Brother DCP-7065DN Monochrome Laser Multi-Function Copier with Duplex Printing and Networking
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- Print and copy up to 27ppm
- A built-in Ethernet network interface allows for sharing with multiple users on your network or connect locally to a single computer via its USB interface.
- Automatic duplex for producing two-sided output
- Stand-alone copying - No PC required
- 35-page capacity auto document feeder,Scan To Feature: Email, Image, OCR, File
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The DCP-7065DN is a laser multi-function copier with networking and automatic duplex ideal for small offices or home offices. It produces fast, high-quality monochrome laser printing and copying at up to 27ppm, as well as color scanning into one space-saving design. It also offers automatic duplex for producing for two-sided output and a built-in Ethernet interface for sharing with others on your network. The DCP-7065DN provides flexible paper handling via an adjustable, 250-sheet capacity tray and a manual by-pass slot for printing thicker media. A 35-page capacity automatic document feeder allows you to copy or scan multi-page documents quickly and easily. Additionally, it offers a high-yield 2, 600-page replacement toner cartridge to help lower operating costs.What's in the box: Brother DCP-7065DN Monochrome Multifunction Laser Printer, Introductory Toner Cartridge, DR420 Drum Unit, AC Power Cord, Installation CD-ROM, Documentation CD-ROM, Quick Setup Guide, Safety & Legal Booklet and 1-Year Parts & Labor Warranty. Note: USB & Ethernet cables not included.Power Requirements: 110 - 120 V AC 50/60 Hz.Operating system: Windows 2000, XP, XP Pro x64, Vista, Windows 7, Server 2003, Server 2003 x64, Server 2008, OS X 10.4.11, OS X 10.5.x, OS X 10.6.x.Maximum Printable Area 8.5 x 14.0 (21.6 x 35.56 cm).Paper Sizes Standard Tray: Letter, executive, legal, folio, A4, A5, A6, Manual Feed Slot: 3.0 x 4.6 to 8.5 x 16" (7.62 x 11.6 to 21.6 x 40.64 cm), Duplex: Letter, legal, folio and ADF: 5.8 x 5.8 to 8.5 x 14.0" (14.73 x 14.73 to 21.59 x 35.56 cm).
From the Manufacturer
The DCP-7065DN is a laser multi-function copier with networking and automatic duplex ideal for small offices or home offices. It produces fast, high-quality monochrome laser printing and copying at up to 27ppm, as well as color scanning into one space-saving design. It also offers automatic duplex for producing for two-sided output and a built-in Ethernet interface for sharing with others on your network. The DCP-7065DN provides flexible paper handling via an adjustable, 250-sheet capacity tray and a manual by-pass slot for printing thicker media. A 35-page capacity automatic document feeder allows you to copy or scan multi-page documents quickly and easily. Additionally, it offers a high-yield 2, 600-page replacement toner cartridge to help lower operating costs.
Top Customer Reviews
The printer is dying, after 6 years. It still prints, but I can't get the message that says the "ADF cover is open" to go away, so I am now unable to scan anything. Will call Brother and report back with the results.
With great sadness, I retired my HP LaserJet 5p after 17 years of great service. It finally died. I had fun taking it apart, but that's another story. I was always happy with that printer, and the service I got from HP when I bought it was terrific. So my first choice was another HP Laser. I had a terrible Brother Laser printer prior to the HP. Plus, the HP never needs a drum replacement (the Brother's drum is slated to last only 12,000 pages.)
However, I had heard recently from multiple sources that in recent years, HP had gone downhill in quality and service. And the reviews I read (and I read hundreds of them) overall gave better scores to Brother Lasers, which usually cost less than HP. So after weeks of research, I bought the DCP-7065 for only $179. The price dropped to $129 3 weeks later - what a great deal! Now it is back to $156. Watch for sales!
Here is my review after owning this for almost a month.
- It's my first networked printer, and I was nervous. In about an hour, I unpacked it, set it up, followed the Quick Start instructions, and installed it on 1 desktop (vista) and 2 laptops (xp-pro). Success!
- The only problems I encountered were needing to install the scanner software twice on the desktop, and the scanner software not installing on the laptops. I didn't re-try when it failed on the laptops. Since I won't scan from the laptops (only my desktop), it was a non issue to me. If I ever need to, I will try again to install it on the laptops. Since it installed on the second try after a re-boot on my desktop, I assume the same will be true for the laptops.
- Now I can sit in bed on the first floor and print on the second floor. No more running out to the inkjet, connecting it to the laptop via USB, printing, disconnecting and returning to the living room or bedroom. Hooray.
