Updated 4 May 2018

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
Avg price

$269

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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.
  • OK 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.

Full test

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 (two 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 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

Non-multifunction printers

Overall score includes:
Print quality (90%)
Energy use (5%)
Networking (5%)

Multifunction printers

Overall score includes:
Print quality (63%)
Scanning (13.5%)
Copying (13.5%)
Energy use (5%)
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.

Extra ink used is the percentage of extra ink used for maintenance cleaning when printing 30 pages (text, graphics and photos) intermittently over 4 weeks, compared to the same printer printing 30 pages continuously.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$269

Running costs

Cost per black page ($)
0.033
Cost per colour page ($)
0.184
Cost per page - 4x6 photo ($)
0.119
Extra ink used (%)
234
Colour

Specifications

Type
Inkjet
Dimensions WxLxH (cm)
53 x 58 x 30
Ethernet
WiFi
USB
Fax
Auto duplexing
Number of cartridges
4
Display size
2.75"
Page capacity
250
Separate 4x6 photo tray
No
PictBridge
No

Features

Touchscreen
Can print through email
×
Supports Google Cloud Print
Print CD/DVD
×