Inexpensive Prints from Brother’s MFC-J775DW Entry-Level Inkjet AIO : William Harrel – Journalist

Inexpensive Prints from Brother’s MFC-J775DW Entry-Level Inkjet AIO

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Brother MFC-J775DW Review and Ratings at Computer ShopperTis the season of the low-cost, entry-level all-in-one (AIO) printer. Recently, we’ve reviewed models from Canon (the Pixma TS3120 Wireless All-in-One) [amazon_link asins=’B074VD1GGT’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’0fd14204-f0ad-11e7-8384-43025b845dd7′], HP (the DeskJet 2655 All-in-One [amazon_link asins=’B06XHXWB7B’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’27a20f2d-f0ad-11e7-ab5b-95bda7d75de2′] and DeskJet 3755 All-in-One) [amazon_link asins=’B01GAIU7HG’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’4d6d33a2-f0ad-11e7-9ef8-31d3904d7179′], and now Brother’s $149-street MFC-J775DW, today’s review model. While the Canon and HP machines cost under $100, and the MFC-J775DW [amazon_link asins=’B01D8O2VKQ’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’5b5cdbdd-f0ad-11e7-b9cc-4bfa9a11afb5′] costs more for the same speed ratings and capacities, the Brother costs significantly less to use.

[amazon_link asins=’B01D8O2VKQ’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’6e0bb99e-f0ad-11e7-8b46-99bcfa06c15f’]And that’s the primary reason the MFC-J775DW lists for more than $100. (Aside, perhaps, from its automatic document feeder, or ADF, for scanning multipage documents without assistance; most sub-$100 models lack one.) It is one of Brother’s INKvestment line of AIOs, the company’s response to Epson’s EcoTank and Canon’s MegaTank bulk-ink models, which ask you to pay more for the machine up front to save on the ongoing per-page price of ink. Hence, in our Cost Per Page section later on, we’ll show you how (in this printer’s case, anyway) paying an additional $50 or so for the printer itself could—if you use it enough—save you significantly in consumables over the life of the machine.

How do Brother’s INKvestment machines differ from MegaTank and EcoTank AIOs? The INKvestment models use typical ink cartridges, whereas the Canon and Epson machines get their ink from bottles. You use them to fill reservoirs built into the printers themselves. In addition, the Canon and Epson models come with enough ink in the box to churn out thousands of pages, compared to the MFC-J775DW’s initial 2,400 monochrome and 1,200 color pages.

Brother MFC-J775DW (Printer and Ink)

You can, by the way, buy an “XL” iteration of the MFC-J775DW that comes with three sets of cartridges, for three times the prints, for an additional $100. This puts the XL version in direct competition with Epson’s Expression ET-2600 EcoTank All-in-One [amazon_link asins=’B01N0GJFUH’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’9915a347-f0ad-11e7-ae47-552018496668′] and Canon’s Pixma G3200 Wireless MegaTank All-in-One.[amazon_link asins=’B07214SQW3′ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’abb2802a-f0ad-11e7-a3b4-dfd45b7e2736′] (Neither of these has an ADF, whereas the MFC-J775DW does.)

Whether, by the way, you should buy the XL version or the non-XL model depends on how much you print. If you can afford the additional C-note, our calculations indicate that for the $100 more that you’d pay for the MFC-J775DW XL, you get about $138 worth of extra ink in the box. So it depends on how quickly you’ll use that ink; saving $38 over the course of a year or two isn’t as attractive as saving that amount over a two- or three-month period.

Brother specializes in serious business printers, and while the MFC-J775DW is technically an office printer, as opposed to a photo-centric family-oriented machine, it’s not anywhere near a heavy-duty workhorse. Despite its lower running costs, this is a low-volume machine, as measured by its 12-page-per-minute (ppm) print speed rating. Even so, it prints, copies, and scans well, and its ADF makes it much more suitable to office-minded tasks, such as copying and scanning multipage documents, than several competing models. Reasonable print speeds, good print quality, relatively low running costs, dependable operation, an automatic document feeder, and a two-year warranty make this AIO a good value.

Read the entire review at Computer Shopper



 

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