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Brother MFC-885CW

alaTest has collected and analyzed 58 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the connectivity and design. The performance and print quality also get good comments. Opinions about the reliability and value for money are mixed, and many are less positive about the noise and paper handling.

usability, print quality, performance, design, connectivity

paper handling, noise

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Brother MFC-885CW is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 58 reviews)

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Consumer review by:

Complete and utter garbage.


I purchased a new HP laser multifunction machine for less that the cost of replacing all the ink cartridges. Don't waste your money on this machine.

Small, compact, great features, wireless

Wireless connectability limited, ink yield limited, frequent self-cleaning wastes ink, cannot print in black if one color cartridge is low, scan quality horrible, print quality terrible, complete set of ink cartidges exceeds the cost of the printer

Consumer review by:

Terrible quality product.


An obvious quality flaw has not been identified or corrected by the company. It should be removed from the market until these problems are corrected.

The flatbed scanner works okay and price compares well

Printed less than 10 copies and the yellow and cyan inks are empty. Replaced these two cartridges at a cost of over $30 and the same thing happened. Brother replaced the unit, only to have the same exact thing happen

Consumer review by:

Bloody rubbish


I bought a machine so I could set up a wireless network. Not only could I not connect to the network but I could not copy or 'print reports' because the machine was not able to draw ink from the black cartridge. I exchanged the machine after 3 days of...

Can't think of any. It looks good

Seems to have a variety of either software or design flaws


Consumer review by:

Terrible design flaws ruin this all in one.


-when someone is on the line, not even using the Brother cordless but any phone in the house or office, the machine is rendered useless. If the line is in use, you can't check messages, can't copy, can't fax, nothing, the machine becomes useless until...

cordless phone ; decent LCD screen

no phone pager, why would Brother skip this important feature ; no caller ID on call waiting ; not low voume settings ; no switching to cordless from base ; no cancel print ; no short outgoing messages ; can't stop hang ups from recording

Consumer review by:

Serious quality control problems!


I only made two color copies before the printer "ran" out of Yellow and Cyan ink. I kept receiving an error message: Yellow cartridge missing. Opening and closing the door fixed the problem for a few weeks. Finally the error message stayed on and I...

Lots of very nice features if they all work. Simple color and black and white copies. Uses plain paper

The set-up is user friendly if you have a Mac

Consumer review by:

A mammoth disappointment, to say the least!


The materials seem very flimsy and cheap. I dont have faith in their durability. When papers jam, one has to swivel the machine to access the back. It is a real pain. I have not had time to assess any other features and only bought this 3 days ago. My...

It looks good. Compact, lots of bells and whistles

The fax feed is too small. It keeps grabbing more than one page at a time. It is too slow.The paper tray is too shallow and needs frequent fills and seems very fllimsy. The printer makes too much noise, is too slow and is irritating to listen to

Consumer review by:

Best of what available


Vista Ultimate. Have it for only a week - will update as I go. chose Multifunction because I was looking for a sheet fed scanner but they are WAY more expensive than the Multifunction (which have a Automatic feeder which is practically same as...

excellent customer service, easy to set-up, pc controls

self-cleaning ink feature wastes ink

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Amazon review summary for Brother MFC-885CW


alaTest has collected and analyzed 51 user reviews of Brother MFC-885CW from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.5/5 for other Printers on

value for money, performance, usability, print quality, multifunction

84% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Consumer review by:

I would buy this product again and again


easy to setup

Easy To Setup","Easy To Use

Consumer review by:

Best deal for a DEAL of a price.........


This was a good deal for one of the products I have been watching.. I would recommend this product

Easy To Setup","Easy To Use","Excellent Print Quality","Fast Operation

Product Specifications

Featuring a sleek, contemporary design and a 5.8GHz digital cordless handset the MFC-885CW is the ideal All-in-One solution. It includes the industry's first wide 4.2" color LCD that simplifies enhancing and printing photos as well as previewing faxes and offers easy to understand menus and prompts. In addition to having built-in USB and Ethernet interfaces, the MFC-885CW also includes a wireless (802.11b/g) interface.


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


Document & Media Handling

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

Fax Machine

Max Transmission Speed:14.4Kbps
PC Faxing: Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Brother MFC


Standard Memory:32MB


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


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