The Brother DCP-J515W is a wireless colour inkjet multifunction printer with a media card centre for Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo and SD cards. Some may be disappointed that a Pictbridge port is not included but as you can use the 8.2cm screen to view and print the contents of your card this should not cause too much inconvenience. Like most multifunction printers it is capable of printing, scanning and copying your documents. The DCP-J515W does not have a fax machine or paper feed for multiple copies so if you need something with more advanced features for an office I would advise looking at other printers in the Brother range.
The unit comes with ink, software and a power cable so you have everything you need to get you up and running straight out of the box assuming you will be setting it up wirelessly. If for whatever reason you were going to hard-wire it to your computer be sure to either purchase a USB A-B cable or use the one from your old printer. In all honesty if you are not going to be using this printer on your wireless network I would recommend saving you money and checking out an entry level Brother machine like the DCP-195C or DCP-197C.
Setting up the printer is very simple and the only bit that is likely to cause any confusion is getting it configured with your wireless network. However it is no more taxing than setting up any other wireless device and anyone new to process is probably best following the instructions proved on the software disc step by step.
However it does have a very small footprint and a compact profile making it well suited for most desktops. This is largely thanks to its paper tray (similar to those found in laser printers) that pulls paper into the machine for printing instead of relying upon gravity fed paper popular in the majority of inkjet printers. This tray also has a separate paper feed for 6”x4” paper which is ideal for quickly reeling of a photo. The only negative point about the paper feed is the maximum paper thickness of 220gsm for the printer owing to the fact that paper has to turn 180 degrees inside the printer before it can be printed on.
Like all Brother inkjet printers it takes comparatively large cartridges containing 25ml for the black and 12ml for each colour. If you should decide to use compatible cartridges in your printer you will find this an incredibly cheap printer to run as the cartridges used are very cheap to produce as they do not require any chipping electronically. As a result you will experience no warnings from your printer when an compatible cartridge is installed as the printer will not be able to tell.
With a maximum print speed of 35 pages per minute it is a very speedy inkjet printer and pretty quiet when compared to other machines. With a maximum resolution of 6,000 by 1,200dpi it is not really designed to be a high spec photo printer and photographers may want to look at 5+ colour Epson or Canon machines. However quality of photo prints at a glance is more than acceptable and should not disappoint a casual user.
In summery the DCP-J515W is a great wireless printer and while it doesn’t have many extra features it is recommendable for any small office or user that wants an economic and functional printer, scanner and copier. This printer normally costs around £80-£90 and there isn’t really much reason to choose this machine over the DCP-J315W which many places currently have on offer for around £20 less. If however you need a larger screen or perhaps have to have the printer substantially higher than desk level you may appreciate the 8.2cm adjustable screen.