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Brother DCP-J925DW review

A new budget home printer from Brother, but is it good value for money?

Our Verdict

For

  • Good value for money
  • Decent feature range

Against

  • Average print output
  • Mediocre build quality

Brother has a reputation for inexpensive printers with solid but unspectacular printouts. Its new range offers a better feature set than previous Brother multifunction products, but its print quality still lags behind its leading rivals. The DCP-J925DW is the priciest of three new DCP models, but is still only £150.

It has Wi-Fi 'n', Ethernet and USB connectivity, and its single paper tray has a space for postcard-sized photo paper. You still have to remove it and make a mechanical adjustment before printing photos, but it's easier than with previous Brother printers.

Duplex printing and copying are catered for, as is Pictbridge, printing from USB and most SD/MS formats, and even printing to optical discs.

Indeed, the DCP-J925DW is surprisingly fast for a budget home printer, taking just over two minutes to print a 20-page text document, and around four and a half minutes for a top-quality A4 photo.

Its text printing is robust but a little unspectacular, with characters a bit grey and blurred around the edges. Default-quality plain-paper colour printouts are bleached and banded.

After boosting the print resolution and using quality photo paper it gives reasonable results, but the colours are a little washed out and over-red, and there's a noticeable banding on the greyscale ramp.

These problems aren't hugely detrimental to the overall picture quality, but they're definitely noticeable when compared to any of Canon's PIXMA range or the HP Photosmart's output.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Multifunction Printer
Maximum Photo Print Speed15 Second
Green CompliantYes
Wireless LANYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Standard Input Media Capacity120 sheets
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
ISO Color Copy Speed (ipm)6
ISO Color Print Speed (ipm)10
ISO Mono Copy Speed (ipm)6
ISO Mono Print Speed (ipm)12
Maximum Mono Print Speed (ppm)35
Maximum Color Print Speed (ppm)27
Maximum Mono Copy Speed (cpm)23
Maximum Color Copy Speed (cpm)20
Product FamilyDCP
Maximum Print Resolution1200 x 6000 dpi
Brand NameBrother
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourColour
Duplex PrintingAutomatic
Media SizeA4, Ledger, Legal, Letter, Executive, B4 (JIS), B5 (JIS), A5, A6, Index Card, L, 2L, Postcard, Double Postcard, C5 Envelope, Com10 Envelope, DL Envelope, Monarch, JE4 Envelope, A4 - 210 mm x 297 mm, Ledger - 432 mm x 279 mm, Legal - 216 mm x 356 mm, Letter - 216 mm x 279 mm, Executive - 267 mm x 184 mm, A5 - 148 mm x 210 mm, A6 - 105 mm x 148 mm, 102 mm x 152 mm, Index Card - 127 mm x 203 mm, L - 89 mm x 127 mm, 2L - 127 mm x 178 mm, Postcard - 100 mm x 148 mm, Double Postcard - 148 mm x 200 mm, C5 Envelope - 162 mm x 229 mm, Com10 Envelope - 105 mm x 241 mm, DL Envelope - 110 mm x 220 mm
Multifunction DevicesCopier/Printer/Scanner
Recommended UsePhoto/Disc Print
Optical Resolution2400 dpi
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR, Blue Angel
TouchscreenYes
Copy ColorColour
Scan ColorColour
EthernetYes
Maximum Copy Resolution1200 x 1200 dpi
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed2
Number of Input Trays Supported2
Interpolated Resolution19200 dpi
Maximum Input Media Capacity120 sheets
USB Direct PrintingYes
Height180 mm
Width405 mm
Depth378 mm
Media TypePlain Paper, Inkjet Paper, Glossy Paper, Transparency, Photo Paper, Envelope, Index Card, Postcard, Photo Card, CD/DVD/BD
Product SeriesDCP
Colour Depth48-bit
Copier TypeFlatbed
ManufacturerBrother Industries, Ltd
Product ModelDCP-J925DW
Product NameDCP-J925DW Multifunction Printer
Scanner TypeFlatbed
Screen Size8.3 cm (3.3")
Image SensorCIS
Manufacturer Part NumberDCPJ925DWZU1
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.brother.co.uk
Marketing Information

This A4 inkjet all-in-one printer is the perfect choice for a home or small office environment. It provides you with all the professional standards you'd expect from your office equipment, fast quality printing, clear sharp copying, and high quality scanning and faxing, all in one compact machine. And because of its sleek black styling it will look just as good at home as it will in the office. There's no compromise on features, with automatic double-sided printing provided as standard to save time and money and wireless network-ready out of the box so you can share with other users. And because it's one of the most eco-friendly machines on the market you benefit from low power consumption and low noise levels.

Number of Copies99
Platform SupportedPC, Mac
Package Contents
  • DCP-J925DW Multifunction Printer
  • 1 x Black Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Cyan Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Magenta Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Yellow Ink Cartridge
  • Paper Pack Sample A4
  • Power Supply Cord
  • Quick Set Up Guide
  • Software & Driver CD
  • Telephone Line Cord
  • User Guide
Limited Warranty1 Year
Standard Memory64 MB
Weight (Approximate)9 kg