You can connect this multifunction printer directly to a computer using USB (a cable is not supplied), but its wireless networking (including Wi-Fi Direct) will be more convenient if you want to print from multiple computers and devices in your home.
The cost of the printer is $199, with a full set of high yield inks costing $128, though you can replace cartridges depending on the colour that is depleted, rather than all of them at once.
Consider this printer if you just want something simple for scanning and copying A4 documents, and for printing documents, Web sites, and the occasional photo (at up to A3 size). Its Cloud features give the ability to tap into services such as Dropbox directly, if you don't want to first download files and then print them from a computer.
The MFC-J4620DW has all of the functionality of the DCP-J4120DW, but it's a little faster, and also a little taller, owing to the fact that it includes an automatic document feeder (ADF) on its flatbed scanner (and a better copying resolution of 1200x2400dpi). The print resolution is the same at 1200x6000dpi.
This ADF gives it the extra capability of scanning or copying multi-page documents in one hit, up to 20 pages at a time. Otherwise, its paper handling is still 150 sheets for input and 50 sheets for output, and it too can print onto A3 sheets that are fed from the rear at a manual rate of one page at time.
It also includes a fax machine, for those of you who still might rely on orders or other communications via this medium, and Brother told us that faxes can be set up to go straight to the Cloud. This means they can be accessed remotely, should you be travelling and not at home to physically see them.
The interface is a combination of touch and capacitive touch, just like the DCP-J4120DW, though the screen is slightly bigger at 3.6in, and the Cloud features and mobile printing capabilities are once again present. What the MFC-J4620DW adds is NFC (near-field communications), so that you can try your hand at tapping-to-print photos from your phone.
Its speed is a little faster at 20ppm for colour and 22ppm for black, and it uses the same consumables.
The cost of the printer is $229, with a full set of consumables ringing up $128. Connectivity is USB and Wi-Fi (with Wi-Fi Direct, too), but it also features and Ethernet port.
Get this model if you want the added ability of copying or scanning multi-page documents automatically, and also if you want to attach the printer to your router via Ethernet.
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