Brother MFC-J4335DW Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Sep 03, 2021 at 10:41 am
Brother MFC-J4335DW Picture
7.6
Family
8.1
Small/Home Office
8.6
Student
8.7
Black & White
7.2
Casual Photo
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
No

The Brother MFC-J4335DW is a color inkjet printer with a flatbed scanner and automatic document feeder. It uses the INKvestment Tank, a hybrid cartridge–tank system, for amazing page yields at an outstandingly low cost-per-print. It helps minimize refills and keeps running costs down. The build quality is very good and sturdy, and there's easy access to the ink cartridges and potential paper jams. It also gets the first page out very quickly, and it prints at a great speed overall. Also, there's a very good selection of wired and wireless connectivity options, including Wi-Fi and an Ethernet port. Unfortunately, we needed to use "High" print quality so that our unit could produce an okay-looking image with decent color accuracy, which also takes much longer to print.

Our Verdict

7.6 Family

The Brother MFC-J4335DW is good for family use, with a superb cost-per-print and an outstanding mobile companion app. The scanning features are very good, so you can easily digitize old photos or process multi-page documents. Printed photos only look alright and have a lot of grain, but colors are decently accurate, which should be fine for casual use.

Pros
  • Feels very well built, with easy access to paper jams.
  • Excellent page yields and remarkably cheap cost-per-print.
  • Decent color accuracy.
  • Superb mobile companion app.
Cons
  • Grainy photos with washed-out blacks.
  • Terribly slow to print photos.
  • Can't print from external media.
8.1 Small/Home Office

The Brother MFC-J4335DW is very good for small or home offices. It has excellent page yields to help minimize cartridge replacements, warms up in no time to get the first page out, and prints impressively quickly. There's easy access to paper jams from the rear or under the flatbed scan glass. Unfortunately, although it has an automatic document feeder, it can't duplex scan.

Pros
  • Feels very well built, with easy access to paper jams.
  • Excellent page yields and remarkably cheap cost-per-print.
  • Prints documents very quickly.
  • Decent display and physical buttons.
Cons
  • Automatic document feeder can't duplex scan.
8.6 Student

The Brother MFC-J4335DW is an excellent printer for students. The cost-per-print is outstandingly low, and it quickly prints out the first page so you can get your work out fast. There's also a flatbed scanner and automatic document feeder for digitizing notes. There's Wi-Fi connectivity, but it can't print via Bluetooth or directly from external storage.

Pros
  • Feels very well built, with easy access to paper jams.
  • Excellent page yields and remarkably cheap cost-per-print.
  • Gets the first page out very quickly.
Cons
  • Can't print from external media.
  • No Bluetooth connectivity.
8.7 Black & White

The Brother MFC-J4335DW is excellent for black-and-white printing, with superb black page yields at a fantastic cost-per-print, and it's compatible with high-yield XL cartridges. It gets the first page out very quickly, prints at a good speed, and gives easy access to potential paper jams. There's an automatic document feeder, but unfortunately, it can't duplex scan.

Pros
  • Feels very well built, with easy access to paper jams.
  • Excellent page yields and remarkably cheap cost-per-print.
  • Prints documents very quickly.
  • Decent display and physical buttons.
Cons
  • Automatic document feeder can't duplex scan.
7.2 Casual Photo

The Brother MFC-J4335DW is satisfactory for casual photo printing. Colors are decently accurate, but you need to set the quality to "High" to produce usable photos without any banding. These take much longer to print, and even then, there's plenty of grain, with washed-out blacks affecting small photo details.

Pros
  • Feels very well built, with easy access to paper jams.
  • Decent color accuracy.
Cons
  • Grainy photos with washed-out blacks.
  • Terribly slow to print photos.
  • 7.6 Family
  • 8.1 Small/Home Office
  • 8.6 Student
  • 8.7 Black & White
  • 7.2 Casual Photo
  1. Updated Sep 03, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Aug 31, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
8.0
Design
Build & Design Quality

The Brother MFC-J4335DW feels very well-built. The body feels good and sturdy, with easy access to the ink cartridges on the front left and to potential paper jams either from behind the printer or under the scan flatbed. Sadly, the power cord can't be unplugged, so it'll be inconvenient to fix it if it gets damaged, and the input tray feels a little flimsy. Also, the USB-B port for connecting directly to a computer is located under the scan bed, as seen here. The routing for the cable removes some of its usable length.

