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Having started my little business working from home, i decided to buy a 'little' printer, essential for all the printing tasks i had in mind....opting initially for a Kodak multi functioning unit. Okay, this was the first time i had bought a printer for home and i soon learnt that cheaper isn't necessarily the best way forward. Numerous paper jams later and constant refills for the ink prompted my return to Staples for some advice and a new machine.
Despite thinking (once again in my ignorance) that a laser printer would be better, i was soon rethinking this one as the ink toners were extortionate! Again, back to the drawing board and a chat with a great young man about the benefits of the Brother machines on offer.
We decided on the Brother MFCJ6910DW as he described it as a workhorse and although a little on the big side, it got everything done with little effort but maybe a little slowly (was he selling this to me???).
It was on offer in store for £225 and came with an initial start up of ink, which in fairness lasted me around 3 weeks of printing around 60 ages daily. Ink costs around £80 for replacement of all four cartridges and they are extremely easy to re install. The deal was done and the very kind and somewhat muscly chap took it to my car.........i didn't realise at this point it weighed in around the 30 pound range and did i have trouble getting it out of the car and into the house?? My advice is that it will take 2 people to carry this successfully as not only the weight is a factor, its really big!
Set up was easy, ink was inserted at the front, has its own little compartment and paper drawer was at the front. The paper catcher/stopper was a little fiddly for hubbys big hands but once in place it wasnt moving.
Wireless set up was a breeze but for some reason, although its on the network i cannot get it to see my computer meaning that when i scan i have to put the info on to a USB stick, which slots very nicely into the front of the machine. Paper in, i set to print and this was effortless. The spooling is quick and the printing, averaging 25 ppm for the colour and around 23 ppm for the colour, quality is excellent and as long as you use decent paper, its very professional to look at.
Photocopying is the only thing that significantly lets the Bprther machine down, its a real labour for both the machine and myself! It takes an absolute age to copy even in fast mode (there are Best, Normal and Fast) to chose from but the other tow took even longer. Once an item has been copied (around 45 seconds for each page, then it has to recheck itself for another 30 seconds before it will copy anything else and this is way too long if you have a large number of pages to copy. Again, quality is excellent.
It has a fax facility but i dont use this so unable to comment, i just cant be doing with random companies sending irrelevant faxes and using all my paper.
Scanning is excellent and they are saved in PDF format either linking to your computer or other media, namely a USB in my case and then transferred to the computer. You can scan to email but i prefer to monitor this on my computer so again, cannot comment.
This machine, although cumbersome, is fantastic quality for the money i paid. I have only had one paper jam since i bought it and i use it regularly every day. Its weight means its not easy to move around so i suggest settling it into a nice spot and leaving well alone......it will work endlessly and efficiently and its not a noisy machine. Self checking on boot up is quick and a little more noisy but what printer isnt when it starts?
The digital display on the front is very clear and all the buttons are easy to use making navigation around the system painless, it will bleep nicely when you get something wrong but not in an irritating way. I print certificates for my business on 180gm paper and there is a slot at the back of the machine to put these, again, pretty easy to use. It will also print onto A3 paper and has done me proud with some lovely photos when i printed them for my father, beautiful quality and you can choose the size prints you like......only downside is the ink consumption.
I would highly recommend the printer (multi use machine) to anyone who needs a reliable, good worker at home. I love my Brother.....almost more than i love my brother!!!