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While this printer won’t wow you with its print quality, it’s good for everyday tasks and is easy to use. We had a play with the Brother MFC-J5330DW in our office for a few weeks. While its bulk made it tough to get out of the box (2 people is best), surprisingly, it doesn’t take up much room. Connecting to it via ethernet, USB or WiFi was easy. However, we needed to consult the manual to find the ethernet port as it’s neatly hidden away under the scanner. We had no trouble printing over wired or wireless networks, but did have an issue printing from a mobile phone. The Brother mobile app has a page limit and couldn’t accommodate a print job of 84 pages. It has a decent tray capacity (250 pages), but replacing paper was awkward as the protective cover over the tray kept falling out. It has a large (2.75 inches) colour angle-adjustable touchscreen and has a separate number pad. It also has apps you can download that let you enlarge copied text, and extra scan tools. Our favourite app printed blank templates for shopping lists, lined and graph paper, and blank music sheets. We found all the core printing options are quick and easy to access, and scanning to USB was a breeze, though scanning to a computer on the network did fail a few times. We liked the breadth of control over device settings, such as screen colour brightness and sound volume.
For non-multifunction printers, our overall score comprises print quality (90%), energy use (5%), and networking (5%).
For multifunction printers, our overall score comprises print quality (63%), scanning (13.5%), copying (13.5%), energy use (5%), and networking (5%).
We don’t retest older printers. To account for their age, each year we alter their overall and individual scores. This can affect whether a printer maintains recommended or worth considering status.
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