Brother DCP-7065DN review

Speedy multifunction mono laser printer
Photo of Brother DCP-7065DN
£175 street price

If you work from home or run a small business, your printing needs probably don’t stretch much further than a swift and reliable mono machine that won’t take up acres of room or cost you a fortune in consumables. The Brother DCP-7065DN is part of a range of new all-in-one mono laser printers that were designed specifically for this market.

All of Brother’s new range comes in the now-trademark jet black exterior with a tapering ‘Y’-shaped frontage. The good news is that you won’t need a lot of desk space: the DCP-7065DN measures a compact 405x399x268mm (wdh), and weighs a manageable 10.1kg – so you won’t put your back out lifting it into position.

Clearly labelled controls
At the top is a 35-sheet auto document feeder with a fold-out input tray and directly beneath is the scanner, which has a maximum optical resolution of 600x2400dpi (that can be digitally enhanced up to 19,200×19,200 dpi), and enables you to scan documents and images to e-mail and image files, or convert them in to ‘readable’ text using optical character recognition (OCR).

The now-familiar Brother control panel, below the scanner, offers the usual well-defined and clearly laid out command buttons for the device’s main printing, scanning and copying functions, alongside a 2-line 16-character backlit LCD which takes charge of setup operations and more refined settings. Under the control panel is a single-sheet feeder protected behind a drop-down panel. At the base is the 250-sheet main input tray, which handles any size from A4 down.

Performance
In many respects the DCP-7065DN is similar to the DCP-7070DW which we reviewed recently, but while the DCP-7065DN lacks an ADF, the DCP-7070DW comes with the added option of wireless Wi-Fi connectivity. Instead, the DCP-7065DN allows for single PC attachment via USB lead or network linkage via an Ethernet but that’s all – there’s no way of plugging in either memory cards or Flash drives.

Speed of delivery is clearly the main selling point for this machine. In our tests, it averaged around 25ppm for single-sheet text documents and 11ppm for auto duplex. Black text is solid throughout the whole 300/600/1200dpi spectrum, with little to choose between them.

Graphics and images, on the other hand, were persistently darker than the originals, and suffered visible banding – something that Brother will need to address in future models. If your needs definitely only stretch to text documents, the DCP-7065DN offers decent value. We’ve seen online retailers quoting figures as low as £175 inc. VAT, so it’s definitely worth shopping around.

Company: Brother

Website: http://www.brother.co.uk/

Contact: Brother on 08444 999444

Positives
  • High-quality text documents at decent speed.
Negative
  • Quality of graphics output is poor.

Verdict

The Brother DCP-7065DN is a sturdy small business multifunction mono laser printer that produces crisp black text documents at impressively fast speeds and comes with auto duplex and a useful ADF, but it's let down by poor-quality graphics output, and offers no Wi-Fi capability.