Perhaps with a sharp eye on tough economic times, Brother has just released the Brother DCP-J140W. It is Brother's cheapest to buy wireless inkjet all-in-one printer to date, targeted squarely at SOHO users working to a tight budget. More inkjet printer reviews.

It's a chunky 6.8kg machine that still measures a compact 390 x 360 x 150mm. There's no fax capability to add to the standard print, copy and scan modes but some attempt has been made to enhance the entirely matt black casing by providing a textured finish to the scanner cover.

The Brother DCP-J140W's principal features have been reduced to the lowest common denominator. In place of a touchscreen you have a fixed 16 character, one-line LCD with no back lighting. Curiously there are three dedicated buttons for copying but only one for scanning. 

In the base is a relatively flimsy 100-sheet A4 feeder tray, and a USB port for PC connection is inside the printer beneath the scanner.

There are no signs of memory card slots, PictBridge access or ethernet connection – but there is Wi-Fi connectivity. This is extremely easy to set up either via the USB, WPS or directly via smartphones using Brother's iPrint&Scan app.

Brother DCP-J140W: Performance

Print speeds and quality are a mixed bag. Standard black text and colour documents dawdle out at no more than 5ppm, albeit with bold lettering and strong colours. 

In draft mode, by contrast, you're looking at a nippier 17ppm (still well short of Brother's claims) with grainy text and washed-out colours. 

Fast-mode A4 colour photos zapped out in 1 min 30 sec but with a notable red tinge, while Fine quality A4 prints took 3 min 50 sec but with much more authentic tones and good detail.  

Making 10 x 15cm prints generally took 30 sec and these were of consistently good quality, while copies of A4 photos emerged with only slightly paler hues than the originals. 

Using the same 4-cartridge pack as the earlier Brother DCP-J125, ink costs are relatively low at around 4.2p for black and 12p for colour. 

But with even cheaper MFPs like the Epson Stylus SX445W available with extra features, and lower running costs, the Brother DCP-J140W is only average value for money. 

Brother DCP-J140W: Specs

  • Colour inkjet printer/copier/scanner
  • 32MB memory
  • 6000 x 1200 dpi max print resolution
  • 1200 x 2400dpi maximum scanner resolution
  • quoted print speed: 33ppm (mono), 27ppm (colour)
  • 4 individual colour tank printer
  • ?A4 max document size
  • USB 2.0
  • 802.11 b/g/n
  • 390 x 360 x 150mm
  • 6.8kg
  • Colour inkjet printer/copier/scanner
  • 32MB memory
  • 6000 x 1200 dpi max print resolution
  • 1200 x 2400dpi maximum scanner resolution
  • quoted print speed: 33ppm (mono), 27ppm (colour)
  • 4 individual colour tank printer
  • ?A4 max document size
  • USB 2.0
  • 802.11 b/g/n
  • 390 x 360 x 150mm
  • 6.8kg

OUR VERDICT

Brother's sub-£60 all-in-one has good Wi-Fi connectivity, a small footprint and decent standard print quality for documents and photos. But sluggish speeds and its 'stripped down' features smack too much of drastic cost-cutting.

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