- Another note - I have not downloaded the latest drivers and firmware yet (as other reviewers suggested), just used what was on the CD. I should, and will eventually, but so far it prints just fine.
Print Quality & Speed
- It's a Laser. Therefore, it has great print quality on the best setting. Eyeball test only - I didn't look with a magnifying glass or anything. With as cheap as toner is (even more so if you buy aftermarket toner cartridges), I am not going to use toner-save mode.
- I printed a photograph, and it was OK, nothing special. I mean, this printer is not for photographs, but it will render graphics in black & white docs decently, not great. It is NOT a photo printer. Print your photos at Wal-Mart or some place like that. They will look great and be cheaper than printing at home, anyway.)
- Speed? It is FAST! Love it!
- I had no problems connecting this through my router following the Quick Start Instructions, and all of our laptops can now print from anywhere in the house. This is my favorite thing about this printer.
- I don't know why anyone would need wi-fi instead of Ethernet, UNLESS you can't physically place your printer near your router (it needs a CAT5 cable from the printer to the router). That is the only time that the Ethernet connection to a router would not suffice. Personally, I would not spend the extra money for 802.11 wi-fi (the MFC-7860 costs about $100 more than this printer ($180 vs. $280 at the time I purchased). Note - the HL-5370DW ($180) is wireless, but does NOT have a copier/scanner, and also has lower ratings. For comparison purposes, HP has a wireless all-in-one laser printer with decent ratings, m1217nfw, for about $225.)
- I don't know how often I will use it, but it was easy to use and very fast. Very cool. I like it. I have not tried booklet printing yet.
- Yes, it has a cooling fan that makes some noise. So what? All printers make noise. It didn't seem any louder to me than any other printer. I didn't even notice the fan was running until it cut off. It's not a big deal to me, anyway, as it is in my office, not my bedroom. My HP DeskJet 6940 at work is much louder while printing (but since there is no cooling fan it makes zero noise after finishing.
- Like some other reviewers said, it made my lights flicker when waking up from deep sleep mode. As long as it doesn't blow a fuse, that is a minor annoyance that does not bother me much. Most of the time I am not in the same room as the printer anyway, since 90% of my printing is done from my laptop wirelessly. I chose to not hook it up via the same surge protector the computer was on. Straight to the wall instead. My house is only 20 years old, so I don't have ancient wiring. This might be an issue for some people but not for me.
- Some people like that the printer has an on/off switch. But since it goes into deep sleep mode when not in use, you will probably never turn the printer off (except for vacations). If you did turn it off, and you are printing wirelessly, you would need to go to the printer and turn it on before printing wirelessly - defeating the purpose of a wireless printer!
- I really like using the auto-feeder to make copies of multiple pages; what a time saver. Our all-in-one inkjet is just a flatbed, so you have to do one page at a time.
- I wish there was a 1-button copy function. You have to hit a few buttons to get a photo-copy. It is a minor annoyance. Also, the settings are not easy to navigate, so you can end up wasting time and paper because a copy comes out too dark or too light. I'm not crazy about it as a copier, except for the ADF.
- Is there a difference in copy quality between the flatbed and ADF? I can't tell.
- As other Brother reviewers have mentioned, the scanner cover's springs are tight, and if you are not careful, the cover will snap down hard, possibly breaking it sooner rather than later. I recommend using both hands to insure it closes gently.
- Scanning photos - I have not tried this yet (will update later). Sept 2013 update - it scans them just fine, but I still prefer my older Canon for photo scanning.
- This is a mixed bag. On the one hand, scanning in a 5 page document through the auto-feeder and having the OCR software scan it was fast and easy. A process that would have taken me more than 5 minutes on our Canon inkjet all-in-one took maybe 30 seconds on the Brother 7065.
- Unfortunately, I HATE the included OCR software itself. It is really bad. It rendered almost every capital "I" as the number "1" and had many other errors as well. It does not give you the option to correct anything on the fly like OmniPage does. So the time saved on scanning was lost on manually finding and correcting errors. I will try installing OmniPage Pro 10, which I already own, and see if that works with this scanner. I do a lot of OCR scanning, so this is a real inconvenience for me. I am really hating this aspect so far.
OCR update (Sept 2013) - It turns out that my version of Omni-page was too old to work with my computer (Vista) and this scanner. So I am NOT using the OCR at all - i still use my old Canon. If and when I buy a new copy of Omni-page, I will report on it.
- Wonderful. Fast. So much better than a flatbed scanner. I like that the lid of the ADF can be closed when not in use, so it looks neater and doesn't collect dust inside the feeder.
