Brother DCP-J125 review

Can this multi-function printer produce realistic looking prints?

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  • Quiet operation
  • Easy to use
  • Office printing quality


  • Photo quality
  • Strange USB cable design

The Brother DCP-J125 is an all-in-one device comprising scanner, copier and printer and is the entry-level model in the range.

The two-tone grey design is rather utilitarian and better suited to an office than the home.

In order to connect your laptop using the USB port, you'll need to open the machine itself, as the port is neatly hidden away. However, you'll need to budget for a longer cable than normal, not supplied, as it runs the length of the printer before exiting out of the back.

Rather than the paper tray being on the back of the printer, you'll find it located at the front. Printed paper also comes out of the front, rather forcefully we found.

Print noise is quite respectable – not as quiet as the Canon PIXMA iP3600, but certainly more so than the Lexmark S305 and Epson Stylus SX425W.

Installing the four colour ink cartridges couldn't be easier, as you'll find an access hatch on the front of the device. Once all four are inserted, the colour LCD display informs the user that it will take four minutes to align and configure the device.

The controls are clearly labelled, so switching between scan and print is easy.

Scanning quality is impressive, with our test images being on a par with the Epson and slightly sharper than on the Lexmark and HP.

Regarding print quality, we found mono text was quick and the results sharp, while colour prints lacked true depth.

As for the running costs of your printer, you'll find that a multi-pack comprising all four colours is the most economic, as it costs around £28 (inc. VAT). Individual cartridges can also be bought, with black costing £13 (inc. VAT), and colour cartridges costing £8 (inc. VAT).

The Brother DCP-J125 may appear rather plain and, while we were impressed with its office printing skills, colour reproduction isn't quite as sharp as we would have liked.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Multifunction Printer
Maximum Photo Print Speed49 Second
Green CompliantYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Standard Input Media Capacity100 sheets
Maximum Mono Print Speed (ppm)33
Maximum Color Print Speed (ppm)27
Maximum Mono Copy Speed (cpm)22
Maximum Color Copy Speed (cpm)20
Product FamilyDCP
Maximum Print Resolution6000 x 1200 dpi
Brand NameBrother
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourColour
Media SizeA4, A5, A6, Executive, Letter, Legal, B5 (JIS), C5 Envelope, Com10 Envelope, DL Envelope, JE4 Envelope, Postcard, Index Card, A4 - 210 mm x 297 mm, A5 - 148 mm x 210 mm, A6 - 105 mm x 148 mm, Executive - 267 mm x 184 mm, Letter - 216 mm x 279 mm, Legal - 216 mm x 356 mm, C5 Envelope - 162 mm x 229 mm, Com10 Envelope - 105 mm x 241 mm, DL Envelope - 110 mm x 220 mm, 100 mm x 150 mm, 89 mm x 127 mm, 127 mm x 178 mm, Postcard - 100 mm x 148 mm, 148 mm x 200 mm, Index Card - 127 mm x 203 mm
Multifunction DevicesCopier/Printer/Scanner
Recommended UsePhoto Print
Optical Resolution1200 dpi
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
Copy ColorColour
Scan ColorColour
Maximum Copy Resolution1200 x 1200 dpi
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed1
Number of Input Trays Supported1
Interpolated Resolution19200 x 19200 dpi
Maximum Input Media Capacity100 sheets
Height150 mm
Width390 mm
Depth368 mm
Media TypePlain Paper, Inkjet Paper, Glossy Paper, Transparency, Envelope, Index Card, Postcard
Product SeriesDCP
Colour Depth36-bit
Copier TypeFlatbed
ManufacturerBrother Industries, Ltd
Product ModelDCP-J125
Product NameDCP-J125 Multifunction Printer
Processor Speed128 MHz
Scanner TypeFlatbed
Screen Size4.8 cm (1.9")
Image SensorCIS
Manufacturer Part NumberDCPJ125U1
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

With a compact size, fast print speeds and cost effective individual ink cartridges the DCP-J125 is the ideal printer for the home, also including a 4.8cm LCD for enhancing photos, a scanner and a built in media card centre, this 3 in 1 really is the perfect choice for your home office.

Number of Copies99
Platform SupportedPC, Mac
Package Contents
  • DCP-J125 Multifunction Printer
  • 1 x Black Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Cyan Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Yellow Ink Cartridge
  • 1 x Magenta Ink Cartridge
  • Paper Pack
  • Power Supply Cord
  • Quick Set Up Guide
  • Software CD
  • User Guide
Limited Warranty1 Year
Standard Memory32 MB
Weight (Approximate)6.80 kg