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Brother DCP-J925DW review

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


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 6×4″ 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 10×8″ 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 resolution 6,000×1,200dpi
Max optical resolution 2,400dpi
Output bit depth 24-bit

Quoted Speeds

Quoted speed, mono A4 35ppm
Quoted speed, colour A4 27ppm

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two 10x8in photos 1.0 8m 13s
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.0 11m 14s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfaces USB, 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n wireless
Optional printer interfaces none
Size 108x405x378mm
Weight 9.3kg
Noise (in normal use) 50dB(A)

Paper Handling

Maximum paper size A4/legal
Maximum paper weight 220gsm
Standard paper inputs 2
Standard paper input capacity 120
Maximum paper inputs 2
Maximum paper input capacity 120
Duplex (code, cost if option) Yes


Printer technology piezo inkjet
Supported operating systems Windows XP/Vista/7, Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later
Other inkjet features 8.3cm colour touchscreen
Other inkjet options none

Buying Information

Price £135
Consumable parts and prices £10 each
Price per colour A4 page 5.0p
Quoted life of supplied black cartridge 300 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
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 8s
A4 document at 150dpi 9s
A4 document at 300dpi 13s
6x4in photo at 600dpi 15s
6x4in photo at 1200dpi 39s

Tested Copy Speeds

Time for single A4 mono copy 1.0 19s
Time for single A4 colour copy 1.0 18s
Time for 10 A4 copies using feeder 2.0 2m 31s

Photo Features

PictBridge support Yes
Borderless printing A4
Direct (PC-less) printing Yes
Supported memory cards SD, MMC, Memory Stick/Pro
CD printing Yes

Copy Features

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

Fax Features

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