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Brother MFC-885CW

alaTest has collected and analyzed 55 reviews of Brother MFC-885CW. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Printers for all reviews. Views about the print quality and size are overall positive. The performance and price are also appreciated, but there are some critical opinions about the paper handling and durability. Views are divided on the noise.

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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 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Brother MFC-885CW


alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Brother MFC-885CW from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Printers on People are impressed by the performance. The usability is also mentioned favorably, but the design and reliability get less positive comments.

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100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Apr, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Brother MFC-885CW


alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Brother MFC-885CW from The average user rating for this product is 1.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.7/5 for other Printers on Reviews about the multifunction and size are generally positive. The price and performance also get good views. Many are less positive about the noise and reliability.

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0% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Apr, 2018

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Brother MFC-885CW review


Brother's MFC-885CW is relatively expensive for a colour-inkjet multifunction peripheral (MFP), but it has plenty of features to justify its price.

Feb, 2008

Expert review by : Dave Stevenson (

Brother MFC-885CW: printer that does absolutely everything


This is one of the most complete office multifunction printers we've ever seen. but the MFC-885CW can't overcome its price or quality issues.

Jul, 2008

Expert review by : paul_smart (

Brother MFU MFC 885CW


This is a multi function unit (MFU) as it has a fax and it also has a wireless phone unit attached to the side. I remember reviewing many units with phones attached but never a wireless one.

It is 36x39x18cm with the phone and it's socket adding 8cm to the 39cm width. The power lead fits at the rear of the left side well behind the phone so needs to further space, note I said power lead as there is no external power brick. The USB cable...

Mar, 2008

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Brother - MFC-885CW All-in-One


The competition amongst All-in-One printers sees no sign of cooling down, with all the principal manufacturers trying to add that one extra feature that should - at least temporarily - keep the rest of the pack ...

Brother's latest multifunction printer scores good marks for wireless connectivity, impressive fax connectivity and the new widescreen LCD facility for picture previews, but has minor issues with scanner picture quality at the default setting and photo...

Mar, 2008

Consumer review (

Piece of Junk !



Works great....until the print head gives out ; A known issue with both this and it's little brother, the MFC-665CW....identical printers except for the antenna. Same print head, everything

Bought the MFC-665CW just under a year ago. After about 6 months, the printer started claiming the ink-paks were dry. Replaced them at considerable expense, continued to clamor for new cartridges. After Googling the printer, found out about the print...

Aug, 2009

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Best All-in-One Printer - Ever!!


You'll not be disappointed! I love Brother products. This one doesn't waste your ink by constantly cleaning itself, like a lot of other brands do (some brands clean every day). Mine only cleans itself about once every 500 pages of printing. It does...

Apr, 2009

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brother MFC-885CW Photo Color All-in-One with Wireless Networking and a 5.8GHz Cordless Phone - Retail


I'm very pleased with this printer. I had no trouble setting it up on with my home wireless network, print quality is good, and the fax, copying, and scanning all work well

none so far

Apr, 2009

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Decent all in one


I have not printed on anything else other than standard letter paper so I don't know how it handles envelopes or other media. I have not printed any photos so I don't know about the quality of pictures, but I didn't purchase it for that purpose mainly...

Set up was a breeze. The wireless connection was easy to set up even on a secure network. I was surprised at the short time it took from out of the box to printing the first document. Documentation and set up instructions were adequate both in print...

paper tray and door for ink compartment is filmsy, but not much else to speak of

Apr, 2009

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Cheap made, you can tell the construction is dirt cheap..i get paper jams often also....i would not recomend buying unless you looking for headaches..

It's an all in one printer....thats about it

This printer is very cheaply made and will burn a hole in your pocket. I had it for few months and now jsut writing this review so no one buys this junk.....I ran out of the color inks yesterday and was attempting to just print black which was FULL...

Feb, 2009

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Dont waste your money


phone is nice

2nd brother mfc to break after only 6 month use and i use it maybe 3 times a month ; sad only after 30 uses its broke and now i have to take it in to get it fixed

Jan, 2009

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
Copier resize:25 - 400
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
Maximum copy resolution:600 x 1200
Maximum number of copies:99
N-in-1 copy function (N=):2
N-in-1 copy function (N=):2
N-in-1 function (N=):2
PC free copying: Yes

Dimensions & Weight


Document & Media Handling

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


Auto reduction: Yes
Auto-redialing: Yes
Error Correction Mode (ECM): Yes
Fax memory:400
Fax speed dialing (max numbers):100
Fax speed dialing, max numbers:100
Modem Speed:14.4

Fax Machine

Max Transmission Speed:14.4Kbps
PC Faxing: Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Brother MFC

Input Capacity

Auto document feeder (ADF) input capacity:10
Standard input capacity:100


Standard Memory:32MB


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


Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes

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

Other Features

All-in-One Functions:Copy, Fax, Scan
Color all-in-one functions:Copy, Fax, Print, Scan
Compatible operating systems:Windows Vista/XP/Home/2003/2000\nMac OS X 10.2.4 or greater\nLinux
Dimensions (WxDxH):18.7 x 14.6 x 7.09
Network ready: Yes
Networking features:10/100 Base-TX
Package dimensions (WxDxH):21.9 x 9.96 x 17.8
Supported media weight(s):64/220
Wireless Technology:IEEE802.11b/g

Output Capacity

Standard output capacity:50

Paper Handling

Envelopes sizes:C5, DL
ISO A-series sizes (A0...A9):A4, A5, A6
JIS B-series sizes (B0...B9):B5
Maximum ISO A-series paper size:A4
Non-ISO print media sizes:Executive, Index card, Legal, Letter
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


Copying:Colour copying
Digital sender:N
Faxing:Colour faxing
Print technology:Inkjet
Printing:Colour printing
Scanning:Colour scanning

Ports & interfaces

Direct printing: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
Standard interfaces:USB 2.0


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 1200
Print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter):30
Print speed (color, normal quality, A4/US Letter):25


Gray scale levels:256
Image formats supported:BMP, PNG
Scan to:E-mail, File, Image, OCR


Compatible memory cards:CF, MS Pro, SD
Internal memory:32

System Requirements

Mac compatibility: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Package weight:20.9