Brother MFC-J430w Review: Low Cost, Limited Features
25 January 2012
Conclusion: With the Brother MFC-J430w, the old saying "You get what you pay for," is quite appropriate. For less than $100, you'll get a basic all-in-one with a few nice features including fax functionality, mobile printing, wireless connectivity and a 20-sheet ADF.
Pros: Fax functionality, Wireless Connectivity, Mobile printing
Summary: The Brother MFC-J430W delivers printed pages at a speedy pace and is easy to set up and use. However, its print quality just isn't as good as what you'll get from rival models at a similar price.
Pros: Fast print speeds; On-board Wi-Fi; Automatic document feeder.
Cons: Feathering on bolded text; Colours in graphics and photos are a little washed out.
Conclusion: Granted, if you don't need these features, why spend the extra money? Think about it carefully, though, and make sure that your small or home office doesn't need the extra perks that the MFC-J825dw offers before you settle on one or the other.
Pros: High-quality prints, copies, and scans, Fast, Entry-level price
Cons: No automatic duplexer, Somewhat high cost of consumables, Slow processing when printing pages in reverse order
Excerpt: The Brother MFC-J430W is a squat device that can print, scan, copy and fax. There's also a smallish colour display and wireless networking, but no wired Ethernet connection or memory card slots. This is an office-orientated device, though, so memory card slots aren’t a surprising omission.
Summary: The MFC-J430W by Brother is a great AIO option for those who need speedy document printing, good quality photos. It's a compact AIO with wireless networking abilities at an economical price making it even more attractive.
Excerpt: This is a multi function unit (it has fax) and it can connect either by USB or Wi-Fi. In fact I used both with equal success. I did however have a failure as no matter what I tried it refused to feed photo paper in any way.