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Brother DCP-365CN review

Is this extremely cheap multifunction device a bargain or a false economy?

Our Verdict

Not for connoisseurs, but a inexpensive way to get hold of a decent MFD

For

  • Extremely cheap
  • Solid feature range

Against

  • Tired-looking text
  • One feeder tray

The Brother DCP- 365CN is clearly aimed at the user who only needs a printer every now and then and welcomes scanning and photocopying functionality without making regular use of it.

High-end features are cut back to keep the price down.

The read-out screen is a single-line monochrome LCD and there's only a single paper tray. But you can still scan documents, enlarge or reduce your colour or mono photocopies and view your photos on your Mac through its SD card reader or PictBridge feature.

The DCP-365CN is easy to set up. You can connect through USB or Ethernet, but if you've no interest in network printing, the USB only DCP-195C is otherwise identical and about £10 cheaper.

It printed our 20-page text document in just over seven minutes, and tackled a highest quality A4 photo print in just under ten minutes, which is pedestrian, but not sluggish.

Text quality is a little washed-out and tired compared to the latest pigmented-ink printers, but the characters are clear and consistent, even at very low point sizes.

Its photo prints are clear and precise, with smooth gradient ramps and very little banding, though the colours were a little bleached, especially on flesh tones.

Having to remove your standard A4 paper and replace it with photo paper in the printer's one and only feeder tray is quite annoying too.

Inevitably, the Brother DCP-365CN can't match a top-range HP or Canon for print quality or feature range. Yet for the price, it's excellent value for money.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Multifunction Printer
Maximum Photo Print Speed49 Second
Standard Input Media Capacity120 sheets
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
Maximum Mono Print Speed (ppm)33
Maximum Color Print Speed (ppm)27
Maximum Mono Copy Speed (cpm)22
Maximum Color Copy Speed (cpm)20
Product FamilyDCP
Maximum Print Resolution6000 x 1200 dpi
Brand NameBrother
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourColour
Media SizeA5, A6, Executive, Letter, Legal, B5 (JIS), Postcard, C5 Envelope, Com10 Envelope, DL Envelope, JE4 Envelope, A4
Multifunction DevicesCopier/Printer/Scanner
Recommended UsePhoto Print
Optical Resolution1200 dpi
Copy ColorColour
Scan 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 Capacity120 sheets
Height150 mm
Width390 mm
Depth365 mm
Media TypeInkjet Paper, Glossy Paper, Transparency, Index Card, Plain Paper
Product SeriesDCP
Colour Depth36-bit
Copier TypeFlatbed
ManufacturerBrother Industries, Ltd
Product ModelDCP-365CN
Product NameDCP-365CN Multifunction Printer
Processor Speed128 MHz
Scanner TypeFlatbed
Manufacturer Part NumberDCP365CNZUI
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.brother.co.uk
Marketing Information

When your business grows, so does your need for printing, copying and scanning - which is why the low cost DCP-365CN is ideal for a small office. It does all that and more, and best of all it can be networked so it can be shared between up to 3 people. So you end up saving space and reducing running costs. Smart.

Platform SupportedPC, Mac
Package Contents
  • DCP-365CN Multifunction Printer
  • 1 x Black Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Cyan Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Magenta Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Yellow Ink Cartridge
  • Paper Pack
  • Software
  • Power Supply Cord
  • Quick Set Up Giude
  • User Guide
Limited Warranty1 Year
Standard Memory32 MB
Weight (Approximate)7.10 kg