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Experts recommend Brother MFC-J1205W more than Epson XP-4100

As of 5 Jun 2024, experts prefer Brother MFC-J1205W over Epson XP-4100, but both Printers have solid expert endorsements.

As per this month's meta ranking, Brother MFC-J1205W received 2 recommendations: from TechRadar (17 Apr 2024) and Rtings.com (26 Apr 2024). By contrast, Epson XP-4100 received only 1 recommendation from PhotoWorkout (10 Jan 2024).

Rank Change Price Printer
PC Guide
reviewed.usatoday.com
BestReviews
TechRadar
PCMag
PhotoWorkout
LD Products
Digital Trends
Rtings.com
ZD Net
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- $120
Brother MFC-J1205W
The Brother MFC-J1205W is a versatile printer with high-quality prints, multiple connectivity options, and the ability to handle different types of paper and media, but lacks automatic duplex printing and an ADF.
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Epson XP-4100
The Epson XP-4100 is a versatile printer suitable for home or small office use, with wireless connectivity options, automatic duplex printing, and the ability to handle different types of paper, but its slow photo printing speed and quick ink depletion may be a drawback for some users.
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About our ranking methodology

Endorsement summary:

  • On 17 Apr 2024 TechRadar ranked Brother MFC-J1205W as #1
    Rank Printer Comment
    #1 out of 10 Brother MFC-J1205W
    Larger cartridges give this inkjet an advantage
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  • On 26 Apr 2024 Rtings.com ranked Brother MFC-J1205W as #4
    Rank Printer Comment
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    #4 out of 7 Brother MFC-J1205W
    Best Budget Inkjet Printer
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  • On 10 Jan 2024 PhotoWorkout ranked Epson XP-4100 as #3
    Rank Printer Comment
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    #3 out of 8 Epson XP-4100
    Great for saving space
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After counting and adding up the 71 expert endorsements of the June rankings, Brother MFC-J1205W outranks Epson XP-4100. This is not to say that Epson XP-4100 is a bad option. Like Brother MFC-J1205W, it is recommended by experts, but less.

Customers like Epson XP-4100 a bit more

At ReviewFinder we prefer to focus on professional product reviews, because customer reviews can be disproportionately affected by unrelated factors such as delivery, specific seller listing problems, and, of course, fake reviews. With that said, below is the summary of consumer sentiment.

Brother MFC-J1205W
Epson XP-4100
Consumer score (CS) is a normalized computed representation of customers' sentiment towards a product.
CS of 10 is similar to a 4.8 star review, CS of 0 is similar to a 2 star review.

Epson XP-4100, the cheaper option, tends to get more favorable reviews than Brother MFC-J1205W.

As can be seen in the chart above, median best-selling printer receives a consumer score of 7.4 (good). Epson XP-4100 ranks higher than that and Brother MFC-J1205W ranks lower than that.

Brother MFC-J1205W
In comparison:
Brother MFC-J1205W ranks #90 out of 167.
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7.3
Good
Epson XP-4100
In comparison:
Epson XP-4100 ranks #75 out of 167.
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7.4
Good
Median best-selling Printer
In comparison:
Brother MFC-J4335DW ranks #84 out of 167.
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7.4
Good





Epson XP-4100 is more popular than Brother MFC-J1205W

It's fairly safe to say that Epson XP-4100 is a more popular printer than Brother MFC-J1205W, based on its 3,000+ reviews. Popularity is determined based on product sales. Note that older and cheaper products tend to sell more.


To consider

Customers who view Brother MFC-J1205W and Epson XP-4100 often consider Brother MFC-J4335DW, a pricier option.
Table: Top compared alternatives for Brother MFC-J1205W and Epson XP-4100
Brother MFC-J4335DW $159
In comparison:
Brother MFC-J4335DW ranks #84 out of 167.
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7.4
Good
2 expert recommendations
Canon Pixma TS5320 $99
In comparison:
Canon Pixma TS5320 ranks #24 out of 167. Very high levels of customer satisfaction.
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8.3
Great
No expert recommendations Cheaper Better Reviews
Brother MFC-J1205W $120
In comparison:
Brother MFC-J1205W ranks #90 out of 167.
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7.3
Good
2 expert recommendations
HP OfficeJet 5255 $149
In comparison:
HP OfficeJet 5255 ranks #43 out of 167. Very high levels of customer satisfaction.
Go to rankings
8.2
Great
No expert recommendations More Popular Better Reviews
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Critic Consensus Common points from expert reviews summarized.
As can be seen below, Brother MFC-J1205W is mentioned by key experts in Jun 2024, while Epson XP-4100 is not.
Rank Change Price Printer
PC Guide
reviewed.usatoday.com
BestReviews
TechRadar
PCMag
PhotoWorkout
LD Products
Digital Trends
Rtings.com
ZD Net
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Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850
The Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850 is a versatile all-in-one supertank printer that produces high-quality prints with sharp details and vivid colors, offers a wide range of connectivity options, and has scanning, copying, and faxing capabilities, making it a great investment for home or office use.
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Brother MFC-J1205W
The Brother MFC-J1205W is a versatile printer with high-quality prints, multiple connectivity options, and the ability to handle different types of paper and media, but lacks automatic duplex printing and an ADF.
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HP OfficeJet Pro 9015
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Brother MFC-J4335DW
The Brother MFC-J4335DW is a versatile all-in-one printer suitable for home and small office use, offering good print quality, decent speed, reliable paper handling, and efficient ink usage.
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Expert Reviews There are people on the Internet whose job is to review products. Below are their opinions.

