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This all-in-one printer from Brother, the MFC-J1205W INKvestment Tank, stands out from other products due to its distinctive features. The very small size is the most remarkable feature, but Brother also uses an alternative inkjet tank technology.
Also, the MFC-J1205W INKvestment Tank from Brother fits in nicely with interior design. Compared to most all-in-one printers, it is a subtle off-white and doesn’t occupy much space.
Brother MFC-J1205W Printer
One of the few all-in-one printers that can be stored on a shelf is the MFC-J1205W. Its dimensions are a very typical 17.1 inches wide by just 14.1 inches deep by 6.3 inches tall. It is extremely small and lightweight, weighing only 12.3 pounds.
Many small printers can fit in small locations, but if there isn’t enough room to access a rear-mounted paper tray or output bin, they aren’t really useful. Since both are on the front of the Brother MFC-J1205W, you only need room for the printer. A rare paper jam would be the lone exception.
To change the paper size, enable Wi-Fi, turn on the printer, and generate a mono or color copy, you only need to press five buttons. That makes operation simpler and saves more difficult duties for a computer or a mobile app.
The official name of this printer is Brother’s MFC-J1205W INKvestment Tank, although it doesn’t have the same kind of tank as its rivals. Cartridge installation was still required.
The document is of good quality, with clean, band-free color visuals and sharp writing. 16 pages per minute (ppm) is an exceptional rate for black-and-white printing. The throughput for color documents is equally fast, at 9 ppm.
|Power Source||AC 110 to 120 V 50/60 Hz|
|Dimensions||14.1 x 17.1 x 6.3 inches|
|Interfaces||WiFi, USB 2.0, and Wireless Direct|
|Paper tray capacity||150 sheets|
|Maximum print resolution||6000 x 1200|
Quality of Printouts
Photo printouts are clear, but lack contrast and color saturation. The fine-quality setting has no effect on the vibrancy or black levels. Even on premium, glossy picture paper, images are good but a little faded out.
Surprisingly, printing photos on plain paper produced outcomes that were superior to what one might expect from a cheap inkjet. Brother might have made adjustments for uncoated paper.
The Brother MFC-J1205W is an all-in-one printer that has copy and scan capabilities. Both are efficient and effective.
The speed and document quality of scanning are excellent. Brother could have easily processed more than a dozen pages per minute with the MFC-J1205W if it had an automated document feeder.
The Brother MFC-J1205W INKvestment Tank printer must first be configured with paper and ink cartridges fitted. The mobile app quickly establishes a connection to Wi-Fi after that.
Brother printers work with iPhones, iPads, Android devices, Mac computers, Windows PCs, and other popular computing platforms. Linux and ChromeOS are also supported.
Envelopes were the only issue with mobile printing, which is important to know if you plan to use the Brother MFC-J1205W for a home company. The printer consistently reported a paper size problem and would not print.
Brother’s page yield feature eliminates any uncertainty when ordering replacement cartridges. This way of indicating the remaining ink supply should be used by more printer makers.
Price and Availability
The Brother MFC-J1205W INKvestment Tank printer has an affordable $129 initial purchase price. That’s a great deal for a compact, quick, and largely user-friendly all-in-one printer.
However, both the black and color cartridges for the MFC-J1205W have a yield estimate of 750 pages. Numerous tank printers on the market today can print thousands of pages each bottle.
The pricing per page reflects that difference. On average, monochrome documents cost 3 cents. The cost per page doubles to $6 when printing in color. That’s a fair deal compared to the majority of inkjet printers that use cartridges, but it’s significantly more expensive than a tank printer.
One black and three colored full-size ink cartridges are included with the Brother MFC-J1205W. The ink should last through 750 black-and-white and 750 color pages if you predominantly print documents.
Ink levels will decrease significantly more rapidly if you print photos. The bundled ink supply for the MFC-J1205W, according to Brother, should last up to a year.
The Final Thought
The Brother MFC-J1205W will function effectively in a home office. If you have a small amount of space, it’s a decent solution. This printer has an output bin and paper tray that are both conveniently located at the front and may be placed on a deep shelf or right up against a wall.
Aside from the challenge of configuring envelopes as a unique paper type, the ease of use was decent overall, and the majority of items operated as intended with no effort.