Brother DCP-7055W - A Reasonable All-Round Performer

12/15/2012 9:27:23 AM

The Brother DCP-7055W is an all-in-one device that combines an A4 flatbed scanner with a mono laser printer. It's slightly smaller at the base than the top, as it expands, through a height of 268mm, from 370 x 358mm (W x D) to 407 x 398.8mm, with the extra space being used to accommodate the flatbed scanner. The overall appearance is quite pleasant and will suit a home/office environment.

Brother DCP-7055W

Brother DCP-7055W

Just below the flatbed scanner is the unit’s control panel. This features a centrally positioned 2" LCD panel providing two lines of feedback information regarding status and settings. To the left of the LCD are buttons for Options, Number of copies, Print Cancel and Scan. Arranged on the right side are buttons for Menu, Clear, Up, Down, OK, Stop and Start. A toggle switch for power on/off is located towards the rear of the unit on the right side.

Supporting the printer module is the unit’s main paper input tray with a capacity of 250 sheets. This enclosed tray would have benefitted from some means of indicating when its content was getting low but, sadly, this type of feature was missing. A second paper input slot allows for individual sheets to be manually inserted when the need arises. Paper output is from a mouth-like opening with a flip- out support flap.

Although small, this flap does ensure printed documents are not scattered over the floor. Brother supplies a Starter toner cartridge that is rated at 700 pages. You will need to remove this cartridge and give it a shake before using it to print a test sheet. The supplied software will lead you through the process of connecting the DCP-7055W to your computer system via either USB or Wi-Fi. Generally, this is a quick and straightforward process, although you will need to use a temporary USB connection if you opt for a Wi-Fi connection and your router does not support WPS. Along with the appropriate drivers, the software consists of MFL-Pro Suite and a copy of ScanSoft PaperPort 12SE.

The scanner can be used to send documents to your computer or directly to the mono laser printer, as it acts as a photocopier with enlarge and reduce options

The scanner can be used to send documents to your computer or directly to the mono laser printer, as it acts as a photocopier with enlarge and reduce options

The Brother Print driver gives you a choice of 300, 600 or 1200dpi when printing documents. Using a 580-word one-page document, the results of my tests can be seen in the table below.

This figures compare favorably with Brother’s stated print speed of 20ppm. I was unable to distinguish any real difference between 300 and 600dpi printing, but there was a marked darkening of text when using 1200dpi. All three modes produced good-quality text and I would not hesitate to use any mode for important documents. Graphics printing was acceptable but not of the same high standard achieved with text. Options are available to print multiple pages to a single sheet plus a manual duplex feature.

“A reasonable all-round performer for the home/office user”

The scanner can be used to send documents to your computer or directly to the mono laser printer, as it acts as a photocopier with enlarge and reduce options. When used as a photocopier, it took 11 seconds to produce an A4 copy.

When not in use, the DCP-7055W automatically puts itself into sleep mode when it's totally silent and reduces power consumption from 1080W at its peak to 0.9W. There's some noise during print and scan operations, but this is not excessive.

As mentioned earlier, you get a starter toner cartridge. Replacement cartridges rated at 1,000 pages are priced at $63. A new drum, rated at 12,000 pages, will cost $136.

Brother DCP-7055W









·         Price: $248

·         Manufacturer:       Brother

·         Website:

·         Required spec: Windows XP or later, 1.85GB HDD space / Mac OS X 10.4.31 or later, 480MB HDD space



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