Great cloud features
It’s outclassed as a photo printer but Brother’s MFC-J825DW doesn’t even offer much in the way of advanced office features to help it stand out from the bunch (includes Canon PIXMA MX926, HP Photosmart 7520 and Epson Expression Premium XP-700).
This inkjet A4 printer, copier, scanner and fax relies on four ink tanks rather than five. Sacrificing a separate black ink tank for printing photos meant it was always going to struggle. Prints look washed out and flat on Brother glossy photo paper, with overblown skin tones. Even happy snappers would be disappointed if they’d seen the results from the competition.
Brother focuses more on office users but, at this price range, there’s not a lot to help this multi-function device stand out from its consumer-focused rivals. It features a 15-page Automatic Document Feeder along with a 100-sheet paper tray, with the ability to fax straight from your Mac.
There’s also a separate disc tray and photo paper tray, although unfortunately you need to remove the paper tray and pull a lever to switch between plain and photo paper. You’ll find support for automatic double-sided printing but not double-sided scanning – a major disappointment for a supposedly business-focused device.
On the front you’ll find a PictBridge-compatible USB port along with MS Duo and SD/MMC card slots, and you can preview shots on the 3.3in colour screen. There’s built-in Ethernet and Wi-Fi (including Wi-Fi Direct), with support for AirPrint, Google Cloud Print and Brother’s iPrintScan iOS app (printing/scanning with iCloud support).
This Brother supports scan to email but you can’t email documents straight to it for printing. Cloud features are
its redeeming features. Office and personal users might appreciate the ability to scan to and print from Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote, Box, SkyDrive, Picasa and Flickr cloud services – an impressive spread.
Brother’s MFC-J825DW really is a jack-of-all-trades but master of none. Whatever your needs, it’s hard to recommend it over the competition.