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4.0 out of 5 stars Does the job for home use. A few very minor shortfalls., 12 Sept. 2011
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This review is from: Brother DCP-J315W Wireless Colour Inkjet Multifunction Printer with Media Card Centre (Accessory)
Negatives:
-Media card centre is limited (e.g. no CF card slot), and unprotected from dust (no lid or cover unlike other cheaper printers I've owned previously).
-Scanner lid feels a bit thin and flimsy, especially the hinges - that's compared to my recent experience of a cheaper £50 Canon PIXMA all-in-one inkjet (which I gave away during a house move).
-Not particularly compact despite what other reviews seem to indicate - obviously this is going to be subjective.

Positives:
-Apart from scanner lid it's a good solid build.
-Tray loading paper gives much more reliable alignment, and less dust getting in than top loading ink jets.
-Easy to setup and use (haven't tried copying and scanning yet though), including the wifi (as easy as choosing network wizard on the printer, and entering your wifi network name and password when prompted - then you just add it on your computer's network settings as usual).
-Drivers easily available online & instantly installed on mac in system preferences during setup (without having to visit a webpage), so didn't have to install any of the supplied software on the included CD, which in my experience is often bloatware.
-A little stack of photo paper included (although I'd rather have had some normal A4 sheets included as I'll be mostly printing ordinary documents).
-Individual colour ink cartridges, so less wastage than printers that use just one combined CMY colour cartridge, when you end up having to replace it all cause one colour's running out/low, even though the other 2 colours may be in plentiful supply.
-I hear (but haven't confirmed) that Brother don't chip their ink cartridges so you can save money and the environment by getting your ink cartridges refilled at a local print shop, as opposed to some other manufacturers that do chip them, so that you have to use only their branded replacements at often 10 times the price of a simple refill at a local print shop (not to mention the additional plastic waste of throwing away old cartridges - even recycling them I imagine has a much higher carbon footprint than simply refilling with ink).
-Not especially compact design, but also not especially ugly either, unlike many other all-in-one ink jets.

Overall, pleased with my purchase, especially considering the reasonable price - although another tenner off and it'd be an absolute 5 star no brainer, & I wouldn't even be thinking about those 3 minor flaws.
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