With its balance of features and price, the Brother MFC-J825DW can be a compelling choice for a small office that has its eye on the bottom line. Print quality is only acceptable, however, and it's not the fastest multifunction printer available.
Straightforward setup and use. Setting up the Brother MFC-J825DW is quick and easy. It installs easily via Wi-Fi (USB and Ethernet connections are also available), and it has a clearly designed interface. In addition, the four ink cartridges are simple to install; open a door on the front-right of the printer and click them in. The slots are spring loaded, so you don't have to adjust any latches.
Mixed reviews, but text is good quality. The Brother MFC-J825DW receives mixed reviews for speed and quality. One reviewer says it's fairly fast, but images come out a bit grainy; another finds the print quality excellent but complains that long warm-up times and slow network speeds can slow printing considerably. The choice of paper used to print on may be a factor here. In PC World's tests, the overall quality of the MFC-J825DW's prints was good. Text looked dark and crisp in most fonts, and photos printed on Brother's own glossy stock looked quite nice as well, though the color palette was a little on the light side. However, on plain paper, the same photos appeared faded and grainy. Scan quality was also a disappointment -- orangey and a bit cartoonish, with harsh shadows.
High-end features in a low-cost printer. For a value-priced printer, the Brother MFC-J825DW packs in an impressive variety of features. In addition to its built-in fax, it has a 3.3-inch LCD display, PictBridge support, web connectivity to specific sites (such as Google Docs), compatibility with popular memory cards, and both wired and wireless networking options. It can also print on CDs and DVDs, a feature many higher-priced multifunction printers lack. A duplexer for automatic double-sided printing is also on board.
1. CNET (U.K.)
Review Credibility: Excellent The Brother MFC-J825DW receives 3.5 out of 5stars for its quick setup and wide range of features from the British version of CNET. However, Niall Magennis finds that the text quality is below par and the colors lack impact.
Review: Brother MFC-J825DW review, Niall Magennis, Nov. 30, 2011
Review Credibility: Very Good The Brother MFC-J825DW is recommended as an Editors' Choice, with an overall rating of 4 stars out of 5. Reviewer M. David Stone says this printer is more geared toward office than home use due to its features and so-so photo quality.
Review: Brother MFC-J825DW, M. David Stone, Oct. 12, 2011
3. PC World
Review Credibility: Very Good PC World's editors recommend the Brother MFC-J825DW as a budget-friendly choice for a small or home office, enhanced by a few higher-end features -- namely, CD/DVD printing and some Web connectivity. They highlight the ease of installation and state that a two-year warranty sweetens the deal.
Review: Brother MFC-J825DW Review: Midpriced MFP with CD/DVD Printing, Jon L. Jacobi and Melissa Riofrio, Sept. 30, 2011
Review Credibility: Good Peter Piazza, formerly About.com's guide to printers and scanners, awards the Brother MFC-J825DW 4.5 stars out of 5 and includes it on his list of the top all-in-one printers. Piazza says its print and photo quality are excellent, and it's pretty speedy too.
Review: This Little Brother Is a Hard Worker, Peter Piazza, As of February 2013
Review Credibility: Good More than 250 owners offer their feedback on the Brother MFC-J825DW here. Most are satisfied, though users complain that initial setup is not easy and that this MFP uses up ink quickly. Overall, the Brother MFCJ825DW garners a rating of 4.1 stars.
Review: Brother MFC-J825DW, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of February 2013