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Brother MFC-J4535DW Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Feb 08, 2022 at 11:46 am
Brother MFC-J4535DW Picture
7.8
Family
7.9
Small/Home Office
8.9
Student
8.4
Black & White
7.0
Photo
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
No

The Brother INKvestment Tank MFC-J4535DW is an all-in-one printer designed for a home office. It can print many black and color pages before its cartridges run out of ink, so you won't need to worry about replacing them too often, helping you save money on running costs. It has a flatbed scanner with extendable hinges and an automatic document feeder that can scan a 20-page document in under one minute. Unfortunately, photos need to be printed in "High" quality to prevent excessive banding, and even then, colors look washed out. That said, if good photo printing quality isn't a priority for you, this is an excellent addition to your office setup.

Our Verdict

7.8 Family

The Brother MFC-J4535DW is great for families. You won't have to spend too much money on ink replacements, thanks to its high page yield for both black and color pages. If you need to scan a variety of media, like recipes or photos, it has both a flatbed scanner and an automatic document feeder. Unfortunately, printed photos look only decent, and even with a higher quality setting, colors still look washed out and faded. Also, blacks look brown, and light colors look too pale.

Pros
  • Very high page yields.
  • Very low cost-per-print.
  • Feels well-built.
Cons
  • Disappointing color accuracy.
  • Only decent photo printing quality.
7.9 Small/Home Office

The Brother MFC-J4535DW is excellent for a home office. It can print many pages before you need to buy replacement cartridges, so you won't spend as much money on ink as you would with other traditional cartridge-based inkjets. If scanning is a big part of your job, don't worry: it has a flatbed scanner and an ADF that can easily scan multi-page documents sheets. Unfortunately, you might prefer a different model if printing speed matters a lot to you since it doesn't print as quickly as other office models. Also, its ADF scanner can't duplex scan.

Pros
  • Very high page yields.
  • Very low cost-per-print.
  • Feels well-built.
Cons
  • ADF can't duplex scan.
  • Not very fast at printing.
8.9 Student

The Brother MFC-J4535DW is excellent for students. It has a high page yield for both black and color ink, so you'll get quite a few essays and reports out before you'll need to buy new cartridges. It has a flatbed scanner and an ADF if you need to scan large books or multiple sheets in a row, and you can easily print via Wi-Fi, AirPrint, Mopria, or by using the mobile app. Unfortunately, it isn't the best at reproducing colors accurately, and they tend to look washed out in photos, which might be an issue for you if you're enrolled in certain programs, like photography or print media.

Pros
  • Very high page yields.
  • Very low cost-per-print.
  • Feels well-built.
Cons
  • Not very fast at printing.
8.4 Black & White

The Brother MFC-J4535DW is excellent for black and white printing. It has a high black page yield, so you don't have to replace the cartridges too often, keeping running costs very low. If you need to scan documents, it has both a flatbed scanner and an ADF, but it can't duplex scan. Unfortunately, it doesn't print as fast as monochrome laser printers do, so you might prefer a different model if printing speed is important to you.

Pros
  • Very high page yields.
  • Very low cost-per-print.
  • Feels well-built.
Cons
  • ADF can't duplex scan.
  • Not very fast at printing.
7.0 Photo

The Brother MFC-J4535DW is decent for casual photo printing, but colors look washed out and faded, even when you print the image with the quality set to "High." That said, you can print on many different photo sizes, and its cost-per-print for photos is very low, thanks to its high page yields.

Pros
  • Very low cost-per-print.
  • Can print many photo sizes.
  • Feels well-built.
Cons
  • Disappointing color accuracy.
  • Only decent photo printing quality.
  • 7.8 Family
  • 7.9 Small/Home Office
  • 8.9 Student
  • 8.4 Black & White
  • 7.0 Photo
  1. Updated May 03, 2022: Updated text in the Document Sample box to mention that color ink is needed for black and white printing. To prevent printer damage, the color ink tanks should never be empty.
  2. Updated Feb 17, 2022: Fixed an error in the Scanner Features: the ADF can't duplex scan.
  3. Updated Feb 08, 2022: Review published.
  4. Updated Feb 03, 2022: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
8.0
Design
Build Quality

The Brother MFC-J4535DW feels very well-built with its sturdy-feeling plastic body and a thick lid dampener hinge. You can completely remove the two front input cassettes to reach papers that get jammed in the sheet rollers behind them, and you can also reach them by removing a panel at the back or by lifting the scanner. If you need to replace the cartridges, you simply need to pull down the cover on the front right with an icon of ink drops on it. Unfortunately, you can't unplug the power cord, which isn't convenient if you need to replace it. Also, the printer has routing under the scanner for a USB-B and an Ethernet cable.

