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The MFC-J825DW sits towards the top of Brother's current range of multi-function printers and as such has plenty of features.Not only does it offer duplex printing and an automatic document feeder, but it also supports direct CD/DVD printing and includes both Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity. It's available from £120 if you buy it online. In terms of shape, there's little difference between the various models in Brother's current multi-function line-up. They all use the same short and squat design. But as this model is a premium offering, it differentiates itself by sporting a better finish. That equates to the use of a lot more gloss on its surfaces, including an interesting striped pattern on the scanner lid. The controls can be found on a large panel that stretches across almost the entire width of the printer. We like the way Brother has used big and chunky buttons that feel slightly soft to the touch, but it's the touchscreen that's quite literally the centre of attention here. It's very wide and can display four large-ish thumbnails at a time when you're selecting photos to print from memory cards or keys. These can be slotted into the multi-format card reader or USB port positioned beneath the right and left edges of the screen.
The Brother MFC-J825DW succeeds the high-end MFC-795CW and has been designed for small companies looking for an efficient all-rounder. The spec is the same: a 4-in-1 with fax and wi-fi. It offers very good value for all the functionality you get. The standard 64 MB memory means it can be shared comfortably by a group of twenty people but has Brother corrected the weak points of the old models with the arrival of the new range? The first thing to say here is how well equipped this printer is. It has a more modern, pared down design now that the telephone has been removed. Relatively sober, elegant and compact (40.5 x 25.5 x 18 cm and 9.3 Kg), its glossy hood is sure to pick up finger marks and dust. The plastic finish doesn't feel all that robust and the standard 100 page (20 for photos) paper tray isn't particularly practical or intuitive to use. No doubt we'd get used to it however... The MFC-J825DW has all the features: printing, copying, scanning and faxing, all with double-sided and wi-fi. We managed to set up the wi-fi after three tries. A report is printed (sometimes on two pages) each time you fail, or succeed, in setting up the wi-fi. Is this really necessary? There's a mixture of buttons and a touchscreen on the front.
The Brother MFC-J825DW ($150 street), also available as the MFC-835DW with only superficial differences, manages to largely match expectations for a Brother inkjet multi-function printer (MFP) while also providing a few surprises. Brother inkjets at roughly this price have historically offered more features than most of the competition, and the MFC-J825DW continues in that tradition. However, the features have generally been focused on office needs, with automatic document feeders (ADFs), standalone fax capability, and the like. The MFC-J825DW continues in that tradition too, but also adds features that are of most interest for home use. That's something new. Even with more home-oriented features than usual for a Brother MFP, the MFC-J825DW is unusual for inkjet MFPs in this price range for leaning a bit more towards office use. The Editors' Choice Epson Stylus NX625 ($149.99 direct, 4 stars), for example, can also serve dual duty as both home and home office printer, but it leans more towards home-oriented—which largely means photocentric—features. The MFC-J825DW is unusual enough for the price, in fact, to make it stand out as a particularly good choice if your primary need is for a home office printer or a small office personal printer.
Brother's new $150 (as of September 27, 2011) MFC-J825DW color inkjet multifunction printer (print/scan/copy/fax) is a budget-friendly choice for your small or home office, enhanced by a few higher-end features--namely, CD/DVD printing and some Web connectivity. A two-year warranty sweetens the deal. The MFC-J825DW installed easily via Wi-Fi (USB and ethernet connections are also available), and it has a clearly designed interface. The front LCD is 3.3 inches wide diagonally--so small that you might not recognize it as a touchscreen. Though it's a tad cramped, it works; and it also offers access to some Web apps, including Evernote, Facebook, Flickr, Google Docs, and Picasa. The straightforward control panel has a keypad for faxing and labeled buttons for the main fax, scan, copy, and photo functions. The photo functions are for snapshots loaded via the unit's SD and MMC media card slot or PictBridge port. The on-screen printer driver is easy to navigate, and PaperPort 12 is included for organizing scanned documents. The MFC-J825DW's ability to print to CD/DVD is a nice perk. Simply remove the caddy handily stored within the scanner lid, load it with printable discs (regular 120mm size only, not 80mm minis), and feed the caddy into a special slot in the printer's front input area.
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