Brother MFC-J4510DW review

An innovative all-in-one A3 printer

Brother MFC-J4510DW
The Brother MFC-J4510DW manages sideways printing

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The Brother MFC-J4510DW certainly isn't short on features. Connectivity is comprehensive, with Ethernet cabled networking joined by secure Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n).

Mobile printing is well catered for too. It's AirPrint and Google Cloud Print ready, and you can download a smartphone app for printing from and scanning directly to your phone.

You can print from most portable storage formats too, including USB flash drives of up to 32GB, and SD cards.

Its print engine is based on a four-tank system of black, cyan, yellow and magenta.

Brother MFC-J4510DW review

Brother claims it's the fastest printer in its class, outputting 20 pages per minute in monochrome and 18 pages per minute in colour. These speeds also rise to 35 mono pages per minute and 27 in colour using its fastest print mode. It has automatic two-sided printing, but only using paper of up to A4 in size.

Paper handling is what you'd expect from a home office printer. The paper tray holds 150 sheets, which is enough for home use or in a small office. The manual feeder at the rear can only take one sheet at a time, which is annoying if you regularly print to letterhead, but comes in useful for occasional non-standard printing.

As a photocopier, the Brother MFC-J4510DW can enlarge documents up to 400% in size, or reduce them to 25%, in 1% increments.

Brother MFC-J4510DW review

It can output up to 99 copies of the original, and has an optical scan and copy resolution of up to 2,400 x 2,400 dpi in colour and mono settings.

The printer is operated through a 9.3cm (3.7-inch) colour touchscreen, with intuitive swipe controls enabling you to flick through its various options.

It also gives easy access to online sites such as Google Docs, Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, Dropbox and Evernote, printing from and scanning to these cloud services.

One thing it really lacks is an exciting - or at least interesting - name. Why do printer manufacturers insist on giving their printers barely-comprehensible strings of letters and figures for a title? Couldn't they come up with something more imaginative?