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Brother MFC-J6910DW review

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Brother MFC J6910DW

A competent inkjet multi-function device with a wide range of features and decent connectivity. The A3 print and scan feature pushes the price up somewhat, but low running costs mean it's a realistic alternative to a laser.  

Pros:

Duplex scanning; 35-page ADF; built-in wireless; impressively low running costs with high-capacity cartridges; two 250-sheet input trays

Cons:

Can't match laser text quality; small touchscreen display can be fiddly; paper tray adjusters feel very flimsy

Overall Rating:

4 Star Rating: Recommended

Price: £450

Manufacturer: Brother

Brother's MFC-J6000 series is a new line of 4-in-1 multi-function inkjet printers for small-to-medium businesses, designed to offer more capabilities than just print output, while matching the low running costs usually associated with lasers.

The MFC-J6910DW is the high-end model of the three in the new range, and boasts an impressive set of specifications. Print, scan, copy and fax functions are joined by comprehensive connectivity, including USB, Ethernet LAN and 802.11n wireless.

It's also capable of handling paper sizes up to A3 and, more impressively, scanning A3 documents, which explains its rather large 540 x 489 x 331mm footprint.

Brother has done a good job of making the device attractive, with a sleek all-black chassis. The control panel sits at the front and houses an array of physical buttons along with a touch-screen display. Being just 3.3in, this display isn't the easiest to control, and those with large fingers will find the small buttons somewhat tricky to operate.

Installation is simple enough, with the four inkjet cartridges slotting neatly into a compartment at the front. Two 250-sheet paper trays also sit at the front, both of which can hold media up to A3. Although the trays are sturdy, the adjustable paper guides inside are flimsy and difficult to operate.

Opt for the standard capacity cartridges and the MFC-J6910DW will be fairly expensive to run at 4p per mono print and 11.8p for colour. However, high-capacity cartridges are available and offer far better value at 1.4p for mono and 7.1p for colour.

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This compares very favourably to current laser printers, such as the OKI C310dn, and if buyers shop around they should be able to push this down even further.

Brother has also sensibly opted for separate cartridges for each primary colour plus black, so you need only replace each individual colour when it runs out. Combined cartridges need to be replaced as soon as one of the colours runs out, which results in wasting any remaining ink.

When printing a reasonably text-heavy A4 page, we managed slightly above Brother's quoted 12ppm (Brother actually quotes 12 images per minute, based on an ISO standard image).

However, the time for the first page to arrive is fairly lengthy at around 14 seconds, which means a full-page document, for example, takes 35 seconds to appear when the printer is in standby.

Meanwhile, although the quality of the text output is acceptable, closer inspection reveals that it's not as crisp as that produced by the average laser, with slightly uneven edges noticeable on larger fonts. This won't be an issue for the majority of business users, but we've seen better on some rival inkjets.

Up to A3 print, copy, scan and fax, up to 12 images-per-minute mono, 10 in colour, 2 x 250-sheet paper trays, 35-sheet automatic document feeder, 3.3in touch-screen LCD display, USB, Ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi, print from Flash cards.

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