individual options or to select a profile from the Print Profiles tab.

Brother MFC-J430W manual duplex

The MFC-J430W can't print on both sides of a page, but it can help you do it manually