Summary: There has been many nuanced reviews posted here. I'm just going to post a brief one based on my experience. On the pro side, and this is unusual for inkjet printers in general, Brother has been relaxed about third party inks. As a result, there are amazing ink deals for this printer.
Ink refill situation annoying-planned obsolescence gets so old!!!!
H. M. Hawkinson, Amazon
17 October 2011
Summary: I got this printer at the end of April 2011. So far I have liked how the features worked. I've printed a lot of pages with the ink that came with it. But now the printer won't print because it says I need to refill the ink cartridge. The annoying thing is that it was still printing fine.
Summary: The first printer sent to us was easy to set up and all 4-in-one features were operable - for 12 hours. At that point it all came to a halt. I called Customer Support, and had no trouble getting to a tech who instructed me to try several things to get the machine to print.
Summary: I bought this machine few days ago. Today is the first time I used it extensively (e.g. printing documents, photos, scanning, copying, faxing, etc.) PROS: Prints pretty good on regular documents and photos. Sends faxes and copies documents fairly well. Size fits my small apartment and computer desk.