Design
Dimensions
Height 9.7" (24.7 cm)
Width 17.1" (43.4 cm)
Depth 14.6" (37.2 cm)
Height When In Use
10.6" (26.9 cm)
Width When In Use
17.1" (43.4 cm)
Depth When In Use
23.2" (58.9 cm)
Weight
21.9 lbs (9.9 kg)
7.5
Design
Expected Maintenance
Ink Related Maintenance
Expected
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

The Brother MFC-J4535DW requires the same maintenance as most inkjet printers do. The printer comes with a few built-in maintenance tasks: Improve Print Quality (aligns the printheads), Printhead Cleaning, Ink Volume (lets you see how much ink is left), and Ink Cartridge Check (verifies the authenticity and serial numbers of your cartridges). Since it's an inkjet printer, there's a risk of the printheads clogging. The magenta printhead was clogged before we started testing, and it took three printhead cleanings to get the ink coming out properly on paper.

You can easily access the ink cartridges from the front by pulling down the panel with two ink drop icons on it. Unlike many other inkjets, you can replace these while the Brother MFC-J4535DW is off. It has very high page yields, so you won't need to replace the cartridges too frequently. If you need to deal with a paper jam, you can get to the sheet rollers from behind the removable input and output trays by pulling out a panel at the back, or by lifting the entire scanner cover. Also, the two input trays each hold a lot of paper, meaning you won't need to worry about refilling them often.

7.5
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
2.6" (6.7 cm)
Touchscreen Yes

The Brother MFC-J4535 has a responsive touchscreen. There's audible feedback whenever you press a button and when there's a printing error, which helps alert you when potential issues might arise. If it's too distracting, you can turn this off in the settings. You can tilt the panel upwards for better visibility, and it has good viewing angles whether you're sitting or standing. That said, it's on the smaller side, so you might struggle to hit some of the small icons if you have larger hands.

9.3
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
3
Black Cartridge Model
LC406 BK
Tested Black Page Yield
138 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
2,622 prints
Color Cartridge Model
LC406 C/M/Y
Tested Color Page Yield
35 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
802 prints
Third Party Cartridge
No Cartridges
Ink Type
Dye And Pigment
High Yield Cartridge
Yes

The Brother INKvestment tank MFC-J4535DW can print an incredible number of pages before its ink runs out, which is impressive compared to other traditional cartridge-based inkjets. You can print in black if one of the color cartridges runs out, but the printer doesn't let you print in color if the black cartridge is empty. You can also get higher-yield cartridges, the LC406XL, which will last you even longer.

7.6
Design
Scanner Features
Scanner
Yes
Scan Flatbed
Yes
Flatbed Extendable Hinges
0.72" (18 mm)
Automatic Document Feeder
Yes
ADF Capacity
20 pages
Scan Speed
20 PPM
Duplex Scanning
No
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
Yes
Copy
Yes
OCR Included
Yes (Built-in)

Update 02/17/2022: The test results initially listed that the ADF can duplex scan, but it can't. The review was updated accordingly.

The Brother MFC-J4535 has a flatbed scanner with lid hinges that can extend slightly to easily scan thicker items like textbooks or course packs. The scanner has OCR technology built-in, letting you save scanned media as searchable documents. This means you can easily search, copy, and edit the text in content you scan. If scanning from the printer directly, you need to select "OCR - Editable Text" from the printer's menu. If scanning from the iPrint&Scan app, you need to select PDF first, and once the scan is complete, you can choose to save it as a searchable PDF.

