Brother® DCP-770CW printer
Brother has a good range of the all-in-one printers and the DCP-770CW sits near the top of that range. It is neatly designed in silver and black and has a more integrated look than many of its rivals. The most obvious innovation in this machine is its wide screen LCD display. This provides enough room to show a thumbnail of a photo as well as a menu of the options or to show before and after images when applying built-in photo corrections.
Photo prints are the highlight of Brother DCP-770CW printers with natural colors and a good level of detail. The auto-correction facility for photos within the Brother DCP-770CW is effective in producing a noticeable improvement in a couple of your test prints. It is capable of mono print speed of under 3ppm and a colour print speed of under 2.5ppm both of these are around a tenth of the rated speeds and are none too quick for a machine in this class. The A4 flatbed scanner produces a single sheet photocopy in 43 seconds.
The Brother DCP-770CW printer is rated at much higher speeds than you are likely to see in real life. Printing in normal print mode, you would see a mono print speed of less than 3ppm and a colour print speed of less than 2.5ppm both of these are around a tenth of the rated speeds and are none too quick for a machine in this class. Speeds would go up in draft mode of course but most people do most of their printing in normal print mode. The A4 flatbed scanner produced a single sheet photocopy in 43 seconds. The photo print quality is good with crisp detail and natural colours. The built-in the photo correction firmware also works well producing noticeable improvements in test prints. The same could not be said of plain paper print, where there is appreciable feathering of ink as it runs into the fibres of the paper.
- FIVE – Paper tray
The paper tray takes a comparatively meagre 100 sheets and the slots almost completely into the front of the machine and paper feeds onto its top cover. There is a depression in the top of the feed tray which takes up to 20 sheets of lightweight photo paper. The photo paper tray has to be pushed in manually before the starting to print photos and they hardly protrude from the front of the machine at all once printed.
- FOUR – Print speed
Print speeds as usual bear little relation to what you would see in the real world and are for draft mode print. Brother DCP-770CW printer quotes 30ppm for black and 25ppm for colour but the best you can manage is 1 minute 46 seconds for a five-page text print, which is equivalent to 2.8ppm and 2 minutes 8 seconds for a five-page colour text. Both these figures are around a tenth of the quoted speeds so not impressive.
- THREE – Printing output
Colours in the printouts delivered by the Brother DCP-770CW printer are smoothly reproduced with no noticeable dither patterns. You can do a colour photocopy while doing quite well to maintain the original colours.
- TWO – Micro-piezo inkjet
The Brother DCP-770CW uses micro-piezo inkjet technology, like Epson, so it needs to charge its ink system before the first time you print. This means you won't get quite as much out of your first set of cartridges as with subsequent ones. When any ink cartridge runs out, the DCP-770CW refuses to print anything and so deplete any colour and you would be not be able to print black pages, either.
- ONE – USB connectivity
USB connection and the set-up are straightforward enough in the the Brother DCP-770CW. However, you do have to weave the USB cable through an internal channel to make connection inside the machine. The wireless set-up of the printer is simple and impressive. There is no need to enter arcane IP addresses or make a USB connection first, as the installation software finds your router automatically and so it appears does the printer.
The Brother DCP-770CW printer is able to connect it via USB, Ethernet or Wi-Fi that make it a versatile device for home as well as offices.