The Bottom Line
- Easily networkable (wired networks only)
- Fast scanning
- Good photo quality
- Excellent print quality
- No duplexing feature
- No cables included
- Small LCD
- All-in-one inkjet printer with built-in fax, scanner, and copier
- Networkable (must be connected via cable to a router); no cables included
- Can print up to 11x17
- Scan to file, FTP, e-mail, or OCR software
- 50-page automatic document feeder
- Large paper capacity up to 150 sheets
- Can use high-yield ink cartridges
Guide Review - Brother MFC-5890cn All-in-One Printer
Let's start with the basics. The 5890 boasts of being networkable, and this is a feature that makes or breaks many printers. In this case, it was extremely easy to make the printer work via my home network, and I was able to use all the printer's features using a remote laptop that connects to my network wirelessly (the printer itself doesn't have wireless capability; it's hardwired to my wireless router).
The first page of a five-page PDF took 28 seconds to print, with the whole job taking an average of 16.6 seconds per page. Brother boasts up to 28 pages per minute (color), but the small print notes this excludes the first page. That's a far cry from actual print times, so keep in mind that for all printers, the manufacturer's estimate of pages per minute depends on a variety of factors.
Three color graphics pages came out in 1:33 (the first page took 36 seconds at normal quality). The colors looked great, though orange seemed to be slightly washed out.
A 4x6 photo took 1:35 seconds to print. The colors were slightly dark but nevertheless true to live (they were slightly less vivid than I've seen with other printers; and that's not necessarily a drawback, as I prefer to manipulate a photo if I need it to be more vivid). The printer can print as large as 11x17, a huge advantage if you print signs or extra-large spreadsheets.
It took 30 seconds to scan a colorful image to a JPG, and using the ControlCenter software, it was easy to change the default to PDF (that scan took only 23 seconds). Both looked excellent. However, larger LCD screen would make on-board photo editing easier.