Wireless Brother Printer Review + Giveaway

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Here’s a review of the Brother Wireless All-in-one Printer from Staples.ca. Read all about it and then ENTER TO WIN one of your own down below! We will draw a winner on Monday, July 22nd.

Intro

Mother of a Deal was asked by Staples.ca to review a Brother MFC-J625DW Wireless Colour Inkjet All-in-one Printer. As I have a home office and a printer that was getting tired, I quickly accepted. The W in the title stands for Wireless, and that was a huge factor for me, as it means the printer can be located wherever I choose, rather than needing to be plugged in to my laptop. As well, I’m relying on my iPad more and more for doing work and I’m snapping photos with my phone, so the wireless feature will allow me to print straight from those devices, wherever I am in the home. This model also works as a copier, scanner and fax machine, so all my office requirements are met!

Setup

DSC_0025The printer arrived the day after it was shipped and was delivered by a super-friendly Staples delivery guy. The printer came wrapped up very snugly in its box, along with a quick-start guide, the full instruction book, a CD-Rom, power and phone cords and a bonus sample pack of photo paper (note, no USB cord). I set to work removing all the blue tape that holds the pieces in place for shipping, then filled the paper tray which holds letter, legal and photo paper and allows you to move the little guides around to fit the size you need. I’m quite a fan of paper trays, because they take away the frustration that feeder trays at the back of a printer can cause. If you put the paper in the slightest bit incorrectly, the whole document can come out crooked. This tray holds 100 pieces and is easy to pull in and out of the machine. One downside is that the paper support flap that holds the printout could get in the way if the printer is in a high traffic area.

The next section of the quick start guide was the power and fax machine setup. I left the fax disconnected as I never fax anything, but the setup looks easy if I ever do need to send one. The printer allows you to connect the phone and answering machine to it so that everything can work off one jack. Once I connected the power cord, the touchscreen lit up and guided me through the rest of the setup.

DSC_0023On to the inks…this printer does colour and black and white and they all come as separate cartridges. One of my main beefs about printers is the cost of inks – often they can cost as much as getting a brand new printer! – and so I checked out the prices at Staples.ca and was very pleased to find that you can get a combo pack of the three colours for $29.99 and a black for $15.99. This is about a $5 savings from the inks I was buying for my old printer, so I’m happy about that, because every penny counts! The ink setup was very straightforward and the screen guided me through everything. Once all inks were in, the printer calibrated them for four minutes and then spat out a test sheet so I could verify the quality, which was successful.

The final step was the wireless setup, which I chose to do via the Setup Wizard available on the touchscreen. To use the wizard you have to have the network setup already and be fully cognizant of what the password is! The printer found my network straight away, I keyed in my password and abracadabra, it connected straight away – how clever is this little machine? So, all told, this printer was up and running in 10 minutes, including the four minutes it took for the ink to calibrate.

Using the Printer

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Next I took a look at the printer’s other features. It’s a nice sleek unit, with big buttons and a lift up, touchscreen. It contains both USB stick and memory card slots, so I can print straight from them with ease. The scanner lid has a large hinge to enable you to scan bigger books – it seemed a little wobbly at first, but it’s a very useful feature. One thing I absolutely love about this printer is that it has an automatic document feeder for copying and scanning! It holds 20 sheets and zips them through super quickly, saving me time standing at the scanner replacing the documents one by one.

Finally, it was time to test the printer out! First, I got onto my iPad and iPhone and started printing, which was very easy – both devices found the printer straight away. I downloaded a handy Brother app for the iPad which allows me to print and scan straight to the iPad (the app is available for Android too).

The disc that was included in the box didn’t include the latest drivers for my Mac laptop, so I jumped onto brother.ca and easily found the drivers and Control Center to download. This allowed me to configure the printer to scan straight to my laptop as a file or an email, all wirelessly! The photos and documents I’ve scanned and printed on it in the past few days have come out really clear and easily compare to a print out from my local retail photo kiosk. They are of good enough quality to be used for photo albums, scrapbooking, school projects and everyday printing for busy Moms. The printer’s settings are easy to configure and double-sided printing is a great paper-saving feature too.

Summary

Overall, this printer is going to be a really useful addition to my family and work life.The Brother MFC-J625DW Wireless Colour Inkjet All-in-one Printer scans quickly and effortlessly (with the document feeder), prints double-sided and allows me to print wirelessly. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, it retails for $129 at Staples, so it’s excellent value for money. This is the ideal all-in-one machine and I’m happy to recommend it to my Mother of a Deal readers! The best news is that Staples has offered me another Brother MFC-J625DW printer to GIVEAWAY! Use the entry form below for your chance to WIN!

Pros:

  • visually very appealing with a sleek look and lift up touchscreen
  • quick and quiet printing and scanning
  • prints double-sided
  • scans from an automatic feeder tray
  • scan directly to Mac or PC wirelessly
  • USB stick & memory card slots for handy printing
  • good value for money
  • french language settings
  • time settings such as daylight savings, 24-hr clock and sleep mode
  • Energy Star rated and you can set the sleep time

Cons:

  • included software was not the most up-to-date version (but I can only comment for Mac users)
  • paper support flap (where print out ends up) can get in the way
  • no USB cord included

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Disclosure: Staples provided Mother of a Deal with this Brother Printer. The words and opinions expressed in this review are strictly my own. To see the full line of printers visit Staples.ca.

 

Brother Wireless All-in-one Printer Giveaway – CLOSED
Our Giveaway winner was Csilla from Vancouver.

Giveaway winner will be drawn Monday, July 22nd , open to Canadian residents only.

 

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