9.0
Design
Scanning Resolution And Color Depth
Max Scan Resolution
1,200 DPI
Max Scan Color Depth
24 Bit
Design
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
Photo (8" x 10") Yes
Max Paper Weight
300 g/m²

The Brother MFC-J4535 can print on many paper sizes and weights, including 300 g/m² in the rear feeder. Its input tray has a switch you need to hold down to extend the tray for sizes larger than letter.

Design
In The Box

  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Fax/phone cable
  • Brother LC406 Starter Ink Cartridges
    • 1x cyan
    • 1x magenta
    • 1x yellow
    • 1x black

Design
Battery
Advertised Battery Life
N/A
Tested Charging Time
N/A
Document
9.5
Document
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
32.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
64.49 US$
Black Only Printing
0.013 US$/print
Color Printing
0.080 US$/print
Photo Printing
0.212 US$/print
Ink Subscription
Optional

The Brother MFC-J4535DW INKvestment has a very low cost-per-print. You won't need to buy cartridges too often since the page yield is high. You can sign up for the Brother Refresh Auto-Fulfillment Service, which automatically ships you ink when your printer detects that you're running low.

8.1
Document
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
14 PPM
Color Document
15 PPM
Photo Printing Time
18.9 s
Single Page Out Time (Black Only)
10.3 s
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
400 pages

The Brother J4534DW is fast at printing, especially compared to other inkjets. It's faster at printing than the Brother MFC-J995DW, but it's a bit slower with black text documents than the Brother MFC-J4335DW. While it supports automatic duplex scanning, it only works for letter, executive, A4, and A5 sizes. Also, you can't make duplex copies. The 4" x 6" photo was printed in "High" quality, and it prints incredibly fast.

Document
Document Sample
Color Ink Needed for Black & White
Yes

The internal ink tanks should never run completely empty since this will introduce air bubbles into the ink system, which may damage your machine. It means you always need to have color ink in the printer, even if you're printing in black and white.

Photo
7.0
Photo
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
Yes

The Brother MFC-J4535 prints decent-looking photos. There's some grain, but it's visible in darker areas only. That said, colors look washed out. On the left side, the second baby is very pale and almost blends into the white background, while on the right, the redness of the strawberries isn't deep enough. In the portrait photo, the person on the right looks too pale, and the hair of the person in the middle looks brown when it should be closer to black. Our unit produces a vertical white strip on the right side of printed photos, which will likely impact you most if you often print dark scenes. While it's hard to see in the photos above, you can somewhat see it in the black square here.

Note: We originally printed our images in "Normal" quality as per our methodology. However, the prints came out with a large amount of banding, similar to the issue we had with the Brother MFC-J4335DW. We printed these photos in "High" quality to give you a better idea of what your images with the Brother J4535DW might look like since printing with the iPrint&Scan app defaults to this setting anyway.

5.3
Photo
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
9.59

The Brother MFC-J4535's color accuracy isn't very good. It struggles to accurately reproduce most colors, which affects the look of your photos. That said, it's fine for adding color to a report or graph.

6.0
Photo
Color Gamut

The Brother J4535DW's color gamut is mediocre. The zigzag line is slightly noticeable in the red to pink section and the dark blue to light blue section. The transition to black is too low, so there isn't a clearly defined pure black area. The transition to white is okay in some colors, but it hangs too low in the purple to blue section. This means that gradients from bright to dark colors won't look very smooth. We printed this photo in "High" quality since the version we printed with "Normal" quality had a large amount of banding, which made it unusable.

Mobile App And Connectivity
9.0
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
Yes
Apple AirPrint
Yes
Mopria Print Service
Yes

The Brother MFC-J4535DW's Ethernet and USB-B ports are located under the scanner as seen here. While this gives your setup a cleaner look, it shortens the length of your cables, meaning you can't place your printer too far from your router or computer. Brother claims that it's NFC-enabled, which means you can easily connect and print to it by holding your phone near the NFC logo next to the display screen, and it's also advertised as Alexa-compatible, so you can ask it to print documents and photos using your smart speaker. Additionally, it can print directly from USB flash drives.

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

The Brother MFC-J4535 is compatible with Brother Mobile Connect. You can print, scan, and copy a range of file types from the app, and you can also perform maintenance tasks to check print quality and start printhead cleanings. If you create an account, the app lets you print from anywhere, whether you're in a different room or another building entirely.

