Review of the Brother MFC-J6945DW INKvestment Tank Color Inkjet All-In-One Printer at PCMag

  • PROS

    Low running costs. Good print quality. Prints, scans, copies, and faxes tabloid-size pages. Single-pass duplexing ADF. Three paper input sources.

  • CONS

    Super-tabloid support would provide greater value.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Brother MFC-J6945DW is a wide-format color inkjet all-in-one printer that prints well and is feature-packed and inexpensive to use, making it an exceptional value for small offices.


The Brother MFC-J6945DW ($349.99) is a light- to medium-duty wide-format all-in-one inkjet printer designed for small-office use. Like its predecessor, the Editors’ Choice Brother MFC-J6935DW, it can not only print, but also copy, scan, and fax tabloid-size pages and comes with a generous paper-input capacity. The cherry on top is that it prints quite well and at a very reasonable cost per page. All of these perks add up to an easy Editors’ Choice for the MFC-J6945DW.

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Review of the Brother MFC-L3710CW at PCMagPROS

Good text and photo quality. Large ADF. Decent mobile device support.

CONS

High running costs. Lacks auto-duplex printing and scanning. No Ethernet.

BOTTOM LINE

The Brother MFC-L3710CW is a solid color laser-class all-in-one printer for budget-conscious small offices.


The Brother MFC-L3710CW ($349.99) is an entry-level all-in-one color laser-class printer designed for small offices and workgroups. It costs $50 less than the Editors’ Choice Brother MFC-L3770CDW, but that price difference means sacrificing a few key features, including automatic two-sided printing, copying, scanning, and faxing, along with Ethernet support and the ability to print from and scan to thumb drives. Both machines, however, share the same high running costs—a common drawback to entry-level laser-class machines like these. The MFC-L3710CW offers some strong perks, including good text and photo quality and a sizable automatic document feeder, but you’ll likely find the MFC-L3770CDW a better value if your budget can stretch a bit.

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Review of the Brother HL-L3210CW at PCMag

  • PROS

    Good text and photo quality. Wi-Fi Direct mobile device support. Respectable paper capacity.

  • CONS

    No Ethernet connectivity or auto-duplexing. Lacks support for Web Connect printer apps. Graphics print quality below average.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    Brother’s HL-L3210CW is a capable, if basic, color laser-class LED printer for small offices where tight budgets require some corner-cutting.


The Brother HL-L3210CW ($199.99) is a step down from its sibling, the Editors’ Choice HL-L3270CDW. Designed for small offices, both single-function color laser-class printers have the same paper capacity, volume ratings, running costs, and several other like features. What you give up for the $50 price difference, though, is significant, including an easy-to-use touch-screen control panel, plentiful connectivity options, and high-quality graphics output. In other words, it’s worth weighing feature set versus price when considering the HL-L3210CW over its more expensive sibling.

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Review of the Brother ADS-1250W Wireless Compact Color Desktop Scanner at PCMagPROS
Fast and accurate. Supports scanning to USB drives. Comes with document and contact management software. Updated iPrint&Scan app now highly versatile.

CONS
No battery. Sparse control panel. Limited web connectivity.

BOTTOM LINE
The Brother ADS-1250W is a fast and accurate, no-nonsense portable document scanner for the small-business traveler.


The Brother ADS-1250W ($229.99) is a sheet-feed portable scanner designed for capturing multipage documents while you’re away from the office. It performs similar to and has several features in common with our Editors’ Choice Epson WorkForce ES-300W, except it lacks one key perk: a battery for running off the cord. If you don’t mind being tethered to a power outlet or PC, though, this fast and accurate scanner will serve you well on the road.

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The Best Label Printers

From Convenient to Mission Critical

When most people think of label makers—or label printers, labeling systems, barcode printers, or whatever each manufacturer calls its wares—those little handheld devices with small keyboards and one-line monochrome LCDs come to mind. Well, even though many of those are still available, at this point they are yesterday’s technology.

In fact, these days, there are many types and levels of label printers (in terms of price, label quality, and volume) available—from inexpensive and convenient consumer-grade models for labeling containers and other articles around home, to the mission-critical machines for printing shipping labels, warnings (Stop, Caution, Fragile, and so on), barcodes, product labels, and so much more.

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Review of the Brother RuggedJet RJ-2150 at PCMagPROS
Relatively fast print speeds. Good output quality. PC, network, and mobile connectivity options. Top-drawer label design, print software, and mobile apps. Low running costs.

CONS
No charging gear in the box. Pricey.

