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Brother Printer MFC-L8850CDW Wireless Color Laser Printer with Scanner, Copier and Fax

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  • Fast color and black printing up to 32 ppm
  • Automatic two sided printing plus single pass duplex copy/scan
  • Easy to install on your wired or wireless network or print locally via USB from your computer
  • 4.85" color Touchscreen display with Web Connect
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Product Description


Brother MFC-L8850CDW

Brother MFC-L8850CDW Printer
High-impact color printing and copying for your small business or workgroup
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Print 2X more
Optional high-yield replacement color toners print 2x more than standard-yield toners.8
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Automatic Duplex Scanning
Automatic duplex scanning captures both sides of a page in a single pass for fast copying, scanning, and faxing.
Color Touchscreen Disply
4.85” Color TouchScreen Display for easy navigation of machine functions.
Multi-purpose tray
Multi-purpose tray for envelopes, letterhead, and other thicker media.
Print from your Mobile Device
Versatile wireless options for printing from your compatible mobile device.6
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Connect the Brother MFC-L8850CDW to your wireless or wired network to provide your entire workgroup with fast, reliable printing and copying of high-impact color documents, plus faxing and advanced scanning capabilities. It prints brilliant color and crisp black output at up to 2400 x 600 dpi for the professional results that your business reports, spreadsheets and presentations deserve. With print speeds up to 32ppm in both color and black, automatic duplex (two-sided) printing, plus time-saving single-pass duplex copying and scanning, you won’t waste time waiting for your printouts, copies or scans to complete. Whether you’re printing color business documents, making copies, or scanning, the MFC-L8850CDW will help you get back to work - fast!

High-Quality Scanning of Color and Black and White Documents to a Variety of Network and Cloud Destinations

With an optical scan resolution of up to 1200 x 2400 dpi1, the MFC-L8850CDW can scan single documents with stunning clarity via the legal-size document glass. Single-pass duplex copying, scanning, and faxing captures both sides of a page in one pass, to help save time. Scan multi-page documents up to legal size, using the 50-page capacity automatic document feeder. You can even scan multiple documents to a single PDF.

Scan to a variety of destinations, including file, image, OCR, e-mail, Microsoft SharePoint2, e-mail server3, FTP, Secure FTP, network folder (CIFS-Windows only) or to your USB flash memory drive4 plugged directly into the unit’s convenient front access port.

Access popular cloud services directly from the 4.85” Color TouchScreen LCD Display using the exclusive Brother Web Connect Interface5. This allows you to scan to or print from specific cloud services using an Internet connected Brother MFC-L8850CDW without using a computer. Access popular cloud services such as DROPBOX, BR-DOCS, EVERNOTE, GOOGLE DRIVE, ONENOTE, ONEDRIVE, and more.

Advanced scanning features including base color (background) removal, ID Scan2, continuous scanning2, and blank page skip2 help ensure your scans come out right the first time.

Scan documents to your compatible Apple iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, or Windows Phone mobile device via the Brother iPrint&Scan app6.

Cost-saving Features Help Maximize Your Color Printing Budget

Brother designed the MFC-L8850CDW to help businesses keep their printing budget in line. There are multiple ways to make the most of your printing dollar, including:

  • High-yield replacement toner cartridges4 (TN-336 BK/C/M/Y) print approximately 4,000 pages7 black and 3,500 pages7 color to help reduce printing costs.
  • Secure Function Lock limits accessibility to selected functionality on a per user or group basis (for up to 100 users) to help reduce unnecessary use as well as paper and toner consumption.
  • Two-sided (duplex) printing automatically produces two-sided color documents to help save paper.
  • N-in-1 printing and copying to help reduce paper and toner usage by combining multiple pages onto one page.
  • ENERGY STAR Qualified with Deep Sleep Mode that uses less than two watts of power when not in use.
  • Auto Off Mode powers off the unit when not in use to reduce energy consumption.
  • Toner Save Mode for printing your less critical business documents.
Flexible Connectivity and Security Options Make the MFC-L8850CDW Ideal for Your Small Office

It’s easy to install the MFC-L8850CDW on a wireless network or on a wired network via Ethernet, or connect locally to a single computer via Hi-Speed USB 2.0 connection (cable not included). Plus, the USB Direct Interface on the front of the unit provides convenient walk-up printing from or scanning to your USB flash memory drive9. And for organizations concerned with security, the MFC-L8850CDW offers several advanced security features including: Secure Print, Secure Function Lock, SSL, Enterprise Security (802.1x), network user authentication via Active Directory (LDAP), and more.

Easy Printing from Leading Mobile Devices

Your workgroup and visitors to your office will appreciate the convenience of printing wirelessly6 from a compatible Apple iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, or Windows Phone mobile device. Print via AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, the Brother iPrint&Scan app, Wi-Fi Direct, or Cortado Workplace.

Flexible Paper Handling Helps Handle Demanding Workgroup Printing

The MFC-L8850CDW features a 250-sheet capacity paper tray that adjusts to hold letter or legal paper and a 50-sheet capacity multi-purpose tray for envelopes and thicker media. If you want more paper capacity, you’ll really appreciate the ability to add a 500-sheet capacity add-on tray (LT320CL)4 to expand to an 800-sheet total capacity that can help reduce time-consuming paper refills.

