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Brother DCP-1510 review: mono laser all-in-one printer offers quick, inexpensive prints

£118 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Brother

Our Rating: We rate this 3 out of 5

The Brother DCP-1510 is a mono-laser multifunction printer aimed at small businesses. Here's our Brother DCP-1510 review.

Brother DCP-1510

Brother has just released a trio of low volume mono laser printers at highly affordable prices so we decided to take a look at the middle unit to gauge how much this range merited its 'great value for money' tag. See all multifunction printer reviews.

The DCP-1510 is certainly space-saving as it only occupies a compact area of 385 x 340 x 255 mm. In addition, it weighs a mere 7 kg so it can also be quickly repositioned within the office without causing any back strain.

The focus here is on simplicity and speed. There's no ADF on the top of the machine nor an extra feeder tray in the middle - just a standard 150 sheet paper tray in the base. In the same way, the only connection available is via USB 2.0 to a single PC, so if Wi-Fi or Ethernet is vital for your home or small business, this is not the printer for you.

While the main body of the DCP-1510 feels sturdy enough, the scanner cover is somewhat flimsy. There's also a design error where the access door has to be raised before you can unfurl or retract the output tray extender with its paper stop.

Brother DCP-1510: control panel

The control panel is reduced to a narrow strip in front of the cover where you can oversee operations via the 2 line, 16 character LCD using arrow keys to scroll through the menus. Peculiarly there is a dedicated button for 2-in-1 ID copying - not the most obvious first choice but maybe this a deliberate ploy to appeal to the student market.

Brother DCP-1510So far, so ordinary. However, once you start printing you realise that with print and copy speeds approaching 20ppm (we averaged 18ppm), the DCP-1510 might well have a future in your study or business. Document print quality is good without being exceptional, while graphics and images reveal broad contrast tones.

Scanned colour photos and designs also manage to emerge relatively faithful to the original hues with just a slightly paler caste. The running costs of the 1,000 page toner cartridge for the DCP-1510 work out at around 3p per page.

Brother DCP-1510 Expert Verdict »

Mono laser printer
16MB standard memory
2400 x 600 dpi max printing resolution
20ppm specified speed
manual duplex printing
150 sheet standard input capacity
800 sheet maximum input capacity
USB 2.0
385 x 340 x 255mm
  • Ease of Use: We give this item 5 of 10 for ease of use
  • Features: We give this item 5 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 6 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 6 of 10 overall

Although Brother may target this budget MFP at small businesses, the heavily restricted features might suggest it's more likely to end up in home or student studies, despite its rapid print speed.

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