Mobile App And Connectivity
OS Compatibility
Windows Fully
macOS Fully
Chrome OS Fully

The Brother MFC-J4535 is compatible with all operating systems. On Windows, you need to install drivers for it to function properly, but you don't need to download the app to print and scan. On ChromeOS, you don't need to install drivers to print, but you do need the app to scan. For macOS, no driver or app is needed.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Brother MFC-J4535DW has a variant called the Brother MFC-J4535DW XL, which comes with higher-yield cartridges. There's also the Brother MFC-J4540DW, which seems to be identical, but it's available only in Europe and the UK. You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Printers

The Brother INKvestment Tank MFC-J4535DW is an excellent all-in-one inkjet printer for your home office. While it isn't a supertank printer, it still has very high page yields, especially compared to other inkjets in its price range that yield less than half the number of pages. It scans and prints fairly quickly compared to other all-in-ones, too. Unfortunately, it struggles to print good-looking photos in "Normal" quality, and even in "High" quality, they look decent at best. If printing high-quality photos is important to you or your business, you might be better off with a different model.

See our recommendations for the best home printers, the best all-in-one printers, and the best inkjet printers.

Brother MFC-J4335DW

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. Also, the J4535DW prints photos a lot faster. On the other hand, color accuracy is better on the J4335DW, and colors don't look as washed out and faded.

Brother MFC-J995DW

The Brother MFC-J995DW and the Brother MFC-J4535DW are similar all-in-one printers. The J995DW is discontinued, but it's a better choice for home use if you can find it in stock. It can print many more pages before the ink runs out, and its photo quality and color accuracy are much better. Also, it didn't have the same photo printing issues that our J4535DW had. That said, if you're looking for something for your home office, the J4535DW prints faster and scans faster. Also, it has two input trays, so it holds more paper.

Epson EcoTank ET-3850

The Brother MFC-J4535DW and the Epson EcoTank ET-3850 are both all-in-one inkjet printers. However, they have some significant differences. The Epson uses a supertank system, so it has significantly higher page yields and a much cheaper cost-per-print. On the other hand, the Brother has much faster print speeds, a larger capacity input tray, a touchscreen display, and it can fax.

Canon PIXMA G7020

The Brother MFC-J4535DW is overall better than the Canon PIXMA G7020. The Brother prints and scans much faster, so you won't have to wait as long to continue with your tasks. Also, the Brother has a touchscreen display that's much larger than the Canon's two-line, monochrome screen. This makes it easier to navigate the menu on the Brother. On the other hand, if you're just looking for something to print a lot of pages with, the Canon is a better choice. It's a supertank, so it can print many more pages and save you money in the long run. Also, it prints much nicer-looking photos with better color accuracy.

HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e

The Brother MFC-J4535DW and the HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e are both all-in-one inkjet printers. The Brother can print many more pages, meaning you'll save some money in the long run. Also, it holds a lot more pages thanks to its two input cassettes, so you won't need to refill the paper as often. On the other hand, the HP is better if you need to scan often. While its ADF doesn't scan as quickly as the Brother, the HP can hold more pages in its feeder. It also supports double-sided scanning, so you won't have to manually flip over any pages to get both sides of documents.

Epson EcoTank ET-2850

The Brother MFC-J4535DW and the Epson EcoTank ET-2850 are both designed for home offices. The Brother is a better choice for scanning tasks since it has an automatic document feeder that scans very quickly. Also, it prints much faster, and it has an Ethernet port if you want to plug it directly into your router for a more reliable connection. On the other hand, the Epson has a much higher page yield thanks to its large tanks. This helps give it a much lower cost-per-print, especially since the ink bottles cost much less than the Brother's cartridges.

Brother MFC-J6945DW

The Brother MFC-J6945DW and the Brother MFC-J4535DW are similar all-in-one inkjet printers. The J6945DW has a larger display screen and a Numpad, and its ADF can scan double-sided sheets. Also, it prints more pages before its cartridges run out, especially for color pages, so its cost-per-print is much lower. On the other hand, the J4535DW prints slightly faster.

