Pros Fax to PC - saves paper and easy archiving, custom scanning options via virtual control panel (email, jpg, pdf, etc.). Pretty easy set-up, built-in card readers. Price (street, not MSRP), reasonable speed depending on quality node.
Cons Large footprint, print cable connections (routing), decent but not great print quality
Summary I LOVE the ability to fax to/from PC. Incoming faxes can be easily stored, organized and archived. I wish the outgoing faxes had a similar function, but that's nit-picking. The print quality is OK (not great), but this isn't my primary workhorse printer. Even if it were, the quality for general documents would still be fine. Probably not enough quality for business presentations, etc., but then that's why I have the badass LaserJet when I need to crank out dozens of copies of reports. The connection routing could be an issue as the printer connections are internal, but not so in my case as my cables are long enough. Good scan quality and no issues with the ADF.
Pros 50 page Automatic Document Feeder (drive motor & all gears inside the ADF lid as one unit). ADF processes 8.5x11 pages with taped on receipts with out jamming! Sanns directly to may flash memory types generating JPG or PDF @ (Color 150, 300, 600 dpi)
Cons A little large. Wish any mfg would sell a smaller units with just a 50 or 100 page ADF high speed scanner to flash memory with out the FAX or PRINTER options at this price point. However I reaslize the market has been created for "ALL IN ONE" units.
Summary Let me start of by being very clear that this review is base on my specific application and for this I give full ratings and recommendations.
Several times a month I have 100 page hard copy 8.5x11 business documents that need to be easily scanned to .PDF format in higher resolution for proper reproduction and legibility.
Some of my documents have register receipt taped to 8.5x11 paper.
The need is for a machine to have a Automatic Document Feeder that processes these pages without jamming and still producing a good clean scan for a final result.
It was an absolute necessity to have .PDF to USB memory stick functionality. I never intended to use the FAX, or PRINTING features of this unit or connect it directly to a PC.
After in retail store testing of all major brands/models the Brother MFC-5890CN earned my purchasing dollars. Careful inspection of the Automatic Document Feeder design having the motor drive and all gears inside the same lid unit was important for durable long term usability. The 50 page Automatic Document Feeder is not easy to find as where most units at this price pint only give 15 or 30 ADF. The Brother ADF processes 8.5x11 pages with taped on receipts without jamming! Scans directly to USB memory, CF, SD, Sony memory, and XD cards. Easy selectability for scan type (BW or Color ) Type (JPG or PDF) @ (150, 300, 600 dpi) and specific file name creation directly to memory stick all from the units control panel. I challenge you to find a better constructed 50 page ADF scanner at this price point generating .PDF files straight to USB stick!
"Outstanding Printer"on by 21234a
Pros 11x17 prints. Prints pretty quickly. Can email documents directly from printer. Fast printing. Ink is cheap. Very user friendly. Outstanding product.
Cons No cons on this product
Updated on Mar 18, 2009
Pros It works great with OS X Snow Leopards built-in tools. Very simple to setup over a wired network. The scanner works really well, and the printer is fast enough. I like the "squatted" design.
Cons You can have the printer automatically upload scans to an FTP, but not simply email them. I wish the full page color print quality was better (but what do you expect for an ink jet).
Summary CNET's review, as usual, is just a thinly veiled excuse for advertising space. The editor clearly didn't take any time to consider the features, or attempt to understand the purpose of this printer. Its an office multi-function device, so no one cares that the buttons look "dated" or that the shell is matte plastic.
The facts are that this printer does a pretty good job, and costs over $100 less than the equivalent HP.
I wish CNET would publish actual reviews, and not just the opinions of whatever person claims "senior editor" status this week.