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Brother MFC-J870DW

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3334 reviews of Brother MFC-J870DW. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Printers for all reviews. People are impressed by the print quality and noise. The price and performance are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the durability and reliability. Reviews are divided on the paper handling.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Brother MFC-J870DW is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Brother MFC-J870DW

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 62 user reviews of Brother MFC-J870DW from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Printers on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the print quality and noise. The price and performance are also mentioned favorably. The paper handling and reliability get less positive opinions. The size and durability get mixed comments.

usability, performance, price, noise, print quality

reliability, paper handling

89% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Brother MFC-J870DW A4 Colour Inkjet Multifunction Printer (Print/Scan/Copy/Fax)Brother MFC-J870DW A4 Colour Inkjet Multifunction Printer (Print/Scan/Copy/Fax)

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Brother MFC-J870DW

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2427 user reviews of Brother MFC-J870DW from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.7/5 for other Printers on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the print quality and noise. The performance and price also get good feedback, whereas there are some negative views about the durability and reliability.

usability, price, performance, noise, print quality

reliability, durability

83% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Brother MFC-J870DW Wireless Color Inkjet Printer with Scanner, Copier and FaxBrother MFC-J870DW Wireless Color Inkjet Printer with Scanner, Copier and Fax

Dec, 2017

Editor's Choice

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

Brother MFC-J870DW

 

The Brother MFC-J870DW inkjet MFP offers Near-Field Communications (NFC) for easy printing from NFC-capable phones.

Prints, scans, copies, faxes. Prints on printable optical discs. Features Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, and NFC (near field communication).

Low-paper capacity (100 sheets plus a 4-by-6 photo paper tray).

As with the MFC-J825DW that it replaces in both Brother's line and as Editors' Choice, the Brother MFC-J870DW offers a long list of features—from its ADF, to its duplexer, to its NFC support—that makes it highly attractive for office use. The low paper...

Sep, 2013

Expert review by: Melissa Riofrio (pcworld.com)

Review: Brother MFC-J870DW boasts NFC and many more features, but performance is just average

 

The Brother MFC-J870DW is affordably priced, and it comes with a long list of features. Its performance is just average, however, so it's a buy for quantity rather than quality.

Reasonably priced inks ; Two-year warranty ; Impressively long feature list includes NFC and CD/DVD printing

Copying two-sided documents is a tedious, manual process

Aug, 2013

Expert review by: William Harrel (computershopper.com)

Brother MFC-J870DW Review and Ratings

 

A capable small-office inkjet AIO with the unusual bonus of NFC support, this midrange model prints well and is speedier than most like-priced competitors. (Pricey ink and the lack of an auto-duplexing ADF partly offset these strengths, however.)

Strong performance for the price ; CD labeling ; Support for NFC ; High-tech, attractive appearance ; Easy-to-use control panel

High cost per page ; ADF does not support auto-duplexing ; Physical interfaces are located in unusual spot

The MFC-J870DW is an attractive, strong-performing AIO, crammed with

Sep, 2013

Expert review by: Martyn Clayden (techadvisor.co.uk)

Brother MFC-J870DW review

 

The advantage of using NFC is that you don't need a wireless connection for a device to 'speak' to the printer as it relies on the same short-range transmission as contactless payment via a mobile. But the NFC facility is only there to help set up a...

There's no question that the Brother MFC-J870DW has a host of excellent features including optical-disc direct printing and touchscreen controls. While it showcases NFC capability this will be of limited appeal since photo print speeds are very...

Mar, 2014

Expert review by: Kat Orphanides (expertreviews.co.uk)

Brother MFC-J870DW review

 

We love this MFP's interface and comprehensive features, but both print and scan quality are disappointing

Nov, 2013

Expert review by: Simon Williams (trustedreviews.com)

Brother MFC-J870DW

 

An inkjet all-in-one with NFC mobile print and direct print on DVDs.

SD, MemoryStick and front USB sockets ; Separate photo tray ; 20 sheet ADF

Photo tray manual operation ; Plain paper print a little blurred ; Very slow photo prints

Software in the MFC-870DW includes Brother’s MFL-Pro Suite and PaperPort 12 SE from Nuance.

Oct, 2013

Expert review by: M. David Stone (itreviews.co.uk)

Brother MFC-J870DW

 

A potentially great fit for a micro or home office, and packed with MFP features, the Brother MFC-J870DW inkjet MFP can print from a near field communications (NFC) capable phone.

Setting up the MFC-J870DW is standard fare. For my tests, I connected to a network using the Ethernet port, and installed the drivers on a Windows Vista system. On our business applications suite I clocked the printer (using QualityLogic’s hardware and...

Sep, 2013

Consumer review by: JOSEPH D. (newegg.com)

Great Printer

 

I was originally going to order the 870DW but the 650DW seemed almost identical. So many specs to compare I missed that the 650 did not have a direct Ethernet connection. I was disappointed at first but it functions so well when set up wireless that I...

Much easier set up than old HP that it replaced.

No Ethernet connection to the network.

Feb, 2016

Consumer review by: Anonymous (newegg.com)

Bad Customer Service on DOA printer

 

This printer printed a satisfactory test sheet, then presented with a "paper jam" error message during the first print job that would not go away. I purchased this printer in time to meet an important deadline to no avail. Because the printer was DOA,...

