Review: Brother DCP-T510W

Everyone is jumping onto the refill tank system bandwagon and the latest to launch such printers is Brother. The company announced a slew of new refill tank system-based printers in Dubai and we received one of them – the DCP-T510W – for a test run.

The Brother DCP-T510W comes with a refill tank system that is built within the printer and can be accessed by lifting the printer lid. There is a total of four tanks representing each of the colours – Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black. The T510W is a wireless printer and hence setting it up was a walk in the park.

Once you get the printer out of the box, you need to fill up the tanks using the ink bottles that accompany the printer. You also get an extra black ink bottle for future use. Once the inks are filled, install the driver onto your PC or laptop. Next, power on the printer and it will start charging the inks, which can take up to 20 minutes.

Next up is configuring the wireless network on the printer using the control panel on the printer and that’s it. You are ready to rock and roll. The Brother DCP-T510W promises a print resolution of 1200-by-6000 dpi. On paper, the printer promises print speeds of up to 27 ppm for monochrome print jobs and 10 ppm in colour, in the Fast Mode. You are also promised of up to 12 ppm in monochrome and 6 ppm in colour in the Best Mode.

In real-world tests, we were able to clock around 25 ppm in monochrome and 8 ppm in colour in the Fast Mode. In Best Mode, we ended up with 11 ppm in monochrome and 5 ppm in colour. Print quality though was fantastic. The colours just popped out and the text was very clear in the printouts. We were also able to print on special stocks such as on 180gsm papers with ease.

Since this one is a multi-function printer, you can also scan and copy. During our copy jobs, we clocked 5 ppm in monochrome and 2 ppm in colour. You get a total optical resolution of 1200-by-2400 dpi. The printer also supports AirPrint and Cloud Print for total wireless printing experience.

For a price tag of AED 699, the Brother DCP-T510W is a very affordable wireless multi-function printer that finally lets you do away with expensive ink cartridges. If you are looking for an affordable and dependable refill tank system-based printer for your home or even office, you can’t go wrong with the Brother DCP-T510W.

Price: AED 699

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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