Pros Well. it looks swish, like something out of Star Trek, and it has this neat thing where it can print the A3 paper
Quite cheap for all these features
Very compact Automatic Doc Feed ADF, and this works very well.
Cons Wizz whirr BANG, pause wir tick tick tick Crash zip zip zip zip swish and Out IT COMES! onto the floor. I miss my Canon...wah wah.
Lots of paper jams on simple A4 printing.
Summary Yeah I like it, but it is clunky despite the swish appearance. The touch screen is good, and intuitive and can create user designed shortcuts to particular printing options, eg fast double sided left margin stapling.
Because of the funny Landscape orientation for basic A4 printing from the paper cassette (allowing Portrait A3) getting the orientation right for Photo printing is a constant balls up first time round, even after 2 months. This part in not well thought through, even though the engineers knew what they were doing, the software people can't help you predict whats going to happen.
My wife has to get me everyday to fix something, eg sometimes the scanner is not clicked down properly, or it doesn't recognise its own cartridges, or its saying they are empty when still half full. this is a known issue with Brothers. ONE GOOD TIP: out a small strip of tape over the ink level window on the cartridge,to fool the printer into reading it as always half full. Then change it when that colour starts to fade on the page. Get out all the ink you paid for!!
I think I miss the Canon because they do all things well, especially the photo printing fine definition. Using cheap glossy paper with this give poor definition, but it comes back noticeably with good photo paper.
I don't want to cut Brother up for this machine, but I want them to improve its accurate handling of paper, not so many fumbles, make it so you know the Image is going to be in the same orientation as the paper despite the sideways feeding, and I think the photo printing software should offer more settings to improve print quality, cropping margin. Eg I notice that the cropping I chose is not what you get, it give you more of the image than you want!?
Pros Small footprint
Great touchscreen control
11 x 17 in printing
Very easy set up
Wireless works great
Cons A bit noisy
Paper tray could be a little more robust
Summary was looking for an AIO printer to replace my old Cannon and wanted a new printer to have a small footprint. I looked at Brother, Epson, HP and Cannon. The Brother fit all of my requirements and had the best touch screen display. The touchscreen feels like an iPhone and is very intuitive. The wireless setup was fast and easy and works flawlessly. I really don't understand why other people have trouble with the setup. They must not be reading the instructions. At first the photo quality was not quite up to what I experienced with my old Cannon printer. But with just a few adjustments to the settings and reading the instruction manual, I was able to produce a very vivid photograph of excellent quality. The 11 x 17 in print capability is very cool and I can see that coming in handy when I need to make a brochure or poster. As others have found, this printer can be a bit noisey, but all the other great things about this printer far over shadow the noise. Also, this printer does not do 2-sided scanning, which is available in the next model up. The printer looks great and I am sure enjoying all the extra space on my desk top that this printer is not taking up! Hats off to Brother for an excellent design! I cannot speak to reliability, but with a 2-year warranty from Brother plus and extra year from Staples, I think I'm well covered in case something happens
Pros -Sort of Compact
Cons -Large footprint
-Not a business multifunction printer
-Software and hardware issues
-Poor print quality
Summary This printer will not feed and print correctly any type of envelopes because the it isn't compatible when MS Word and has internal feeding issues. The printer overrides MS Word's custom margins which are needed when printing envelopes. There is a rear manual feed that will not work with envelopes while the front paper tray autofeeder will produce envelope jams 100% of the time. When the paper jam (error) queue is on, there is no way to turn it off until you go through all of the clearing functions. The printer cannot tell whether the jam has been cleared. This is where the large footprint of the machine comes in because you will literally need an extra 12inches in front of the machine, and 8inches of space behind the machine when it is opened for servicing jams. Sure it looks like a compact printer but when it gives you trouble, you'll need to relocate the printer upon service. Also, at every paper jam, the machine cannot be turned off via the power button to clear the paper jam error queue but can only be manually unplugged to reset the queue.
Build quality is horrible. The machine is a rattle bucket and the entire body flexes like cheap plastic. I would not be surprised to see future complaints about the broken top/feeding scanning component as it is 4 pounds and only secured on by two flimsy plastic hinges.
Pros Small footprint
Cons Extremely noisy paper feed and printing
Software installation issues
Summary Wouldn't be a bad printer if it wasn't for the noisy operation.