Summary: One of the better multifunction devices. Don't be fooled by cheaper models where the host PC has to be turned on and running - this one works by itself for copying and scanning and with its network connection is easily shared among the different laptops and desktop we have at home. So far it works brilliantly, and doing home maintenance on the drum and toner is quite possible if you are careful.
Summary: Comments about Brother MFC-8860DN Multifunction Printer: I told my boss it was really ugly, but that it works really well for everything we do! That's the truth too. If looks don't bother you, then get it. Price and performance is what it is all about.
Pros: Accurate Colors, Efficient, Fast, Quiet, Sharp Detail
Summary: We bought this machine last year. It has been used extensively. The printing speed is wonderful. Only one minor issue with the paper intake. After a few months usage the paper tray started to have trouble when the tray was fully loaded. We need to take out some paper and retry. Some times we had to repeat the process several times before the paper tray can be successfully installed.
Summary: Comments about Brother MFC-8860DN Multifunction Printer: Every office has to have an all in one machine. It's just necessary these days. Save the space and make things more efficient. Brother makes a great printer in that category. We haven't had any paper jams to report or that sort of thing, but this thing is pretty noisy.
Nice multifunction that could use some improvements
Scott H. "scott11686", Amazon
8 January 2008
Summary: I bought the 8860DN a couple weeks ago to replace my aging HP 3330. While I'm quite happy with much of the 8860DN, there are a few things that could use improvement. Some of these can be addressed in software, others I fear are hardware issues. BTW, I'm on my second machine because I thought some of the issues with the first warranted a replacement. Now I know its a "common" issue. 1) The print engine creaks and makes popping sounds as the fuser heats and cools.
Summary: The product itself function very well according to its specification. It also setup pretty easy if you have a PC. However, it came with a quite old software for Mac user. I do have a Mac (latest OS X version) and struggle to use this product with it. I did call Brother tech support and they said they have no new software release for Mac user.
Summary: I give the product 4 stars and the interface 2. I bought this for my SoHo to replace a trusty HP all-in-one that finally died. I love its efficiency, quality laser printing and zippiness. And I agree with others that the noises are no big deal. My computer fan is much louder and more annoying. I do find it difficult to figure out the scan and fax functions and I consider myself fairly savvy. The "Presto Page Manager" thing is nonsensical.
Summary: The MFC-8860DN has worked extremely well for several months. Printing is fast and clear. Users seem to be able to easily access the various functions without instruction. Print and scan functions on the network were easy to set up with multiple computers in two locations being able to access the Brother. It does print envelopes but as has been noted in other reviews, causes folds and creases in the envelopes.
Summary: I purchased this MFC, which is my first, to replace an old HP Laserjet 5P and an old HP Scanjet 3200C. I also needed a copy machine feature, which I used the scanner for previously. I chose this printer over a similar HP printer because of the speed (30ppm vs 22ppm) and the number of features. I received the printer today and it was larger than I thought it would be, but that's no problem at all as I have sufficient space for it.
Summary: I am on a Mac G5, running OS 10.4. This is a second printer, but only fax, copier, and scanner. We have been very happy with the MFC-8860dn. The noises others alluded to do not bother me. The machine is in our home office (actually our family room) and I decided to just keep it on all the time. For our uses, we are pleased. No problems with the OCR software. The only drawback, is that I could not hook it up to my airport for use with my laptop, which is wireless.