Brother MFC-J625DW Tests

November 3, 2011 by Amber Riippa Reads (28,952)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service & Support
    • 7
    • Print Quality
    • 5
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 3
    • Performance / Print Speed
    • 7
    • Features
    • 6
    • Operational Costs
    • 6
    • Total Score:
    • 5.67
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Print speed and quality tests
The MFC-J625DW has an advertised maximum black (monochrome) print speed of 35 pages per minute on its main product web page. We found this to be untrue, and frankly, unrealistic. The machine was able to print a maximum of 16 pages per minute when it was set on the “fast print” or draft setting; that was the most. Which is very fast, some of the fastest speeds available in this class, but 35 pages per minute was never reached.

While printing monochrome on the default setting, it took the machine 18 seconds to print the first page. Under the same settings it took an average of 4 seconds to print each page. We clocked an average of 10 pages per minute and it was able to print 40 black-and-white text pages within 3 minutes and 33 seconds.

The main product web page for this device also states that it can reach 27 pages per minute while printing in color. We found this also to be untrue; we were able to print 9 pages per minute. The first page out time varied from 12-26 seconds. It took an average of 4 seconds for each page to print, and we clocked 3 minutes and 50 seconds for an overall color print time for 40 pages.

Under the “fast” or “draft” print settings, 40 black text pages could be printed in 2 minutes and 45 seconds; these are very fast times for a product in this class. We printed about 16 pages per minute under the same settings; about 3 seconds per page. The first page out time was 10 seconds.

It took 55 seconds to print a standard quality full-page color 8.5 x 11-inch photo. Comparatively, for high quality photos, it took a long time to print – 4 minutes and 25 seconds to be exact. We found it odd that there’s such a huge difference in time between the standard photos and the high quality ones; usually it’s no more than a minute and a half. It took 22 seconds to print a 4 x 6 color photo on the standard setting and 1 minute and 43 seconds to print the same photo on the high quality setting.

We were very pleased with the way our black text pages turned out. The text is crisp and clear, making the text easy to read and see. The draft pages turned out to be good as well; it’ll save you on ink while still remaining legible. 

Left: normal text print, Right: draft/fast quality text print

The photo printing on the J625DW is good, but not the best for its class. Colors are not as vibrant as some other all-in-one devices from other manufacturers. But, there are no problems in the prints such as extra lines or bad shading. There is a slight difference between the high quality photo prints and the standard quality ones–colors are much more vibrant and apparent when printing in high quality. As you can see below, the purple in the image to the right appears more reddish-purple instead of that royal purple you see in the original image to the left.

Left: original digital image, Right: scan of the same image on 8.5 x 11 glossy paper

The biggest problem we found when testing this device is that it simply couldn’t physically grab the glossy photo paper we had on hand in the office. When we contacted customer support the conclusion the representative came to is that we weren’t using the proper photo paper. While other photo all-in-ones are able to print on virtually any 8.5 x 11 glossy photo paper, this machine can’t print on heavy photo paper, meaning you won’t be able to print on high gloss paper, for example. This might be a major turn off for users buying this device for photo printing because standard glossy photo paper won’t produce high quality photo prints. The Brother Innobella BP71GLTR paper is recommended and the paper tray has a minimum weight requirement of 17 lbs. and a maximum weight requirement of 58 lbs. to be functional.

We didn’t have any problems printing 4 x 6 color photos and thought the prints were of pretty decent quality. But, overall, this device lacks in quality in photo printing. Other machines in its class can out-perform it; leaving this printer with simply a “decent” rating.

Left: 4 x 6 photo in high quality, Right: color on plain paper sample

Ink control tests
In our ink control tests we exhaust a new set of toner cartridges, meaning we keep printing until it runs out. It’s exhausted when the printer refuses to print any more quality documents without replacing the cartridges. We do the test at a ratio of three black and white text pages to one full color page. We feel the 3:1 ratio is fair because the average user will most likely print more text than color.

The Brother MFC-J625DW comes shipped with four standard capacity inks in black, cyan, magenta and yellow; the LC71BK, LC71C, LC71M, and the LC71Y. It’s also compatible with the Innobella high yield XL series ink, the LC75BK, LC75C, LC75M, and the LC75Y.

Using the 3:1 ratio, the device was able to print 210 pages until the low ink indicator popped up on the LCD. The black and magenta inks were quite low when this happened and the yellow was still about half-way full. Cyan was still about 3/4 of the way full. The machine was able to keep printing past the 210 page marker, and printed a total of 307 pages until the quality lessened so much that the cartridges had to be changed. We didn’t have any problems at all with jams or misfeeds during the tests.

Energy tests
The J625DW is Energy Star qualified and pulled some excellent money-saving numbers when we tested for its energy use. When it’s not in use or in “ready” mode, it stands at an even 5 watts. When it’s printing in the default print mode it runs between 8-16 watts. When printing in draft mode it runs at a slightly higher energy; 9-19 watts. When printing 4 x 6 color photos on default it uses between 14 and 15 watts. When printing 8.5 x 11 photos in the same setting it runs between 14 and 15 watts. When compared to other AIOs in its class, these numbers are slightly lower (meaning, this device doesn’t use much energy at all to run). 



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