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Brother MFC-J4335DW Review

A cost efficient printer that makes a great pick for casual home use but isn't the best option for high quality document or photo needs
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Price:  $180 List
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Manufacturer:   Brother
By Alex Hocevar-Smith and Genaveve Bradshaw  ⋅  Oct 25, 2022

#6 of 12
  • Text Quality - 25% 6.0
  • Operating Cost - 25% 9.5
  • Ease of Use - 20% 7.8
  • Graphics and Photos - 15% 6.7
  • Printing Speed - 15% 8.5

Our Verdict

The Brother MFC-J4335DW is one of the fastest and most affordable option in the lineup of our favorite home printers. Despite some general ease of use frustrations, its setup is incredibly simple. We think this printer is a great buy for the home or home office that prints a lot of documents but doesn't need those prints to be the best of the best. In particular, we think that college students might get a lot of mileage out of this sort of performance package.
Mulptiple connectivity options
Compact and small size
Great operating cost with a moderate initial purchase price
Mediocre photo
Text quality
Display screen
And user interface
Editor's Note: We updated this review for the Brother MFC-J4335DW on June 14, 2022, with more data from our in-depth testing process, a closer look at value, and suggestions for directly comparable products we would recommend to friends.

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Bottom Line A fast, affordable printer that produces decent images and textA great budget-friendly printer that performs well in every metric and excels at affordable, high quality photo printingFast black and white printing, reasonable operating costs, and solid performance make this a great choice for a homes and small officesA fast, monochrome laser printer with a small footprint, but limited in connectivity optionsEasy on the wallet up front will get you very capable printer, but long-term operational costs might upset those initial savings
Rating Categories Brother MFC-J4335DW Epson Workforce Pro... Brother Monochrome... Brother HL-L2300D HP DeskJet 2755e
Text Quality (25%)
Operating Cost (25%)
Ease of Use (20%)
Graphics and Photos (15%)
Printing Speed (15%)
Specs Brother MFC-J4335DW Epson Workforce Pro... Brother Monochrome... Brother HL-L2300D HP DeskJet 2755e
Type all-in-one inkjet all-in-one inkjet laser laser all-in-one inkjet
Capabilities print, scan, copy, fax print, scan print print print, scan, copy
Resolution (Black) unspecified 4800 x 2400 2400 x 600 2400 x 600 1200 x 1200
Resolution (Color) 1200 × 2400 4800 x 2400 unspecified unspecified 4800 x 1200
Supported Paper Sizes 4 x 6", 5 x 7", Letter, Legal, U.S. #10 Envelopes 3.5 x 5", 4 x 6", 5 x 7", 8 x 10", Letter, Legal, A4, A6, Half Letter, Executive, user-definable (3.5 — 47.2"L), Oficio 9; 8.5 x1 3"; Mexico Oficio Letter, Legal, Executive, A4, A5, A6, B5, B6 (tray)
Envelope, Custom Sizes (3.0-8.5" (w), 5.0-14" (l)) (manual feed)
Tray 1: A4; A5; A6; B5 (JIS); Oficio; 16K; 16K 16K ; Japanese Postcard; Double Japan Postcard Rotated; Envelope #10; Envelope Monarch; Envelope B5; Envelope C5; Envelope DL; Custom Size; 4 x 6", 5 x 8"; Statement; Tray 2 & Tray 3: A4; A5; A6; B5 (JIS); Oficio; 16K ; 16K ; 16K, Custom Size; A5-R; 4 x 6"; B6 (JIS) Letter; legal; 4 x 6"; 5 x 7 "; 8 x 10"; No. 10 envelopes, Letter; HP envelopes; HP cards; HP 4 x 6" photo paper
Dimensions (excludes extensions) 17.7" x 12.0" x 6.0" 16.7" x 15.3" x 10.9" 14.0" x 14.2" x 7.2" 16.5" x 15.4" x 12.7" 16.7" x 12" x 6"
Weight 11.9 Ibs 22.5 Ibs 15.1 Ibs 27.8 lbs 7.7 Ibs
Paper Handling Input (sheets) 100 sheets plain paper or 20 sheet 4 x 6″ photo paper 250 sheets 250 100-sheet tray 1, 250-sheet input tray 2; 50-sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) 60
Monthly Duty Cycle 30,000 33,000 15,000 10,000 1,000
2-Sided Printing yes yes yes yes yes (manual, no duplex printing)
Ink Cost per Ream: B/W $5.50 $28.56 $13.42 $16.66 $49.98
Ink Cost per Ream: Color $7.83 $13.40 NA NA $62.48
Estimated Lifetime Cost of Ownership $249 $583 $351 $410 $872
Claimed Pages Per Minute 20 25 (black) or 12 (color) 32 27 7.5 (black)
5.5 (color)
Measured Pages per Minute: Single-Sided B/W 11 10 13 22 4
Connectivity WiFi, Ethernet, USB 2.0 WiFi, Ethernet, USB 2.0 Wireless 802.11 b/g/n, Hi-Speed USB 2.0, Wi Fi Direct USB 2.0 - no wireless connection Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n; 1 Hi-Speed USB 2.0
Operating System Compatability Linux
macOS (12)
macOS (11)
macOS (10.15)
macOS (10.14)
Windows 11
Windows 10
Windows 10
Windows 8.1
Windows 8.1
Windows 7 SP1
Windows 7 SP1
Windows Server 2019
Windows Server 2016
Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2008
Windows® 10, Windows 8, 8.1 (32-bit, 64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit), Windows Vista® (32-bit, 64-bit), Windows Server® 2003 SP27 — Windows Server 20197 Mac® OS X® 10.6.8 — macOS® 10.15.x8 Windows® 7 SP1 / 8 / 8.1 1 4 Windows® 10 Home / 10 Pro / 10 Education / 10 Enterprise Windows Server® 2008 Windows Server® 2008 R2 Windows Server® 2012 Windows Server® 2012 R2 Windows Server® 2016 macOS v10.10.5 macOS v10.11.x macOS v10.12.x Windows Server®
2008 R2 Mac OS X
10.7.x, 10.8.x,
10.9.x Windows® XP
Home Edition
Windows® XP
Windows 11; Windows 10; Windows 7; macOS 10.12 Sierra; macOS 10.14 Mojave; macOS 10.15 Catalina; macOS 11 Big Sur; Chrome OS
Google Cloud Print yes yes yes no yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Brother MFC-J4335DW is the printer you want if size, speed, and cost are your main priorities. This little thing can pump out 11 simplex pages per minute, is fairly easy to set up and use, has low operating and lifetime costs, and produces decent quality text and images. The MFC-J4335DW stands out as one of the best budget machines in our lineup, perfect for those consumers who print a lot but don't need those prints to be top-notch.

