Brother MFC-J5330DW printer
The ability to load A3 paper, one sheet at a time, is a real bonus that makes it possible to print full-colour A3 posters, or A4 booklets.
Given its ability to print on A3 paper, this is a surprisingly compact multifunction device, that will happily share a desk with your PC. It prints clearly in monochrome, while colour photos look quite vibrant on photo paper. The touchscreen is rather small and it’s not the fastest duplex printer around, but it hits a near perfect balance balance between quality, performance and features.
If the MFC-J5330DW was merely an A4 multifunction printer, like the Canon Maxify MB2750, we would complain about it taking up a little more desk space. However, the fact that it can accept A3 puts it in a very different bracket. A4 sheets can be loaded into the tray in a portrait orientation, which means the drawer doesn’t stick out awkwardly, as with most A4 printers. Or you can extend the tray and fill it with 250 sheets of A3 paper. The scanner bed, however, is limited to A4.
The J5330DW is an inkjet printer which retails at £190.80 (around $250, AU$325) and its four cartridges are loaded via a front flap. The top half of the printer opens in order to see the printer heads and also plug in the Ethernet and USB cables. Brother has put these ports on the inside with the wires leading out through the back presumably to stop people accidentally unplugging the cables.