- Quick print speeds
- Simple wireless setup
- Useful control panel with lots of features
- Not compatible with some glossy photo paper
- Colors in photos aren't as vibrant and bright
- Inflated advertised print speeds
In August, Brother announced four new multifunction inkjets for the small office, home office market. The inkjets included in the lineup were MFC-J280w, MFC-J430w, MFC- J625dw and MFC-J825dw. They are priced between $99-$149; the spotlight of this review, the MFC-J625dw, is currently selling for $129.99.
The Brother MFC-J625DW is a wireless inkjet that can print, copy, scan and fax. It has an adjustable 1.9-inch color TouchScreen display and photo and duplex printing. It also has quite a compact form for its class, so it can be set down on almost any desk.
Read this full review to see if this inkjet deserves a place in your small office or home office.
BUILD AND DESIGN
On the outside, the Brother MFC-J625DW is much like the Brother MFC-J825dw. It’s black and silver and is covered in smooth matte surfaces, except for the glossy surfaces on the ADF and LCD. It’s extremely compact for a wireless photo all-in-one; it weighs in at just under 20 pounds and measures 15.9 x 14.9 x 7.1-inches.
The automatic document feeder (ADF) holds up to 20 sheets of paper and is located at its usual spot at the top. It folds outward to scan, fax, and copy media automatically. Up to 8.5 x 14-inch paper sizes can be placed into the ADF.
The J625DW can scan images in up to 1200 x 2400 dpi resolution (36-bit color flatbed). It has a USB flash card port in the front and a Memory Stick / Memory Stick Duo port, but images can also be scanned in with the OCR. Other options include scan to email and scan to file.
The J625DW also has the ability to wirelessly print. If you download the Brother iPrint&Scan app onto your mobile device, you may print from any location. Compatible mobile devices include Apple, Android and Windows 7.
If you lift beneath the 36-bit flatbed scanner you can access the print head and the USB printer cable port. You can tuck the cable along the crevice and close the J625DW all the way down.
The control panel covers almost the whole length of the device. It has soft-touch buttons and an adjustable color touchscreen LCD that has a diagonal span of 1.9 inches. On the left side is the on/off and home buttons, as well as the regular fax, scan, copy, and photo buttons. To the right of the LCD is the alpha-numeric keypad, as well as the fax machine buttons: redial, pause, and hook. To the very right are the stop/exit and black and color start buttons.
The front side USB flash port is underneath the control panel and to the left of the device. Two other memory card readers are to the right, Memory Stick and Memory Stick Duo. They are also fully compatible with SD, SDHC, MemoryStick Pro and Pro Duo, and PictBridge.
To load the toner cartridges, all you have to do is open the easy access panel on the right side, pop the old cartridges out, and pop the new ones in. This inkjet has a 4-toner system. Each device comes shipped with the four inks, the Brother LC71 Series standard-yield ink cartridges (Black, Yellow, Cyan, and Magenta). It can also take high-yield XL Series Brother ink. The standard inks’ monthly duty cycle is 2500 pages.
The J625DW has a paper cassette for its standard tray that you pull outwards; it has a 100-page capacity. It can print in duplex mode from this tray. Right above the paper cassette is a 4×6 photo bypass tray that can fit up to 20 sheets. This AIO can’t take most 8.5 x 11-inch glossy photo paper. It can only take up to 58 pounds and 20 sheets. Other than that, it can take transparency film and plain paper. Compatible sizes include letter, legal, executive, envelope (C5 envelope, com-10, DL envelope, monarch, JE4 envelope), A4, and photo paper sizes 4 x 6, 3.5 x 5, 5 x 7, 5 x 8, and 8 x 10-inch.
The only other connections besides the USB printer port in the print head area are the power and fax. They’re located on the left side of the device. Also located in the back is a misfeed output tray with an easy access panel to remove those pages that got stuck somewhere in the process of printing.