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Brother MFC-685CW

alaTest has collected and analyzed 48 reviews of Brother MFC-685CW. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Printers for all reviews. Reviewers really like the multifunction and size. The performance and price also get good reviews, but some have doubts about the paper handling and reliability.

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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 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: M. David Stone (pcmag.com)

Brother MFC-685cw

 

The Brother MFC-685cw offers all the features you could hope for in a light-duty home-office or small-office printer.

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).

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Feb, 2008

Expert review by: Melissa Riofrio (pcworld.com)

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

Jan, 2008

Expert review by: ZDNet (zdnet.com)

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

Oct, 2007

Expert review by: Felisa Yang (cnet.com)

Brother MFC-685cw review

 

The Brother MFC-685CW is an inexpensive inkjet multifunction printer that jams a lot of features into a small space. Unfortunately, its middling print speeds and low-quality prints detract from its positive attributes. If you're strapped for space and...

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.

Oct, 2007

Expert review by: Denny Atkin (computershopper.com)

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

 

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

Mar, 2008

Expert review by: Good Gear Guide.au (goodgearguide.com.au)

Expert Review

 

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.

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

Aug, 2009

Expert review by: Elias Plastiras (goodgearguide.com.au)

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.

Jan, 2008

Expert review by: Kailas Shastry (pcworld.in)

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.

Nov, 2008

Expert review by: Felisa Yang (cnet.com.au)

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.

Oct, 2007

Expert review by: Felisa Yang (zdnet.com.au)

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.

Oct, 2007

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.

Certificates

Energy Star certified: No

Copying

Automatic Duplexing: None
Copy speed (normal quality, black, A4):22
Copy speed (normal quality, color, A4):20
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
PC free copying: Yes

Dimensions & Weight

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

Display

Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:3.3

Document & Media Handling

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

Energy Management

Power consumption (active):34
Power consumption (standby):8

Fax

Fax memory:480
Modem Speed:14.4

Fax Machine

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

Header

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

Input Capacity

Standard input capacity:100

Memory

Standard Memory:32MB

Miscellaneous

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

Networking

Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Supported network protocols (IPv4):USB

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

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):20 - 80
Operating relative humidity range:20 - 80
Operating temperature (T-T):50 - 95
Operating temperature range (T-T):50 - 95

Other Features

All-in-One Functions:Copy, Fax, Scan
Color all-in-one functions:Copy, Fax, Print, Scan
Dimensions (WxDxH):21.9 x 10 x 17.8
Power Requirements:AC 120V 50/60Hz
Wireless Technology:802.11b/g

Output Capacity

Standard output capacity:50

Paper Handling

ISO A-series sizes (A0...A9):A4, A5
Maximum ISO A-series paper size:A4
Non-ISO print media sizes:Executive, Legal, Letter
Photo paper sizes:5x7, 5x8
Standard tray media types:Glossy paper, Photo paper, Plain paper, Transparencies

PC Connectivity

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

Performance

Copying:Colour copying
Digital sender:N
Faxing:Colour faxing
Maximum duty cycle:2500
Number of print cartridges:4
Print technology:Inkjet
Printing:Colour printing
Scanning:Colour scanning

Power

Power consumption (average operating):34
Power consumption (standby):8

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
Maximum Resolution:6000 x 12000
Print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter):30
Print speed (color, normal quality, A4/US Letter):25

Scanning

Image formats supported:BMP
Optical scanning resolution:600 x 2400

Sound Emission

Noise level (idle):50

Storage

Internal memory:32

System Requirements

Mac compatibility: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Weight:1340.4