Canon PIXMA G6020

The Brother MFC-J4535DW is overall better than the Canon PIXMA G6020. The Brother has both a flatbed scanner and an ADF, so it's a better option if you need to scan a lot of documents. It'll take much less time to scan a stack of pages compared to the Canon's one-page flatbed scanner. Also, the Brother prints much faster. On the other hand, if you're just looking for something to print a lot of pages with, the Canon is a better choice. Since it's a supertank, it yields many more pages, so you won't have to worry about the ink running out as often.

Epson EcoTank ET-3760

The Epson EcoTank ET-3760 and the Brother MFC-J4535DW are both all-in-one inkjet printers. The Epson is a supertank, so it can print many more pages before it runs out of ink, keeping its cost-per-print much lower. This makes it a better option if you need to print a lot. On the other hand, the Brother's ADF scans much faster. Also, it has two input trays, so it holds a lot more paper, and its display screen is a touchscreen.

Epson EcoTank ET-2760

The Brother MFC-J4535DW is better than the Epson EcoTank ET-2760 for home office use. The Brother has a large touchscreen,  making it easier to navigate the menu and type in passwords. It has an ADF that scans quickly, a much faster printing speed, and an Ethernet port. That said, if you don't need any of that, the Epson is a supertank that yields many more pages. This means you won't spend as much money on ink refills.

Canon PIXMA TR8620

The Brother MFC-J4535DW is better than the Canon PIXMA TR8620 for most uses. It yields significantly more pages, which means you won't have to spend money on cartridges as often as you would for the Canon. Also, the Brother scans much faster with its ADF, and it prints sheets much faster, too. The Canon is a better choice for photo printing. Its photos look a lot more vibrant and detailed, and it prints colors much more accuracy.

Epson EcoTank ET-2800

The Brother MFC-J4535DW and the Epson EcoTank ET-2800 are both color inkjet models, but the Brother uses a hybrid, high-capacity cartridge–tank ink system, while the Epson uses refillable supertanks. The Brother is much better as it prints much faster, supports automatic duplex printing, can much more easily digitize multi-page documents thanks to its fast-scanning ADF, and has an Ethernet port. On the other hand, the Epson yields significantly more black and color pages at a much lower cost-per-print. Additionally, it's better for photo printing, producing significantly better-looking photos with deeper contrast, and its much wider color gamut allows it to accurately reproduce more colors.

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820 and the Brother MFC-J4535DW are all-in-one inkjet printers. The Brother is a better choice for a home office, thanks to its much higher page yield and lower cost-per-print. It has an extra input tray, meaning it holds almost double the number of pages. On the other hand, the Epson prints slightly nicer photos since its colors don't look nearly as washed out.

Brother MFC-J1205W

The Brother MFC-J4535DW is overall better than the Brother MFC-J1205DW. The J4535DW is a better choice for home offices since it scans much faster thanks to its automatic document feeder, and it's also much faster at printing. It can print significantly more pages before its cartridges run out, saving you money on running costs. Also, it has two large input trays, which hold 400 pages in total. That said, the J1205DW is better at printing natural colors accurately.

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830

The Brother MFC-J4535DW and the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830 are all-in-one inkjet printer. The Brother has a much higher page yield, meaning you won't be buying cartridge replacements as often. That said, the Epson is a better choice if you need to scan multi-page documents often since its ADF can hold more pages in its tray. Also, it supports duplex scanning, meaning you won't have to waste time flipping over double-sided pages.

Epson EcoTank ET-2720

The Brother MFC-J4535DW is better than the Epson EcoTank ET-2720 for home office use. It has an ADF that scans quickly, a much faster printing speed, and an Ethernet port. Also, it has two input cassettes that hold four times the number of pages the Epson can with its rear input tray. That said, if you're just looking for high page yields, the Epson is a supertank that can print many more pages, meaning you won't spend as much money on ink refills.

Brother MFC-J895DW

The Brother MFC-J4535DW is much newer than the Brother MFC-J895DW, and it performs better overall. The J4535DW can print significantly more pages before its cartridges run out, so you won't be spending money on ink replacements as often. It prints much faster, and it has two large input trays, while the J895DW only has one.

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