Brother Canada recently offered their latest all in one printer, the MFC-J4510DW, for me to try out. I wasn’t sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised when it arrived.
The first thing I noticed after setting it up is the big touchscreen display. It’s about the size of an iPhone screen with some additional buttons to the right for home, cancel and back that light up if necessary.
Like most all in one printers, it has the usual scanner, faxing and printing capabilities. The MFC-J4510DW also has a top loading sheet feeder for scanning multiple pages.
The printer also has wifi which is the first one I’ve had that has it built in. I typically plug my printer into my Airport Extreme which makes it wirelessly accessible. Of course, that means my printer has always had to live beside the Airport Extreme. The MFC-J4510DW can be located anywhere which I like a lot better.
There are a number of web service options for printing. My favorite was the ability to browse my Flickr photos from the printer directly and print:
You can also access Picasa, Dropbox and a number of others that you can authorize and create shortcuts too on the touchscreen menus.
The built in card reader makes it easy to print directly from the card or you can even upload all your photos to any of the configured web services. It’s a pretty slick setup for computer-less uploads and printing.
Since the printer has wifi, it can be accessed from any browser on the local network. You can configure a number of options via the website that is served up by the printer.
One thing I haven’t had a chance to use before is mobile printing. While Apple has only recently added wireless printing support to iOS, there have been workarounds available for a while. It was nice to see the Brother was recognized immediately without needing to choose anything.
The Brother MFC-J4510DW is a great all in one printer that could handle anything I threw at it. The added touchscreen and wireless functions seem to make it a stand out option if you’re in the market for a new inkjet for your home or office.