Brother MFC-J870DW Review

The strength of this printer is its features, according to Brother MFC-J870DW reviews, and not necessarily the quality of its text output or its speed. In testing by PC World, the Brother MFC-J870DW (starting at $100, Amazon) proved a little slow, with plain text printing at about 7.9 pages per minute and a color photo requiring almost two full minutes to print at "best" quality. The text output from this machine is about average for an all-in-one -- that is, it's not bad, but it could be sharper. The reviewer notes that color graphics printed from this machine look a little yellowish. Having said that, the Brother MFC-J870DW has just about every feature you could want in a home or small-office multifunction printer, including automatic double-sided or "duplex" printing, a memory card slot, an Ethernet port, and a touchscreen that impressed the PC World reviewer.

An expert at Digital Trends appreciates how easy it is to use the controls on the Brother MFC-J870DW. The 2.7-inch tilting touchscreen LCD is uncommon and useful, he says. Another unusual feature of this machine is its support for NFC, or near-field communication. With this option, users can wirelessly connect an NFC-capable smartphone directly to the printer. Additional connection options include Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and USB. This reviewer observes that, while documents printed on Brother-brand paper look fine, graphics printed on plain paper look dull. Photos printed from this all-in-one have excellent color accuracy and saturation.

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The Brother MFC-J870DW uses a four-cartridge ink system. In draft mode, it prints at a maximum of 33 pages per minute in black and white and 27 ppm in color, according to the manufacturer. The maximum print resolution is 6,000 x 1,200 dots per inch. The copier takes advantage of a 20-page automatic document feeder and can also make stand-alone copies, so users don't have to go through a PC to make copies. This all-in-one can scan directly to an email, memory card, or USB flash drive. The included fax machine has a 200-page memory and prints at a rate of seven seconds per page. The Brother MFC-J870DW supports just about every paper type you can imagine, including letter, legal, A4, and most common photo sizes.

The Brother MFC-J870DW is pricier than the typical budget all-in-one, but it's loaded with features, including many not found on cheaper models. Its output quality is generally acceptable and photos look quite good. Although the printer is not especially fast, experts say it's quick enough.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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