Couple of month back Brother has introduced DCP-T500W printers in Indian market which comes at a price tag of around Rs. 11,000, along with this company has also introduced DCP-T300, DCP-T700W. We have got DCP-T500W for our review which comes with wireless connectivity and lets you take print outs over wireless network, you can either use your computer to print over WiFi or you can also use mobile app from Brother which is available for Android and iOS devices.
We have tested this device for around 20-25 days and in this period we have tried to match the print out rate which company claims for it, and we have also checked color quality from this printer as well.
InBox Contents :-
When you unbox this printer you will get :-
- Wires (Power and USB)
- Four color bottles (Red, 2 Black, Blue and Yellow)
- CD for setup, and
Build And Design :-
This printer is compact and small in size, its not going to occupy much space on your table. On top you will find your scanner glass which lets you scan pages and ID cards very easily, we will talk about scanning quality very soon.
On the right side there is a way to pull of the flap, once you do this you will get access to your USB port and you can attach your provided USB cable to it, brother has made a nice way to arrange wire here, and it looks quite clean. On left side you have power port and and there is no other port of the printer which is good as it keep printer quite simple.
At front you have your all controls along with single LED panel which is quite handy and useful, below this you have your paper tray which can takes up to 100 pages at a time. At front you also have a panel which has your Ink Tank, you have to fill them with provided inks.
The overall design and built quality of this device is quite good, its simple and clean, its quite small and compact also which lets you place it on a table without any worry.
Setup And Installation :-
Setup of this printer is super easy, you just need to put the provided CD into your system and install from it, on installation it ask you to setup wireless network on printer so that you can use it without USB cable as well. Once installation is done, you are ready to go.
On mobile, all you need to do is download and install iBrother app from Play Store or App Store, connect with the same wireless network and app will scan network and look for printer. From mobile app you can either take prints or scan documents.
Once installation is done you can remove your USB cable and as it support wireless printing, so you can print without any wires, but you must be on same WiFi network on which your printer is.
Printing Test :-
Company claims this printer can print up to 11 mono color pages per minutes and 6 color pages per minute, in our test we were able to 8-9 mono color pages per minute and when it comes to color pages, we got 4 pages per minutes which is not bad as well.
This device is capable of printing 6000 mono color pages once you refill its Ink tank and 5000 color pages from a full Ink Tank. You can get Black color Ink bottle for around Rs. 700/-, which means it will cost around Paisa 8.5/mono page. This make Brother DCP-T500W Printer one of the most cost efficient printer out there.
When it comes to color printer, you can get Ink bottles for Rs. 440, and company says you can get around 5000 pages print out of them, which means it will cost around Paisa 60/page.
Useful Features :-
As being a wireless printer it do support Google Cloud Print, which lets you print your documents with ease, another very useful feature of this printer is that you can scan and send copy has email attachment directly from the device, which means you dont need a computer or laptop if you want to send any scan copy, it can be done from device.
When you install printer on your system, it will also install a useful tool Control Center 4, this lets you do lots of task like, enhance your photographs which you had scan or going to take print outs, you also will be able to do some basic editing to the images and so on.
Final Verdict :-
Brother DCP-T500W is priced around Rs. 11,450, which seems little higher at first sight, but as its providing higher number of prints in both mono and colors, so it will be economical in long run. In our test we found it to be on of the most convenient which you can use in your home or office.