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Brother MFC-685CW

alaTest has collected and analyzed 144 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the connectivity and design. The print quality and usability also get good comments. The reliability and paper handling get negative opinions.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Brother MFC-685CW is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Brother MFC-685CW

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 67 user reviews of Brother MFC-685CW from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.5/5 for other Printers on Amazon.com.

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reliability

73% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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MFC-685CW

 

Brother's MFC-685CW is a well-equipped color inkjet multifunction printer. Unfortunately, it's very slow.

Connectivity includes Wi-Fi, Ethernet Excellent manuals; sharp text quality

Very slow; no duplex capability Pricey inks; paper trays are complex

The MFC-685CW's slowness hampers an otherwise solid machine. Only a very patient person would put up with that in exchange for everything else

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Brother MFC-685cw

 

Design The Brother MFC-685CW's low-profile design makes it a great fit for homes and home offices. It measures 18.4 inches wide, 14.6 inches deep, and 7.1 inches tall. The 10-page automatic document feeder is mounted flush with the scanner lid, which...

Compact design; offers PictBridge port and memory card reader; PictBridge port supports USB flash drives; wide-screen LCD; onboard handset and answering machine; secure mode lets you receive faxes in password-protected memory.

Average to slow task speeds; print quality needs a lot of improvement; refilling paper cassette and engaging photo tray require you to fully detach the cassette.

The Brother MFC-685CW inkjet multifunction printer offers tons of great features at the expense of print speed and quality. If speed and quality are your priorities, look elsewhere.

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Brother MFC-685cw

 

The Brother MFC-685cw ($200 street) won't brew your coffee, but this all-in-one (AIO) can handle virtually any other office task you need. Some years ago, Brother observed that even a home office or small office with light printing needs can make good...

Small size. Wi-Fi and wired network. Automatic document feeder. Phone handset and answering machine

Slow. Limited paper capacity, at 100 sheets standard and maximum (plus 20-sheet photo tray)

The Brother MFC-685cw is suitable for only light-duty printing, but it's packed with features—from an automatic document feeder to a phone-answering machine.

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Brother MFC-685CW All-In-One Printer Review

 

For the price, the Brother MFC-685CW is a decent but unexceptional all-in-one printer. You should only consider it if speed isn't a concern.

Connects to wired and wireless networks; you can scan while printing; automatic document feeder

Very slow printing; inconsistent photo quality

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Brother MFC-685CW

 

Versatility is the main virtue of the MFC-685CW, which is a multifunction printer aimed at the small business market. It features comprehensive fax ca...

Built-in 802.11g wireless networking, it can print while it scans, built-in memory card reader and direct USB port

Photo prints look too washed out; scans can't be sent to a memory card, nor to another PC on the network

The MFC-685CW is a burger with the lot, with wireless connectivity thrown in for good measure. Its print quality for documents is adequate, and its scanning capability is good, but it's not a good choice for photo prints.

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Brother MFC-685CW

 

Good Features set ; Quite fast

Average print quality

The Brother MFC-685CW is high on features and connectivity, print quality has room for some improvement.

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Brother MFC-685cw

 

The Brother MFC-685CW inkjet multifunction printer offers tons of great features at the expense of print speed and quality. If speed and quality are your priorities, look elsewhere.

Compact design ; PictBridge port and memory card reader ; PictBridge port supports USB flash drives ; 3.3-inch widescreen LCD ; Onboard handset and answering machine ; Secure mode lets you receive faxes in password-protected memory

Average to slow task speeds ; Print quality needs a lot of improvement ; Refilling paper cassette and engaging photo tray require you to fully detach the cassette

Brother backs the MFC-685CW with a one-year warranty. You can e-mail tech support via an online form. Brother's site has FAQs, downloadable software and drivers, and user guides and manuals.

Expert review by:

Brother MFC-685cw

 

Compact design, PictBridge port and memory card reader, PictBridge port supports USB flash drives, 3.3-inch widescreen LCD, Onboard handset and answering machine, Secure mode lets you receive faxes in password-protected memory

Average to slow task speeds, Print quality needs a lot of improvement, Refilling paper cassette and engaging photo tray require you to fully detach the cassette

The Brother MFC-685CW inkjet multifunction printer offers tons of great features at the expense of print speed and quality. If speed and quality are your priorities, look elsewhere.

Consumer review by:

"Have been using it for 1 year."

 

I wouldn't buy this again.

Lots of functionality.

Ink cartridges are expensive. Scanning to pdf software isn't good. This printer STOPS printing if any of the four cartridges run out of ink!! That's just irritating.

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Have been using it for 1 year.

 

I wouldn't buy this again.

Lots of functionality

Ink cartridges are expensive. Scanning to pdf software isn't good. This printer STOPS printing if any of the four cartridges run out of ink!! That's just irritating

Product Specifications

This All-in-One offers a unique, low-profile design, without sacrificing a 10-page ADF. It combines a convenient frontloading paper tray with a wide flip-up 3.3" color LCD, Ethernet and wireless (802.11b/g) network as well as USB Direct Interface. The MFC-685cw also includes the Message Center feature, a telephone handset and a full-duplex speakerphone.

Copying

Automatic Duplexing: None
Max Copying Resolution B/W:1200 x 1200 dpi
Max Copying Resolution Color:1200 x 600 dpi
Max Copying Speed B/W:22ppm
Max Copying Speed Color:20ppm

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:14.6in
Height:7.1in
Weight:18.5lbs
Width:15.7in

Document & Media Handling

Max Copy Size:Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
Standard Media Capacity:100sheets

Fax Machine

Compatibility:G3
Max Transmission Speed:14.4Kbps
PC Faxing: Yes

Header

Manufacturer:Brother
Model:685CW
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Brother MFC

Memory

Standard Memory:32MB

Miscellaneous

Microsoft Certification:Compatible with Windows 7
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Office Machine

Copier Type:Digital
Fax Type:Plain paper
Functions:Copier / Fax / Printer / Scanner
Monthly Duty Cycle (max):2500impressions
Printing Output Type:Color
Printing Technology:Ink-jet
Type:Fax / copier / printer / scanner

PC Connectivity

PC Connection:Ethernet 10 Base-T/100 Base-TX / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / USB / USB host
PC Connection Availability: Yes

Printing

Max Printing Speed B/W:30ppm
Max Printing Speed B/W (ppm):30ppm
Max Printing Speed Color:25ppm
Max Printing Speed Color (ppm):25ppm
Max Resolution B/W:6000 x 1200 dpi
Max Resolution Color:6000 x 1200 dpi
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