Product Type: Brother All in one Printer
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Standard but it'll do the jobby.
Brother DCP 135C
Member Name: MarkyM81
Brother DCP 135C
Advantages: Cheap multi function printer.
Disadvantages: Basic with a small screen.
I notice that this printer is still available so it is worthy of a review. I have had mine for over two years now, I can't comment on the original price as it was given as a Christmas present, but I think that the £69 on Amazon at the moment is a bit pricey. If it can be found at around the £30 mark it's a good deal.
What it is
The printer comes with a booklet and the driver software (not a furry steering wheel cover) but does not include the printer cable, these can be bought separately, and mine cost a couple of quid from eBay. Its functions include copy, photo capture, scanning and printing. I will admit now that I have not used the photo capture function but I assume that it is for taking data directly from a digital device, camera, etc. On top of the box are the necessary buttons for each function, start and stop buttons, options for colour and non colour, copy options, enlargement options, ink management, scanner, photo and the on off button. The main menu button leads you into contrast and brightness settings and paper size settings. There is an open lid on top that lets you scan and copy items; this has rulers on it to show you the position of the document on the paper and its size. Below is a front pull out paper draw also with paper size measurements. There is a small one character high screen that shows you what you are accessing in the menus and also warns you of any problems such as no paper and low ink levels (hate that).
How it works
The printer has had a fair bit of usage during my college course and I have managed to use all of its functions without the instructions, however I would not say it has been easy to work my way around the menus. I would like to think I am quite competent with figuring out electrical items but if you are not the instruction booklet will probably be vital. Copy and scanning is pretty simple you just pop the thing you want copying in and press the relevant button. It linked up with my laptop easily and I haven't had any communication problems between the two; there may be a need to resend files after replacing ink or paper if it has run out during a print though.
What it makes things look like
I quite like the printing quality for word processing; it lays the ink on quite thick on the standard settings which gives my work a substantial look to it, the drawback of this is that it uses ink a bit quicker. I think there is an option somewhere on the printer menu to reduce the ink density (I should probably look into that). Colour printing works fine as long as the pictures you are printing have a decent resolution in the first place. The ink has been replaced many times over the year; this is done by a little loading draw at the front which has a very easy operation. The copying function also re-produces things well and there is also the option to add colour or not.
What I think about it all
I wouldn't say that this printer was the best ever, not by a long shot, but at the right price it will do a half decent job of what it's supposed to. Overall I am quite happy with it, even more so when I found some decent ink prices on eBay, around £7 for 12 cartridges. It is still going strong after a year of intense printing and I hope it will do during my three year degree, if not I will update this with a more huffy review.
Summary: No frills multi printing box.
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