- Quick and easy duplex copies
- Three-way paper feed
- Low running costs
- Poor plain paper prints
- Insipid colour copies
- Repeated paper mis-feeds
There are plenty of A4 inkjet all-in-ones, but if you're looking for a printer that can handle A3 paper, your choice is limited. Brother has been making large inkjet all-in-ones for several years and its MFC-J6910DW includes both duplex print and copy, and wireless connection.
Although this is a big machine – think medium-size photocopier – it does well to keep its size down as much as it does, by using telescopic paper trays. There are two, 250-sheet trays, so you can load A4 and A3 paper at the same time, and both cartridges can be adjusted in or out to suite the paper size. There’s a single-sheet feed at the back for envelopes and special media.
On top of the machine is a 35-sheet, A3 Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) that supports fast duplex copying with a two-sided scanning head, so documents only take one pass for a complete scan.
The control panel is relatively uncluttered, thanks to an 83mm, wide-aspect touchscreen in the centre, which handles many of the machine’s functions and is reasonably responsive. There are illuminated mode buttons, 16 quick-dial fax keys, a numeric keypad and large, job start and stop buttons. Set into the front edge of the control panel are slots for SD and MemoryStick cards and for PictBridge cameras and USB drives.
In traditional Brother style, the four ink cartridges slot in behind a cover to the right of the paper trays. They’re a new design, with twist-off plastic seals and the black cartridge has roughly double the capacity of the colours.
Sockets for USB and Ethernet connections are awkwardly placed inside the machine and accessed by hinging up the main scanner section. Alternatively, WPS wireless setup is available, if your wireless router supports it. Brother provides a copy of Nuance PaperPort SE, as well as its own MFL-Pro Suite, and there are drivers for Windows and OSX, with Linux support via download.
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