[amazon_link asins=’B01LYA9D2C’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’c7af9960-c68a-11e7-8a1f-dd030c48a75f’]It wasn’t all that long ago that wide-format inkjet printers (models that handle paper larger than legal-size, or 8.5×14 inches) were not only rare, but also rather expensive. Even today, most of the major printer manufacturers—HP, Epson, Canon—offer only a few wide-format machines. But Brother has changed all that, offering most of its Business Smart and Business Smart Plus all-in-one (print/copy/scan/fax) models as tabloid-size-capable (11×17-inch) machines. Nowadays, you can choose from more than a handful of wide-format inkjet models, among them the Brother MFC-J5930DW [amazon_link asins=’B01LZ9DKWL’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’f8c70b8b-c68a-11e7-b66e-7ba4f4bb51e6′] we just reviewed, as well as today’s review unit, the $349.99-list Brother MFC-J6935DW.[amazon_link asins=’B01LYA9D2C’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’dedd2256-c68a-11e7-8a27-150a483e8f2a’]
Direct competitors with the HP Officejet Pro 7740 All-in-One [amazon_link asins=’B01JUCLLGK’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’0b27f0d7-c68b-11e7-9b5b-1519dab639b5′], the difference between these two Brother models is that the MFC-J6935DW (like the Officejet model) not only prints tabloid-size pages, but can also scan, copy, and fax them. The MFC-J5930DW, on the other hand, can only print wide-format documents.
It stands to reason that some small and medium-size offices that need to print tabloid-size documents will need to process them in other ways, too. If your day-to-day work calls for scanning, copying, or faxing wide-format pages, the $50 upgrade from the MFC-J5930DW to the MFC-J6935DW is a bargain.
What really makes these Brother Business Smart Plus AIOs attractive is that, compared to their Officejet competitor (as well as Epson’s WorkForce WF-7620 All-in-One [amazon_link asins=’B00JXLGELG’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’1e90a918-c68b-11e7-ac03-8da342d2f4b4′], a two-paper-drawer version of the WorkForce WF-7610 [amazon_link asins=’B00JXLGETI’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’2bd40b34-c68b-11e7-a19b-57bb556b632d’] we reviewed a while back), the Brother AIOs are part of that company’s INKvestment line. INKvestment printers, similar in broad concept to Epson’s EcoTank and Canon’s MegaTank (in that you pay more up front for cheaper ink later), deliver low-per page costs, although Brother’s approach is somewhat different. Where EcoTank and MegaTank printers are “bulk-ink” models that take their ink from reservoirs you fill from bottles, INKvestment printers deploy ink cartridges with high yields and modest prices (on a per-page basis, that is).
To our knowledge, aside from Brother’s INKvestment products, the only other wide-format printer designed around this pay-more-now-to-pay-less-later concept is Epson’s $999-list WorkForce ET-16500 EcoTank Wide Format All-in-One Supertank [amazon_link asins=’B01IH2KLSI’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’3e2bc89c-c68b-11e7-9a25-3b094f3a6bf5′]. The advantage that the WorkForce ET-16500 holds over the Brother MFC-J6935DW is that the former prints wide-format pages up to 13×19 inches, and it has significantly lower running costs. But it’s also much slower. (We’ll look more closely at the difference in running costs between these two printers in the Cost Per Page section coming up.)
In any case, like the MFC-J5930DW, the MFC-J6935DW is an excellent multifunction business machine. It’s reasonably fast, loaded with features, prints well, and costs much less to use than its most direct competitors. As you read on, assuming you need the big inputs and outputs, you’ll see that there’s just not much to quibble about in this wide-format winner.