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The printer never worked, warranty replacement not supplied yet, it's been three weeks.

Jan, 2016

Consumer review by: Richard M. (newegg.com)

You'll lose sleep

 

Affordable

Do not buy if you sleep in the same room as the printer. The stupid thing wakes me up in the middle of the night to do some sort of ink cartridge maintenance. Noisy. Lights flashing on... I'm tired of literally losing sleep over this… contacted...

Dec, 2015

Product Specifications

Certificates

Blue Angel certified: Yes
Energy Star certified: Yes

Copying

Copier resize:25 - 400
Copy speed (normal quality, black, A4):6
Copy speed (normal quality, color, A4):6
Maximum copy resolution:1200 x 2400
Maximum number of copies:99
N-in-1 copy function (N=):2, 4
N-in-1 copy function (N=):2, 4
N-in-1 function (N=):2, 4
PC free copying: Yes

Design

Color of product:Black

Display

Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:2.7
Touch screen: Yes
Touchscreen:Y

Energy Management

AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:100 - 240
Power consumption (off):0.2
Power consumption (PowerSave):1.2
Power consumption (standby):4

Fax

Auto reduction: Yes
Auto-redialing: Yes
Call waiting: No
Caller ID: Yes
Distinctive ring: Yes
Fax broadcasting:250
Fax coding methods:JPEG, MH, MMR, MR
Fax delayed sending: Yes
Fax dual access: Yes
Fax forwarding: Yes
Fax memory:200
Fax resolution:203 x 196
Fax resolution (black & white):203 x 196
Fax Speed:7
Fax transmission speed:7
Group dial:6
Modem Speed:14.4

Input Capacity

Auto document feeder (ADF) input capacity:20
Paper input type:Paper tray
Standard input capacity:100

Networking

Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Mobile printing technologies:Apple AirPrint,Google Cloud Print
Online services supported:Dropbox, Evernote, Facebook, Flickr, Google Drive, Picasa, Sky Drive
Security algorithms:128-bit WEP, 64-bit WEP, SSID, WPA-AES, WPA-PSK, WPA-TKIP, WPA2-AES, WPA2-PSK, WPS
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):20 - 80
Operating relative humidity range:20 - 80
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):10 - 35

Other Features

Fax compatibility:ITU-T G3

Output Capacity

Standard output capacity:50

Paper Handling

Auto Document Feeder (ADF) media weight:64 - 220
Auto Document Feeder (ADF) media weight (imperial):17 - 24
Borderless printing media sizes:4x6, 5x7, 2L, A4, A6, Index card, L, Letter
Custom media length:8.5 - 14
Custom media width:3.5 - 5
Envelopes sizes:7 3/4, 10, C5, DL, Monarch
ISO A-series sizes (A0...A9):A4, A5, A6
Maximum ISO A-series paper size:A4
Maximum print area:Legal (216 x 356 mm)
Maximum print size:Legal (216 x 356 mm)
Non-ISO print media sizes:Executive, Index card, Legal, Letter
Photo paper sizes:4x6,5x7,5x8,3.5x5
Standard tray media types:Coated paper, Glossy paper, Photo paper, Plain paper, Transparencies
Standard tray media weight:64 - 220
Standard tray media weight (imperial):17 - 58

Performance

Copying:Colour copying
Digital sender:N
Duplex functions:Print
Faxing:Colour faxing
Maximum duty cycle:2500
Number of print cartridges:4
Print technology:Inkjet
Printing:Colour printing
Printing colors:Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
Recommended duty cycle:50 - 1000
Scanning:Colour scanning

Ports & interfaces

Direct printing: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
Standard interfaces:USB 2.0
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Power

AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:100 - 240
Power consumption (average operating):19
Power consumption (off):0.2
Power consumption (PowerSave):1.2
Power consumption (standby):4

Printing

DVD/CD printing: Yes
Maximum Resolution:6000 x 1200
Print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter):33
Print speed (color, normal quality, A4/US Letter):27
Print speed (ISO/IEC 24734) color:10
Print speed (ISO/IEC 24734) mono:12
Standard printer languages:GDI

Scanning

Document formats supported:PDF
Gray scale levels:256
Image formats supported:BMP, JPG, PCX, PNG, TIF
Input color depth:30
Input colour depth:30
Maximum scan resolution:19200 x 19200
Optical scanning resolution:1200 x 2400
Output color depth:24
Output colour depth:24
Scan drivers:ICA, TWAIN, WIA
Scan technology:CIS
Scan to:E-mail, File, Image, Memory Card, OCR, USB
Scan type:Flatbed & ADF
Scanner Type:Flatbed & ADF

Software

Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
Server operating systems supported:Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 x64, Windows Server 2008
Windows operating systems supported:Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Basic x64, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Professional x64, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Starter x64, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 8, Windows 8 Enterprise, Windows 8 Enterprise x64, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Pro x64, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Business x64, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Enterprise x64, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Basic x64, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Home Premium x64, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Ultimate x64, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Home x64, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Professional x64

Sound Emission

Copying noise level:50

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:microSD (TransFlash), microSDHC, miniSD, miniSDHC, MMC, MMC Mobile, MMC+, MS PRO, MS PRO Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Internal memory:128

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:14.7
Height:7.09
Package depth:9.61
Package height:18
Package weight:24.5
Package width:18.8
Weight:20.5
Width:16.1