BOTTOM LINE
The Brother RJ-2150 is a capable, if expensive, 2-inch portable label and receipt printer designed for heavy-duty, on-the-fly use.


The Brother RuggedJet RJ-2150 ($995) is designed to churn out relatively high volumes of labels and receipts in mobile on-demand applications. It’s built to operate in environments—including warehouses, fulfillment desks, showrooms, and elsewhere—where dust, moisture, and other factors might damage more conventional label makers. It’s similar in many ways to its sibling, the RJ-2050. Choosing between them comes down to how many labels you plan on printing: The RJ-2150 can use a higher-capacity label roll, making it somewhat larger and $300 more expensive than the RJ-2050.

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Review of the Brother ADS-1700W at PCMagPROsFast scanning and text recognition. Accurate OCR. Strong software bundle. Supports scanning to USB drives. Color touchscreen.

CONS

No battery. Heavier than other portable scanners.

BOTTOM LINE

The Brother ADS-1700W is a fast and accurate portable document scanner that offers a slew of features that will be attractive to road warriors

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The Brother ADS-1700W ($269.99) is a portable sheet-feed scanner designed for relatively high-volume document digitizing on the road. It’s the first portable scanner with a touch screen control panel we’ve seen. It also offers several excellent perks, including the ability to scan directly to USB drives and a high daily duty cycle. There’s no battery option, though, which limits its portability and keeps it in second place behind the Editors’ Choice Epson WorkForce ES-300W.

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Review of the Brother HL-L3230CDW at PCMag

  • PROS

    Excellent print quality. Wi-Fi Direct mobile device support. Deep 250-sheet paper tray. One-sheet override tray.

  • CONS

    High running costs. Lacks support for Brother’s cloud apps.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Brother HL-L3230CDW is a color laser-class LED printer that’s fast and churns out quality output for low-volume small offices that don’t rely on cloud printing.


The Brother HL-L3230CDW ($249.99) is an entry-level color laser-class LED printer designed for use in home-based or small offices and workgroups, or as a personal printer. It’s similar in many ways, including price, to our recent Editors’ Choice, the Brother HL-L3270CDW. Both machines offer the same high duty cycle and paper capacity, as well as, unfortunately, the same high running costs common to entry-level printers. Choosing between them comes down to a few very small differences: The HL-L3230CDW lacks the touchscreen onboard cloud apps, and NFC connectivity of the HL-L3270CDW, instead offering Wi-Fi Direct printing. Once you choose your preferred feature set, though, either model should serve as an excellent small office companion.

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Review of the Brother RuggedJet 2PROS

Good print quality. Speedy. PC, network, and mobile connectivity options. First-rate label design and print software and mobile apps. Low running costs.

  • CONS

    No charging apparatus in the box. Expensive.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Brother RJ-2050 is a rugged, portable label and receipt printer designed for heavy-duty, on-demand use.


The Brother RJ-2050 ($695) is a strictly business label maker, designed primarily for highly mobile on-demand applications. As part of Brother’s RuggedJet series, it’s built to a high set of durability standards. In many settings, such as your showroom, warehouse, or order fulfillment desk, staff can carry it around with them, printing receipts, markdown tags, order pickup tickets, and so on, on the fly. These attributes combined with its multiple connectivity options make it a great choice for enterprises where printing and distributing a lot of labels on demand (and on the fly) is mission critical.

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    • PROS

      Small and light. Prints up to legal-size pages. Numerous accessories. Long-life battery. Good output quality. No ink required.

    • CONS

      Pricey. Slow. Requires additional purchase for input tray. Can’t print color.

    • BOTTOM LINE

      Review of the Brother PocketJet 7 PJ763MFi-WK at PCMagThe Brother PocketJet 7 PJ763MFi-WK is a super-portable thermal printer for car-mounting and other on-the-go applications that require quality monochrome output at up to legal size.

Brother’s PocketJet 7 PJ763MFi-WK ($779) portable thermal printer is an update to the PocketJet PJ673-K we reviewed back in 2013. The biggest change comes in the form of Bluetooth connectivity for Apple iOS devices (that link could previously only be handled via a Wi-Fi connection). It also comes with a Li-ion battery for impressive life off of the cord. It’s expensive, but if you’re on the go and down and dirty black-on-white documents are all you need, the PJ763MFi-WK is an excellent option. And depending on your needs, it may be the sole option; it’s the only thermal printer we know of that prints up to legal-size pages. If you require color prints, though, the Editors’ Choice HP OfficeJet 200 Mobile Printer will be more your speed.

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