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Brother MFC-8890DW High-Performance All-in-One Laser Printer

by Brother
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  • Print and copy at up to 32 ppm
  • 802.11 b/g Wireless and Ethernet interfaces
  • Automatic duplex print/copy/fax/scan
  • Up to 1200 x 1200 dpi print resolution. Black & white output only (can scan color)
  • 300-sheet paper capacity, expandable
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Technical Details

  • network-ready

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 20.9 x 18.7 inches ; 39.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 48.7 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0020CL9VK
  • Item model number: MFC8890DW
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 14, 2004

Product Description

The MFC-8890DW is the ultimate laser all-in-one solution for your business. It offers advanced duplex capability for two-sided printing plus automatic two-sided scanning using the auto document feeder for copying, scanning and faxing. It has an 802.11b/g wireless interface to print, scan and PC fax wirelessly without the clutter of cables. An optional high yield toner cartridge is available to help lower your operating costs. It also has a USB direct interface to print PDF or JPEG files from or scan PDF or JPEG files to your USB flash memory drive.

Customer Reviews

So I called customer service.
I would recommend this machine for a small business that does a lot of scanning and faxing.
It is fast and the print quality is very good.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

198 of 201 people found the following review helpful By M. D. Mitchell on June 19, 2009
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This is the newer version of the MFC-8860 from Brother, and is a step up from the MFC-8480 as the 8890 provides full duplexing on scanning, copying, and faxing. The MFC-8480 only provides duplex on printing.

I have Macs--several of them--so I've been looking around for a while for a multi-function laser machine I could use for printing, scanning, copying, and the occasional fax. I'm thoroughly impressed with this machine so far, and following the install from CD, everything just plain worked. The printer driver was installed, it included a fax option right in the driver itself (on one of the print option tabs), and so was the TWAIN driver for scanning, and so was their ControlCenter software, which provides access to all the settings for the printer, documentation, and a bunch of customizable presets for the different functions of the printer (most useful for scanning different kinds of documents to different apps on the Mac, including an OCR capability).

The duplex is great--the auto-document feeder reads both sides of documents for copying, scanning, and even faxing. Most less expensive models (like the 8480 and a Canon MF4370 I recently tested) will only duplex on printing, but the 8890 will both read and produce 2-sided docs for any function.

Network capabilities for Macs is also top-notch, with both wired and wireless network capabilities, you can use every function of the machine over the network, with seemingly quick transfer rates, even high-res color scanning. By the way, my previous favorite printer vendor, Canon, does not support network scanning to Macs on ANY of their multi-function printers, but this is not apparent until you buy one and try to do it--their support has since told me this is true.
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146 of 154 people found the following review helpful By brian on December 5, 2010
I bought this when I opened my own law practice. I have a small real estate law practice, but I do go through a lot of printing and copying, and this machine has been reliable. I use it with my laptop and wifi. I bought the extra tray for legal size paper, which was pretty easy to install (although you have to lift up the whole printer and set it down just right on top of the 2nd tray, kind of a delicate and tricky operation) and it reliably chooses the right size paper automatically.

The good: it has been reliable. I've had no major jams or breakdowns in a year and a half of use. I can print 100 pages or more at a time, several times a month. It is my only printer/copier/fax/scanner, and when I've got clients waiting on me to print/copy things, it is good to know I can rely on it.

The mediocre: maybe this is just how my IT guy set it up, but it's not great for scanning. It scans each page as a separate image doc, so I really can't use it for scanning docs more than a few pages. Some people also can't open the image attachment. I also can't get it to scan legal size, so I have to copy and reduce to letter size before scanning. Maybe it scans legal just fine and I haven't fully read the instructions, but at least scanning legal size is not "user friendly", because I haven't been able to do it yet. I stress again though that it's possible this is a problem with my setup or just "user error."

The bad: It will not duplex copy on legal size. What the heck? If I have front and back on legal size, I have to run the front, flip the whole doc over and run the back, and then sort through and put the copy pages together. Also, I really have to "babysit" the machine when printing or copying a large volume.
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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful By J.B. on September 18, 2009
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This is my 3rd or 4th All-in-One from Brother. I've always had good luck with the brand and so far this one is no different. Worked great out of the box, although setting up the wireless LAN wasn't exactly simple. But even I, a non-techy, got it to work after an hour or so of tinkering. Plus I got the incoming FAX setup to work well with my 2-line remote-handset phone with built-in answering machine (always a nail-biter).
Regarding the envelope wrinkling problem, just follow the instructions of another reviewer that posted here (thank you!); open the back door, and push down on the two levers marked with the envelope symbol. I now run my machine with those levers down 100% of the time with no issues whatsoever. Prints well on plain paper, labels and envelopes. The scanner works well for business documents and the duplexing option is really very cool. I don't use the Fax very much, but incoming faxes are working just fine.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By D. Wexelblat on December 20, 2009
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I was shopping around for all-in-one printer, to replace an old HP DeskJet 6127 Color Printer inkjet printer and an even older HP LaserJet 6p. I wanted an all-in-one with fax, print, copy, scan and built-in duplex with networking support for scan to PC and fax from PC. For some reason, the HP inkjet AIO printers do not support faxing from the PC (their laser printers do, but not the inkjet printers). They also are pretty horribly reviewed. So, even though I generally love HP printers, they were ruled out.

After a lot of research, I selected the Epson Artisan 810 All-In-One Printer. Set it up, connected it, and started doing some test prints. The quality was pretty awful compared to my ancient HP Deskjet, using the same paper. We decided to send it back, because we just couldn't put up with that bad text and dim image quality.

After some more thinking, I decided to keep the old inkjet for my color printing needs, and get a black & white laser multifunction printer. The Brother MFC-8890DW fit the bill, at a not unreasonable price. I was able to read all of the manuals at the Brother website and be certain that it could do everything I wanted. We especially liked the ability to copy, scan and fax from double-sided originals via the automatic document feeder - a lot of duplex devices only support duplex for output, not input. Additionally, the ability to work with legal-sized media was a bonus, as I'm going to law school next fall.
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