Excerpt: Though I already own a scanner and laser printer, I make bulk copies of multiple documents for business. Thus, I went out to Fry’s and bought a Brother MFC-8890DW High-Performance All-in-One Laser Printer With Wireless Networking and Duplex.
Summary: I bought this printer primarily for printing and scanning so that I can work from home (I was very pleased that I had no troubles printing from my work laptop through VPN, and from my home desktop at the same time - very seamless). Before now I've used an Epson photo/inkjet at home that works ok for color/photo prints, but is completely impractical for business needs.
Summary: The 8890DW fulfills its promise. It prints, scans, copies and faxes quickly and flawlessly, including duplex (2-sided) printing and scanning. The "DW" designation means it duplexes and works as both a wired and wirelss device on your network. The wireless feature and duplex scanning capability account for the price being higher than a similar but less expensive Brother 8840DN, which doesn't have the wireless feature and doesn't scan duplex.
Summary: I have been using this multi-function printer for about a week and am thoroughly impressed. As previous reviewers have noted, this is a great choice for a Mac environment. I was able to easily set up the wireless function for the computers in our small office and it is very convenient as we have one main iMac and several Macbook users as well. It worked fine with both our older and new computers. The printer has all the features I could want.
Summary: I've been using Brother printers for over 5 years, and like their reliability and ease of use. My new MFC-8890DW is no exception. It's a feature-laden printer that's faster and quieter than the one it replaced. I especially appreciate the full-duplex printing. I give it one demerit, which probably doesn't deserve the subtraction of a full star.
servicable, reliable, good value, but has its problems
4 September 2013
Summary: I bought this when I opened my own law practice. I have a small real estate law practice, but I do go through a lot of printing and copying, and this machine has been reliable. I use it with my laptop and wifi. I bought the extra tray for legal size paper, which was pretty easy to install (although you have to lift up the whole printer and set it down just right on top of the 2nd tray, kind of a delicate and tricky operation) and it reliably chooses the right size paper...
Things you need to know about printing envelopes...
Mike L "Big Mike", Amazon
4 September 2013
Summary: Let me start by saying this is a nice printer. Once you get it set up, it does pretty much everything you need it to do and does it well. Scanning, printing, copying, fax ... really nice. Setting it up can be a little tricky; you should know something about printers and wireless to make your life a bit easier. After that, no problem...for standard printing. But then we come to printing envelopes. If you do a LOT of envelope printing, you won't like this printer.
Summary: I had an HP LaserJet 3030 all-in-one laser printer for five years. HP discontinued the scanner driver for the Macintosh Snow Leopard operating system so I decided to not buy another HP. I read Consumer Reports and they recommended the Brother MFC-7840W. Then I saw that Brother's top-of-the-line MFC-8890DW only costs a little more. The toner cartridge is bigger and it prints on both sides of the paper so you save money on supplies.
Summary: This is the newer version of the MFC-8860 from Brother, and is a step up from the MFC-8480 as the 8890 provides full duplexing on scanning, copying, and faxing. The MFC-8480 only provides duplex on printing. I have Macs--several of them--so I've been looking around for a while for a multi-function laser machine I could use for printing, scanning, copying, and the occasional fax.
Summary: This is my 3rd or 4th All-in-One from Brother. I've always had good luck with the brand and so far this one is no different. Worked great out of the box, although setting up the wireless LAN wasn't exactly simple. But even I, a non-techy, got it to work after an hour or so of tinkering. Plus I got the incoming FAX setup to work well with my 2-line remote-handset phone with built-in answering machine (always a nail-biter).