Expert reviews [4]

80
Total expert reviews: 4
  • with a score: 3
  • without a score: 1
Highest score by PCMag
80
Average score based on 4 reviews
80
Lowest score by Rtings.com
79

Score distribution:

80-100
60-80
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20-40
0-20

Expert reviews [6]

64
Total expert reviews: 6
  • with a score: 5
  • without a score: 1
Highest score by Good Housekeeping
73
Average score based on 6 reviews
64
Lowest score by Rtings.com
58

Score distribution:

80-100
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From Seller:
  • Get ready for a productive day with help from this Brother printer. The wireless printer offers easy mobile printing options, a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface and web-based printing for versatility. The color printer features a 150-sheet input tray to help your team print big jobs without having to constantly refill it.
  • Read more
From Seller:
  • This printer is designed for use with Epson cartridges only, not third party cartridges or ink; Cartridges described as Compatible, Re-manufactured, refilled or refillable may not work properly or at all; See product description for more details
  • Read more
Video Reviews Most popular unboxing/review videos.
Brother MFC J1205W Inkjet Printer Review: Is it worth the investment?
Review by Budget Guru
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Brother MFC-J1205w Setup, Quick Unboxing, Install Ink, Wireless Setup, Scanning & Printing Review.
Review by Copy Print Scan
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Brother MFC-J1205w Scan, Print & Copy Review.
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No video reviews linked yet for Epson XP-4100.
Overview

Technical summary

Brother MFC-J1205W is a $120 injket printer.

Epson XP-4100 is a $112 injket printer.

What are they good for?

Are they good for
Occasional Home Use

Neither printer is great for Occasional Home Use.
Not great for Occasional Home Use
If you're looking for a good Home Printer, check out HP DeskJet 3755
Must-haves
  • No wireless printing
  • Recommended Printing Volume
Important
  • No build-in Scanner/Copier
  • Two-Sided Printing not supported
  • No status display
Somewhat Important
  • No touchscreen
  • No flatbed scanner
  • No ADF Scanner
Not great for Occasional Home Use
If you're looking for a good Home Printer, check out HP DeskJet 3755
Must-haves
  • No wireless printing
  • Recommended Printing Volume
Important
  • No build-in Scanner/Copier
  • Two-Sided Printing not supported
  • No status display
Somewhat Important
  • No touchscreen
  • No flatbed scanner
  • No ADF Scanner
For reference

3 Best Printers for Occasional Home Use

Currently, median printer for Occasional Home Use will cost you $391.99. Budget options start at $104.99 and go up to $399.89 .
Ranking is updated every hour
Must-haves
  • Wireless Printing
  • Designed to print about 125 pages per month
Important
  • Built-in Scanner & Copier
  • Two-Sided Printing not supported
  • Status Display
Somewhat Important
  • Touch Screen Status Display
  • No flatbed scanner
  • No ADF Scanner
Nice to haves
  • Scan to PDF
  • Scan to Searchable PDFs
Must-haves
  • Wireless Printing
  • Designed to print about 175 pages per month
Important
  • Built-in Scanner & Copier
  • Two-Sided Printing not supported
  • Status Display
Somewhat Important
  • Touch Screen Status Display
  • Flatbed Scanner
  • ADF Scanner
Nice to haves
  • Borderless Printing
  • Scan to PDF
Must-haves
  • Wireless Printing
  • Designed to print about 200 pages per month
Important
  • Built-in Scanner & Copier
  • Two-Sided Printing not supported
  • Status Display
Somewhat Important
  • Touch Screen Status Display
  • No flatbed scanner
  • ADF Scanner
Nice to haves
  • Borderless Printing
  • Scan to PDF
  • Scan to Searchable PDFs
  • Colored Status Display

Are they good for
Small Office Use

Neither printer is great for Small Office Use.
Not great for Small Office Use
If you're looking for a good Small Office Printer, check out Epson WF-3720
Must-haves
  • Wireless Printing not supported
  • Recommended Printing Volume
  • Two-Sided Printing not supported
  • No Status Display
  • No Automatic Document Feeder
Important
  • Can't scan to email
  • Can't scan to PDFs
  • No TouchScreen
Somewhat Important
  • No Flatbed Scanner
  • No Fax
  • No Ethernet Port
Not great for Small Office Use
If you're looking for a good Small Office Printer, check out Epson WF-3720
Must-haves
  • Wireless Printing not supported
  • Recommended Printing Volume
  • Two-Sided Printing not supported
  • No Status Display
  • No Automatic Document Feeder
Important
  • Can't scan to email
  • Can't scan to PDFs
  • No TouchScreen
Somewhat Important
  • No Flatbed Scanner
  • No Fax
  • No Ethernet Port
For reference

