Brother MFC-J4335DW: Honest Review

Brother MFC-J4335DW: Honest Review

Written by Kenneth Sawyer, In Printer, Published On
November 2, 2023
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It’s not the cheapest all-in-one inkjet we’ve tested, but if the Brother MFC-J4335DW doesn’t waste ink, it may be worth it. To determine its cost and ability to produce sharp text and colourful photographs, we submitted it to our test lab. Find out if the Brother MFC-J4335DW is worth the money.

Brother MFC-J4335DW Specs

TypeAll-in-one
Color or MonochromeColor
Connection TypeUSB, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct
Maximum Standard Paper SizeLegal
Number of Ink Colors4
Monthly Duty Cycle (Recommended)250 To 2000
Monthly Duty Cycle (Maximum)30,000 pages per month
Printer Input Capacity150+1
Scanner Optical Resolution11,200 by 2,400 pixels per inch

PROS

  • Features quick paper jam access and a sturdy design.
  • Prints cheaply due to high page yields.
  • Includes a convenient automated document feeder.
  • Produces clear, detailed photos.
  • Prints documents.

CONS

  • Poor colour accuracy and range.
  • The photo quality is grainy.
  • Photo printing on 4″ x 6″ paper causes vertical bands.
  • Small input tray.

For Family

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The Brother MFC-J4335DW is a great home printer with a low cost-per-print and a great mobile app. Scan historic photos and multi-page documents with ease using its excellent scanning capabilities. While printed images seem good, grain is visible. This is still useful for daily life. Deep blacks and blues may vary slightly from the originals, but this is fine for most non-professional colour printing.

Small/home office

The Brother MFC-J4335DW is perfect for small businesses and residential offices. Its impressive page yields reduce cartridge changes. Its quick warm-up guarantees fast single-page outputs and fast printing. Easy access to paper jams from the back and under the flatbed scan glass makes it user-friendly. Despite having an automated document feeder, it cannot duplex scan.

A Strong Features Set

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The MFC-J4335DW prints, scans, copies, and can send faxes from your computer using Brother’s faxing app or a driver for practically any Windows program. Its printing paper handling suits micro-office, home-office, and personal use. You can feed single sheets of letterhead or other special-purpose paper into the 150-sheet drawer via a bypass tray. The MFC-J4335DW has automatic duplexing like other printers. The Brother’s recommended monthly duty cycle is 250–2,000 pages. Unless you’re happy reloading the paper tray every few days, 150 pages each week, or 600 pages per month, is more feasible. You may need a larger printer if you print frequently.

Roomy and Easy to Set Up

The MFC-J4335DW is 17.6 pounds and 8.1 by 18.1 by 13.2 inches (HWD). The small size makes it ideal for your desk, where you can access the scanning, copying, and faxing keys. The control panel’s 1.8-inch LCD is not a touch screen and requires scrolling for lengthier messages, but it works. The AIO can connect to one computer by USB or wifi Direct or to a network via wifi. I used USB for performance and quality tests. Note that you need a wifi connection to an internet-connected network to print from and scan to Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, One Drive, and other online services. Brother claims the printer supports Alexa, but the representative I spoke to couldn’t tell me how to set it up.

Speed and Quality

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Brothers rate the MFC-J4335DW at 19ppm for colour and 20ppm for black and white, which is higher than other inkjet AIOs in its price bracket. Our usual testbed showed good but could have been better performance. I measured 14.7ppm (49 seconds) for monochrome text in our 12-page Word file. It reached 10.5ppm (2 minutes 23 seconds) on our business apps suite, which outputs colour. It took 48 seconds per 4-by-6 photo on Brother’s Premium Plus Glossy Photo Paper.

This makes the MFC-J4335DW slightly slower for monochrome printing than the cheaper Brother MFC-J1205W ($99.99), which printed 15.7ppm (46 seconds) on our Word file. At 8.4 ppm (2:58), the MFC-J1205W was slower for colour. The $99 Epson XP-4100 Small-in-One printed monochrome at 9.6 ppm (1:15) and colour at 5.4 ppm (4:36). Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820 ($149.99) was somewhat faster than the MFC-J4335DW, printing Word at 18.9ppm (38 seconds) and business applications at 12.6ppm (1:58). How much these variances matter depends on your printing volume.

Check the Savings

The MFC-J4335DW has a cheap running cost, but it’s vital to consider other factors before buying. It would help if you compared the overall cost of ownership, including the upfront price and running costs. However, the MFC-J4335DW’s 0.9 cents for each black page and 4.7 cents per colour page save money compared to most cheaper printers. For instance, the Epson XP-4100 costs $50 less, but 8 cents per monochrome black page and 18 cents per colour page. The MFC-J4335DW’s 7.1-cent per-page savings mean you must print only 705 pages over its lifetime to make up for the $50 difference—print colour pages to break even faster. Saving every bit after that boosts your bank account.

How to Setup Brother MFC-J4335DW?

  • Download and install Brother software at setup.brother.com.
  • Complete the setup by following on-screen directions.
  • Choose a printer connection: USB, wifi, or Ethernet.
  • Printers automatically adapt interfaces to connection types.

Installation took a few minutes, largely for downloading files from Brother’s website. PaperPort installation is a lovely touch.

FAQs

How do I set up my Brother MFC-J4335DW printer?

Typically, you’ll need to unpack the printer, install the ink cartridges, connect it to your computer or network, and follow the setup instructions provided in the user manual.

How do I connect the printer to a Wi-Fi network?

The specific steps for connecting to Wi-Fi can vary, but it often involves navigating the printer’s settings menu and selecting your Wi-Fi network. Refer to the user manual for detailed instructions.

How do I install printer drivers and software?

You can usually download the necessary drivers and software from the Brother website. Follow the installation instructions provided on their website.

How do I replace ink or toner cartridges?

The process for replacing ink or toner cartridges will be detailed in your user manual. It typically involves opening the printer, removing the old cartridge, and inserting a new one.

How do I perform a printer self-test or clean the printhead?

Printers usually have a self-test or cleaning function accessible through the control panel or software. Check your user manual for instructions.

What should I do if my printer is not printing correctly?

If you’re experiencing printing issues, consult the troubleshooting section in the user manual. Common solutions might involve cleaning the printhead, aligning the cartridges, or checking for paper jams.

How do I set up scanning and fax functions?

To set up scanning and fax capabilities, you’ll need to install the necessary software on your computer and configure the scanner and fax settings through the printer’s control panel.

How do I check the printer’s ink or toner levels?

The printer’s control panel or software should have an option to check ink or toner levels. Follow the instructions in the user manual.

Can I print from mobile devices or the cloud?

Many modern printers, including the Brother MFC-J4335DW, support mobile printing and cloud printing. You’ll need to set up the appropriate apps or services and configure your printer accordingly.

Where can I find additional support or contact Brother’s customer service?

You can find additional support and contact information for Brother’s customer service on their official website or in the user manual that came with your printer.

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