Brother is really the only manufacturer to take office A3 print seriously. While other makers have token A3 all-in-ones in their ranges, Brother has a complete range and a commitment to update them, with the MFC-J6710DW set roughly in the middle.
Still looking something like a flying machine out of Tron (the original 1982 version), this large footprint printer is a wonder of the plastic moulder’s art. Large areas of high-gloss and textured black plastic make up its casing, with the two combining into a pinstripe-effect finish, covering the full-width control panel.
The panel has a click-up, widescreen LCD display at its centre, bordered to the left by mode keys, 16 quick-dial buttons and a series of option keys; and to the right by a navigation diamond, fax number pad, plus Start and Stop buttons.
Above the control panel is a 35-sheet, full A3 Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) with a flip-over cover, which becomes the feed tray, and a pop-up end stop, to catch scanned pages. In front of the control panel are sockets for USB/PictBridge and for SD and MemoryStick cards.
Brother’s MFC-J6710DW comes as standard with two, 250-sheet paper trays and the top one has a pull-out and flip-up support for printed pages. Both trays are capable of taking paper up to A3, but only the top one can take sheets down to 15 x 10cm. Also, it doesn't appear you can feed normal inkjet paper from the lower tray. There's a further straight-through paper path from a flip-open cover at the back.
The printer can be connected via USB and Ethernet, though you have to reeve the cables through into the heart of the machine to reach the sockets. Much easier to connect it wirelessly, using the easy to set up WPS-compatible wizard built into the machine.
Cartridge installation is very straightforward, thanks to the printer’s piezoelectric printheads and remote cartridges, which slide in behind a cover to the right of the paper trays. Software installation is also simple and includes Nuance PaperPort, as well as Brother's own MFL-Pro Suite.