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Brother MFC-J6520DW review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £142.74
inc VAT

Dowdy, with unremarkable results. This A3 MFP's strongest feature is low costs


print speed, USB, 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n wireless, 247x553x433

Brother’s MFC-J6520DW is an office inkjet multifunction peripheral (MFP), capable of printing, scanning, copying and faxing A3 documents, and it’s priced well. It even has support for wired and wireless networks, direct wireless printing, duplex (double-sided) printing and a colour touchscreen.

Brother MFC-J6520DW

The MFC-J6520DW’s glossy white plastic looks good in Brother’s photos, but in the real-life it’s a disappointingly dowdy device. There are some nice design touches, though, such as the strong, telescoping hinges for the scanner lid and the way that the 35-sheet automatic document feeder (ADF) folds shut when not in use. Others are less successful. We’re not sure why Brother still hides its USB, network and phone ports under the scanner bed.

Brother MFC-J6520DW

The paper input tray, which feels and sounds incredibly cheap, is simply unpleasant to use. It rattles and crashes as you extend or collapse it to cope with different paper sizes. There are some oddities to learn, too. Paper sizes, including A4, must be loaded in landscape orientation, while others such as A3, are portrait. More annoyingly, you must set the loaded paper size via the printer’s control panel.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Maximum native print resolution 6,000×1,200dpi
Max optical resolution 2,400×2,400dpi
Output bit depth 24-bit

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two 10x8in photos 1.0 15m 55s
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.0 37m 6s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfaces USB, 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n wireless
Optional printer interfaces none
Size 247x553x433
Weight 14.5kg
Noise (in normal use) 50dB(A)
Duty cycle 26,000 pages (maximum), 1,500 pages (recommended)

Paper Handling

Maximum paper size A3
Maximum paper weight 220gsm
Standard paper inputs 1
Standard paper input capacity 250
Maximum paper inputs 1
Maximum paper input capacity 250
Duplex (code, cost if option) Yes


Printer technology piezo inkjet
Supported operating systems Windows XP or later, Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
Other inkjet features 6.8cm colour touchscreen
Other inkjet options none

Buying Information

Price £143
Consumable parts and prices £13 each
Price per colour A4 page 3.2p
Quoted life of supplied black cartridge 600 pages (ISO/IEC 24712)
Quoted life of supplied colour cartridge(s) 600 pages (ISO/IEC 24712)
Quoted life of supplied photo cartridge(s) N/A
Warranty one year RTB

Print Quality

Number of ink colours 4
Number of ink cartridges 4
Maximum number of ink colours 4
Maximum number of cartridges 4
Quoted photo durability 100 years
Quoted photo durability source Brother

Tested Scan Speeds

Full scan area preview 9s
A4 document at 150dpi 10s
A4 document at 300dpi 10s
6x4in photo at 600dpi 15s
6x4in photo at 1200dpi 38s

Tested Copy Speeds

Time for single A4 mono copy 1.0 18s
Time for single A4 colour copy 1.0 20s
Time for 10 A4 copies using feeder 2.0 1m 27s

Photo Features

PictBridge support Yes
Borderless printing A3
Direct (PC-less) printing Yes
Supported memory cards SD, Memory Stick (Duo, Pro Duo), MMC
CD printing No

Copy Features

Maximum number of copies 99
Max mono copy resolution 1,200×1,200dpi
Max colour copy resolution 1,200×1,200dpi

Fax Features

Max mono fax resolution 203x392dpi
Fax memory (maximum mono pages) 200