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Brother Printer MFC-L8850CDW Wireless Color Laser Printer with Scanner, Copier and Fax, Amazon Dash Replenishment Enabled
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- High-quality color printing. With print speeds up to 32ppm in both color and black, you no longer have to wait for high-impact business documents, Advanced duplex capability. Two-sided printing to help save paper. Plus, scans both sides of the page in a single-pass for fast, two-sided copying, scanning, faxing
- Flexible connectivity. Print, scan or PC fax over your wireless or Ethernet network or connect locally to a single computer via USB‡, 4.85" color Touchscreen display, Convenient mobile device printing & scanning. Print from your mobile device via, Advanced scanning capabilities. Supports a variety of "scan to" functions including: E-mail, file, image, OCR, FTP, SSH Server (SFTP), Microsoft® SharePoint, USB, Network Folder (CIFS) and E-mail Server‡. Advanced scanning features including base color (background) removal, ID Scan‡ continuous scanning‡ and blank page skip‡ help ensure your scans come out right the first time
- Flexible paper handling. The MFC-L8850CDW features a 250-sheet capacity tray that is adjustable for letter or legal-size paper, plus a 50-sheet capacity multi-purpose tray. An optional 500-sheet capacity paper tray‡ is available for additional capacity, Walk-up printing and scanning. Features a front-access USB Direct Interface to directly print from and scan to your USB flash memory drive‡.
- Cost-efficient printing. Spend less time replacing supplies and help reduce operating costs by using high-yield replacement toner cartridges (approx. 4,000 pages‡ black/3,500 pages‡ color), Help control your printing costs. Use the Secure Function Lock feature to set page counts or restrict printing on a per user or group basis (supports up to 100 users), Outstanding customer support. The Brother MFC-L8850CDW offers a 1 year limited warranty with free phone support for the life of your product
- 50-page capacity auto document feeder. Convenient for copying, scanning or faxing multi-page documents (up to legal size), Legal-size document glass. Easily copy or scan bound materials or up to legal-size documents, Advanced security features. Provides a wide-range of security features including: secure print, Secure Function Lock, SSL, Enterprise Security (802.1x), and network user authentication and corporate email address lookup via Active Directory (using LDAP)
- Unit Dimensions : 19.3" x 20.7" x 20.9", Weights: 67.4 lbs.
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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.
|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 / 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.
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1.) Excellent software. Best-in-class interface. Very intuitive, and nowhere near as bulky or overbearing as HP software tends to be. Unlike the HP 476dw, it can print any document from USB drives, not just .pdfs. Scans can be automatically resized.
2.) Fast. It is about 50% faster than the HP 476dw (after the warm-up cycle). So, long documents will be done much sooner.
3.) Lower-cost. This Brother printer is currently listed for about $150 less than the HP 476dw, AND Brother gives you full toner tanks to start with (unlike HP). On a per-page basis, the Brother toner is much cheaper than the HP toner, but when you include the cost of drum replacements (must be done every 7000 pages for Brother, but none for HP), the per-page costs are nearly identical. However, in a troubleshooting situation where a cartridge needed to be changed without completely using up the toner, you would lose less money with the Brother than with the HP.
4.) Good technical support. While trying to resolve some of my issues with this printer (described below), the support was very patient, and got right to the heart of my issue, before (eventually) exhausting their options and respectfully explaining that what I was asking was beyond the capabilities of their product.
5.) Colors are MUCH better saturated than in the Brother 9000 series (which uses LED, rather than traditional laser technology). They (usually) come out with good contrast. This Brother model actually gets most flat colors about as well as the HP 476dw.
1.) Can't do bright greens, blues, and purples. By this, I mean the really pure, default colors in most programs, like the ones with the hex codes #00ff00, #0000ff, and #9b30ff. They come out looking really dark. The blue ends up so dark that it is difficult to distinguish from black. LIGHT colors are okay, but BRIGHT colors just aren't distinguishable from dark colors in this printer's output. Because the documents I read and create have a lot of color-coding, this was a little bit of a deal-breaker for me. The HP 476dw (while still not performing nearly as well as an inkjet) did better at #00ff00 (green) and #0000ff (blue), but worse at #9b30ff (purple).
