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Brother DCP-165C

alaTest has collected and analyzed 106 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the multifunction. The usability is also appreciated, whereas views about the print quality and performance are different. The paper handling and build quality get negative reviews.

value for money, usability, multifunction

design, build quality, paper handling

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Brother DCP-165C is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 106 reviews)

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Brother DCP 165C

 

The Brother DCP-165C is the reason why people dread hitting the print button on their computers. During the testing process, we were derailed with hardware malfunctions and hiccups that left us shaking our heads in disdain. Although the $80 price tag...

Low cost to print; two-year warranty.

Poor output quality; slow print times; awkward build quality; outdated design; creative software requires online connection; no USB cord included.

We've tested plenty of printers at CNET, but very few have frustrated us as much as the Brother DCP-165C multifunction has. The counterintuitive setup, bland design, deplorable print quality, and crawling output speeds earns this printer a double...

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Does what it says on the tin

 

I bought this printer in an office emergency for aprox ?70 - ?80 about 18 months ago. Since then I've had absolutely no problems with this printer what so ever. Despite it's limited capabilities this printer does exactly what it says on the tin, which...

Low running cost ; Easy to use ; No paper jams or technical issues

No wirless capability ; No feed ; USB cable is not included

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Overall performance is good

 

The main advantage for this printer is it uses separate catridges, so you just have to change the empty catridge and this really saves cost to buy the whole catridges.

Very easy to operate, and good printing quality

Expensive catridge price

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it was cheap and i got what i paid for.

 

buy something else.

It was cheap. It connects via USB. Scanner/printer takes the place of 2 desk items. It was to replace a much loved and still working flatbed-scanner which was so old it didn't connect via USB, sadly

Controls are less than user-friendly, in fact they are so confusing I still can't figure out how to work it. I still can't figure out how to change the resolution of a scan, if it is even possible... I HATE THIS SCANNER

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"it was cheap and i got what i paid for."

 

buy something else.

It was cheap. It connects via USB. Scanner/printer takes the place of 2 desk items. It was to replace a much loved and still working flatbed-scanner which was so old it didn't connect via USB, sadly.

Controls are less than user-friendly, in fact they are so confusing I still can't figure out how to work it. I still can't figure out how to change the resolution of a scan, if it is even possible... I HATE THIS SCANNER.

Consumer review by:

Does what it says on the tin

 

I bought this printer in an office emergency for aprox ?70 - ?80 about 18 months ago. Since then I've had absolutely no problems with this printer what so ever. Despite it's limited capabilities this printer does exactly what it says on the tin, which...

Low running cost ; Easy to use ; No paper jams or technical issues

No wirless capability ; No feed ; USB cable is not included

Consumer review by:

"Does what it says on the tin"

 

I bought this printer in an office emergency for aprox ?70 - ?80 about 18 months ago. Since then I've had absolutely no problems with this printer what so ever. Despite it's limited capabilities this printer does exactly what it says on the tin, which...

Low running cost

No wirless capability

Consumer review by:

"Overall performance is good"

 

The main advantage for this printer is it uses separate catridges, so you just have to change the empty catridge and this really saves cost to buy the whole catridges.

Very easy to operate, and good printing quality

Expensive catridge price

Consumer review by:

Brother DCP 165C

 

The main advantage for this printer is it uses separate catridges, so you just have to change the empty catridge and this really saves cost to buy the whole catridges.

Very easy to operate, and good printing quality

Expensive catridge price

Consumer review by:

Inoperable right out of the box

 

There goes thirty bucks and a couple lost hours, which for a three-time Brother owner, aren't especially appreciated. Please tell me this isn't a device with the sole aim of selling ink carts, guys.

So far, none

Beware: Ships with what are apparently fake ink carts. They plug in but won't print so much as a single page. Menu locked; won't reset; no recourse

Product Specifications

Brother's stylish DCP-165C combines color printing, copying and scanning into a single compact machine. Perfectly suited for all your printing needs, this all-in-one printer is designed with ease-of-use in mind and delivers great performance to all family members. DCP-165C's flatbed design makes it the perfect solution for confined spaces and for scanning and copying bound documents and books. With high quality color print capability and up to 1,200 x 6,000dpi in print resolution, you will be able to print amazing photos and colorful documents in the comfort of your own home. Furthermore, its economical and cost-saving 4-cartridge ink system means you only replace the colors you need. Printing borderless photos is easy and convenient, as you can now bypass your PC altogether. Print your photos directly from your digital camera using the PictBridge interface, or from media cards by using Brother's PhotoCapture Center. Additionally, print directly from, or scan to, a USB flash memory drive using the host USB connection for ultimate convenience.

Copying

Max Copying Speed B/W:20ppm
Max Copying Speed Color:18ppm

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:14.4in/14.6in/16.9in
Height:5.9in/9.3in
Weight:15.4lbs/20.3lbs
Width:14.2in/15.4in

Document & Media Handling

Max Copy Size:Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
Standard Media Capacity:100sheets

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes

Header

Compatibility:Mac / PC
Country Kits:United Kingdom
Localization:English
Manufacturer:Brother
Model:1440/165C
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Brother DCP/Brother HL

Memory

Standard Memory:32MB

Miscellaneous

Color:White
Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Refurbished:Remanufactured
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Modem

Type: None

Networking

Type: None

Office Machine

Copier Type:Digital
Functions:Copier / Printer / Scanner
Monthly Duty Cycle (max):2500impressions
Printing Output Type:Color
Printing Technology:Ink-jet
Type:Printer / copier / scanner

PC Connectivity

PC Connection:USB / USB host
PC Connection Availability: Yes

Printer

Connectivity Technology:Wired
Form Factor:Desktop
Interface:Parallel / USB
Language Simulation:PCL 4
Max H-Resolution B/W:1200dpi
Max Media Size (Standard):A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in)/A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in) / Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
Max Printing Speed (ppm):14ppm/15ppm
Max V-Resolution B/W:600dpi
Media Type:Bond paper / Cards / Envelopes / Labels / Plain paper / Transparencies/Bond paper / Cards / Labels / Plain paper / Transparencies/Bond paper / Envelopes / Labels / Transparencies
Output Type:Monochrome
Technology:Laser
Total Media Capacity:250sheets
Type:Personal printer/Workgroup printer

Printing

Max Printing Speed B/W:30ppm
Max Printing Speed B/W (ppm):30ppm
Max Printing Speed Color:25ppm
Max Printing Speed Color (ppm):25ppm
Max Resolution B/W:6000 x 1200 dpi
Max Resolution Color:6000 x 1200 dpi

RAM

Installed Size:2MB
Max Supported Size:34MB

Scanner

Type: None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

System Requirements

OS Required:Apple MacOS 8.5 or later / Apple MacOS X 10.1 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 / NT4.0 / Microsoft Windows 95/98/ME/XP/Apple MacOS 8.5.1 or later / Apple MacOS X 10.1 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP / Microsoft Windows 95/98 / Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition / Microsoft Windows NT 4.0/Apple MacOS 8.5.1 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 / NT4.0 / Microsoft Windows 95/98 / Microsoft Windows 98/ME / Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition / Microsoft Windows XP
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