The Bottom Line
- Excellent print quality
- Easy to set up wired / wireless networking
- Ink doesn't leave plain paper soggy
- Some slow print speeds, especially across the network
- Jumbo size may challenge small offices
- Color inkjet printer
- Auto duplex printing
- 4.2" LCD touchscreen
- Print up to 11x17
- Wired / wireless networking
- Two paper trays with total capacity of 350 sheets
Guide Review - Brother MFC-6890cdw All-in-One Printer
Printing out a three-page colorful PowerPoint presentation took two minutes, with the first page out in about 50 seconds. Some of the colors, particularly the range of oranges, looked understated and slightly washed out, though certainly not bad looking; the range of blues, on the other hand, I thought were crisp and nuanced. Brother's Innobella inks work beautifully on cheap, plain paper, without leaving the final copy soggy or limp.
Printing a four-page Word document took 55 seconds, with the first page out in about 20 seconds; that averages about 14 seconds per page at a normal print quality. Not all that fast but certainly competitive with other all-in-one printers.
Despite being an all-in-one printer, the MFC-6890 really rose to the challenge of printing excellent quality photos. A colorful 4x6 photo took a long time--nearly two minutes, or almost twice the time of the Canon MX860--but it looked superb.
The printer's large, tiltable touchscreen is a big plus, as is the easily set up networking. Most printers force you to plug into your computer via a USB cable before you can make the wireless settings work; Brother doesn't force you to go through that step.
The printer's biggest weakness is its price; while it's not due to be released to retailers until 4/15, the suggested retail price is over $300, which makes it a lot more expensive than, say, the Canon Pixma MX860 which offers a very similar printer.