2.) Can't do colored text in images well. As the tech support person helpfully showed me, it can do colored text typed directly into Word documents just fine. But if the colored text is part of an image in that Word document, then there must be a different algorithm in use, because visual artifacts crop up. My 12-pt font dark-green text in an image in a Word document printed out as black text with fuzzy shading all around it. The same effect happened even if I saved the document as a .pdf file, checked to make sure there were no image-compression artifacts in the .pdf, and then printed it. This was a MAJOR deal-breaker, because I need the colored text in my schemes to be crisp and clear. The HP 476dw was able to handle this task just fine.
3.) Shading looks like cross-hatches, and gradients are drawn in discrete steps. This is less important to me, and I knew this before buying this printer. Still, it's worth mentioning that the HP 476dw does much better at this, using finer dots for shading, and achieving more continual gradients. This is probably the biggest contributor to the difference in the quality of photos from each of these printers.
4.) Scans lose some yellow. Again, less important, but worth a mention.
5.) Scanning through the automatic document-feeder (ADF) sometimes creates horizontal bar distortions. Doesn't happen every time, but it did happen twice for me. This might just be a general hazard from ADFs.
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. (I know fax is antiquated, but I work from home and you'd be amazed how often it's still needed for sending/receiving various signature documents to clients.)
Like previous Brother MFC printers, it appears that scanning only works when the printer is connected via USB and, since it's not a feature we use much, so I haven't bothered to even try to test that out yet. (If I'm wrong about needing to be hard-wired to scan, please let me know. I'd love to be able to use this feature without running a wire the few times per year it would come in handy.)
As for print and copy quality, I've found both black and white and color prints crisp and more than acceptable with my previous color laser MFC and, if anything, they are better here, not to mention noticeably faster. A graphic-heavy color page may take a bit longer, but not extraordinarily so, and while you won't want to use this, or any color laser, for photo printing, it's perfectly acceptable for even intricate page proofs, which I use it for regularly.
Black and white prints and copies, as well as those with just some color, are super speedy and the sheet feeder works very well for both copying and faxing, with only rare jams as long as you stick to full-size, standard letter sheets. Odd-size copying and faxing can easily be done from the glass, which also works smoothly. You can also copy or fax from the sheet feeder even if you've accidentally left something on the glass, without incident, unlike some other MFC models.
The downfall, again, as with the previous version--and something I'd sincerely hoped was improved here, but sadly isn't--is that auto-duplex for either copying or printing works pretty poorly. Yes, it can, theoretically, automatically print or copy to two-sides, and the feature isn't hard to select via print menu or touchscreen ... It's just that in actual practice it doesn't work well. At all. Frequent and hard to clear paper jams, and constant overheating, particularly if you're trying to print color to two sides, plagued every duplex print job I attempted.
A 10-page PDF, for instance, printed 10 one-sided copies flawlessly (that's 100 sheets), quickly and without incident. When I tried to print the same PDF 10 times as a duplex document, the printer bogged down before it even finished the first copy, and stopped three more times with jams and heat issues before it even got to copy 5, with several ruined pages that would have required re-dos anyway. When a "clear jam and leave machine to cool down 10 minutes" message suspended my attempt once again, I just gave up. I'd love to be able to save space and paper, but the duplex feature here just isn't robust enough to rely on.
In terms of toner life and replacement of the four toner cartridges used--black, cyan, magenta and yellow--I'll add my biggest caveat(s) ... I can't comment on longevity here since I've only been using it a day, but I will say I've had very good luck with toner life in my previous color laser MFC, and have no reason to suspect it will be otherwise here. Yes, replacement cartridges are extremely expensive and Brother, like most printer makers, uses sensors that will force early changing of cartridges which still contain usable ink (do a Google search for "Brother toner reset menu" to find a few safe ways to over-ride that, at least temporarily) AND also purposely foul their machines with proprietary sensors to attempt off-brand cartridges from working. It's a sleazy tactic but, frankly, I don't know a maker who doesn't do it, so it's an industry-wide issue.
