Low initial cost but quirky network connectivity and short toner life ruin the value proposition
Just Richard, Amazon
2 March 2015
Summary: I have had Brother printers before and knew there would be trade offs like short toner life and horrible drivers. This one didnt disappoint in that regard. Although it was remarkably easy to install on my wired network, we were never able to get it to print wirelessly from anything.
Pros: It seems like a good quality printer, and consumables are reasonably priced
Cons: Setup was a bear. First, "wireless" only works if you use WEP, not WPA2, and I'm not changing my whole network configuration for a printer, so it has to stay on a wire. Also, you can't even set that up without plugging it in via a wire and changing things through the web interface, so you may hav...
Summary: I have had this printer for almost a year and am now seriously consider replacing it. When a cartridge runs low, the printer will give you a warning for a few pages and will then stop printing if you don't replace the cartridge.
Poor value for money-cartridge life way below advertised
mojhit g., Newegg
9 February 2011
Summary: Brother is running a big scam here. Lose money on printer, make a bundle on cartridges by supplying starter cardridges that run out immediately. Effectively, double the price within 700 pages worth of usage.
Pros: Quick, easy setup. Works with XP, Vista and 7. Decent print quality
Cons: The printer comes with "Starter Cartridges" that are advertised to last about 1000 pages. My black cartridge ran out at 550 pages. Color cartridges all ran out at the same time (fishy!) at 740 pages. And I am a very moderate, text-only, mostly B&W user. I opened the black cartridge and it seemed ...
Summary: This printer, so far, has been a money pit. The quality is okay, but it seems like I'm always buying cartridges and drums for this printer! In addition, we had a defective leaky yellow cartridge, and a black cartridge (or drum?) that started putting out "blobs" on the paper prematurely.
easy to set up, prints fast .. but there's banding
Neil van Niekerk, Amazon
24 July 2010
Summary: This machine was super-easy to set up as a wireless printer in my home office. Printing is quite fast. Everything is just dandy .... except there is pronounced horizontal banding in images. This makes is useless for my purposes.
Summary: This printer obviously counts pages and refuses to print after 70% of toner usage.
Pros: Nice prints, fairly small size, Brother quality
Cons: Expensive to operate. I've had several color laser printers and as an IT guy have had years of experience on all the major brands of color printers / copiers. I've never, ever seen all four toner go out at the same time. After printing 731 pages (on starter toner - 1,000 pages) the printer stoppe...
Summary: Would have been a great printer aside of the circa 1999 wireless setup scheme. I did send it back because it was just way too hard to setup and I never did get it working wirelessly, but NewEgg was oustanding as always and I'll continue to buy from them.
Pros: Great price, operating costs.
Cons: Ridiculously difficult wireless setup. I've set up perhaps 15 wireless printers either through the push button or pin method. This doesn't do either well. Other printers in that exact desktop spot worked before and after, this one would see the wireless network but after six hours would never con...
Summary: Brother advertise this printer comes with a set of starter cartridges that will yield approx 1000 pages. After 282 prints of letters comprising address and 4 or 5 lines of text printed using the toner save mode the black cartridge has run out.
Summary: UPDATE: See the pictures I uploaded. REVIEW My fiance, who is a computer whiz and has a degree in it, helped me with the review, so the problems I experienced are probably not due to my own fault. I set up this printer on my Windows XP desktop and laptop.