The Bottom Line
- Excellent print and photo quality
- Easy to set up and built-in wireless networking
- Low price all-in-one
- Slow print speeds across the network
- Long warm-up times
- Color inkjet printer
- Manual duplex printing
- Fax, copier, scanner
- Up to 100-sheet input capacity
- Wired / wireless networking
- Up to 6000 x 1200 dpi print resolution
Guide Review - Brother MFC-255CW All-in-One Printer
Printing out a 20-page Word document took an amazing nine minutes, with the first page out in about 2:44, when printed across the wireless network. Switch to a USB connection, and times dramatically improve, with a first page out in 24 seconds and the whole job averaging about 20 seconds a page. Brother's Innobella inks work well even with cheap, plain paper, without leaving the final copy soggy or limp.
The MFC-255CW is an all-in-one printer but it really did a great job with photo printing. It printed a colorful 4x6 photo in 1:32, not so fast but then again, faster than the more expensive MFC-6890cdw.
This is a low-price printer, and so while it offers a fax, scanner, and copier, there's no LCD screen to help you edit photos. It does offer print support for memory cards and it can scan directly to e-mail and in a variety of formats (including JPG, TIFF, and PDF). So for the price, it's a good buy; and if you can find a deal on it, which is likely, it's even better.