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Brother MFC-J6510DW review

Brother's new affordable A3 printer also photocopies, scans and faxes

Our Verdict

A neat multifunction device for those wanting to squeeze A3 printing into the home, but it doesn't really excel in any area.

For

  • Solid, robust build
  • Acceptable print quality
  • Good print speeds
  • Cheap to buy and run
  • As compact as it can be…

Against

  • …but still bulky
  • Text a little washed out
  • Only one paper tray
  • Rear feeder only single sheet
  • Photo prints lack vibrancy

The price of A3 printers has fallen to the point where they're within the reach of the home user, but until recently they've still been too expensive for occasional use.

If you regularly print A3 signage, posters or art projects, you might feel justified in splashing out on a home inkjet A3 printer or multifunction device. But the casual user who does most of his or her printing in A4, but would like to be able to print at the larger size once in a while, would struggle to justify the investment.

But Brother's entry-level MFD, which can be bought online for under £250, could change all that.

The J6510DW has an impressive feature set. You can connect to your computer or home network using USB, Wi-Fi or Ethernet, print on both sides of the paper with its duplex printing option or straight from your camera with PictBridge.

It faxes, scans and photocopies up to A3 in size, offering an enhanced scan resolution of up to 19,200dpi dpi and a print resolution of up to 6000 x 1200 dpi.

The paper tray is augmented by a sheet feeder at the rear, which is great for photo paper and light card, but unfortunately only takes one page at a time.

There's a 35-page document feeder on the top, and an 8.3cm colour LCD that can be tilted to suit your viewing angle. It takes four ink tanks (CMYK), so there's no second black tank with pigmented ink for text.

Now the price barrier has been breached, the main disadvantage of having an A3 multifunction device in your home is the space it takes up. Brother has done a pretty good job of minimising the J6510DW's footprint. The telescopic paper tray expands to hold A3 sheets, but sits flush with the front of the machine when used for A4. Even so, it's still considerably larger and heavier than an A4 multifunction printer, so make sure you have somewhere suitable to put it.

Print quality is workmanlike, but unremarkable. Printed text looks a little grey and washed out compared to a Canon or HP printer, and if you get in close, the edges of the characters look a little fuzzy. Not that its text printing is bad; far from it. It just looks a little tired next to a top-quality pigmented-black printer.

Default-quality plain-paper photo prints also look washed out, but photo printing at higher quality is much better, especially when using photo paper.

However, it's not perfect. Although well detailed, the photo prints could be more vivid, and they're a little over-red, but they're far from poor. Our 20-page test document (A4) took two minutes, 39 seconds to print, which is agreeably speedy.

Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Multifunction Printer
Green CompliantYes
Wireless LANYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Standard Input Media Capacity251 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)28
Maximum Mono Copy Speed (cpm)23
Maximum Color Copy Speed (cpm)20
Product FamilyMFC
Maximum Print Resolution1200 x 6000 dpi
Brand NameBrother
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourColour
Duplex PrintingAutomatic
Media SizeA3, A4, Ledger, Letter, Legal, Executive, B4 (JIS), B5 (JIS), A5, A6, Index Card, Com10 Envelope, DL Envelope, Monarch, JE4 Envelope, L, 2L, Double Postcard, Postcard, A3 - 297 mm x 420 mm, A4 - 210 mm x 297 mm, Ledger - 432 mm x 279 mm, Letter - 216 mm x 279 mm, Legal - 216 mm x 356 mm, Executive - 267 mm x 184 mm, A5 - 148 mm x 210 mm, A6 - 105 mm x 148 mm, Index Card - 127 mm x 203 mm, Com10 Envelope - 105 mm x 241 mm, DL Envelope - 110 mm x 220 mm, L - 88.90 mm x 127 mm, 101.60 mm x 152.40 mm, 2L - 127 mm x 198.12 mm, Double Postcard - 147.32 mm x 203.20 mm, Postcard - 99.06 mm x 147.32 mm
Multifunction DevicesCopier/Fax/Printer/Scanner
Recommended UsePlain Paper Print
Optical Resolution2400 dpi
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR, Blue Angel
TouchscreenYes
Copy ColorColour
Scan ColorColour
Fax ColorColour
EthernetYes
Maximum Copy Resolution1200 x 1200 dpi
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed2
Number of Input Trays Supported2
Interpolated Resolution19200 x 19200 dpi
Maximum Input Media Capacity251 sheets
Height257 mm
Width540 mm
Depth489 mm
Media TypePlain Paper, Inkjet Paper, Glossy Paper, Transparency, Photo Paper, Envelope, Postcard
Product SeriesMFC
Colour Depth48-bit
Copier TypeFlatbed
ManufacturerBrother Industries, Ltd
Product ModelMFC-J6510DW
Product NameMFC-J6510DW Multifunction Printer
Scanner TypeFlatbed
Screen Size8.3 cm (3.3")
Modem Speed33.60 Kbps
Manufacturer Part NumberMFCJ6510DWZU1
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.brother.co.uk
Marketing Information

An all-round professional - that's the MFC-J6510DW! Its biggest feature is the affordable A3 printing, copying, scanning and faxing, alongside the handy A3 double-sided printing feature - ideal if you want to save paper or even create your own A4 brochures in-house! It's fast with 12/10 images per minute mono/colour print speed, plus with the XL ink cartridge option lasting up to an incredible 2400 pages, you'll save on running costs. It's also great for sharing, thanks to the enhanced connectivity of wireless N technology.

Number of Copies99
Platform SupportedPC, Mac
Package Contents
  • MFC-J6510DW Multifunction Printer
  • 1 x Black Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Cyan Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Magenta Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Yellow Ink Cartridge
  • Software CD-ROM
  • User's Manual
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Telephone Line Cord
  • A3 Sample Paper Pack
Limited Warranty1 Year
Standard Memory64 MB
Weight (Approximate)15.80 kg