Brother MFC-465CN review

Price when reviewed
We weren’t overly impressed by Brother’s budget DCP-150C, but the MFC-465CN is a totally different proposition. A £100-plus price tag and an office focus at least make it more interesting – but that doesn’t necessarily mean more appealing.

The basic design is the same as the DCP-150C, with the front-loading cartridges, the paper output tray deep inside the belly, and the internal ports – this time with added Ethernet for network printing. But on top sits an automatic document feeder for copying multiple sheets easily, and the office credentials are further boosted by the inclusion of fax capability. The 2in LCD makes it a lot easier to use than the DCP-150C, and the menus are relatively simple to navigate. There’s a card reader on the front, and the fax inputs sit on the left side, next to the oddly positioned power socket.

But improvements in features are not matched when it comes to speed or quality. With a few minor variations, both Brother printers performed similarly in our speed tests – that is, bottom of the pack, with mono text produced at a painful 3.1ppm. And the MFC-465CN actually scored lower than its budget sibling in our quality tests, thanks to mono text that came out with noticeable spidering and a lack of boldness.

The scanner produced images that were far too dark, with murky areas where detail should have been visible, and it failed to capture sharp edges on even the clearest of objects in the images. In fact, the one success this printer had was in copying our four-page colour document via its ADF in 2mins 25secs, more than a minute faster than any others here. This won’t be much consolation, though, as it only holds ten sheets.

As a small-business all-in-one, the Brother doesn’t really do much to stand out. For slightly less you can pick up the Epson Stylus DX9400F: it lacks an Ethernet port, but matches the Brother for all other features, and – more importantly – does so while producing prints of significantly higher quality than the mediocre MFC-465CN.

Basic Specifications

Colour? yes
Resolution printer final 1200 x 6000dpi
Integrated TFT screen? yes
Rated/quoted print speed 30PPM
Maximum paper size A4
Duplex function no

Running costs

Cost per A4 colour page 8.3p
Inkjet technology Piezo-electric

Power and noise

Peak noise level 50.0dB(A)
Dimensions 398 x 360 x 150mm (WDH)
Peak power consumption 33W
Idle power consumption 8W

Copier Specification

Copier rated mono speed 22cpm
Copier rated colour speed 20cpm
Fax? yes
Fax speed 14.4Kb/sec
Fax page memory 170

Performance tests

6x4in photo print time 2min 2s
Mono print speed (measured) 3ppm
Colour print speed 3ppm

Media Handling

Borderless printing? yes
CD/DVD printing? no
Input tray capacity 100 sheets


USB connection? yes
Ethernet connection? yes
Bluetooth connection? no
WiFi connection? no
PictBridge port? yes

Flash media

SD card reader yes
Compact Flash reader yes
Memory Stick reader yes
xD-card reader yes
Other memory media support MMC

OS Support

Operating system Windows 7 supported? no
Operating system Windows Vista supported? yes
Operating system Windows XP supported? yes
Operating system Windows 2000 supported? yes
Operating system Windows 98SE supported? no
Software supplied ScanSoft PaperPort 11

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