Review of the Brother MFC-J5930DW at Computer Shopper

Brother’s inkjet multifunction printers just keep getting better and better, as demonstrated by today’s review unit, the $299.99-list MFC-J5930DW ($259.37 at Amazon), and the Brother MFC-J6935DW ($329.99 at Amazon)  we reviewed alongside it. As one of the company’s INKvestment models, the MFC-J5930DW is one of the least expensive business-oriented all-in-ones (AIOs) on ink costs—especially for the price. It is loaded with features, has a high paper-input capacity from three separate sources, and is capable of printing tabloid-size (11×17-inch) documents, posters, and flyers.

Over the years, a common quibble across our reviews of Brother’s Business Smart and Business Smart Plus series machines has been with their photo quality. While they print great-looking text and graphics, their photo output has typically been, compared to their HP and Epson competitors, just so-so—more than passable, but slightly lesser than the others. For example, the HP Officejet Pro 7740 Wide-Format All-in-One (Check on Amazon at Amazon), as well as the wide-format Epson WorkForce WF-7620 ($288.00 at Amazon), cost more to use than Brother’s Business Smart Plus models, but their print quality was somewhat better. We’re pleased to report (as we’ll get into in more detail near the end of this review), that that was not our experience with the MFC-J5930DW.

Brother MFC-J5930DW (Front)

A primary difference between the Officejet model and the MFC-J5930DW is that in addition to printing tabloid-size documents, the HP model can also scan and copy documents of that size. To get those features from a Brother INKvestment model, you’ll have to step up to the $350-list MFC-J6935DW. This is a key distinction. Not all small businesses and home offices need to scan and copy tabloid-size documents, but it is best to know what you are getting (or not) when weighing closely related models like these.

The MFC-J5930DW is an update of the Brother MFC-J5920DW (Check on Amazon at Amazon) we reviewed a while back. Aside from a new body style and a color change (from black to off-white, to conform with Brother’s latest design motif), and the improved print quality we mentioned earlier, this new model isn’t all that different, feature-wise, from its predecessor. That said, given the MFC-J5930DW’s strong feature set, ink-cost efficiencies, and excellent print quality, it’s our new first choice for tabloid-size multifunction inkjet printers, as its MFC-J5920DW predecessor was.

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About a year ago, About.com reviewed several of Epson’s PrecisionCore-based multifunction printers (MFPs), including the notable wide-format WorkForce WF-7610 All-in-One. What impressed me most about it, aside from it being an excellent

It’s an excellent size for posters and oversize spreadsheets, and much more. Aside from a slightly too-high per-page cost of operation, the only thing we really didn’t like about the WF-7610 was that it had only one paper drawer, which really isn’t practical for an oversize printer, unless you plan to print only wide-format pages, that is.

Epson, of course, offers a solution in its $299.99 WF-7620—essentially the same wide-format printer with an additional 250-sheet paper cassette tacked on at the bottom, for (when you include the rear 1-sheet override tray) a total of 501 pages from three input sources, which isn’t bad for an under-$300 wide-format inkjet.

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If you’ve ever owned a wide-format (in this case, 11″x17″, tabloid and 13″x19″, supertabloid) printer, than you already understand how much more versatile they are than standard- and legal-size (8.5″x11″ and 11″x14″, respectively) machines. Nowadays, all of the major printer manufacturers are making a few wide-format printers. However, the topic of this review, Epson’s $199.99 MSRP WorkForce WF-7110 Wireless Printer is one of only a few single-function consumer-grade inkjet printers I’m aware of.

The WF-7110 is part of Epson’s recent PrecisionCore-based WorkForce printers rollout. It prints well, and the wide-format option is great, but the cost per page is a bit high, which isn’t unusual for a midrange, wide-format printer—single function or otherwise.

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Have you noticed the barrage of wide-format printers to hit the market lately? Four of the world’s big printer makers, Brother, Cannon, Epson, and HP, have released at least one oversize model, with some of them, such as, well, Brother, Cannon, Epson, and HP, debuting several over the past year or so. It’s a relatively new phenomenon, but nowadays you can buy a wide-format printer (i.e. tabloid, or 11×17 inches, and supertabloid, or 13×19 inches) in all sorts of configurations—everything from single-function photo-centric machines, such asCanon’s Pixma iP8720 Wireless Inkjet Photo Printer, to full-blown, high-volume, business-oriented workhorses, such as Brother’s MFC-J5620DW.

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Epson WorkForce WF-7520 ReviewIt wasn’t long ago that inkjet printers with the ability to print oversize pages (up to 11×17 inches, often called “ledger” or “wide-format”) were specialty devices that commanded premium prices—as much as $500, or more. Over the past year or so, though, we’ve seen a few all-in-one (AIO) models, such as Brother’s $299.99 MFC-J6710DW, that not only print ledger-size pages, but can also copy, scan, and fax them. This is a handy advantage for small businesses, seeing as it can eliminate time-consuming trips to the local FedEx outlet when you need oversize prints.

While printer giant Epson has offered single-function wide-format inkjet printers for some time now, the recent debut of two models in the company’s WorkForce line of business-ready AIOs shows a different approach. The $249.99 WF-7510 and $299.99 WF-7520 (the model we review here) are Epson’s first multifunction (print, copy, scan, and fax) machines that support oversize input and output. The WF-7510 and WF-7520 are essentially the same machine, with identical features and performance; the $50 price premium on the WF-7520 simply gets you a second 250-sheet paper tray.

Epson WorkForce WF-7520 official

The WF-7520 is an attractive, well-built machine, and it performed similarly to other higher-end WorkForce models, such as the Epson WorkForce 845, on our benchmark tests. We were a bit surprised, however, that the duplexing automatic document feeder (ADF) worked with documents only up to standard letter-size. (This ADF allows for unassisted two-sided scanning or copying of pages.) Unlike Brother’s MFC-J6710DW, which can automatically scan, copy, and fax two-sided wide-format pages, the WF-7520 cannot. It can, however, print pages up to 13×19 inches, which is two inches wider and longer than the ledger-size media (11×17 inches) supported by most competing models, and the largest print size of any AIO we know of.

The extra two inches of output width will be a handy occasional-use convenience feature for many buyers, but bear in mind that output at this size (or any size) with this printer comes at a (very literal) price. That’s because the WF-7520 has one of the highest per-page operational costs, or cost per page (CPP) ratings among business-centric AIOs. In nontechnical language, that means its ink cartridges are relatively expensive on a per-print basis. Since Epson builds and markets the WF-7520 as a device meant for high-volume output, we insist that its cost per page should be more competitive. (More on that in the Setup & Paper Handling section, later on.)

The high CPP aside, though, this is an impressive AIO printer. We weathered a few minor bumps with paper feeding and high-quality photograph printing during our tests, but overall this AIO performed well, with exceptional print-output, scan, and copy quality. It’s loaded with the features that most small businesses need, and it churns out documents that any company would be proud to distribute to clients and would-be clients. In fact, it did a bunch of things, namely printing, scanning, and copying photographs, better than Brother’s wide-format offering.

If quality is more important to your company than a lowest-possible daily operational cost, the WF-7520 belongs on your shopping shortlist. It turns out some of the best-looking documents and images we’ve seen from a business AIO, wide-format or otherwise.

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