The Brother MFC-J4335DW is one of the fastest and most affordable printers in our lineup. While not the best at producing perfect images or text, its low initial purchase price and overall operating costs deserve an award for its outstanding value. 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.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.
Brother MFC-J4335DW Review
Pros: Mulptiple connectivity options, compact and small size, great operating cost with a moderate initial purchase price
Cons: Mediocre photo, graphic, text quality, display screen, and user interface
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|Pros||Mulptiple connectivity options, compact and small size, great operating cost with a moderate initial purchase price||Sturdy, well-built, awesome interface, strong all-around performance||Compact design, good printing speed and quality||Small size, good graphic and photo quality for its price class||Decent photo quality, small size and lightweight, decent text quality|
|Cons||Mediocre photo, graphic, text quality, display screen, and user interface||Lacks duplex scanning, proprietary ink only||Very limited connectivity (no WiFi or Ethernet and it doesn't come with a USB cable)||Expensive operating cost, no duplex printing, inconsistent quality for print jobs, HP ink cartridges only||No display screen, difficult to troubleshoot, costly to maintain, sluggish printing speeds|
|Bottom Line||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||A strong all-around printer where photo and graphic printing, cost efficiency, user interface, and print speed all score high||This printer does a stellar job at high-speed monochrome document printing, but lacks connectivity options, making it less versatile and convenient||A simple, small printer that excels at photos, but is costly to operate||Don't be fooled by the low purchase price - this printer does a decent job, but maintenance comes at a cost|
|Rating Categories||Brother MFC-J4335DW||Epson Workforce Pro...||Brother HL-L2300D||HP DeskJet 4155e||Canon Pixma MG3620|
|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 HL-L2300D||HP DeskJet 4155e||Canon Pixma MG3620|
|Type||All-In-One Inkjet||All-In-One Inkjet||Laser||All-In-One Inkjet||All-In-One Inkjet|
|Capabilities||Print, Scan, Copy, Fax||Print, Scan||Print, Scan, Copy, Fax||Print, Scan, Copy|
|Resolution (Black)||Not Available||4800 x 2400||2400 x 600||1200 x 1200||600 x 600|
|Resolution (Color)||1200 × 2400||4800 x 2400||2400 x 600||4800 x 1200||4800 x 1200|
|Supported Paper Sizes||Letter, A4, Legal, Mexico Legal, India Legal, Folio, Executive, A5, A6, Envelopes (C5, Com-10, DL, Monarch), Photo (4" x 6")/(10 x 15 cm), Photo L (3.5" x 5")/(9 x 13 cm), Photo 2L (5" x 7")/(13 x 18 cm), Index card (5" x 8")/(13 x 20 cm)||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" x 13"; Mexico Oficio||Letter, Legal, Executive, A4, A5, A6, B5, B6||Letter, Legal, 4" x 6", 5" x 7", 8" x 10", No. 10 envelopes||4" x 6", 5" x 7", Letter, Legal, No. 10 envelopes|
|Dimensions (excludes extensions)||17.1" x 14.2" x 7.1"||16.7" x 15.3" x 10.9"||14.0" x 14.2" x 7.2"||16.9" x 13.1" x 7.9"||17.7" x 12.0" x 6.0"|
|Paper Handling Input (sheets)||150||250||250||60||100|
|Monthly Duty Cycle||30,000||33,000||10,000||1,000||Not Available|
|2-Sided Printing||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes (Manually)||Yes|
|Ink Cost per Ream: B/W||$5.50||$28.56||$16.66||$66.63||$52.75|
|Ink Cost per Ream: Color||$7.83||$13.40||Not Available||$84.95||$69.42|
|Estimated Lifetime Cost of Ownership||$250||$605||$385||$1,155||$950|
|Claimed Pages Per Minute||20||25 (Black) / 12 (Color)||27||20||8|
|Measured Pages per Minute: Single-Sided B/W||11||10||22||8||5|
|Connectivity||WiFi, Ethernet, USB 2.0||WiFi, Ethernet, USB 2.0||USB 2.0 (No wireless connection)||1 Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n with Bluetooth® 4.2; 1 Hi-Speed USB 2.0||Hi-Speed USB PictBridge (Wireless LAN)10 Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11b/g/n)|
|Operating System Compatability||Linux, macOS (12), macOS (11), macOS (10.15), macOS (10.14), Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8.1, 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 Server 2008 R2, MacOS X, Mac OS 10.7.x, Mac OS 10.8.x, Mac OS10.9.x, Windows XP, Windows Home Edition, Windows XP Professional||Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 7, MacOS 10.12 Sierra, MacOS 10.14 Mojave, MacOS 10.15 Catalina, MacOS 11 Big Sur, Chrome OS||Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows 7 SP1, Windows Vista SP1, Vista SP2, Windows XP SP3 32-bit, Mac OS® X v10.7.5 - 10.10|
|Google Cloud Print||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||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.
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 other printers in our lineup, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Again, this is why we awarded this printer one of our Best Buy awards. While not lightning quick, the speed it demonstrates at its price point is fantastic.
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
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