"Great all-in-one solution"4.0 starson by mottsmith
Pros: GREAT PRICE, strong document scanning abilities, works with combined Mac/PC home network
Cons: So-so print quality, changing print paper size is inconvenient
Summary: My wife just got a Macintosh iBook and no amount of tweaking got it to connect successfully to the printers we had previously installed on our home network (an HP inket all-in-one and an HP LaserJet, both shared through a host computer).
So we bought this Brother multifunction to replace our other devices, and ever since downloading the updated Mac drivers from the Brother Web site, it works like a charm.
I use it primarily as a home-office machine to scan documents for archival purposes and to print. Especially when combined with PaperPort document management software (bundled with the printer), it does the scanning beautifully. It's quick, networkable, and even though the scanner itself has no duplex (double-sided) capacity, the bundled PaperPort software has a feature that makes scanning double-sided documents very easy.
The printing is fast and perfectly decent, but it doesn't look as good as the output from the old LaserJet I gave up. Don't get me wrong: The quality is perfectly fine for 95% of my business needs, but for printing grayscale versions of images, which I sometimes need to do, the HPs still do a better job.
Finally, the manual sheet feed for printing only accepts one page at a time. That makes transitioning between letter-size and legal-size paper for any multipage print job inconvenient. To make the switch, you have to open the paper tray, squeeze some levers and pull some slides, and replace the paper. It would be nice if you could simply put several sheets of a new paper size into a manual feed tray and leave the normal paper in place, but no such luck. While a bit annoying, this isn't too big a deal.
All in all, I strongly recommend this printer to any home-office user, particularly those with mixed a Mac-Windows network.