Design
Dimensions
Height 7.1" (18.0 cm)
Width 17.3" (44.0 cm)
Depth 13.5" (34.3 cm)
Weight
18.6 lbs (8.4 kg)
7.0
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
1.8" (4.5 cm)
Touchscreen No

The Brother J4335DW has a decent screen. There's good visibility of the display's contents, whether you're seated or standing. It isn't a touchscreen, but the full array of physical buttons, including a keypad, might be easier to navigate for some people. Most of the buttons are self-explanatory, but you press the "Hook" button to fax and enter the number you want to fax a document to when you hear the dial tone. Also, there's audible feedback when pressing the buttons, but you can easily turn this off in the settings.

Design
In The Box

  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Telephone line cord
  • Brother LC406 starter cartridges:
    • 1x LC406 black
    • 1x LC406 cyan
    • 1x LC406 magenta
    • 1x LC406 yellow

8.7
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
3
Black Cartridge Model
LC406 BK
Tested Black Page Yield
120 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
2,280 prints
Color Cartridge Model
LC406 C/M/Y
Tested Color Page Yield
36 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
825 prints
Third Party Cartridge
No
High Yield Cartridge
XL
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

The Brother MFC-J4335DW has an amazing cartridge system, with outstanding black page yields and excellent color page yields. If one cartridge runs out of ink, you'll need to replace it before the printer lets you print anything else, which might be inconvenient for some. Unfortunately, it yields fewer pages than the Brother MFC-J805DW INKvestment Tank, which it replaces, but you can purchase XL cartridges for even higher page yields at a lower cost-per-print, though we haven't tested them.

8.1
Design
Scanner
Scanner
Yes
Scan Flatbed
Yes
Scan Sheetfed
Yes
Automatic Document Feeder
Yes
Duplex Scanning
No
Scan Resolution
1,200 DPI
Scan Color Depth
24 Bit
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
Yes
Copy
Yes

The Brother MFC-J4335DW has very good scanning features. The flatbed scanner lid can raise to scan thicker items like books, and also it has an interpolated scan feature that maxes out at 19,200 DPI. It's fantastic if you want to capture fine details in photos or documents. Brother advertises that that automatic document feeder maxes out at 600 DPI compared to the default 1200 DPI of the flatbed, so you should use the flatbed if you want scans with the highest fidelity. Also, Brother specifies that the automatic document feeder can hold a maximum of 20 sheets.

Printing
9.5
Printing
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
32.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
64.49 US$
Black Only Printing
0.014 US$/print
Color Printing
0.078 US$/print
Photo Printing
0.202 US$/print
Ink Subscription
Optional

The Brother J4335DW's cost-per-print is outstandingly low, which should help decrease running costs if you plan to keep the printer for a long time. It's compatible with the Brother Refresh Auto-Fulfillment Service, which ships ink directly to you at a small discount before your printer runs out, but it isn't compatible with the Brother Refresh EZ Print Subscription, which gives you a fixed allowance of prints per month for a flat monthly fee.

Keep in mind that even if you print only in black, most inkjet printers continue using the color cartridge for servicing tasks, so you may still need to replace it eventually.

8.2
Printing
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
17 PPM
Color Document
15 PPM
Photo Printing Time
97.7 s
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
6.6 s
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
150 pages

The Brother J4335DW prints at a great speed, which is great if you need to print an essay or report out at a moment's notice. According to Brother, the output tray holds a total of 100 sheets.

During testing, we encountered an issue where using "Normal" photo printing quality resulted in thick vertical banding. We decided to use "High" quality instead, which produced a better-looking image, but prints much slower as a result. We recorded this print speed as our photo printing time result since we expect more people will use this setting for photo printing.

7.4
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
9.55

The Brother MFC-J4335DW produces decently accurate colors. As with most printers, it has difficulty reproducing very deep blues, which isn't ideal for applications that rely on accurate color reproduction, like logos or other professional tasks.

6.5
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
Yes

The Brother MFC-J4335DW prints photos that look alright. There's plenty of grain throughout the photo, which is particularly visible in faces and darker areas. Blacks are washed out, which affects small details in the photo. We base these results on the actual physical photo, not the scanned image provided for reference above, which may not represent the printer's photo print quality.