Toner & Drum Costs
- I have not replaced the toner yet. I plan on buying compatible toner, which (almost always) worked fine with my HP. If I encounter any issues, I will come back and update this review. Even buying Brother brand toner, it will be cheaper than HP brand toner. But since there are plenty of generic toner sellers for both brands, I think this should be a wash. A genuine TN450 cartridge is about $42, and generic toner cartridges are between $15-20 on Amazon via many vendors.
- If you plan on printing lots of pages (say, over 500 pages per month), consider buying an HP. The drum for the Brother needs to be replaced at 12,000 pages. The Brother brand drum is about $100, but the off-brand is about $30. I expect to go for several years before I need to replace the drum.
- This printer comes with a TN420 cartridge (supposed to print 1200 pages). But alas, it is not filled all the way. It is a starter cartridge, and I got "toner low" messages after fewer than 500 pages.
- It will give a "replace toner" message and stop printing, even though there is still toner in the cartridge. Apparently, all Brother Laser printers do this. See reviews of other printers - they all have a convoluted work-around, but it is not easy to find it. See page 30 of the "Basic User's Guide" to find out how to defeat the message and enable you to keep on printing until the toner is really gone. I could not find these instructions anywhere online at Brother's web site, and since this is a newer printer, couldn't find it via Google either. Brother's web site simply says you should buy a new toner cartridge, and it has to be a genuine Brother cartridge.
- UPDATE ON TONER (12/14/2011) - I bought 2 generic replacement toner cartridges for about $13 each online via Amazon. The first leaked toner everywhere - a complete mess. I got my money back from Amazon. The second one works fine. They are way cheaper than the Brother toner (which of course, is more reliable, if you want to spend the money.)
- Update #2 on toner (8/6/2012)
I bought generic replacement toner from a different vendor, and this time it worked just fine. If you need to print something really nice, buy Brother toner. Otherwise, generic should be fine.
Build & other miscellaneous stuff
- I like that the paper is enclosed in a drawer. I always hated the "paper stands up in the back of the printer" style that Canon and other companies use. Also, many HPs have the paper on the bottom in an open tray. I like the closed tray.
- It comes with 32MB of RAM. That is great for a printer at this price point.
- One annoyance - you have to look at the LCD panel at just the right angle or you can't read anything. Not a huge problem, but annoying.
- Missing Cables - True, it does not include a USB or Ethernet cable. But by 2011 everyone should have several of them somewhere in the house. If Brother included cables, the printer would cost more, and most of us don't need them. This was not a negative for me. I would rather pay $5 less for the printer and use my own cable.
- The Quick Start guide was great. I like that it used real words. In proper English. Sometimes you get those assembly instructions with crudely drawn pictures and text that was written by some guy in China with a dictionary.
- The printed "Basic User's Guide" that comes with it does not include instructions about copy settings, duplex operation, scanning, and some other features. The same guide is used for the DCP-7060D, DCP-7065DN, and the HL2280DW). The full manual is on the disk that comes with the printer, and also online.
- I have read good and bad comments about calling Tech Support. I have not had to call yet so I can't comment. I did call to ask about the differences between the printer models, and after a brief hold period, was given accurate information by someone who spoke English.
Manual Paper Feed (Printing Envelopes, Labels, Card Stock and other stuff)
- One thing I do NOT like is that you can only feed 1 piece of paper, envelope, etc. at a time in the manual feed slot. My 17-year-old HP LaserJet allowed you to stack a good amount of paper or envelopes in the manual feed slot.
- Card Stock - You can open the back door of the printer (called the rear output tray) so that it has a straight paper path. A working straight paper path is important for card stock and envelopes. If the back of your printer is not easily accessible, this will be a hassle. A few times it didn't recognize that the card stock was in the manual feed slot - just make sure you push it in straight and snug. It printed fine from the slot to the open back.
Update 9-19-12 - After having printed more on card stock, I am not thrilled with the print quality on card stock. Not as clear as on thinner media. If that is a big deal for you, you might want to think about another printer.
- Caution! - don't forget to close the back door when you are done with the straight paper path printing! I did and printed about 50 pages that fell all over the floor behind the printer! Not Brother's fault - definitely user error!
- Envelopes - UPDATE 12/14/11 - Envelopes work just fine, although you can only feed one at a time. It did not make the adhesive stick, and it did not wrinkle the envelope like my HP did.
- CD Labels - UPDATE 12/14/11 - Worked just fine. Again, you can only feed one at a time, but that is all I need to do.
