Saturday, 10 August 2013

Get My Printing Done Using My All-In-One Brother Printer ~ #Review

Over a month ago I was asked to review Brother's new MFC-J4510DW (RSP $199.73) printer which I was ecstatic to do.  I never had a 3 in 1 (print, scans, & fax) printer before and I think it is about time that I should have one at home.

I would have to say that I have some computer knowledge but not anywhere close to being called an expert. I am the one who would turn towards my husband or brother to help me troubleshoot any issues with my computer.

When setting up this computer I didn't want any help.  I want to do this on my own to get a feeling of how user friendly it is for the average person.  I am average...Seriously!

Brother Printer MFC-J4510DW

The setup from start to finish took me about an hour.  The instructions were mostly understandable.  I had to pause a few times to make sure I was doing it correctly.  One thing I wish it came with was a USB cable for the setup.  Technically you can install without it but it would be alot easier with it.  This USB cable is not your standard cable.  It needs a USB 2.0 cable (Type A/B) because it is meant for printers and thank goodness! I had one from the previous printer I had before.

I love how these new printers are Wifi compatible.  I did live in those dark ages where I had to connect my printer to my computer and my massive huge printer would sit under the desk because I didn't have any other place put it.  I like how I could be anywhere in the house with my laptop and if I needed to print I could do it without connecting my laptop to it.  No point of owing a laptop if I can't leave the room.  I think it is because it is using the Wifi that it has to think/process a little longer than direct connection so relax and don't panic, it will print.

It comes with 3 ink colour cartridges (Magenta, Cyan, Yellow) plus a larger black one.  This allows one to replace only the colour that needs to be replacing.  The high yield ink can print approximately 600 pages and the Super high yield ink can print 1200 pages.

I found the double sided printing fascinating, and isn't normally a feature you see on home printers in this price range  - kudos to Brother for thinking of this!  I have never printed one at home before today.  This is a great way to save money by printing on both sides.  I can't believe how much more expensive blank paper is than lined paper.

When I was printing with colour it came out nicely. The quality is top-notch, and coupled with a robust printer, I can see myself printing home photos, birthday cards, and other creative crafts with my girls.

The scanning was so easy to use.  I love the touch screen and I didnt need a manual to figure out how to use the scanner.  It scans in colour and it looks almost as good as the document I have scanned.  My requirement for scanning is simple - as long I can or the recipient can see the document I will be satisfied, which I am.

It does take a few more seconds than I normally am use to at work for it to print.  I had to keep on checking to see if it will print.  The other problem I find is that it is pretty noisy when it prints.  Don't plan to print with a sleeping baby in the same room.

The one drawback I found strange was that you can only put one sheet in at a time for manual feed. I personally don't use manual feed that much except the odd occasion for making labels but planning to print more than a few sheets, I would suggest to put the paper in the regular tray to print. It does have faxing capabilities but I personally have no need for it since I scan more than fax. I would not be surprised if one day it will be obsolete and everyone will be scanning and emailing documents.

Overall this printer meets my needs and is perfect for home use. It has everything I need and is very easy to use once I had it all set up.

Available at Staples and

Product Specification (from Staples website):
Duplexing (2-sided Printing)Yes
ConnectivityHi-Speed USB 2.0, Pictbridge, Wireless (802.11b/g/n), Ethernet, Media Card Slots and USB Flash Memory Drive
Weight20.5 lb.
Warranty2-Year limited
Media Card ReaderYes
Wireless ReadyYes
Print Speed - ColourUp to 27 ppm
Print Speed - BlackUp to 35 ppm
Print Resolution - BlackUp to 6000 x 1200 dpi
Network ReadyYes
Max. Paper SizeUp to 11" x 17" (Bypass tray)
Input Paper Capacity150-sheets
Fax CapabilityYes
Copy Speed12 ppm ISO black, 9 ppm ISO colour
Control Panel/Display3.7" TouchScreen plus TouchPanel
Bit Depth48-bit
Auto Document Feeder (ADF)20-sheets
# of Paper Trays1
Energy Star QualifiedYes
Dimensions7.3"H x 18.9"W x 11.4"D
System RequirementsWindows/Mac OS
Scanner TypeFlatbed colour
Scan Resolution2400 x 2400 dpi
Reduce/Enlarge25% - 400%
Monthly Duty CycleUp to 13,000
Mobile Device PrintingAirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Brother iPrint & Scan, Cortado Workplace and Wi Fi Direct
Fax SpeedSuper G3 33.6K bps
Fax MemoryUp to 200 Pages

Brother Earth
Energy Saving - Our products are ENERGY STAR qualified to help conserve energy and reduce costs
Paper Saving - the N in 1 printing and copying feature helps save money by allowing you to print or copy multiple pages on one.
Ink Saving - Ink save mode settings are perfect for printing draft documents
Resource Saving - Brother's 4 cartirdge ink system allows you to change only the cartridge that needs to be replaced
Certification - all manufacturing facililites of the Brother Group have an environmental management system that complies with ISO 140001 to hlep ensure conformity with the Brother Group environmental policy

*Disclosure - The product in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation.


  1. Really informative review! I love that it prints on both sides of the paper! Holy smokes printers have come a long way!

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    1. I agree. I cant believe I can print both sides at home. I was very fascinated.

  2. I love Brother printers -- they are so reliable and last forever! I find is so annoying that printer cables seem to never be included in the box. At the very least, they should make that more clear on the box so that you don't get back home and then realize that you need to run back to the store...

  3. Looks like a great printer, we have to get a new one so I will take a look at it. Love that you can print on both sides! (Judy Cowan)

  4. I really need to get a new printer. I love the idea of printing both sides.

  5. I love that you didn't need to get the manual out to figure out how to scan. I need easy to use equipment.

  6. Printing on BOTH sides of the paper, now that's amazing. Printers really have come a long way in the past 5 years alone. My printer is 4 years old and it cannot do that so I am impressed!

  7. I just bought a printer with WiFi and omg it's miraculous.

  8. looks like a great printer!

  9. After reading your review my printer belongs in a I love the WiFi compatible the most and like everyone else I really like that it prints on both sides of the paper.

    1. LOL. The one I used to own used a ribbon instead of ink. Mine was obsolete :)

  10. I always get my husband to set up my computer equipment, but after reading your review I'm thinking that maybe I could set up my next printer. This Brother computer sounds wonderful. The WiFi compatibility would be really helpful for my son, so he could print things out without having to attach his laptop to the printer.

  11. Wifi is really convenient nowadays.

  12. love this printer and love the idea of printing on both sides of the paper !

  13. Love your review! thank you for letting me know the functionality of the printer ... I will need to refer to this review when I need a new printer! thank you!

  14. Jen C AKA Justice Sadie8 September 2013 at 21:24

    Looks like my kind of Printer. Love the WIFI and Double sided Printing!

  15. I love the fact that it prints on both sides of the paper - mine actually does that too but only when I've worked out which way around & up and down the first page has to be put back in - and I often don't get it right unfortunately.

  16. I needed a new printer.