"This multifunction machine does everything I expected."4.5 starson by theloanman
Pros: I have had this machine about 2 weeks and everything including the additional paper tray I purchased work well. Auto letter/legal paper selection works well for printing and fax. I especially like the scanner for emailing documents.
Cons: I found the bypass tray ackward to use compared to my last copier and so have not used it. Thus the 4.5 stars. I used legal paper only until I received the additional tray.
Summary: I have a home based business and I had a fax/copier machine that broke and needed to upgrade to a machine that could also scan documents so they could be emaiedl at what I considered a reasonable price. I did as much research as I could and went with the Brother reputation I read about in other reviews. I could not find any reviews on the MFC-8890DW so I decided to write one.
I did need a machine that could handle Vista and XP and several kinds of connections including USB, Parallell and Ethernet from 3 different computers. This machine was able to handle each of those tasks easily.
I purchased the additional paper tray because I use both legal and letter paper mixed in the same print request so the auto paper select is great. It works with printing and faxes. I have found copying and printing to work exactly as expected. I especially like the scanner as I can put a pile of legal and letter size documents in the feeder and everything is scanned to a file on my computer so I can send it as an attachment to my emails.
I am a shopper and purchased the machine and additional tray at different places.