Summary: Absolutely DISGUSTED with this printer. I bought it new from Staples 2 years ago and within days, I noticed that the print quality was awful even though it was hyped about on the packaging etc. I've never suffered with a paper jam, but it eats glossy photo paper, rips the corners, bleeds ink everywhere, oh, and don't start me off about the ink!
Summary: Worst printer I've ever owned. Drinks ink daily - every other page jams - cleans after every jam. Printing is too light and has lines through any solid printing. Photos are terrible even on high-quality paper. Last fax I printed was 62 pages - took me three hours - the setup for reviewing faxes is bad. Every time it jammed I had to press #9 to forward to the page I was on. I'm ready to throw the darn thing in the trash (but it might contaminate the garbage)!
Summary: I have had a few Brother A4 printers and I love them, good quality very reliable and cheap to run. But, the MFC-5890cn is horrible. It can't make a nice print. The inks cross contaminate and spew random splats over the page. I would say about every other print has to be thrown away. I took the first two back to the store. The third seemed a little better to start with but soon developed the same problems. Brother were not very helpful when I contacted them.
Great yield, some amazing features, super slow prints
A. Siew, Amazon
29 March 2012
Summary: An all-in-one (AIO) machine that does everything right is quite hard to find. For Brother, the MFC-5890Cn was the first AIO that handles A3 prints on top of everything else (faxing, copying, scanning, printing). As a copier and scanner, the device is impressively quick. Faxing is also reasonally fast without any problems. The USB and card reader can read most JPEGs fine, albeit abit slow at times. The LCD may be a bit blur for reviewing pictures, but it does the job.
Summary: I bought this printer a couple of years ago and was very happy with it. Other than the lack of automatic duplexing, it did exactly what I wanted it to. Plus, the black ink was reasonably priced and water-resistant, which I needed for the art-related stuff I was using this printer for. Then one day - no black ink. The colors were fine - just the black stopped working. I followed all of the usual procedures. Cleaned the head and so on. Nothing.
Great multifunction printer- until it ran out of black ink
Two_Wheeler_UJM "A very frugal gadgeteer", Amazon
3 March 2012
Summary: I bought this printer a while back to replace another Brother MFC model that had quit working after like 5 years. I liked the oversize scanning/printing ability and the wired network feature of the 5890. The LCD display panel was a nice touch. I bought it new and guess I've had it for maybe 2 years- I couldn't find a date of manufacture by the serial number. Recently, the black and color ink was low, so I used a compatible cartridge for all 4.
First Multi-function machines that works as advertised!
R. Wolnik, Amazon
27 October 2011
Summary: I've had this machine for a couple of years of pretty heavy use and I am very happy with this Brother. I love the wireless feature so I can print from several household computers. I can even print from my mobile phone using the iPrint brother app from the droid marketplace. I only buy aftermarket cheap ink cartridges from amazon and ebay and they run well under a $1 each so the cost per page must be about the cheapest around.
Summary: This was one of the coolest copiers that I have ever messed with. It not only is pretty, but is very user friendly and easy to understand. I would definitely recommend it to anyone. I ordered it for the youth group at our church and I hope it comes in handy as I am sure that it will.
Summary: First there was a paper jam, then there must have been a tiny piece of paper stuck in it and it would not print. After weeks of fighting it would print one page only then say there was a paper jam, which there was not. I did not use it for months then when I started to use it again, just to print, not for photos, it was out of yellow ink and will not print even in grayscale using only the black ink. So now I cannot use it AGAIN until I purchase yellow ink.