Given the low cost and relatively cheap replacement ink tanks, the Brother J6510DW multifunction device is good value for money. But if you need an A3 printer for serious art projects, high-end photo printing or other tasks where only stellar print quality is acceptable, you're better off looking elsewhere and spending a little more.

Brother's A3 range of multifunction devices is undoubtedly improving, and definitely falling in price. With the Brother MFC-J6510DW A3 printer, fax, scanner, and photocopier available for under £250 online, it's now within the price range of those who only need A3 printing every now and again.

We liked

Brother has clearly made an effort to keep the J6510DW's footprint as small as possible, with a compact design and a telescopic paper tray that extends to fit A3 sheets. Comprehensive connectivity options mean you can connect through Wi-Fi, USB or Ethernet, and its print quality is entirely serviceable.

We disliked

Despite the efforts made to keep the J6510DW as compact as possible, it's inevitably still bulky. Print quality is workmanlike, and cannot match the output of, say, HP's Photosmart B8550 A3 printer. A single paper tray is a drawback too, especially if you need regular access to both A3 and A4 paper.

Verdict

The Brother MFC-J6510DW A3 multifunction device is competent, but unremarkable. It's easy to use, robustly built and as compact as an A3 printer can possibly be, but its print results are serviceable rather than stellar. It's good for low-cost, casual use, but if you need outstanding results, this isn't the printer for you.

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