Brother MFC-J4510DW review - Capable of printing to A3 paper, but the quality isn't the best

The Brother MFC-J4510DW can print on A3 paper, but the quality falls behind the best

Printers that can handle A3 paper understandably tend to be big beasts, but Brother has hit on a novel solution: flip the A4 tray around by 90 degrees. By loading the paper sideways, the MFC-J4510DW’s print area is wide enough to handle an A3 sheet fed in manually when required. It’s a useful creative feature the others can’t match.

To add to that strong media handling, there’s a 150-sheet paper tray in the base and a 20-sheet ADF on top for big copying jobs, and it offers fax functions too. To get the full use of its AirPrint functions we set it up over WiFi, and the 9.7cm touchscreen quickly showed its strength when we had to enter our security key by hand. That was after finding and downloading the latest driver from the Brother website, as the software on the setup disc didn’t support OS X 10.8. 

Mac installation had its hurdles, then, but from there on we had no problems. The MFC-J4510DW’s four individual inks slot in behind a door on the front, and the high-yield cartridges each print an impressive 1,200 pages. Even with a combined cost of nearly £80, that makes for attractive running costs of just 2.7p and 6.6p for a mono and colour page respectively.

Print quality wasn’t up there with the best from Canon or Epson – photos were on the pale side with pinkish reds, and areas of solid black in documents showed clear speckling – but it’s perfectly acceptable for running off prints at home. And you get those prints at a decent rate: we measured 8.3ppm for mono and 5.8ppm for colour prints at normal quality, and it rolled out a 6 x 4in photo at best quality in just 55 seconds.

OUR VERDICT

This grey and white box is fairly attractive, not too bulky and offers solid all-round performance, but is that enough to justify such a high price? We’ve seen it for sale online at closer to £175, and the running costs do compensate to some extent, but that still looks a premium price for what is really a solid mid-range device.

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