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Brother MFC-685CW

alaTest has collected and analyzed 77 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the build quality and connectivity. The design and usability also get good views, whereas there are some negative comments about the reliability and paper handling.

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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 80/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 77 reviews)

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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

Expert review by:

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.

Expert review by:

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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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

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"WORST MACHINE EVER - DO NOT BUY!"

 

First and foremost, I will never buy another Brother printer.

- there is nothing good about this printer

- drains ink regardless of whether you print or not

Consumer review by:

WORST MACHINE EVER - DO NOT BUY!

 

First and foremost, I will never buy another Brother printer. I have had several brands of printers - in fact right now I have 2. This printer and a HP. Never before have I felt so enraged... this printer actually uses ink without even printing! What...

there is nothing good about this printer

drains ink regardless of whether you print or not ; wireless issues ; poor print quality - especially color ; internal software problems are causing it to crash/freeze ; a little difficult to set up wireless for a novice

Consumer review by:

Brother MFC-685cw

 

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

Consumer review by:

Brother MFC-685cw

 

First and foremost, I will never buy another Brother printer.

there is nothing good about this printer

drains ink regardless of whether you print or not

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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