Pros Set up could not be easier, including network
Very efficient & easy doc feeder & scan
Ink level monitoring works, even remotely on PCs and Macs
With multiple cartridges: replace only what you need
Definition is surprisingly good
Much cheaper than
Cons Not the fastest - but still decent
Probably not a photo printer - but you are better off printing at a lab anyway - better and cheaper
Does not look as fancy / modern / trendy as Canon, Epson or HP
Does not do 2-sided (or it is well hidden...)
Summary Strangely, for years, I kept buying HPs because I had an old Inkjet that seemed built like a tank and HP had the reputation of a leader - justified: printouts always turned out better than the competition. But after seeing quality going down the drain after each HP I bought, I said stop. Printers lasted 2 years, then a year, then ink cartridges cost more than the printer - did you know HP reduced the quantity of ink in the cartridges so that price would seem not to increase? I got fed up with a new printer that HP knew was not compatible with Norton antivirus and had a defective install CD: they admitted all of that on the phone when I spent 8 hours to install. Plus the printer kept disappearing from the network, jammed, could not scan multiple pages as one doc, etc. I gave up and bought a Brother. I had stayed away because it was so much cheaper that I thought it should be bad. But since I paid a lot for HPs which proved to be bad, what was the risk? The above review is amazing: How could it be so negative when all user reviews are so good. Lesson: read user reviews. I now have a great printer for my needs. Easiest set up ever. I have full access to all functionalities remotely on the network with both PCs and Macs. although not a leader, no problem for Brother to be recognized by all computers I had and get all the drivers working. did not even need a CD to install on a Mac (other lesson: print from a Mac).
Pros Hidden Cables, 4 separate ink cartridges, 11x17" prints, borderless printing, network ready, 2 year warranty, the price!
Cons None to speak off
Summary I was really surprised on this scathing review and couldn't disagree more. The review writer almost sounds like he has a vendetta against Brother. This printer setup easily for me with no problems at all. I installed it on a Vista Machine and then I installed the software on my MacBook Pro and it prints wireless to it over the network with no issues at all. Personally as far as speed goes if I'm printing a few pictures at home I can't tell the difference between 1.3 pages a minute and .81. Yes if you were in an office printing hundreds of pages a day but this isn't meant for that. This is a good home or light duty office printer. I may even get another one for postcard and poster proofs for the office! Our $8000 Xerox office printer can't give me a borderless proof. I actually like the fact that the cable snakes into the body of the printer. It has a cleaner look and I can fit it tighter against the wall. The software that came with it doesn't appear to be bloated and has minimal impact on system resources as far as I can tell. Also the 2 year warranty is awesome. I am fed up with companies that give you a 3 month warranty and then do a hard sell on an extended warranty that seems to average about 15% the cost of the product. Let me tell you if 15% of there products fail I don't want it. Brother eliminates this with a walk in 2 year replacement warranty. This tells me they are confident in their product. All in all a great printer for a price less than some drum kits on laser printers.
Pros Simple set up. Straight fowrad controls, Auto-sleep feature
Cons It is a bit on the large side
Summary Its not the flashiest printer out there, but works great for me at home.My old Dell Inspiron 700 finds it just fine via wireless network.The ink is pretty cheap, and copies are good. Scans a hefty stack of Docs, and you can scan to a memeory device with the card readers. Like it alot. $120.00 at Costco
Pros Simple set up without a single glitch. High yield ink carts came in the box...wow. Great prints. Nothing to complain about except I couldn't find it on sale. Now I know why. Plus you get 11 by 17 printing.
Cons Very large footprint but given it prints 11 by 17 it's all good.
Summary Awesome all in one - well worth full price. I have not regretted this purchase one bit.
Pros I really don't believe the review posted by the 'professional' reviewer. Did he not look at the list of features? He NEVER mentioned the unique feature of this printer-printing 11x17 pages. Of course the printer is big-so is the output!
Cons Not a photo quality printer.
Summary This is a specialized printer-it was probably not meant to be your 'normal' printer. Because of it's ability to print up to 11x17 pages, of course the printer is big and heavy. A great big 'Doh' to the reviewer for that oversight.
This size paper, readily available in most office supply superstores, makes a great impression when compared to normal 8.5x11 pages. It's a great printer for printing sales flyers, posters, and the like. I can't believe the reviewer never mentioned this ability while complaining about the size of the printer.
While not a photo-grade multi-function device, like an Epson Artisan 810, it does a creditable job with just four colors of ink.
Brother probably did not design this printer to compete with normal desktop printer, rather this printer is an intermediate step in printers, sitting between normal letter/legal size printers and the very large and expensive wide-carriage printers made primarily by Epson.
So, yes, it's heavier and larger than the competitors, and yes, maybe they put the USB and Ethernet connections in the wrong place, but the Canon Pixma MX330 the reviewer praises cannot print 11x17 pages, period.
Without mentioning it's print size capability, this review is like an automobile comparison test comparing a Ford F-250 pickup and a Mini Cooper. Yes, the Ford is larger, is harder to drive and park, and gets lousy fuel economy, but it will carry a ton of cargo, unlike the Mini. It's just not a fair comparison.
In fact, if you try and compare this printer to another capable of the same size printing, the only other ones that can do it are the less larger, more expensive Brother MFC-6490CW (which has the wireless connection that the reviewer also whines about) and the large carriage Epson's, at five times the price, and up!
All-in-all, a very good printer for the money.