Note: During testing, we originally used "Normal" quality to print photos as per our methodology. This resulted in a mediocre photo with large banding present, which you can see here. These bands were present in all the photos we printed. However, after setting the quality to "High" and reprinting the photos, we obtained a much better-looking image without banding present, shown above. Using the Brother iPrint&Scan desktop software and using "Photo" quality also fixes this issue. We don't know if this was an issue with our unit or a widespread issue for this Brother printer model, so if you have the same model and are experiencing similar issues, let us know in the discussions.

Printing
Printing Size
Letter (8.5" x 11") Yes
Legal (8.5" x 14") Yes
Tabloid (11" x 17") No
A6 (105mm x 148mm) Yes
A5 (148mm x 210mm) Yes
A4 (210mm x 297mm) Yes
Photo (2" x 3") No
Photo (4" x 6") Yes
Photo (5" x 7") Yes

The Brother J4335DW has a manual-fed, multipurpose tray on the back, which accepts only a single sheet of paper at a time.

Mobile App And Connectivity
8.0
Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
Yes
USB Input To Computer
Yes
Bluetooth
No
Wi-Fi via Router
Yes
Wi-Fi Direct
Yes
External Storage Support
No
Apple AirPrint
Yes
Mopria Print Service
Yes

The Brother MFC-J4335DW's USB-B direct-to-computer port is located under the scanner as seen here, which will reduce the usable length of your cable. You need to lift the scanning flatbed to plug in the input.

9.5
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App For Home Use
Mobile App Yes
App Name Brother Mobile Connect
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Yes
PDF
Yes
Microsoft Office Files
Yes
Text Files (TXT)
Yes
Webpages (HTML)
No

The Brother MFC-J4335DW is compatible with the newer Brother Mobile Connect companion app, and you can't use it with the older Brother iPrint&Scan mobile app. You can use the Brother Mobile Connect app to print, scan, and copy directly from your mobile device, check ink levels, perform maintenance tasks, and even order supplies. Unfortunately, the maximum supported scan resolution on the app is only 300 DPI, as opposed to the 1200 DPI on the desktop software.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Brother MFC-J4335DW in white and gray, and it doesn't have any variants. It's also the replacement for the Brother MFC-J805DW INKvestment Tank, which appears to be discontinued and is difficult to find in stock at a reasonable price. You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Printers

The Brother MFC-J4335DW is an all-in-one color inkjet printer that's good for families and excellent for students. It uses the INKvestment Tank, a hybrid cartridge–tank system, but its page yields and cost-per-print aren't as good as older Brother INKvestment Tank models. Compared to similarly priced color inkjet printers, it takes longer to print photos which also don't look as good, but it does print documents much faster, and its page yields and cost-per-print are far superior.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best home printers, the best all-in-one printers, and the best inkjet printers.

Brother MFC-J995DW

The Brother MFC-J995DW and the Brother MFC-J4335DW both use the proprietary INKvestment Tank hybrid cartridge–tank system for superior page yields compared to traditional cartridges. The J995DW is much better for families, students, and casual photo printing thanks to its significantly higher page yields, cheaper cost-per-print, faster photo printing speed, and significantly better-looking photos. It can also print directly from USB flash drives and SD cards. On the other hand, the J4335DW is better for small and home offices and black-and-white printing thanks to its much faster document printing speeds, and it also produces much more accurate colors.

Brother MFC-J805DW INKvestment Tank

The Brother MFC-J805DW INKvestment Tank and the Brother MFC-J4335DW both use proprietary INKvestment Tank hybrid cartridge–tank system for superior page yields compared to traditional cartridges. The MFC-J4335DW is better for small and home offices and black-and-white printing thanks to its significantly faster printing speed. It also produces significantly more accurate colors and has an Ethernet port. On the other hand, the MFC-J805DW is better for families and students thanks to its significantly higher page yields and much lower cost-per-print, and it also prints much better-looking photos.

Epson EcoTank ET-3760

The Brother MFC-J4335DW is better for black-and-white printing, while the Epson EcoTank ET-3760 is better for families. The Epson uses a supertank ink system for far better page yields at a much cheaper cost-per-print, and it prints much better-looking photos. On the other hand, the Brother has built-in fax, prints the first page out much faster, prints color documents more quickly, and produces significantly more accurate colors. Depending on your office needs, you could choose the Epson for its superior page yields or the Brother for its built-in fax and faster overall printing speeds.

