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Brother MFC-J430w Printer Review
Date: January 14, 2012
Home and home office users who need a compact inkjet that does it all may want to consider one of Brother USA’s most recent products, the MFC-J430w. The small and stylish printer is a 4-in-1 (print, scan, copy, and fax) with an all black finish that measures just 15.9" x 14.9" x 7.1" (WxDxH) and weighs under 20 lbs.
The printer features a nice, 1.9” LCD display which makes the printer status as well as the menus easy to read and to see. As the “w” in its name implies, it is indeed a wireless printer which can be connected to a home network and shared, or connected to a standalone PC via USB. It is capable of printing at a max of 10 ISO ppm for black and 8 ISO ppm for color. Users who like to print photos will enjoy the free iPrint&Scan app which enables the device to print photos (JPEG only) and PDFs directly from or scan photos (JPEG only) to Android, Windows, or iOS powered mobile devices.
For a sub-$100 printer, the paper handling is pretty solid. While it is a little light in capacity at 100 sheets of input capacity, it comes with a 20-sheet ADF for unattended faxing, scanning, and copying. It can print on paper up to 8.5” x 14” (legal) in size and the recommended monthly print volume is between 250 and 800 sheets. Also worth noting is its maximum resolution of up to 6000 x 1200 dpi. It does not come with the ability to duplex print jobs.
Users will also appreciate another feature not commonly found on sub-$100 printers—individual ink cartridges. The MFC-J430w comes with a four-cartridge ink system so you only have to change whatever ink is out. For each cartridge, there is both a standard capacity cartridge (71s) and a high-yield (75s) one as well. All of the high-capacity cartridges have a solid page yield of 600 pages. Our cartridges for this model are $6.99, so a full set will cost you less than $30.
Overall, this looks like a good, low-cost option for a home or home office printer.
Need a new printer? We suggest Amazon.
BY ADAM HAIGH, Editor