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Brother MFC-J4335DW Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed Sep 03, 2021 at 10:41 am
Brother MFC-J4335DW Picture
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
SuperTank
No
Color Yes
Wireless Yes

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 one-pagers out very quickly, and it prints at a great speed overall. Unfortunately, we needed to use "High" print quality so that our unit could produce an okay-looking image.

Our Verdict

N/A Family

The Brother MFC-J4335DW is great 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 it's fine for casual use. Deep black and blues look noticeably different from originals, but it's okay for most non-professional color printing.

Pros
  • Feels very well built, with easy access to paper jams.
  • Excellent page yields and remarkably cheap cost-per-print.
  • Okay color accuracy.
Cons
  • Grainy photos with washed-out blacks.
  • Can't print from external media.
  • Can't print 2" x 3" or 8" x 10" photos.
N/A Small/Home Office

The Brother MFC-J4335DW is great for small or home offices. It has excellent page yields to help minimize cartridge replacements, warms up in no time to get single pages 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.
N/A Student

The Brother MFC-J4335DW is great for students. The cost-per-print is outstandingly low, and it quickly prints out the single 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.
N/A 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 single pages out very quickly, prints longer documents out 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.
N/A Photo

The Brother MFC-J4335DW is decent for casual photo printing. Colors look reasonably accurate, but you need to set the quality to "High" to produce usable photos without any banding. 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.
  • Okay color accuracy.
Cons
  • Grainy photos with washed-out blacks.
  • Can't print 2" x 3" or 8" x 10" photos.
  • N/A Family
  • N/A Small/Home Office
  • N/A Student
  • N/A Black & White
  • N/A Photo
  1. Updated Nov 10, 2022: We mistakenly indicated that the printer has an Ethernet port in the Connectivity section. It does not; it only has line ports for fax functionality. We've adjusted the score accordingly.
  2. Updated Aug 29, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  3. Updated Jul 04, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.
  4. Updated Apr 05, 2022: Updated the Photo Printing Time in the Printing Speed box. The result was initially very slow due to bad Wi-Fi connection, but it's much faster now.
  5. Updated Feb 28, 2022: Fixed mention of where the ink cartridges are located.
  6. Updated Jan 26, 2022: Reshot and updated the 'In Use Picture'.
  7. Updated Jan 05, 2022: Fixed error with Max Paper Weight test result.
  8. Updated Dec 14, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  9. Updated Sep 03, 2021: Review published.
  10. Updated Aug 31, 2021: Early access published.

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's worse at printing nice-quality photos, 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.

Epson EcoTank ET-3850

The Brother MFC-J4335DW and the Epson EcoTank ET-3850 are both all-in-one printers, but the Epson performs better. The Epson has a supertank system, meaning it has a much higher page yield for both black and color documents. That said, its cost-per-print is also significantly lower. On the other hand, the Brother has faster print speeds, and its automatic document feeder is also faster. Also, its color accuracy is much better than the Epson, though its photos have a lot more banding in them.

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 and a lower black text document cost-per-print. It also has an automatic document feeder, prints much faster, and can duplex print. On the other hand, the J1205W is smaller and produces much better-looking photos.

Brother MFC-J4535DW

The Brother MFC-J4335DW and the Brother MFC-J4535DW are all-in-one inkjet printers, but the J4535DW performs better overall. The J4535DW has an extra input tray so it can hold more paper, and its display is a touchscreen, meaning you don't need to use all the buttons like on the J4335DW. On the other hand, color accuracy is better on the J4335DW, and colors don't look as washed out and faded.

HP OfficeJet Pro 6978

The Brother MFC-J4335DW performs better overall than the HP OfficeJet Pro 6978, but the HP is a better choice for photos. The Brother can print lots more pages than the HP before its cartridges run out, resulting in much lower running costs. Also, the Brother it prints and scans much faster, and its flatbed lid's hinges can lift to scan thicker items. On the other hand, the HP prints much better-looking photos with slightly more accurate colors, though it's worse at reproducing blues in particular. Also, its ADF can automatically scan double-sided sheets in two passes.

Epson EcoTank ET-2800

The Epson EcoTank ET-2800 and the Brother MFC-J4335DW are both inkjet models, but the Epson uses a refillable supertank ink system, while the Brother uses a hybrid high-yield cartridge–tank system. The Brother performs better for home office, student use, and black and white printing, as it prints significantly faster and supports duplex printing. Additionally, it has an automatic document feeder that scans multi-page documents quickly. The ET-2800 yields significantly more black and color pages at a much cheaper cost-per-print, it produces significantly better-looking photos with deeper contrast, and it accurately produces a much wider range of 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 better quality, and it can print directly from USB flash drives. On the other hand, the Brother has 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 supports dual-pass duplex scanning, or you could go with the Brother for its far higher black page yields.

Epson EcoTank ET-2850

The Brother MFC-J4335DW and the Epson EcoTank ET-2850 are both good options for a home office. If you scan often for work, the Brother is a better choice since it has an automatic document feeder that scans very quickly. It also prints much faster. On the other hand, if you print often, the Epson is a better choice. It has much higher page yields, and its ink bottle costs are much cheaper than the Brother's cartridge prices.

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 has significantly faster printing speed. On the other hand, the MFC-J805DW has significantly higher page yields and much lower cost-per-print, and it also prints much better-looking photos.

Canon PIXMA TR8620a

The Brother MFC-J4335DW and the Canon PIXMA TR8620a are both all-in-one family printers. If you're planning on printing photos, the Canon is a better choice. Printed pictures look much clearer, especially since the Brother's photos have a lot of banding and grain. On the other hand, the Brother prints significantly more pages, so it's a better choice if you need to print a lot of documents for work, school, or hobbies.

