Brother MFC-685W printer is good for a small business.
9 September 2012
Excerpt: I have owned the Brother MFC-685W printer now for a little over a year. At this time, I do not use the fax/phone capabilities, but that will change in the future. I have found the overall usage of this printer to be fairly easy to use. The accompanying booklets were easy to read and understand. The copy mode works just fine. I never had an issue with it. The fax mode worked fine the one time I used it (to fax in my printer registration and warranty info).
Excerpt: This is one heck of a do-it-all printer... And I mean that when I say that... It prints, it scans, it faxes. Its not a flimsy piece of falty crud... And it does all this over a network if you set it up. Supports both WIFI and Ethernet outa the box. Heck, it can do some things off USB sticks and other flash sources even. And to boot, its ink is cheap and of a reasonable capacity... Rated about 4-500 pages. Which for 3x8-12$ for collor and 12-18$ for black isnt bad!
Excerpt: The Brother 4 in 1 printer is a bit of a challenge to learn. It comes with a copier, scanner, fax, and printer. It also has a telephone receiver connected to it, although if you don't wish to use it, the machine also comes with a hard piece of plastic to cover the hole where the receiver was removed. I have it connected wirelessly to my laptop and my desktop.
Excerpt: I am somewhat ambivalent to this printer. It is okay for day to day functions. I don't really use the fax capabilities, so I won't comment on that. The scanner works great and is easy to use. The color isn't that bad or that great for printing photographs. It prints fairly quickly and I like the fact that it is wireless capable. It was reasonably priced in its category. The one glaring drawback is that it runs through ink very quickly.
Cons: - drains ink regardless of whether you print or not - wireless issues - poor print quality - especially color - internal software problems are causing it to crash/freeze - a little difficult to set up wireless for a novice
Summary: Our old Brother FAX (intellifax 1270) went kaput and I wanted to upgrade with some more features. What I liked about our old one was it had caller ID; fax; and answering machine. This new MFC 685 has all of that plus a scanner and color printing with an optional wireless setup. I have used it for scanning old photos onto a card or flash drive and saving them in a digital format. It is very user friendly and functional.
Summary: Brother makes some good all-in-one printer/scanner/copier/fax machines. The print quality is very good. Only things I would find fault with is that their machines tend to be slow. If you don't do a lot of printing and don't need things as fast as possible, my opinion is that Brother gives you a lot of bang for the buck. I also like it's size and can fit nicely in most places. It's wireless capabilities are a plus.
"This can not print in B&W if the color ink is empty"
20 October 2009
Pros: Low price and decent quality printouts
Cons: If the color print cartridges run out you can not print in black and white. Thus you have to buy all 3 color cartridges if they run out and they are not cheap. This is the case even if your black ink is full. There is no B&W only mode.