- Great value
- Low running costs
- Brilliant all rounder
- Multiple functions
- A3 printing
- scanning, copying, printing and faxing
- 250 sheet capacity automatic paper feeder
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This is definitely not a portable printer, but to be honest, once you have set up your home or small business office, how important is portability? Weighing in at 14.5kg, its a big brother!
It’s sleek looking and stylish, as a printer can be, in black, with more features that you would expect for a printer it this price bracket. It includes duplex printing, A3 printing, scanning, copying and faxing, wired, wireless and USB connectivity and uses high capacity cartridges which help you to keep the cost of printing down, often an issue with inkjet printers. There are 4 different paper feed trays for paper of different sizes. This is why it is such a tall printer.
It features a 93 mm touchscreen to define your settings, which looks sleek and works seamlessly. We are all so used to touchscreen functionality now, it’s become the norm.
Installation of this printer is pretty simple and straightforward so you can be up and running in no time.
One of the best features of this printer is the value you get out of the cartridges:
Brother include what they call ‘high yield cartridges’ which provide up to 2,400 A4 pages in black and 1,200 pages for each colour. And the cost per print can be even cheaper if you opt for budget cartridges, although check the small print on your warranty as some printer manufacturers do not allow this and using cheaper inks can invalidate your warranty.
Black text is dark and sharp. Colour printing is clear and bold and colours are very true. It is good enough for photo print quality.
Printing in colour, especially on A3 does make the process slower and noisier so if you are not in a hurry, there is nothing lost. But there is something reassuring about a slow colour print, if it’s taking its time, it’s laying down those colours with care and precision.
And there is a money saving mode which reduces the volume of inks laid down on each page. As you would expect, in this mode, the print quality is not as good. If you are looking for something that is still strong on colour but a little cheaper try the HP envy 5540.
The Brother MFC J5720DW includes an SD slot and MemoryStick slot, as well as a USB port. If you don’t need any of these accessories, you might want to revert back to a much cheaper and more simplistic model such as the HP 1512, but personally I think these are the types of functions that will ALWAYS come in handy
In addition, you can connect via USB, Ethernet or Wi-Fi but, as usual, wireless is the most versatile connection.
The Brother MFC J5720DW is an excellent all rounder, and if you can stretch your budget, it’s my favourite for the money. The running costs make it a good option and the choice of top notch colour printing vs mediocre, by changing a setting, depending on your requirements, makes it a great choice for a home business with an eye on price.
And of course the option to have A3 is great. Even though you might normally print on A4, you never know when A3 will be required, so at least you have this functionality.
For all its special features, I think this is a great buy.