Epson WorkForce WF-2850

The Brother MFC-J4335DW is overall better than the Epson WorkForce WF-2850. The Brother prints thousands more pages and has a much lower cost-per-print, though its cartridges are much more expensive. It scans and prints significantly faster, so it's a better option for a fast-paced environment. If you print photos a lot and need them to look good, the Epson is a better choice since its photos don't have as much banding and grain as the Brother's photos, but its colors are more inaccurate.

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 better for families 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 faster scanning speed.

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 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-2760

The Brother MFC-J4335DW is much better for small or home offices compared to the Epson EcoTank ET-2760. The Brother 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 produces somewhat better-detailed photos, but there's a light veil over them that takes away from how nice they look. 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-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 and prints documents much faster. On the other hand, the J497DW prints photos with much better quality.

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, and an automatic document feeder. 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.

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.

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830 and the Brother MFC-J4335DW are both all-in-one inkjet printers. The Brother is better overall as it produces higher-quality documents and scans, and its cost-per-print is much lower due to its significantly better page yields. However, the Epson has more features, like duplex scanning, a larger input tray capacity, and support for USB flash drives.

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, and it prints documents much faster. On the other hand, the J895DW has a better touchscreen display, and it produces significantly 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 monochrome printing. The Canon has a touchscreen that's larger and much easier to navigate, it prints nicer-looking photos with better color accuracy, and it can print directly from SD cards. 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.

Xerox VersaLink C500/DN

The Brother MFC-J4335DW and the Xerox VersaLink C500/DN are designed for very different uses. The Brother is an inkjet printer designed for homes. It's a better choice if you have fairly simple printing and scanning needs and if you intend to print some casual photos for crafts or decoration. On the other hand, the Xerox printer is a better choice if you need to print in very high volumes since it yields significantly more pages. Also, since it uses toner, you don't need to worry about clogged printheads like you do with the Brother. The Xerox prints faster, and you can set up admin access and user privileges for certain features.

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Design
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Build Quality
Type All in One

Update 02/28/2022: The stated location of the ink cartridges was originally incorrect. The ink cartridges are on the front right side of the printer.

The Brother MFC-J4335DW feels very well-built. The body feels good and sturdy, with easy access to the ink cartridges on the front right and potential paper jams 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
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Height When In Use
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Update 01/26/2022: We reshot our 'In Use Picture' since the initial one didn't have the input tray fully extended.

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Design
Expected Maintenance
Ink Related Maintenance
Locked
Drum Unit
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Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Locked
Display Screen Size
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Touchscreen Locked

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.

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Design
Cartridge
Technology Inkjet
SuperTank
No
Photo Cartridge
Locked
Color Yes
Number Of Color Cartridges
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Black Cartridge Model
Locked
Tested Black Page Yield
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Estimated Black Page Yield
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Color Cartridge Model
Locked
Tested Color Page Yield
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Estimated Color Page Yield
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Third Party Cartridge
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Ink Type
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High Yield Cartridge
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The Brother MFC-J4335DW has an incredible 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.

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Design
Scanner Features
Scanner
Locked
ADF Capacity
Lock pages
Scan Speed
Lock PPM
Duplex Scanning
Locked
Max Flatbed Scan Size
Locked
Max ADF Scan Size
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Flatbed Hinge Adjustability
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Fax
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Copy
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OCR Included
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The Brother MFC-J4335DW has good scanning features. The flatbed scanner lid can raise to scan thicker items like books. The automatic document feeder can hold a maximum of 20 sheets, and it can scan all of them in under one minute, so you won't have to wait long. For a very similar printer that can automatically duplex scan, check out the Brother MFC-J4535DW.

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Scan Quality
Max Scan Resolution
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Max Scan Color Depth
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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.

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

Design
Battery
Advertised Battery Life
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Tested Charging Time
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Document
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Black & White Documents
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Color Documents
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Cost-Per-Print
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Photo Printing Cost
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Ink Subscription
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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.

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Printing Speed
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Black Only Text Document
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Single Page Out Time (Black Only)
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Duplex Printing
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Input Tray Capacity
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The Brother J4335DW prints at a very good 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. We recorded this print speed as our photo printing time result since we expect more people will use this setting for photo printing.

Document
Document Printing Sizes
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Legal (8.5" x 14") Locked
Tabloid (11" x 17") Locked
A6 (105mm x 148mm) Locked
A5 (148mm x 210mm) Locked
A4 (210mm x 297mm) Locked
Max Paper Weight
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Update 01/05/2022: We initially listed the maximum weight as 80 g/m², but this is incorrect. While it's the maximum for plain copy paper, the user manual advertises the heaviest weight for other types of paper as 220 g/m².

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

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Color Gamut
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Color Accuracy
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The Brother MFC-J4335DW has okay color accuracy. 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. It also struggles to print deep blacks.

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Small Details
Max Print Resolution (DPI)
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Photo Printing Sizes
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Borderless Printing
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Mobile App And Connectivity
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Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
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USB Input To Computer
Locked
Bluetooth
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Wireless Yes
Wi-Fi via Router
Locked
Wi-Fi Direct
Locked
External Storage Support
Locked
Apple AirPrint
Locked
Mopria Print Service
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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.

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Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App
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Photo (JPEG, PNG)
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PDF
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Microsoft Office Files
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Text Files (TXT)
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Webpages (HTML)
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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.

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