The Brother MFC-J1010DW offers everything you need for your home office except elegance. Once you get beyond the cloud-grey plastic, it’s a passable printer, scanner, copier, and fax machine at a fair price; nevertheless, it doesn’t do anything particularly well. It’s squat, which is nice, but its drab grey façade reminds me of cloudy January evenings – or 1980s square fax machines. However, once you get over the look, there’s a lot to admire, including a slew of functions and even advanced paper-handling choices. This MFP features a 150-sheet cassette in the base that slides in and out with a clatter. Because there is no paper tray at the back, you can press it up against a wall. It also doesn’t require a lot of clearance on top. The printer’s four ink cartridges are stored in a slot on the front right panel. While this device lacks the excellent touchscreen interface available on some other Brother MFPs, its combination of a small color screen and physical controls is adequate. I used the menu to manually connect to a wireless network, and the printer then updated its own firmware and was ready to use. The Brother MFC-J1010DW is designed for tiny home offices, thus in addition to print, scan, and copy features, it also supports sending and receiving faxes. As a result, the flatbed scanner on top has a 20-sheet ADF, enabling for unattended multi-page copies or faxes. It’s unfortunate that this ADF can’t perform double-sided scanning, but it’s not surprising given the low price of this MFP. Fortunately, the printer supports duplex printing, which saves paper and makes it simple to create professional-looking documents. When the ink on this printer runs out, you may replace it using 200-page black, cyan, magenta, and yellow cartridges. However, the more expensive ‘XL’ goods, rated at 500 pages, will provide superior overall value. Even when these are used, print costs remain higher than optimal. You’ll spend 10.8p each A4 page, with black ink accounting for 2.9p. This device has a dual personality when it comes to print and copy speeds. On black-and-white projects, it’s quick, finishing a single-page photocopy in 13 seconds and completing ten copies in a minute and a half. It took only 13 seconds to deliver the first page of black text and 29 seconds to complete a five-page task – a speed of 10.3 pages per minute (ppm). We even managed 15.3ppm over 25 pages. However, in color, the story is entirely different. The MFC-J1010DW required 29 seconds to complete a single A4 photocopy and more than four minutes to finish ten pages. It also took 1 minute and 8 seconds to complete five pages of color graphics (4.4ppm). Photo printing was extremely slow, with borderless 6 x 4in photos taking just under four minutes apiece.
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