Business Smart MFC-J4510DW

by Brother

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Officejet Pro276dw

by HP

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HL-3170CDW

by Brother

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Price Best Price: $129.00
Best Price: $400.00
Best Price: $200.00
Best Price: $242.00
Pros
  • Compact design
  • Handles up to 11-by-17-inch documents
  • Low ink costs
  • Fast
  • Great print quality
  • Comprehensive features, including management tools
  • Ink is far cheaper per page than the toner from like-priced color laser models
  • Great-looking photo output
  • Automatic duplex printing and scanning
  • Low purchase price
  • Good text quality
Cons
  • Default settings can create grainy graphics and flaws along edge of printhead path
  • Expensive purchase price
  • Washed-out color graphics on plain paper
  • Clunky push-scan setup
  • Color graphics are mediocre
  • Control panel lacks a menu button
At A Glance

Brother's MFC-J4510DW is a fast, innovative inkjet multifunction that handles large paper sizes, produces nice photos and is easy to use. There's also automatic duplex printing and an ADF, and best of all: affordable ink.

The OfficeJet Pro 276dw is expensive, but it's a Cadillac among inkjet MFPs—fast and capable—and a bargain compared to the laser competition.

Specs

Pricing

Part Number MFCJ4510DW CR770A   HL-3170CDW

General Information

UPC Code 10343889446 12502634782   10343907676

Ports and Connections

Available Interfaces USB 2.0 USB 2.0 USB 2.0 USB 2.0
Wireless connection 802.11b|802.11g|802.11n 802.11b|802.11g|802.11n 802.11b|802.11g|802.11n 802.11b|802.11g|802.11n
Ethernet Type   10/100 Mbps 10/100 Mbps 10/100 Mbps

Scanning

Scanner Type Flatbed Flatbed|Flatbed with ADF Flatbed  

Storage Media

SD card   SD Card SD Card|SD Memory Card|SDHC Memory Card|SDXC Memory Card|Yes  
Compact flash     Yes  
Memory stick     Memory Stick Duo  

Platform Support

Printer languages supported   HP PCL 5|HP PCL 6|PostScript Level 3   HP PCL 6|PostScript Emulation

Requirements

Operating System Compatibility     Macintosh OS X 10.5 (Leopard)|Macintosh OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)|Macintosh OS X 10.7 (Lion)|Macintosh OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)|Microsoft Windows 7|Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise|Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic|Microsoft Windows 7 Professional|Microsoft Windows 7 Starter|Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate|Microsoft Windows 8|Microsoft Windows 8 Desktop|Microsoft Windows Vista|Microsoft Windows Vista Business (64 bit)|Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic|Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic (32 bit)|Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (32 bit)|Microsoft Windows XP|Microsoft Windows XP Home|Microsoft Windows XP Professional Linux|Mac|Microsoft Windows 7|Microsoft Windows 8|Microsoft Windows Vista|Microsoft Windows XP

Cost Per Page

Plain Text Page (Highest yield vendor ink)       2.8  cents per page

Performance

Macworld Labs (Speed)

Print speed: Text

ppm

12.8   6.8 11.2
Print speed rating: Text

Superior   Good Good
Print speed: Color photo

seconds for 8X10 photo

146.48   141.0 1.4
Print speed rating: Color photo

Good   Good Very Good
Print speed: PDF

seconds for 4-page PDF

202.41   137.0 6.3
Print speed rating: PDF

Good   Good Very Good
Scan speed 1

seconds for 8 x 10 color photo at 600 dpi

24.3   42.5  
Scan speed 2

seconds 4 x 6 color photo at 1200 dpi

38.8   77.8  
Scan speed rating

Superior   Very Good  

Macworld Labs (Quality)

Print quality: Text

      Superior
Print quality: Color photo

      Fair
Print quality:PDF

      Good