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Brother DCP-J925DW review

Simon Handby
6 Sep 2011
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
134.70
inc VAT

The best of the competition have it beaten for scan and photo quality, but this is still a competent all-rounder

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Specifications

35ppm print speed, USB, 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n wireless, 108x405x378mm

Brother's range of compact inkjet MFPs may have sprouted new features over the years, but their squat shape has remained instantly recognisable. That said, we did a bit of a double-take after unpacking the DCP-J925DW; while the shape and layout are familiar, it's made from higher quality plastics than we've come to expect. The body is textured black plastic, while the top and control panel are glossy and livened up with a swirly pattern. The overall effect is a subtle but welcome, and helps to bring the printer up to date.

Brother DCP-J925DW open

The DCP-J925DW is positioned at the higher end of the range, and comes with wired and wireless networking but no fax. The printer has automatic duplex (double-sided) printing, and the scanner has a 20-sheet automatic document feeder (ADF) for multi-page jobs. Like the HP Envy reviewed opposite, control is via a colour touchscreen. Although the display isn't quite as crisp as the HP printer's, it's far more responsive, making the Brother MFP as a whole more straightforward to use.

Brother DCP-J925DW top

Brother's MFL-Pro software suite includes print drivers that are particularly easy to use. All the key print settings are gathered into the initial print properties dialogue, with more advanced settings tidied away where they're easy to find if needed. The TWAIN interface for scanning is similarly simple and effective, with the exception that the auto-crop feature isn't available during a preview scan: you have to trust that it will correctly detect your document in a full scan, or do a preview scan and set the marquee manually.

Although the DCP-J925DW has a single slide out paper cassette, this has separate compartments for A4 paper and 6x4" photo paper. You needn't unload one to use the other, but you do need to manually engage or disengage the photo tray. During our 10x8" photo tests the printer refused to pick the last sheet of A4 photo paper; we had to add more sheets and repeat the test. During our draft print test it also double-fed paper on occasion, allowing a couple of blank pages to sneak into the output.

Brother DCP-J925DW top

This snag aside, it's a rapid text printer. Its draft quality produced blocky text, but normal prints were bolder, crisper and not too much slower. At just under 5ppm, colour printing was acceptably quick, too, though the page order of the results was reversed. Photo prints weren't especially rapid, but we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the results, prompting us to compare them against samples from previous Brother inkjets we've reviewed. On plain and photo paper, it's clear that the DCP-J925DW's print quality is a small step forward for Brother printers.

Its scanner isn't the best we've seen. The images it captured were fairly sharp, with reasonably accurate colours, but it tended to muddy the darkest shades, losing detail from the darkest regions of our originals. That didn't stop the DCP-J925DW producing high quality photocopies, however. Overall, it's an easy-to-use general-purpose multifunction that produces decent all-round results.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
Maximum native print resolution6,000x1,200dpi
Max optical resolution2,400dpi
Output bit depth24-bit

Quoted Speeds

Quoted speed, mono A435ppm
Quoted speed, colour A427ppm

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two 10x8in photos 1.08m 13s
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.011m 14s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfacesUSB, 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n wireless
Optional printer interfacesnone
Size108x405x378mm
Weight9.3kg
Noise (in normal use)50dB(A)

Paper Handling

Maximum paper sizeA4/legal
Maximum paper weight220gsm
Standard paper inputs2
Standard paper input capacity120
Maximum paper inputs2
Maximum paper input capacity120
Duplex (code, cost if option)Yes

General

Printer technologypiezo inkjet
Supported operating systemsWindows XP/Vista/7, Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later
Other inkjet features8.3cm colour touchscreen
Other inkjet optionsnone

Buying Information

Price£135
Consumable parts and prices£10 each
Price per colour A4 page5.0p
Quoted life of supplied black cartridge300 pages (ISO/IEC 24712)
Quoted life of supplied colour cartridge(s)300 pages each (ISO/IEC 24712)
Quoted life of supplied photo cartridge(s)N/A
Warrantyone-year RTB
Supplierhttp://www.morecomputers.com
Detailswww.brother.co.uk

Print Quality

Number of ink colours4
Number of ink cartridges4
Maximum number of ink colours4
Maximum number of cartridges4
Quoted photo durability100 years
Quoted photo durability sourceBrother

Tested Scan Speeds

Full scan area preview8s
A4 document at 150dpi9s
A4 document at 300dpi13s
6x4in photo at 600dpi15s
6x4in photo at 1200dpi39s

Tested Copy Speeds

Time for single A4 mono copy 1.019s
Time for single A4 colour copy 1.018s
Time for 10 A4 copies using feeder 2.02m 31s

Photo Features

PictBridge supportYes
Borderless printingA4
Direct (PC-less) printingYes
Supported memory cardsSD, MMC, Memory Stick/Pro
CD printingYes

Copy Features

Maximum number of copies99
Max mono copy resolution1,200dpi
Max colour copy resolution1,200dpi

Fax Features

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