Product Comparison

Product (MFC) MFC-9330CDW MFC-L8600CDW MFC-L8850CDW
Max. Print Speed (clr/blk) 23ppm / 23ppm 30ppm / 30ppm 32ppm / 32ppm
Memory (std/max) 256MB / 256MB 256MB / 512MB
Max. Print Resolution 600 x 2400 dpi Up to 2400 x 600 dpi
LCD Display 3.7" Color Touchscreen 4.85" Color Touchscreen
Automatic Duplex Print Print / Copy / Scan / Fax
Paper Capacity (std/max) 250 / 250 300 / 8004
Standard Interfaces Wireless 802.11b/g/n, Ethernet, Hi-Speed USB 2.0
ADF Capacity 35 pages 50 pages
USB Direct Interface Yes
Mobile Device Printing6 AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Brother iPrint&Scan (downloadable app), Cortado Workplace, and Wi-Fi Direct
Recommended monthly print volume 30,000 40,000 60,000
Replacement Toner Yields (blk/color pgs)4,7 2,500 / 1,400 or 2,200 2,500 or 4,000 / 1,500 or 3,500

1. From document glass.
2. Feature available using Brother Control Center.
3. Requires SMTP/POP3 mail server support.
4. Additional purchase required.
5. Requires Internet connection and an account with desired service.
6. Requires connection to a wireless network.
7. Based on yields in accordance with ISO/IEC 19798 (letter/A4).
8. When comparing high-yield TN-336 C/M/Y cartridges vs. standard-yield TN-331 C/M/Y cartridge yields.
9. USB drive sold separately. Print JPEG, PDF, and XPS files.

Product Details

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Manual [PDF]| User Manual [PDF]|Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here [PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 19.3 x 20.9 inches ; 67.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 73 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B00K5UZP2S
  • Item model number: MFC-L8850CDW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here [PDF]
  • Date first available at May 28, 2014

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135 of 138 people found the following review helpful By SW TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 24, 2014
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We have been using a previous version color laser multi-function, Brother MFC-9970CDW Color Laser All-in-One with Wireless Networking and Duplex, for several years now and have been fairly happy with it. This most recent upgrade offers a few welcome new features, but also retains some of the same flaws from the MFC-9970.

First and foremost, this thing is huge, even slightly larger than the 9970, which was already a behemoth. This is about twice the size, both in width and height, as a standard laser printer and perhaps three times the weight. If you're using this in a home office scenario, as we are, make sure you have the room ... And help to lift it to wherever you plan to install it.

Seriously, it's B-I-G check out the dimensions and measure before buying; this thing takes up more than half an average desktop.

Other than physically moving the thing, install was simple. We're an all Apple household and I never use included printer software. I did all the unpacking--mostly a myriad of tape removal--plugged it in and used the touchscreen to connect to my wifi network, which was simple and easy. Then I went on my MacBook Pro, used the add printer option and the Brother popped up immediately. Within about five minutes of plug-in I was printing, which is awesome.

To set up the other features is also fairly easy, though may require a bit more investigation of the instruction book, to, for example, set particulars for your phone system if you're sharing a fax and voice line. Even with those caveats it wasn't more than 15 minutes total, and the ability to get a test fax from Brother to makes sure your set-up is correct was much appreciated.
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The MFC-L8850CDW is a fast and capable workgroup multifunction loaded with impressive features and networking and it is built to last. The Brother software has a smallish footprint and does not bog down your computer with marketing software. It's all business.

The MFC-L8850CDW is one HEAVY printer. It also has a serious footprint: 19.3in Wide x 20.7in Deep x 20.9 in High. When received the MFC-L8850CDW I put the box on my scale and it topped 80lbs!! The printer itself tops 67lbs. Make sure it's on a sturdy table. Packaging is quite good as is typical for Brother and while the box had some external damage the printer was in perfect condition. Bravo Brother!

Other than lifting this monster of a printer setup was very easy. The biggest annoyance was finding and removing all the shipping tape!

The printer comes with TN331 standard yield cartridges which drop right in. They are good for 2500 pages B&W or 1500 pages Color. It can take the TN336 high yield cartridges which mean less frequent changes and more economical printing. I always get genuine Brother cartridges. I had a printer ruined by third party cartridges years ago and the savings just aren't worth it for me as I depend on my printing being reliable.

We ended up with the MFC-L8850CDW connected via wired networking. We performed most of the setup via the web interface. It's very easy and follows typical Brother web interface patterns. I appreciate this consistency as it makes management of our client's various Brother printing solutions intuitive and simple.
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106 of 113 people found the following review helpful By Howard A. on July 3, 2014
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Update January 2015:

I have just started using color printing of documents and I must say I am disappointed in the difference between what I see on the screen, or from what I have scanned, and what gets printed out. The most obvious discrepancy is scanning or copying a letter that is signed in blue ink, and the print out is much darker, sometimes almost with her purple tint. The same for printing emails that have their replies in blue: it prints out almost a dark purple. Since this is my first color printer I don't know how accurate they tend to be. The printed version is still okay and usable, but not as accurate as I would like it to be especially since each color cartridge costs about $90, a total of $270 just to replace the cartridges. I have used Brother printers for years, but this one is a disappointment.

Update December 2014:

As I note below, one of the primary things I use a multifunction printer for the scanning documents. I still have my older Brother 8860DN, and I have scanned tens of thousands of pages of documents. I have not used the new printer (L8850CDW) nearly as much, and recently, I have noticed more scanning jams. Recently I scanned a 35 page document in the new printer, but it kept jamming. I tried scanning it in my older Brother printer without a problem.

I have concerns this color printer will not be as reliable. Although it is heavier, it does not feel as well constructed. For example, the 8860DN has a very solid feel where the paper is fed, as well as in the part where you put in envelopes, when you open and close it. The L8850CDW feels much less solid, which is maybe why I am having problems.
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