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...
Summary: The set-up for this all-in-one was a breeze. Only a rudimentary command of the Engish language and computerese is necessary to accomplish it! It took a while to realize that the toner cartridge fits inside a carrier before inserting. Kind of stupid! The supplies are inexpensive, a factor that needs to be considered whenever you purchase anything with expendables.
Summary: Hard to believe that a newer model printer could be worse than the older. We own two 8480dn and then bought this thinking it would be an upgrade. This printer is terrible. Constant paper jams from duplexing, scan to email function is horrible and hardly works properly. its just been a mess. Have had to send to repair many times, and we've actually given up. Don't waste your time here.
Summary: Printer purchased on May 30th. On July 6th, the network printing function stopped. I contacted Brother tech support who had me working with the machine and my computer for approximately 30 minutes. After it became clear it was not going to work, Brother told me to contact my router manufacturer. I did, walked though some steps with their tech support, and my router was working perfectly. I even had another router from another manufacturer, so I set that up.
Summary: Easy to set up wireless connection works like a champ! Duplex printing & scanning saves alot of time (and paper). ONLY DRAWBACK - "Remote" user interface for device setting (i.e., from PC vs. directly on device console) is NOT intuitive. Trial and Error is best method - Oh yea... and the password is "access" (this hidden in the bowls of their "not-so-user-friendly" guide...