3 Best Printers for Small Office Use

Currently, median printer for Small Office Use will cost you $417.88. Budget options start at $119 and go up to $634.96 .
Ranking is updated every hour
Must-haves
  • Wireless Printing
  • Designed to print about 800 pages per month
  • Two-Sided Printing
  • Status Display
  • Automatic Document Feeder (ADF)
Important
  • Scan-To-Email
  • Scan to PDF
  • TouchScreen
Somewhat Important
  • Flatbed Scanner
  • Fax
  • Ethernet
Nice to haves
  • Colored Status Display
Must-haves
  • Wireless Printing
  • Designed to print about 1000 pages per month
  • Two-Sided Printing
  • Status Display
  • Automatic Document Feeder (ADF)
Important
  • Scan-To-Email
  • Scan to PDF
  • TouchScreen
Somewhat Important
  • Flatbed Scanner
  • Fax
  • Ethernet
Nice to haves
  • Scan to Searchable PDFs
  • Colored Status Display
Must-haves
  • Wireless Printing
  • Designed to print about 800 pages per month
  • Two-Sided Printing
  • Status Display
  • Automatic Document Feeder (ADF)
Important
  • Can't scan to email
  • Can't scan to PDFs
  • TouchScreen
Somewhat Important
  • Flatbed Scanner
  • Fax
  • Ethernet
Nice to haves
  • Colored Status Display

Are they good for
Heavy Office Use

Neither printer is great for Heavy Office Use.
Not great for Heavy Office Use
If you're looking for a good Heavy-Usage Printer, check out Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4720
Must-haves
  • Wireless Printing not supported
  • Recommended Printing Volume
  • Two-Sided Printing not supported
  • Does not have a status display
  • No Automatic Document Feeder
  • Print speed
  • Scan-to-Email not supported
  • No TouchScreen
  • Can't scan to PDF
Somewhat Important
  • No flatbed scanner
  • No fax
  • No Ethernet port
Not great for Heavy Office Use
If you're looking for a good Heavy-Usage Printer, check out Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4720
Must-haves
  • Wireless Printing not supported
  • Recommended Printing Volume
  • Two-Sided Printing not supported
  • Does not have a status display
  • No Automatic Document Feeder
  • Print speed
  • Scan-to-Email not supported
  • No TouchScreen
  • Can't scan to PDF
Somewhat Important
  • No flatbed scanner
  • No fax
  • No Ethernet port
For reference

3 Best Printers for Heavy Office Use

Currently, median printer for Heavy Office Use will cost you $790. Budget options start at $255.74 and go up to $1259 .
Ranking is updated every hour
Must-haves
  • Wireless Printing
  • Designed to print about 1500 pages per month
  • Two-Sided Printing
  • Status Display
  • Automatic Document Feeder (ADF)
  • Print speed is 20 pages per minute
  • Scan-To-Email
  • TouchScreen
  • Scan to PDF
Somewhat Important
  • Flatbed Scanner
  • Fax
  • Ethernet
Nice to haves
  • Colored Status Display
Must-haves
  • Wireless Printing
  • Designed to print about 1500 pages per month
  • Two-Sided Printing
  • Status Display
  • Automatic Document Feeder (ADF)
  • Print speed is 20 pages per minute
  • Scan-To-Email
  • TouchScreen
  • Scan to PDF
Somewhat Important
  • Flatbed Scanner
  • Fax
  • Ethernet
Nice to haves
  • Colored Status Display
Must-haves
  • Wireless Printing
  • Designed to print about 1300 pages per month
  • Two-Sided Printing
  • Status Display
  • Automatic Document Feeder (ADF)
  • Print speed is 19 pages per minute
  • Scan-To-Email
  • TouchScreen
  • Scan to PDF
Somewhat Important
  • Flatbed Scanner
  • Fax
  • Ethernet
Nice to haves
  • Colored Status Display
From Manufacturer Manufacturer-provided product description, urls and documents.
EAN Numbers: 0012502663867
UPC Numbers: 012502663867
Model Numbers: MFCJ1205W
EAN Numbers: 0010343945920, 8715946665436
UPC Numbers: 010343945920
Model Numbers: C11CG33401, XP-4100
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Price is about the same. So which one is better?

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Brother MFC-J1205W is a popular and one of the cheapest options. It's in the top 3 bestselling printers and has dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as HP Envy Pro 6452 or Epson Workforce WF-2860 .

Brother MFC-J1205W is $240 less expensive than an average printer ($359.99).

Epson XP-4100 is a very popular and one of the most affordable options. It's in the top 3 bestselling printers and has dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as Epson Workforce WF-2830 or HP DeskJet 3755 .

Epson XP-4100 is $248.13 less expensive than an average printer ($359.99).

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