Brother DCP-J4120DW in Test

An ink multifunction device with A3 printing function. The test knocks off, which the Brother DCP-J4120DW on it has.

The Brother DCP-J4120DW is one of the ink multifunction devices that can print in addition to A4 and an A3 sheet. This capability is very specific for an inkjet that is designed for use in the home office or at home. Brother has adapted the paper cassette. In this, the paper lies transversely, not as otherwise longitudinally. The A3 print itself works through the single sheet feeder on the rear panel.

Other equipment: Blue Angel, but no fax

The Brother DCP-J4120DW brings with it what is important for office tasks, if one can do without a fax function. The paper tray fits up to 150 sheets – that’s okay for the price class. The touch screen makes it easy to use directly on the device. The menu structure is correct. Only the pressure point could have been somewhat spontaneous. The USB port is integrated into the housing. You must open the multifunction device to connect the device. This may be somewhat cumbersome, but has the advantage that the cable is stored in the device cleanly. In addition to USB , the Brother model WLAN brings. For installation, however, you must go through the USB cable. Thanks to Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print as well as the control by Brother app the Brother DCP-J4120DW is prepared for the mobile printing. The direct pressure folds over the memory card slot or the Pictbridge interface on the front of the housing. The interfaces are housed behind a flap. The duplex unit automatically prints the front and back of a sheet. Extra: The Brother DCP-J4120DW is certified according to the Blue Angel – this is rare in multifunction devices of this size.

Average values in consumption

The Brother DCP-J4120DW has four single cartridges that are housed on the side of the case. They are connected to the print head via a line system. With XL cartridges the multifunctional device comes to mixed side costs. We calculate 2.8 cents for the black and white sheet – no bargain. For this the coloring page with 5.0 cents in order. The electricity consumption is inconspicuous. In quiet mode without WLAN, the Brother DCP-J4120DW of 1.3 watts turns off completely after a while – this is commendable. However, if the device hangs in the wireless network, the energy consumption does not drop below 1.4 watts. Good: If we press the power switch, the device separates from the power supply and goes to 0.0 watts.

Quality of the Brother DCP-J4120DW

In the printing of texts, the combi printer produces plain letters on plain paper, which are somewhat rough on the edges. On the other hand, texts and graphics succeed on special paper. The color prints on plain paper lacks some luminosity. On photographic paper, however, this favors the quality of the photos. We feel it very natural. In scanning, the sharpness could have turned out slightly higher. Especially in the depth can be digitized templates to quickly in the field. Apart from quite strong reds and blues, the color scheme is fine. We get good results when copying: The ink job remains somewhat lean. Nevertheless, good details succeed – especially with the color copies.

Medium working temperature

In the text print, the Brother DCP-J4120DW delivers its strongest performance. The 41 seconds for ten text pages are absolutely in order. However, the multifunction device loses color in color and in scanning visibly. Ten color pages from Acrobat last 1:21 minutes, a preview scan 12 seconds. The latter time value is comparatively moderate. Overall, it is only sufficient for average results in the temperature measurements.

Conclusion – rather a home combinerät

Unbelievable on the Brother DCP-J4120DW is surely the A3 printing function. Otherwise, the multifunctional device is more of a normal cost, but is equipped for home use. The duplex unit for printing and the touch screen are among the equipment highlights. Thanks to Wi-Fi, the device is also prepared for mobile printing via smartphone and tablet. For the home office, the side costs in black and white are somewhat too high, even if cartridges with high reach are used. All in all, the device is more suitable as an all-rounder for the home, as a working bull for pressure-intensive office inserts.


Brother DCP-J4120DW

Quality (40%)


Speed ​​(20%)


Handling (15%)


Features (15%)


Service (10%)


Appreciation / depreciation

0.20 (Apple AirPrint, GoogleCloud Print, app, A3 printing)

test score

Satisfactory (2.55)

Price-performance ratio



Brother DCP-J4120DW (Rating: 4)


USB, Pictbridge-USB, card slot802.11n


2. Paper tray, flatbed scanner, screen, duplex printing, borderless printing, direct printing


MFL Suite, Paperport SE


Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, Linux, Mac OS

Faxing without PC possible




Brother DCP-J4120DW (Rating: 3,08)

Print (b / w): 1 page text, quality mode / 10 pages text, normal mode / graphics, normal mode / graphics, quality mode

1:30 / 0:41 / 0:21 / 1:49 minutes

Print (color): 10 pages PDF / A4 photo, normal mode / A4 photo, photo paper / randl. Photo (10 x 15 cm)

1:21 / 0:26 / 1:43 / 1:54 minutes

Scanning: color, text, preview, grayscale

0:19 / 0:11 / 0:12 / 0:11 minutes

Copy (b / w): 5 pages, 1 page

0:45 / 0:16 minutes

Copy (color): 1 page

0:20 minutes


Brother DCP-J4120DW

Power consumption: Off / Sleep mode / Operation

0.0 / 1.3 / 23.0 watts

Side cost: black and white / color

2.8 / 5.0 cents per page



Brother DCP-J4120DW

Test category

Multifunction devices

Multifunction device manufacturer


Internet address of Brother

our site

Price (suggested retail price)

159 euros

Brothers technical hotline


Manufacturer’s warranty

36 months


Brother DCP-J4120DW

Printing technology / number of printing inks / number of cartridges

Inkjet / 4/4

Driver version: printer / scanner /



Brother DCP-J4120DW


Print (b / w): text, quality mode / text, normal mode / graphics, normal mode / graphics, quality mode

Good / satisfying / good / very goodang

Print (color): PDF, normal mode / A4 photo, normal mode / A4 photo, quality mode / randl. Photo (10 x 15 cm), high quality mode

Satisfactory / satisfactory / good / very

Print: Color chart (hits)

9 of 24

Scan: Screen

still sharp

Scanning – hits: colorless / too light / too dark


Scanning – Color Stitch: Red / Green / Blue / Yellow


Scanning: Total impression


Copy (b / w)


Copy (color)



Software: Printer / Scanner

good Good

Transport lock / manual: detailed / German / printed / as PDF

No / yes / yes / yes / no

Control panel / cartridge replacement / colors individually interchangeable / space requirement / processing / paper transport / max. Paper stock

Simple / very simple / yes / 2323 cm² / good / good / 150 sheets



36 months

Service-Hotline / German-speaking / available (hours) / continuous / accessible via e-mail

01805/002491 / yes / 9,0 / yes / yes

Website / English / Manual download / drivers and firmware / support programs

our site / Yes / Yes / Yes / Yes