No sheet feeder; slightly dull photo output
Brother’s DCP-J925DW is a very competent multi-function ink- jet. With Wi-Fi connectivity as well as USB, the DCP-J925DW delivers great quality output. There’s also support for DVD/CD printing, duplex and multiple paper feeds.
Installation was easy, with basic printing functions available using a driver that installs automatically from Software Update. It’s a good thing as the accompanying CD wasn’t supported under OS X Lion. The touchscreen on the front of the DCP- J925DW made it easy to configure the network connection for our wireless LAN.
We put the DCP-J925DW through its paces by printing a range of documents and photos. Overall, we thought the DCP-J925DW delivered good quality output without being outstanding. For example, our sample photos looked great in isolation but when compared to output from the Canon and Epson printers we reviewed, they seemed to be less rich and vibrant. The differences were subtle but noticeable.
With business documents, text and fine lines were rendered clearly. The duplexing feature works well. Our only disappointment was that photos printed on plain paper seemed quite dull and flat. Again, this was only noticeable in comparison with other printers.
The DCP-J925DW has two paper trays – one for A4 stock and the other for 5 x 7 photo paper. Switching between the two required that we extract the paper tray and move a slider to bring the tray we wanted to use into play. It wasn’t a big deal but we’d prefer an automated system for switching paper feeds. Also, the scanner on the DCP-J925DW lacks a sheet feeder.
Macworld Australia’s buying advice:
For the price, the Brother DCP-J925DW delivers a good range of features and solid, but unspectacular, output. Those looking to do a lot of scanning might prefer a unit with a sheet-feeder but that is offset by the ability to print on CD/DVD media.