Epson EcoTank ET-2720

The Brother MFC-J4335DW is a better printer overall compared to the Epson EcoTank ET-2720. The Brother prints faster, supports automatic duplex printing, and produces far more accurate colors. It also feels better built, has a better display and physical keypad, built-in fax, an automatic document feeder, and an Ethernet port. On the other hand, the Epson uses a supertank ink system for far better page yields and a cheaper cost-per-print, and aside from the disappointing color accuracy, produces much better-looking photos.

Canon PIXMA TR8620

The Canon PIXMA TR8620 is better for casual photo printing, while the Brother MFC-J4335DW is better for small or home offices, and black and white printing. The Canon has a touchscreen that's larger and much easier to navigate, it prints photos much more quickly that look significantly better, and it can print directly from SD cards and via Bluetooth. On the other hand, the Brother uses the INKvestment Tank, a hybrid cartridge–tank system, for far better page yields at a much cheaper cost-per-print. Also, it prints documents much faster and reproduces colors much more accurately.

Brother HL-L2350DW

The Brother HL-L2350DW is a monochrome laser printer-only unit that's great for black-and-white printing, while the Brother MFC-J4335DW is a color inkjet printer that's well suited for a wide variety of tasks. The HL-L2350DW has no scanning features, but it prints black text documents significantly faster. On the other hand, the MFC-J4335DW can print in color, has a flatbed scanner and automatic document feeder, a better display, and an Ethernet port. It has decent color accuracy and prints okay-looking photos.

Brother MFC-J1205W

The Brother MFC-J4335DW and the Brother MFC-J1205W both use the INKvestment Tank, a hybrid cartridge–tank system, for improved pages compared to printers that use traditional cartridges. The J4335DW is better for small or home offices and black and white printing, but the J1205W might be better suited for students. The J4335DW has much better page yields, a lower black text document cost-per-print, and far more accurate colors. It also prints much faster and can duplex print, it has an automatic document feeder and built-in fax, and an Ethernet port. On the other hand, the J1205W is smaller and produces much better-looking photos.

Epson EcoTank ET-2760

The Brother MFC-J4335DW is much better for small or home offices compared to the Epson EcoTank ET-2760, as it feels much better built, has a larger display, an automatic document feeder, and prints documents significantly faster, with far more accurate colors. On the other hand, the Epson prints photos marginally faster and produces somewhat better-detailed photos, but it performs worse in almost every other respect. However, its supertank ink system has significantly higher page yields at a far lower cost-per-print, so either printer might be better for a family or student depending on your needs.

Brother MFC-J895DW

The Brother MFC-J4335DW is a much better-performing printer for most uses, but the Brother MFC-J895DW is better for casual photo printing. The J4335DW uses the INKvestment Tank, a hybrid cartridge–tank system, for significantly better page yields at a much cheaper cost-per-print, it prints documents much faster, and it produces much more accurate colors. On the other hand, the J895DW has a better touchscreen display, and it produces significantly better-looking photos.

Brother MFC-J6945DW

The Brother MFC-J6945DW is a much larger and heavier printer compared to the Brother MFC-J4335DW, but the J6945DW is also much better overall. The J6945DW supports printing and duplex-scanning large tabloid-size sheets, feels better built, has a much larger input tray capacity, prints better-looking photos, and can print directly from USB flash drives. Although both printers use the INKvestment Tank hybrid cartridge–tank system, the J6945DW has far superior yields at a much cheaper cost-per-print. On the other hand, the J4335DW prints documents much faster and produces significantly more accurate colors.

HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e

The HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e is better for families and casual photo printing, while the Brother MFC-J4335DW is better for students and black and white printing. The HP prints photos much faster, with much better quality and somewhat more accurate colors, and it can print directly from USB flash drives. On the other hand, the Brother uses the INKvestment Tank, a hybrid cartridge–tank system for a cheaper overall cost-per-print, and it warms up much faster to print the first page. Depending on your office needs, the HP might be better since its automatic document feeder can duplex scan, or you could go with the Brother for its far higher black page yields.

Brother MFC-J497DW

The Brother MFC-J4335DW and the Brother MFC-J497DW have a similar design and great build quality, but the J4335DW is a much better printer overall. The J4335DW has far superior page yields at a significantly cheaper cost-per-print, it prints documents much faster, colors are much more accurate, and it has an Ethernet port. On the other hand, the J497DW prints photos much more quickly, and with much better quality.

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