Performance Comparison

brother mfc-j4335dw home printer review - with a midsize footprint and weight, the mfcj4335dw fits nicely in...
With a midsize footprint and weight, the MFCJ4335DW fits nicely in the home or small office space.
Credit: Laura Casner

Text Quality

Despite its overall ranking and accolades, the Brother MFC-J4335DW performed the worst in our text quality assessment. We saw small and thin fonts lose clarity during our test prints and lighter shades in the grayscale printed faintly. Though not terrible, it is worth considering that the MFC-J4335DW will not be a great printer for offices that need consistently high-quality text output.

While the MFC-J4335DW under-performs here compared to the others in our review, we still think it's a great buy for someone whose top priority for a printer is not print quality. Its strength is not any one thing that it does a stellar job at, but the overall budget package that it provides.

brother mfc-j4335dw home printer review - you may be able to notice the fading in the grayscale test in the...
You may be able to notice the fading in the grayscale test in the top left, or the fuzzy lines in thin fonts and text.
Credit: Laura Casner

Operating Cost

The MFC-J4335DW shines in this category. Its initial buy-in price is relatively low, and its overall operating and lifetime costs are stellar compared to the other printers in our lineup.

A ream (500 pages) of black and white printed text will only cost you $5.50 with this printer. The next best printer for this metric in our lineup had monochrome ink costs of more than double the MFC-J4335DW, at $11.25 per ream. That's significant savings.