- Avery Labels - UPDATE 12/14/11 - Worked just fine. It didn't peel them off, and it printed clearly. No problems at all. As with the other manual feeds, you can only feed one sheet at a time, but that is all I need to do.
This is the exact same machine as the MFC-7460DN except for the fax. I called Brother and they verified that is true. They had to put me on hold to find out, but they were friendly and helpful. If you don't need a fax machine, this will save you about $70. $180 vs. $250. In the past, when I have needed to fax something, I have scanned the doc to a PDF and emailed it - most of the time you can do that instead of a fax.
It's hard to go wrong on a laser printer for $180 (currently $130 on sale at the time I am writing this) that prints and copies over 20 pages a minute, scans quickly, networks, duplexes, has an auto doc feeder, and has 32MB of RAM. Plus it has great reviews, just like the 7460DN.
If you need to print thousands of pages, get an HP, or one of the Brothers that has a 25K drum. If you absolutely must have a fax, this is not for you. If you need wi-fi instead of Ethernet wireless, move up to the 7860DW or check out the HP m1217nfw or M1536dnf which are both cheaper than the 7860. But for home or small office, this is a great buy (assuming that it lasts and doesn't break down - time will tell).
I love this printer, for the most part. I am only giving 4 stars instead of 5 because of the copying and scanning, and the hassle with the "low toner" messages. If Brother would fix those 2 things, I would give this 6 stars, if it were possible!
My only other concern is - how long will this thing last? I don't expect to get 17 years like my HP LaserJet 5P, but I want it to last a lot longer than the 1-2 years we've gotten out of every inkjet printer we've owned. Good luck!
Update Sept 2013
Still very happy with this as a printer, and would buy it again, especially at current price of $130. While the scanner works, I still prefer my older scanner. I like the Brother for copying because of the auto-feeder.
- Fast printing -- From deep sleep to wake up it takes about 20 seconds to get the first page out (pretty darn decent for a printer under 200 bucks)
- Energy saving -- in deep sleep it consumes less than a watt
- Solid drivers/software that doesn't get in the way.. for mac at least (not sure about windows)
- Painless duplex printing
- Copying without the need of a computer
- Super light (25 lbs?) and small footprint
- Toner cartridges that don't cost an arm and a leg
- A button on the printer that stops the current print job (AND actually works.. unlike some lexmark and hp printers I've encountered which cancel jobs that HAVEN'T been started yet.. ugh.)
- Automatic document feeding can't scan double sided... but kind of expected, although.. you can tell it to scan a stack of (one-sided) documents and print double-sided documents
- The scanner lid seems to be spring-loaded, so be gentle when closing the flatbed scanner
- The scanner lid only opens 45 degrees not 90 degrees... maybe this is normal.. but my xerox copier goes all the way up.. ohwell)
-Getting this printer to work in Linux (ubuntu 11.04) was a little painful-- had to install the cups and lpr driver from the website.. but it's decently document on Brother's website, so check it out (hint: even though ubuntu "recommends" using the 7045 driver, dont.. use 7065dn.. using the 7045 will just send the printer data, and then the printer will just go back to sleep without printing anything).
So even with all the things that I don't like about the printer, I still highly recommend the printer, given the price and how many features brother packed into this model. I would totally recommend this printer to anyone in the need of b/w network printer.
The printer doesn't seem to have airprint support (yet), so those of you who want to print directly from you iphone/ipad/iwhatever.. sorry -- it won't work out of the box.. you'll probably need to setup a print server. I'll probably try doing this on a dd-wrt instance. Also, I tried using the Brother iPrint&Scan app on my iPhone, but it didn't work with this printer.. ohwell.
EDIT: 9/30/2011 @ 5:05pm--
According to the handy-dandy printer statistics webpage built into the printer, I've printed 442 pages so far, and the printer is telling me that I'm running low on toner. I'm using the toner that came with the printer, (TN420) which is advertised to last about 1200 pages. I don't believe that I've printed any images or anything that requires a ton of toner, so I'm a bit confused on why I'm low on toner. Still-- Printer/scanner is great.. maybe just a defective toner unit that got shipped with the printer?
EDIT: 9/30/2011 @ 5:13pm --
I found this "toner save" option in the web interface, so I enabled it. (Oops-- forgot about that. Printed out a page and in my opinion, it looks the same as when the "toner save" option was disabled. Hopefully I'll get better performance out of toner cartridges now.
Yep, printer is still running strong.. by the way, numerous people have commented that the toner included with the printer is a 'starter toner'. So if you buy this printer, you'll probably want to purchase a Brother TN420 along with this printer (or upgrade to the Brother TN450, if you're looking for the high yield model).