Planned Obsolescence Means it Will Break for No Reason - Will Never Buy this Brother Brand Again
Derreck Nassar, Amazon
15 July 2014
Summary: So I bought this printer about a year and a half ago as I wanted a wireless printer for the home and home-office. Until I bought my wife a sewing machine I had never heard of the Brother brand before. I thought I would take a chance on this unit. I rated this printer low because it stopped working for no good reason. I'll explain. Dislikes: The printer seemed to work just fine until one day I got the "printer 4f error".
Summary: So, I had an inkling that this was a crappy printer but the cheap cost won out..lol Net net, you get what you pay for..yet again this holds true. My death blow, when I really needed to print something I might add, was the very popular(check reviews on Internet) "Paper Jam" message. And no, it wasn't a jam but just a cheap printer that keeled over and died.. In the market for a new one......................
Summary: I have had this machine for a few years now. Bought it for $60 from Office Depot in 2011. For some reason the item description says 33 pages per minute, um no, you only get 2.2 pages per minute. I timed it and looked up on PC Mag.com and they confirm it. The black cartridge costs around $27.00 and I feel like I am replacing it constantly. The color cartridges are only around 10 bucks but they also run out rather quickly.
Summary: I mainly needed this printer for its scanning functionality, which works just fine. I don't print often. Maybe once every month. I purchased this printer back in late 2010. Out of the box, the printer reported that the yellow cartridge was out of ink. I have come to expect bundled cartridges to be starter kits, so I had already purchased a complete set of new cartridges already. After inserting the new yellow, I was able to print. Great!
Summary: I have had two of these printers and loved the features, for a very inexpensive product. Unfortunately, they extort you for an insane price for their ink. They clearly warn you not to use non-Brother cartridges, and indeed, both printers eventually failed after using very inexpensive alternatives. So, it is dammed if you do and dammed if you don't. The cost of Brother ink makes the printer unusable, and the other guy's ink makes the printer unusable.
Summary: I purchased this printer just over a year ago after reading reviews and talking with the place I buy my ink. Don't waste your money unless you consider this a disposable printer. Problems: - Poor print quality especially color and it got worse over time. - I was told I could do double sided printing...and you can...if you want to spend a ridiculous amount of time trying to figure out and performing the steps, just not worth it.
Summary: The ink is crazy expensive, and doesn't last. There are no high yield cartridges. The scan function constantly pauses so that a 45 page document takes 30 minutes, not to mention I have to slowly feed pages in since it only has a 15 page feeder. The low ink warning is intrusive, and it is constantly low on one of the cartridges . The fax function works well. Print quality is acceptable.
if one color ink catritge runs out, the printer will refuse to print, even b&w
24 June 2012
Summary: A very annoying feature about this printer: if one (out of four) of ink cartridges runs out of color, the printer will not print anything at all, even in black & white.. it just keeps beeping & demanding the empty cartridge to be replaced. yellow runs out very fast, for no apparent reason, the software doesn't give you a warning about low supplies, and then one day, unexpectedly, you're stuck without any ability print when you really need to.
Summary: You have been warned! print heads are junk and will clog very easily. i have always used genuine inks and have gotten no help with customer service. I have had this printer right under a year, bought it from office depot but they say the serial no. exceeds the warranty. Don't spend your money with brother products, i guess i have to go back to epson. the functionality is decent, that's why it has 2 stars instead of one, that's how nice i am.
Summary: ### Pros: - big, big plus (vs eg. Epson, HP): cartridges that do not have a micro chip. This allows user to buy cartridges from alternative ink suppliers and refill them from bulk ink containers (I did not do that though as I still have the genuine high capacity Brother cartridges). ### Cons: - the worst is that it needs CLEANING the BLACK HEAD almost everyday. If not done then black ink simply stops printing altogether.