Many have said that printing has been dying for years now, yet a solid, reliable printer is always needed for every business and home.

The key elements of a great printer are reliability simplicity and high quality. We can all remember that one presentation, or project we just had to have, and the printer jams breaks or runs out of ink and plays up as we need to leave. The new Brother MFJ 3530 promises that this will not happen with simplicity and quality key to its offering.


Printers may not be sexy, but they are devices most of us use often.

The Brother range originates from Japan. The Japanese are known for their pursuit of high quality and balance. The Brother range exhibits these characteristics. The Brother MFJ 3530 is a do it all multifunction printer with the capability of printing and scanning up to A3 paper and documents, faxing scanning and copying are also standard.

The Brother MFJ 3590 offers inkjet printing with single replaceable cartridges for each colour. There is a large format scanner, and the document feeder is capable of A3 copying and scanning. Overall the unit is very compact for a large format printer, and the paper tray expands to accept paper up to A3. Automatic duplex functionality is also standard.

The direct print feature enables you to print files such as JPEGs or printer-ready documents without using the computer. Print directly from a USB flash memory drive, media cards or PictBridge compatible digital camera by simply connecting them to the printer.

The built-in WiFi is easy to set up, and for those of you who want to, an RJ 45 cable point is supported. The 2.7” colour touchscreen makes using the Brother easy and offers full functionality. The Brother MFJ 3530 can print up to 22 pages per second in black and white and 20 pages per second in full colour.

A high-speed mode which offers lower resolution can print up to 35 pages per second in Black and White and 27 pages per second in colour. A built-in Fax machine is standard for that rare occasion when receiving or sending a fax is required.

Installation and set up

Installation is really simple, and full instructions for installing the ink cartridges and setting up the printer are provided.

On all newer windows or Mac computers, the printer installs once connected to the network or directly to a computer. The system finds the Brother and installs a basic set of features. On rare occasions, the Software set up is not always automatic, and software must be downloaded.

Once set up all functions including scanning are available directly. There is an included CD, which is rather old-fashioned as most computers today do not have a CD drive.

If you want all the added software bells and whistles, you will need to go to the Brother website and search for the Brother MFC J3530 and download the full installation package. Once this package has installed, a dashboard is presented offering scanning printing and maintenance, and this makes using the Brother even easier.

Mobile devices on the same network also always find the Brother and printing directly from an iPhone iPad or Android phone or tablet is simple.

There is a range of mobile apps to control the Brother MFC J3530. Almost all the functions of the Brother are available from the app; you can fax print copy or scan directly from your mobile or tablet.


Printing and scanning are part of any office, home office, and home today, and these functions need to be simple predictable and good quality. The Brother MFJ 3530 does it all in a compact well put together package.

The Brother has been unfailingly reliable during the review period. It has never jammed or stopped printing for no reason; The scanning is fast, and high quality and the ability to use your mobile and tablet from anywhere in the office or home to send and receive faxes and print or scan is a pleasure.

Consumables are available pretty much anywhere that sells cartridges and are very well priced. Brother ascribes to the notion of a more expensive printer with low-cost consumables is the way to go, as this will give you low overall cost over a long life of the printer.

The Brother MFJ 3530 is a smart simple and most of all reliable printer for the home, small office, or workgroups.

Steven Ambrose | | @ambio | |

Available from retailers countrywide for R4,500.00 |

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