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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

Given the low cost and relatively cheap replacement ink tanks, the Brother J6510DW multifunction device is good value for money. But if you need an A3 printer for serious art projects, high-end photo printing or other tasks where only stellar print quality is acceptable, you're better off looking elsewhere and spending a little more.

Brother's A3 range of multifunction devices is undoubtedly improving, and definitely falling in price. With the Brother MFC-J6510DW A3 printer, fax, scanner, and photocopier available for under £250 online, it's now within the price range of those who only need A3 printing every now and again.

We liked

Brother has clearly made an effort to keep the J6510DW's footprint as small as possible, with a compact design and a telescopic paper tray that extends to fit A3 sheets. Comprehensive connectivity options mean you can connect through Wi-Fi, USB or Ethernet, and its print quality is entirely serviceable.

We disliked

Despite the efforts made to keep the J6510DW as compact as possible, it's inevitably still bulky. Print quality is workmanlike, and cannot match the output of, say, HP's Photosmart B8550 A3 printer. A single paper tray is a drawback too, especially if you need regular access to both A3 and A4 paper.

Verdict

The Brother MFC-J6510DW A3 multifunction device is competent, but unremarkable. It's easy to use, robustly built and as compact as an A3 printer can possibly be, but its print results are serviceable rather than stellar. It's good for low-cost, casual use, but if you need outstanding results, this isn't the printer for you.

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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