Brother's admirable DCP-130C MFD charmed us with its thoughtful design and relatively modest £80 asking price. The DCP-750CW's price tag places it squarely at the other end of the market. So what are the big improvements?
Well, let's start with network connectivity. The 750CW can plug straight into a normal wired network (courtesy of the 10/100 Base-TX interface) and features 802.11b/g wireless facilities. Wi-Fi performance was quite seamless, with the Brother connecting to another PC without any problems.
The Wi-Fi feature makes the 750CW an interesting proposition for small businesses. However, we're a little disappointed that Brother didn't significantly bolster the MFD's general capabilities at the same time.
The DCP-750CW comes with a 2.5in LCD, and its memory card slots and PictBridge port make it potentially a very appealing product for photo enthusiasts. The LCD in particular makes it extremely easy to use without having to switch on your PC.
Resolution support is also quite adequate, although the optical scan resolution is a little disappointing. Scanning performance was fairly good – the Brother is reasonably fast, and while scans weren't the most detailed, the results were generally pleasing.
But as a printer the Brother didn't really live up to its heavyweight billing. Even on quoted figures, it's only slightly faster than the far cheaper DCP-130C, and we found the real-world figures almost identical. And although picture quality was decent, the colours weren't as vivid and realistic as those you can get from many £100+ MFDs.