Best printer brands: Should I buy a Brother printer?


Brother is a solid brand, with a printer range that runs from £50 budget inkjets up to fancy A3-capable colour printers at £200 and more, and there are models aimed at home offices as well as consumers. But is the Brother family a good fit for your home?

While lacking the heavyweight stature of HP, Brother has still been awarded a handful of Best Buys and has gained a reputation for providing solid workhorse machines that focus on function over frills, while keeping running costs down.

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Brother printers – our verdict

Below, we lay out the benefits and drawbacks of Brother printers, with our expert verdict on the company's wares, details on running costs and how they have fared in our reviews.

Brother printers - our verdict
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Brother printer ranges

Brother MFC-J6910DW

The Brother MFC-J6910DW

All-in-one machines

Brother's ranges include machines that scan, copy, print and fax in the shape of its MFC devices, while machines that print, copy and scan are tagged DCP. In both cases, a 'J' suffix means the printer is an inkjet rather than a laser, a 'W' means the devices can print wirelessly, while a 'D' means it can automatically print on both sides of your paper.

HL range

Brother HL range (short for high-speed laser) refers to printers that simply print and have no ability to copy or scan and includes both colour and mono models, with colour machines tagged with a 'C' at the end of the model number.

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