Brother DCP-7070DW review

Mono all-in-one laser printer
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£199 ex. VAT

Brother’s recent batch of mono all-in-one laser printers have been notable for their speed and print quality. After looking at machines from the higher end of Brother’s range (such as the MFC-7460DN and MFC-7860DW), we’ve now turned our attention to the even more compact DCP-7070DW.

You’ll notice straight away that it clearly comes from the same ‘family’ as its MFC big brothers, finished in the same jet-black tones and with the same ‘Y’-shaped design at the front. The dimensions are almost identical – 405x399x268mm (wdh) – as it includes virtually the same physical features, apart from the 35-sheet Auto Document Feeder at the top. Exclsuing this has dropped the device’s weight to just 10.3kg.

Straightforward controls
The control panel is simple and straightforward – dedicated buttons for print, scan and copy functions (including duplex, which is an extremely welcome and ink-efficient addition) with all the tweaking and setup menus handled via the two-line, 16-character LCD (which has an unfortunate tendency to disappear if viewed from any angle greater than about 30 degrees).

There’s a 250-sheet input tray in the printer’s base with a single-sheet manual slot just above it that will take everything from plain, thick and recycled paper to labels and envelopes. The 100-sheet output should be more than sufficient for most small business usage. However, the DCP-7070DW lacks the memory card slots and USB drive inputs that are included in the MFC models

Fast speeds but darker tendencies
On the plus side, though, the DCP-7070DW can connect to Wi-Fi and Ethernet networks, as well as hooking up directly to your PC via USB. When it comes to performance, there’s little to separate this machine from the MFCs – you have the same three 300, 600 and 1200 dpi resolutions which all print at about the same speed (we averaged 22.5 ppm for individual sheets and 12 ppm for duplex).

Black text quality is solid throughout, with draft quality proving particularly impressive, but greyscale copies continue to emerge darker than the originals and with occasional banding. Colour scanning at up to 600x2400dpi (optical) produces strong contrasting tones that again might have to be lightened a little from the native settings – the unit comes with a 1200-page toner cartridge that slips easily into the front compartment and currently costs £43.19 to replace.

Company: Brother

Contact: 08444 999444

Positives
  • Compact size with high speed printing.
Negative
  • No memory card or flash memory drive slots.

Verdict

The Brother DCP-7070DW mono laser all-in-one is modelled very closely on the company's higher-end MFC range, with similar high speeds and image quality, Wi-Fi and duplex capability yet without the auto document feeder.