Brother’s MFC-J1205W INKvestment Tank Wireless Multi-Function Color Inkjet Printer

A capable $100 multifunction printer

Brother MFC-J1205W Review at PCMag

Brother MFC-J1205W Review at PCMag


The Brother MFC-J1205W is an entry-level family and home-office AIO that prints well and, as an INKvestment Tank model, offers reasonable running costs.

MSRP $99.99

    • Low price
    • Good output quality, especially text
    • Borderless printing
    • Fairly low running costs, especially for color
    • Thousands of pages of ink in the box
    • No automatic document feeder
    • No flash memory support

Canon, Epson, and HP have embraced ink tanks filled from bottles, but Brother is so far sticking with ink cartridges. The company’s latest entry-level all-in-one printer, the MFC-J1205W INKvestment Tank Wireless Multi-Function Color Inkjet Printer ($99.99), features reengineered cartridges and reformulated inks and, Brother claims, comes with enough ink to last you for a full year of printing. Like other INKvestment Tank models, the MFC-J1205W offers competitive running costs, but as you’d expect from its price, it’s relatively slow, with low volume and capacity ratings and a stripped-down feature set. If you don’t need to print and copy more than about 50 to 75 pages each month, it may be a good fit as your family or home office printer.

Type All-in-one
Color or Monochrome Color
Connection Type USB, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct
Maximum Standard Paper Size Legal
Number of Ink Colors 4
Number of Ink Cartridges/Tanks 4
Direct Printing From Media Cards No
Direct Printing From USB Thumb Drives No
Rated Speed at Default Settings (Color) 9 ppm
Rated Speed at Default Settings (Mono) 16 ppm
Monthly Duty Cycle (Recommended) 1,000
Monthly Duty Cycle (Maximum) 2,500 pages per month
LCD Preview Screen No
Printer Input Capacity 150
Cost Per Page (Monochrome) 0.9 cents
Cost Per Page (Color) 4.9 cents
Print Duplexing Yes
Automatic Document Feeder No
Scanner Type Flatbed
Maximum Scan Area Letter
Scanner Optical Resolution 19,200 by 19,200 pixels per inch
Standalone Copier and Fax Fax

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