Brother DCP-J785DW in Test – Low-Price Combi Printer

The Brother DCP-J785DW multifunctional printer achieves cheap page prices thanks to Inkbenefit. What is that, read the test.

The multifunction machine Brother DCP-J785DW is one of those ink models of the manufacturer, participating in the program “Inkbenefit”. What is behind this, the test clarifies.



Brother DCP-J785DW

Quality (40%)


Speed ​​(20%)


Handling (15%)


Features (15%)


Service (10%)


Appreciation / depreciation

-0.25 (Wi-Fi Direct, Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Brother Web Connect, app)


Satisfactory (2.58)

Price-performance ratio

too expensive

A similar path as Epson with Ecotank or HP Instant Ink is Brother with the DCP-J785DW and Inkbenefit program. The device itself is more expensive, but the ink is cheaper because there is more content in the tanks. In view of the low ink follow-up costs, the multifunction printer is therefore worthwhile for users who can print and copy a little more, but can also dispense with a fax function at the same time.


+ Automatic duplex printing

+ Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct

+ Cheap site prices

+ Real switch


– only medium working temperature

Cheap in the side prices thanks to XL cartridges

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Under Inkbenefit, Brother offers a choice of inkjet multifunctional printers, which offer long-range XL cartridges. In the case of the DCP-J785DW, the LC22U series cartridges are designed for 2400 black and 1200 color A4 pages. Thus, the model achieves computational side prices of 1.1 cents for the gray scale and 3.7 cents for the color side – very favorable follow-up costs. Also the starter equipment can be seen with single cartridges for 2160 pages black and 720 pages per color.

At the same time, the device is also quite conservative in power consumption: in the test, it switches down to 1.6 watts in sleep mode before it switches off completely – praiseworthy.


Brother DCP-J785DW

Power consumption: Off / Sleep mode / Operation

0.0 / 1.6 / 19.0 watts

Side cost: black and white / color

1.1 / 3.7 cents per side

Amenities – no fax, but otherwise well stocked

With the Brother DCP-J785DW, the manufacturer does not have a fax function, but does not have an automatic document feeder for a maximum of 20 sheets – which is not self-evident. It is more common that the machine automatically controls duplex printing.Also the paper supply is worth mentioning: besides the cassette for 100 sheets it includes a separate photo tray for a further 20 photo papers in the format 10 x 15 centimeters. There is also a single sheet feeder for heavy media.

As interfaces are USB and WiFi WiFi Direct installed in Brother DCP-J785DW. You will find a memory card slot for SD and memory stick duo cards as well as a Pictbridge USB port behind a flap on the front of the unit. The combi-printer can also be operated without a PC via the touch display. The menu structure is clear, but the pressure point could have been somewhat more direct.

When it comes to mobile printing, the Brother DCP-J785DW handles Apple Airprint and Google Cloudprint as well as printing and scanning with the iPrintScan app. The multi-function printer can be used to access some web services such as Dropbox, Evernote, or Facebook.


Brother DCP-J785DW (Rating: 3.75)


USB, Pictbridge USB, card slot, Wi-Fi 802.11n


Document feeder, 2nd paper tray, flat bed scanner, screen, duplex, borderless, direct printing


Nuance PaperPort OCR, Brother ControlCenter 4, Brother Status Monitor


Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10, Linux, Mac OS

Faxing without PC possible


No exaggerated speed

The Brother model is to be used at home as well as in the small office. The Tempowerte underline the all-round character. For example, 10 text pages in 57 seconds are not slow, but not too fast. A similar image is detected by scanning: 15 seconds for a color scan or 9 seconds for a preview correspond to average results.


Brother DCP-J785DW (Rating: 4)

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

1:17 / 0,57 / 0:17 / 1:43 minutes

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

2:10 / 0:29 / 1:37 / 0:55 minutes

Scanning: color, text, preview, grayscale

0:15 / 0:08 / 0:09 / 0:08 minutes

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

0:58 / 0:17 minutes

Copy (color): 1 page

0:22 Minutes

Quality – good for all-round use

The quality in printing, scanning and copying is good in the test. So the Brother DCP-J785DW brings readable texts on the paper, which also convince in the black cover. The color prints are slightly dark. Exception: When we use photo media, the colors are bright and detailed. The scans have slightly overprinted reds, but bring a proper sharpness with them. The copies keep exactly the format of the original – that’s commendable. A little more coverage would not have hurt them either in grayscale or color. The readability does not however abort.


Brother DCP-J785DW

Test category

Multifunction devices

Multifunction device manufacturer


Internet address of Brother

our site

Price (suggested retail price)

349 euros

Brothers technical hotline


Manufacturer’s warranty

36 months


Brother DCP-J785DW

Printing technology / number of printing inks / number of cartridges

Inkjet / 4/4

Driver version: printer / scanner

1.05.00 / 4.1



Brother DCP-J785DW


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

Good / good / very good / very goodgut,

Print: Color chart (hits)

10 of 24

Scan: Screen


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 / no / no

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

Simple / very easy / yes / 2112 cm² / good / good / 121 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