Summary: I set this up on a home network with 2 PCs and 3 Macs over a generic Time Warner WEP Wifi network and everything connected without a hitch. Someone else wrote here that the printer is limited to 3 computers out of the box but that certainly wasn't the case for me. Also to give some context, I've never used the DVD or fax features, so I can't comment on those. Here's what I found that worked, and what didn't.
Summary: This was a great printer. Printed great from all devices including android and apple products especially iPad. Unfortunately it stopped working 4 months after receiving it. This is most likely not a common occurrence but just the other day the black ink just stopped printing. I replaced the black ink with a genuine cartridge and still nothing. This evening I got off the phone with Brother and they are sending a replacement printer.
Summary: I have had several Brother MFC printers previously. All performed very well for price. This one has been a bit different in that it seems to use up a lot of ink very quickly yet the color intensity is still not very good. Blocks of solid red or blue come out looking faded and grayish. Doesn't seem to matter if the print quality is changed from normal to vivid to photo. If you are printing mostly documents, it should be fine.
Works Great, have color turned off but still goes through ink like crazy
5 August 2012
Summary: LC71 Black standard ink cartridge lasted maybe 100 shipping labels IF THAT! I dont use color, I have the LC75bk (the bigger black cartridge) it its down only 30% left, reason is that this printer cleans all cartridges before and after EACH time you print! It even turns on once a week usually around 11am just to clean (and waste ink!).
Summary: I bought this for a friend who needed a new printer. I convinced him to go with a network printer so other computer users in the house could access the printer. I decided on a Brother MFC because of my own previous experience with an earlier version. Installation was easy as it always is with Brother network printers.
Summary: When our MFC-J825DW Brother printer (purchased Jan 2012) is behaving, it is great. Crisp print. Good scanning. Good fax capability. We have not played with the CD or photo capabilities. Unfortunately the quality on the black ink gets very bad very quickly. The cleaning cycle works, but it takes 2-3 slow, noisy cycles before printing can be continued. We have fairly low home use, but the ink goes fast. We had to replace the black cartridge that came with it after 1 month.
Summary: I bought this printer primarily for the DVD disc printing capability - I didn't need more printers, scanners or faxes, but that all came along for the ride. So far, I am quite happy with almost all the printer features and functionality, and I will be dumping several older printers when the ink is gone in them. Print quality - very good, and fast. I do a good amount of two-sided printing, and that feature works well.
Summary: Generally speaking, this printer so far is VERY GOOD for the price. It does what it says, and it is very USER-FRIENDLY. My two complaints are the following: (1) My previous printer (a 2005 HP) printed with the same resolution in "normal" and "fast print/draft", the only difference being the quality of the ink's hue or depth (and, of course, the speed). That is, the 2005 HP Printer printed a lighter-colored draft document, but very quickly.
Summary: Reading the other reviews, perhaps I got a bum unit. I bought this to replace a years-old Canon MP860 that was just too big and heavy, and needed a full set of cartridges after a year or so of storage. I was planning on a Canon MX882, but I found this, and thought for the money, it sounds great... Brother is supposed to be professional, right? First, the build quality is AWFUL.