A cheap color printer with reasonable operating costs, that’s what you want, eh? Well, Brother MFCJ4320DW could be a good candidate. It’s affordably priced color inkjet from (perhaps) the world’s most famous printer manufacturer. In this review, I’ll take the Brother under examination and tell if you would really benefit from it.
Brother MFCJ4320DW is an All-in-One device. There’s a printer, scanner, copier and fax in it. For everyday printing, all of its bells and whistles might not be needed. But multifunctionality for this low price is probably a good way to cut costs in home offices or small businesses.
The printer is operated by a touchscreen – something that many competitors lack. It’s 2.7″ in size and should allow effortless use.
The input paper capacity isn’t that high, just 150 sheets. Same can be said about the 50-sheet output capacity. The maximum paper size for the standard tray is 8.5″ x 11″ (legal), but there’s a also a manual bypass tray allowing for 11″ x 17″ (ledger) prints.
The Brother supports borderless printing for beautiful images and automatic duplex printing to reduce costs. However, there’s no automatic document feeder that some people find useful in their All-in-One printers.
There are two ways to connect your computer (or smartphone) to this Brother: 802.11 b/g/n WiFi or USB 2.0 port. No regular RJ-45 Ethernet port is installed, although you can use the wireless adapter to share the printer to your network.
You can use Brother MFCJ4320DW with basically any operating system: Windows XP – 8.1 are supported as well as Mac OS X 10.7.5 and up. Also .deb and .rpm drivers for Linux are available from Brother so Ubuntu will work with it.
ISO-based ppm for B&W prints is 20. For color pages, the rate is 18. Personally, I’d find that fast enough – but then again I don’t have the needs of a huge office.
The maximum print resolution is 6000 x 1200, quite a basic DPI for an inkjet printer. Judging by the user reports, the print quality should range from average to good.
There’s 128MB memory installed in this printer. That’s a signal of a budget office printer, but should serve handful of simultaneous users easily. Maximum monthly duty cycle is listed as 13,000 pages while recommended amount is 250-1000 pages a month. If you print ca. 25 pages a day, you shouldn’t have to worry about this Brother breaking down.
Besides the initial cost, price per one print probably interests you. With Brother MFCJ4320DW, a black and white page would cost ~2.1 cents if you used the LC207BK super high yield ink. Using the LC2053PKS pack for color pages would translate to around 6.2 cents per print. The previous figures are based on January 2015 ink price.
The printer comes with starter ink good for around 350 black or 350 color pages.
Summing it up
To me, MFCJ4320DW looks like a typical photo printer for home users or small offices. Good sides include reasonable running costs, borderless printing and support for 11″ x 17″ pages. Having no Ethernet support is a disadvantage, reducing networking capabilities. Of course, if you’ll be using this as a one-man printer the missing RJ-45 port probably doesn’t concern you – going for USB 2.0 works. So my advice? Give this Brother a go if it’s effortless photo printing experience you’re after.