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.
Summary: Don't know about other guys, but I am very sensitive about ink cost. Got this printer one year ago from OfficeMax at $125 and still believes this is the best bargain on the market. The printer setup is easy enough. Simply insert the disc or download the driver/software from Brother's website and follow the instructions. You also need to set up the wireless setting on the printer, which is also pretty straightforward.
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.
Summary: Brother has never been one of my favorite printer manufacturers until I picked up a model MFC-665cw for my business fax. I was pleased with the performance of this unit. Wireless conectivity, good color and quick easy to use scanner make this unit the go-to machine in the office. One problem with the ink jet industry is that they continually change the cartridges.
Good Printer, huge bargain when you price ink cartridges!
L. Whitaker, Amazon
19 November 2008
Summary: This printer was very simple to set up and install. The step by step instructions are a no brainer. Print quality is very good. Print speed is adequate for my use. It is slightly noisier than the HP all in one machine I had prior to this one...but the Brother appears to be sturdier. If you are a power user that prints constantly all day I think you may be slightly disappointed in the only adequate speed of this machine.
Summary: Update Sept 10: I still use this printer daily and still really like it. I wirelessly print from multiple computers seamlessly. I've stopped using the fax and now do e-faxing, but it's still used daily for my home based business. I do scanning, printing, copying with no problems. For me it's been a steady reliable printer. The only thing I have noticed is the printing has gotten really slow sometimes.
Summary: I was suprised at the slow speed of the printer. I suspect it has a small memory and takes many small gulps of data to print a large photo. However the photo quality is good and compared to HP its ink is very inexpensive.
Good Wireless all-in-one with built-in Fax machine
This Random Guy "TRG", Amazon
21 August 2008
Summary: I bought the Brother MFC-685CW six months ago after reviewing a lot of all-in-one printers online and in stores. Despite Consumer Reports giving it a "doesn't quite live up to expectations" rating, I must say it was nice enough and had the features I like, with a great small footprint, and the must-have fax capability, so I picked it over HP, Canon, Epson, etc competitors. I got the idea of having wireless from a friend with a HP all-in-one that he loved.