The Brother MFC-J4540DW is a multi-function inkjet printer promised to be perfect for your home or small office. Providing exceptional value with a 2 year return to base warranty, business-quality features that emphasises speed, and premium pigment-based inks that deliver professional prints – it’s made to last.

Like tablets and laptops, the printer market is absolutely saturated, especially at the lower end of the price range. But it’s this area of the market that also usually catches you by surprise, when, upon discovering the price of replacement ink tanks, you find your “exceptional value” printer is not so exceptional value after all. Which is why I was intrigued by Brother’s printed statement in large, bold lettering on the front of the box: “Up to 1 year of ink in-box.” So, how well did that statement hold up in real world testing?


The box of the Brother MFC-J4540DW sports a rather plain aesthetic, white and blue, but it is quite busy, with information covering every side except the bottom (even the inside top flaps of the box have information printed on how to repack the printer).

The box also makes it pretty clear that Brother is confident in their claim regarding the contained ink, because it features prominently on no less than 3 of the sides of the box.

The printer itself is well-built, compact (42cm x 33cm x 24cm), seemingly able to take a few knocks without issue, but is surprisingly heavy for its size (10.5kg), so don’t expect to be moving this frequently from room to room. The off-white & grey colour scheme is easy on the eye, and will fit right in without drawing undue attention to itself if placed on top of a desk.


Read the complete and original review on the Digital Reviews Network website here.