I've also always used non-Brother replacements without incident until recently, when an Amazon-purchased ink set (see: 4 Pack (BK C M Y) Toner Cartridge for TN-315 Brother MFC-9460CDN MFC-9560CDW MFC-9970CDW HL-4150CDN HL-4570CDW) reacted poorly with my MFC-9970s sensors, eventually resulting in bricking of a perfectly good, and very expensive, printer. I would say the blame lies in both the cartridge maker (not that the Amazon Marketplace seller in that case assumed any ... but that's a rant for another review) AND Brother for being so greedy in trying to prevent customers from using non-OEM options.
Basically, the cartridge sensor "confused," or "fouled," or "voided"--various Brother phone techs used all three words--the toner cartridge sensor, thus making the machine totally unusable. Since it didn't recognize a toner cartridge as installed, it wouldn't work, at all. And the "fouling" part is that even after removing the offending cartridge, the sensor still malfunctioned, thus making the machine unusable. I spent hours on the phone, with three levels of customer support, doing various resets and trying other tricks, and all came to the result that the only option was to return my very heavy, one-year-old printer and hope it could be fixed, all at my expense, with no guarantee of cost or warranty of the repair actually working. Long story short, that's why I'm no longer using the 9970. (NOTE: While the toner cartridge install method and physical shape looks the same it appears that this L8850 printer does use slightly different toner cartridges than the MFC-9970.)
The moral of that story is be careful what toner cartridges you use and don't always just bet on the cheapest option (or, in my case, ever buy an off-brand printer product with zero reviews at the time) because sometimes you get what you pay for with shoddy quality that could result not only in unusable ink, but damaged equipment. I know, I know, just like the printer makers always warned you--and I was previously one to poo-poo those claims as money-grubbing and fear-mongering ... Right up until it happened to me. Sigh.
Anyway, the best new feature I've seen on this model, besides the improved menu on its larger touchscreen, is its ability to work with Air Print. Previously, they offered a Brother print app, but it was clunky and didn't interact with most apps you'd actually want to print from. Air Print just plain works and with basically zero set-up, other than selecting the device on my hardware. I was printing from both my iPhone 5s and iPad Air wirelessly. Very cool and quite useful. No more emailing myself screenshots when I need to print something I have on my phone. Awesome.
To sum up, this is a solid office-quality machine. It performs more than adequately as a copy machine, making up to 100 copies with ease and clarity, fax and laser printer, outputting high quality prints in good time. The touchscreen makes the menus easy to access and walks you through each step of the set-up and printing. The wireless access is rock solid and works even when it's on a separate network from, say, my laptop. It's easy to set-up and relatively intuitive to use. And the addition of Air Print is a significant upgrade if you've got Apple goodies. The major downfalls, besides needing to be aware of its bulk, are the buggy duplex printing and toner cost, the latter of which is an issue for every printer I've ever had.
UPDATE: Thanks to one of the comments below I actually did got wireless scanning to work on my Mac. Yay! I had been trying to do TWAIN scanning using either Preview or Photoshop. Anyway, neither worked, but the commenter suggested Image Capture and, guess what, it worked perfectly. No extra configuration required. Just select "show" under the "shared" listing on the sidebar and then select the printer. You can scan from either the glass or the document feeder wirelessly. Cool. A solution so simple I'd never even considered it. (Ha!)
Also, you can access the toner reset menu via the following simple procedure (taken from the comments, thanks!) ...
1. Make Sure touchscreen is at Main Menu
2. Press "fax" to access numeric keypad and remember
3. Press "home" to return to main menu
4. Open printer front cover
5. With cover open, press and hold asterisk button (it won't be visible/lit) for 5 seconds
6. Reset menu should appear on the LCD. Printer cartridges are listed indivdually, by color abbreviation and whether they are low or high yield.
... I usually just reset them all at the same time and it gives you another month or two of use on existing toner modules without issue. Sometimes you can even do this twice without encountering print problems. Yep, that's how "early" these mandatory sensors go off. I reset mine about a month ago after the Cyan cartridge came up as needing replaced (total stop; not just a "replace soon" warning). No issues at all, even with color prints (knock wood).
Set up was a breeze. Scanning is super easy and I can scan to any one of our families' laptops. So glad I made this purchase!
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it is too slow also compare to the last one I had.
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