The MFC-J4335DW's color cost per ream is also among the best in our lineup, at around $7.83 per. While quality is lacking compared to other printers that we tested, this is a great option if you print a lot and don't need every print to be perfect.

The MFC-J4335DW is best in its class for overall estimated lifetime costs, at around $250 per three years of ownership. That's half the cost of any other printer we tested and why we think this printer can be such a good buy for the consumer whose top priority is budget.

Many of the other printers in our lineup appear to be a good deal at first glance, but their lifetime operating costs make owning one very costly.

brother mfc-j4335dw home printer review - the brother mfc-j4335dw is a budget-friendly all-in-one.
The Brother MFC-J4335DW is a budget-friendly all-in-one.
Credit: Laura Casner

Ease of Use

The MFC-J4335DW teases with a very easy initial setup and ink cartridge loading mechanism; however, its WiFi and interface are not the simplest to engage with. Its low weight and small size — clocking in around 20 pounds — make the MFC-J4335DW very versatile in terms of room placement.

Once in place, however, the WiFi setup becomes a bit of a chore, requiring the download of two separate computer programs and one mobile app. Even with these extra steps, we never experienced any glitches or hiccups, and once we loaded everything properly, there were no connection issues whatsoever. We tested out Brother's customer service through their website and found it very helpful, quick, and easy to use. The actual physical printer controls come in the form of a small screen and a few buttons. We had some issues with the fax setting not immediately turning off, but otherwise, the controls were straightforward once we got past the initial learning curve.

Overall, the MFC-J4335DW performed fairly well compared to all other printers in our lineup. Even as a budget model, this printer presents an impressive monthly duty cycle — the number of pages you can print per month without any maintenance issues. We found the hiccups we experienced to be minor compared to other machines that we tested and not strong enough detractors to deter one from purchasing this printer.

brother mfc-j4335dw home printer review - this was not our favorite interface that we tested, but it gets the...
This was not our favorite interface that we tested, but it gets the job done.
Credit: Laura Casner


Like its text quality performance, the MFC-J4335DW does just okay with printing graphics and photos. While the general resolution of images was quite sharp, contrasty business graphics often contained blurry text. Photo quality was always good but never stood out in the pack. Color quality is above average, and the color band it can display is quite wide.

However, we noticed some pinkish tinting on parts of white or very light images. Printed images also appeared slightly less saturated than their original counterpart. It's worth noting that despite its limitations, the MFC-J4335DW performed well compared to the rest of our lineup. It was not the worst performer in this metric and can print average quality photos and graphics. We think the consumer that will find this printer most valuable will not be prioritizing photo and graphic quality.

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Photos appear a little washed out with a general lack of texture. While not terrible, performance was not stand-out.
Credit: Laura Casner

Printing Speed

The MFC-J4335DW performed very well for an inkjet in the printing speed test, clocking in at eight duplex and 11 simplex pages per minute.

While not the best of the best, these are very respectable times compared to the rest of our lineup and the market in general.

The MFC-J4335DW stands out because the next fastest printer in our lineup has nearly double the estimated lifetime cost. While not lightning quick, the speed it demonstrates at its price point is fantastic.

brother mfc-j4335dw home printer review - the scanner's hinge mechanism has some play to allow larger objects...
The scanner's hinge mechanism has some play to allow larger objects to be placed on the scanning bed.
Credit: Laura Casner

Should You Buy the Brother MFC-J4335DW?

Although it's not the fastest printer and doesn't necessarily offer the best text or photo quality, or the perfect user interface, the MFC-J4335DW still presents a great overall value. Its performance per dollar is stellar compared to the other printers in our lineup. We think consumers who print a lot but don't need those prints to be perfect — like students or a home office — this model is a fantastic option in an affordable package.

What Other Printers Should You Consider?

The Brother MFC-J4335DW is one of the best bang-for-your-buck printers in our lineup, but it isn't the best performing model we tested. The award-winning Canon Color imageCLASS MF741Cdw certainly presents the best-of-the-best printers offer. But a model like the Epson Workforce Pro WF-4820 significantly improves text, graphics, and photo quality without breaking the bank.

Alex Hocevar-Smith and Genaveve Bradshaw