Updated 31 Jul 2017

Brother

MFC-J5330DW

Snapshot: The Brother MFC-J5330DW connects via ethernet, WiFi and USB and has a 2.75" display. How well does it print?

MFC-J5330DW
Consumer score
SCORE
Price

$255

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Test results

Overall score
64
Print quality
?/10
Scanning
?/10
Copying
?/10
Energy use
?/10
Networking
?/10

Good points

  • OK printing.
  • OK scanning.
  • OK copying.
  • Very good energy use.
  • Very good networking.
  • Very cheap printing costs.
  • Has an auto document feeder and a setting for automatic double-sided printing.
  • Can connect via ethernet and WiFi.

But

  • No PictBridge support.

Extended review

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.

How we test

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.

Key data

Model

Price
$255
Type
Inkjet

Running costs

Cost per black page ($)
0.034
Cost per colour page ($)
0.185
Extra ink used
234%

Specifications

Dimensions WxLxH (cm)
53 x 58 x 30
Display size
2.75"

Features

Colour
Yes
Ethernet
Yes
WiFi
Yes
USB
Yes
Fax
Yes
Auto duplexing
Yes
Card slots
MS
Number of cartridges
4
Touchscreen
Yes
Page capacity
250
Separate 4x6 photo tray
No
PictBridge
No
Can print through email
No
Supports Google Cloud Print
Yes