Brother J4410DW review

For the most part, Brother’s J4410DW looks like a fairly conventional A4 inkjet printer. It’s quite good value for money, providing a 1200x600dpi printer as well as a 2400x2400dpi scanner, copier and fax machine for about £180.00. There’s also a fax-less version called the J4110DW that is available for about £20 less if you don’t need the fax.

The printer measures just 480mm wide, so it’s easy to fit onto a desk or shelf in a small office, and it provides both wireless and wired networking, along with a conventional USB port. There’s a 150-sheet paper tray for A4 paper, as well as a 20-sheet document feeder for the scanner, and the printer software supports two-sided printing as well as AirPrint for iOS devices, so you’ve got the makings of a good all-round office printer. Our only complaint here is that the paper input and output trays are made from lightweight plastic that seems rather flimsy.

Brother quotes speeds of 18ipm – images per minute – for colour printing and 16ipm for mono, although our tests produced results closer to 13ppm for colour and 14ppm for mono printing. Even so, that’s quite respectable for a printer in this price range, and print quality was good for both text and graphics. The J4410DW just uses the four standard CMYK inks for colour printing, but it produces bright and colourful photo prints. However, its speed of 43 seconds for a 4x6 postcard print suggests that it’s really just suitable for occasional photo output.

Its most unusual feature, though, is that Brother also says that it’s suitable for ‘occasional A3 output’ too – thanks to a slot at the back of the printer that allows you to manually feed in A3 paper one sheet at a time. Print speeds for A3 were actually quite good – around 25s for a document containing mixed text and graphics, and 50s for a large poster illustration. There was slight banding noticeable on the larger photos and illustrations that we printed, so the J4410DW isn’t quite good enough for producing a portfolio of professional-level artwork or photos, but it’ll certainly come in handy for small businesses that just need to print the occasional A3 poster or advert. 

Running costs are a bit of a mixed bag, though. The standard black ink cartridge costs £23.99 and produces 600 pages, which works out at an above-average 4p per page. That drops to about 2.7p if you opt for Brother’s XL cartridge size, which costs £32.39 and doubles its yield to 1200. That’s more reasonable, but many rival inkjet printers go down to 2p or even less when using their XL cartridges. 

Fortunately, colour printing is more competitive, with the standard cyan, magenta and yellow cartridges costing £15.59 each (£46.77 total) and producing 600 pages. That works out at 7.8p per page for colour printing, which is about average, and drops to around 6p if you buy the 1200-page XL cartridges for £22.79 each (£68.37 total).

OUR VERDICT

Brother’s black ink cartridges could be a bit more competitively priced, so it’s worth shopping around online for better prices if possible. However, the real strength of the J4410DW is its A3 option. It’s not a pro-level A3 printer, but the J4410DW could can in very handy for small businesses – and even home users – who need to print occasional A3 posters and prints.

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