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I have owned a printer with every computer I have had since the nineties. One thing I have noticed over the years is that the overall performance of printers in general has rocketed upwards. The Brother DCP J4110DW is a printing model I owned not that long back. Working from home, I tend to use my printer both for personal and professional use extensively, so needed a model that wasn't not only going to last, but would provide amazing quality. After a recent holiday, I decided it would be cheaper if I were to print the pictures from my digital camera myself, and although vary as to the quality this printer would provide, in terms of photographs having never used for this purpose previously, I was rather happy at the end result. The only downside to using this printer for that sole purpose would be the cost. Printing photographs uses quite a bit more ink than printing A4 documents, so if you are looking for a printer solely for that, I would avoid using this particular model, and shop are around for a more purpose-specific model. It just costs too much to replace ink on a regular basis.
I had printer photographs on previous printers I had owned and they had come out rather pixelated. I determined this was due to the size of the photograph paper I was printing on. One of the great advantages to this model is that you can alter the size, and actually print to the smaller A5 size even go larger if you desire with the A3 sized printing paper. This solved a great number of problems, and my pictures looked as if I had went and had they done professionally.
As previously said, I work from home, and don't have the greatest work space, so in addition to the functionality features of a printer, I was also looking for a device that would sit neatly on or under my desk. When you shop online, you cant always be sure of the actual size when the product arrives, which is why when I found this in my local computer store, it grabbed my attention due to is compact nature. Being an all-in-printer, you may expect it to be rather large to having three may functions, printing, scanning and photocopying. When in fact, the scanner, which also doubles up as the photocopier, sits nicely on top of the printing device so isn't much larger than a stand alone printer and when compared to some models is in fact smaller.
Unless you are going to be using your printer on a regular basis, then I wouldn't really concern yourself with the printing speed. But like me, I do print a lot most days, and in terms of speed, this model is actually quite decent. It can print up to 15 pages per minutes, depending of course if the document is black and white, colour or photographs of course. While this isn't the best on the market, when you compare to other ink jet models, it is quite fast, and if you are wanting a printer that does so faster, then I would really recommend avoiding this particular model and going for a laser printer. Costs a bit more, but the results are better.
5 years ago, it was a fact you would need to connect your printer to a PC or laptop using a USB cable. These days its quite the opposite. With the DCP J4110DW, you could be sitting in your living room with your laptop, and print something even if your printer is upstairs for example. The model uses wireless technology meaning no matter where you are in the house, as long as your in connectable range to your printer, you will be able to print and scan. This is again a advantage again when thinking about space, you no longer need to place your computer near your printer to connect to it which is brilliant.
Now the price, I paid £139.99 for this printer although that was some time ago and in person. Im sure if you were to shop around online then you would be able to bring the price down considerable. There can be a significant difference in the price which different retailers offer. I have seen them advertised for as low as £99.99, but upwards of £150, so it really does pay to shop around.
To sum up, this printer has so many good qualities going for it, it has three features in one, scanning is great, the quality of photograph printing, a decent speed. But at the end of the day, it is still only an ink jet printer. With printing technology advancing all the time, you really aren't going to get the best results unless to buy a laser printer. Although slightly more costly, they are so much better in terms of quality and speed. Although being an ink jet, this model really is brilliant and would recommend it to a certain extent.
The quality of inkjet printers has jumped exponentially in recent years and now even budget models tend to offer pretty near perfect photo printing even if the ink is still a little pricey. Brother has always been a company offering a range of printers and has often innovated in the design of their printers. This printer is no different. I do enjoy amateur photography and like to get a good quality of printed output from my pictures. I usually take them to a developer for a professional finish but I also print many at home. This printer was bought to upgrade my Epson Stylus Photo printer as it was getting increasingly difficult to find reliable stockists of ink. Unfortunately that is the way with this line of products, the manufacturer to a certain extent has the capability to render your product obsolete just by moving to a new format of ink cartridges.
The main reason for buying this particular model was that it offers A3 printing and this for me was going to be a new facility in my home printing. Having upgraded to a 14Mp camera I would now be able to produce pixel perfect prints at an enlarged A3 size so it made sense to make sure that I had the printing capabilities to do so.
As a piece of desktop furniture this has a remarkably small form factor. With the scanner located on top everything else fits neatly below the scanner and actually as a design it is sleek, modern and doesn't look out of place at all in my home office.
The printer delivers between 12 and 14 pages per minute which is relatively quick. This for pages that are a combination of black and white and colour. In terms of volume of printing I would always advise people who print in large volume to try to budget for a laser printer as the speed is significantly faster. However, for an inkjet printer this machine delivers a completely acceptable rate of printing and still maintains the quality at speed.
Printing photographs at the very highest settings inevitably gives a performance hit in terms of speed. The printer has the capability of printing border-less pictures on A4 paper. The results are entirely satisfying but you may want to go and make a cup of tea while you wait for these high quality full page photo prints take around three minutes per page. The printer is reasonably quiet but the higher quality also seems to up the volume level as the printer makes minute movements forwards and many passes per page in order to complete your image. The end result however is exceptional for the price of the printer.
The scanner can be used without connection to the PC. This is remarkably handy as the printer will almost certainly be connected using the WiFi option. You could opt to connect with USB but why would you when the wireless option is there and works so seamlessly? The other big advantage of the wireless connection is that the printer can be accessed from all over the house. My iPad connects without any trouble and quite genuinely you can take a photograph in the garden, print form the garden and collect the print when you return to the house. Very entertaining when you are giving guests pictures to take home after a barbecue for example.
This printer is a balance. It offers A3 printing, border-less A4 printing, scanning and a very decent quality for the price. If you really want the best quality and the best speeds though you still need to leave the inkjet market behind and head for a laser printer.