Brother MFC-8890DW All-in-One Printer Review
Brother has consistently proved a force to be reckoned with when it comes to printers in general and black and white multifunctional laser printers in particular. Having established an admirable reputation for producing fast, efficient and reliable workhorses in this area, we were also hoping for similar results from the newest of the company’s 8000 duplex range, and top-of-the-range MFC-8890DW certainly not disappoint.
Unlike many all-in-Ones, the MFC-8890DW not have a standard ‘box’ shape with the scanner part of the same size as the tray at the bottom. Instead it is more a ‘T’ shaped design, measuring 531 x 451 x 475mm and weighs a solid, but not back to break 18.6kg. The light and dark gray will blend in well with a modern office and charging the ink is a snap: Simply open the front cover, slide into the drum and replace the lid.
From the bottom, the standard paper tray holds 250 sheets of A4 and you can double with an optional lower tray. On the left side of the 150-sheet has a USB port for flash memory sticks and above is the extended control panel.
The panel is easy to use with large illuminated buttons for faxing, scanning and copying under the large 22-character, 5-line backlit LCD screen in the middle. Nearby are 20 one-touch buttons for up to 40 stored phone numbers, with the main keyboard and menu options on the left.
At the bottom of the panel are further checks to print (including individual safe and direct print options), fax and copy the last has a duplex setting that a major selling point.
Again the controls for Contrast / Quality, Resize, tray selection, sorting (for the Automatic Document Feeder) and a handy in-1′-N-button so you can copy 2 or 4 pages on one page. Above the scanner is the 50-sheet automatic document feeder and around the back is a USB-2 port next to an Ethernet connection, and (in a blast from the past), one IEEE1284 parallel port.
The default print resolution is 1200 x 1200 dpi, 30ppm Brother claim is remarkably close to the 28ppm we experience in tests with cheap oem software, both single-and double-sided operation. Wireless Network Setup was easy to fix via the LCD screen, especially when using Secure Easy Setup, while scanning resolution can be improved up to 19,200 dpi, standard 600 x 2400 dpi.
Business users will appreciate the range of scanning features to FTP, USB, Network, e-mail, image, OCR and file, and the low-power sleep mode setting which uses only 19W. Print quality was very impressive in tests, with a solid unbroken gray tones and deep blacks.
Brother has once again proven that it can deliver well-made, highly mono laser powerhouses meet the needs of small businesses, complete with an efficient duplex and wireless standards.
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