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Brother MFC-J220

Brother MFC-J220
alaScore 79

178 reviews

Jun, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 178 reviews of Brother MFC-J220. 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 size and design. The price and performance are also appreciated.

usability, performance, price, design, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Brother MFC-J220 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Only keep it now in case I need to fax


Like most inkjet printers I have bought, this one only included nearly empty cartridges so you will have to replace them all right away.

Price was good for the features this printer has. Until the black quit working print quality was decent if you set the print quality to fine

If you only occasionally need a printer do not buy an inkjet. It doesn't take long to pay way more for cartridges than the machine originally cost. This one has an automatic cleaning process that uses up the ink pretty fast even if you do not use it...

Mar, 2015

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Phased obsolescence in vogue at Brother


The black ink head on my printer is permanently clogged, despite regular cleaning cycles which used a good deal of ink. I've had this MFC for about 1.5 years, and will now either toss it in the trash or use it as a huge, unwieldy scanner only because...

Fine scanner

Ugly, clunky software ; Uses large quantity of ink for cleaning ; Broke quickly

May, 2013

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The last me me should have been 5 eggs


Super all-in-one machine.

Needed to add this review to correct the egg rating, It should have been 5 Golden eggs


Mar, 2013

Consumer review (

Excellent all the way.


I'm trying two different printers for ink usage. One I ordered off brand ink that didn't prove out. Waiting for return label for two cartridges. For this Brother I ordered extras (brand name) with the printer.

I have three printers, this is the best of the lot

None yet

Mar, 2013

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Not Bad...


The USB port is hidden inside the machine, but has a wire cutout leading to the back. This unit is not Ethernet compatible; the pictured cable is a telephone cable, for faxing.

Came with all 4 std. (LC61), vacuum packed, ink cartridges. It's very Linux friendly. Rpm and Debian drivers for the scanner, printer, and fax, are on Brother's website; mine is working fine with Ubuntu. Mine prints photos fine, directly from an SD...

A USB cable is not included. Color printouts/photos are quite obviously not pigment-ink quality ($), but plenty reasonable. Unit must be manually switched into Fax or Scan mode, in order to print from PC

May, 2012

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works great easy to use


Aug, 2011

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Brother MFCJ220 Multifunction Printer


Good product, only complaint is initial power-up & cleaning cycle takes forever.... like 4 minutes long--- otherwise good print speed and functionality

Mar, 2011

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Great all around one solution printer


I was looking for a simple low cost reliable single solution for general office work which included some photo printing, presentation printing, copy, fax and scanning. This is a perfect little printer and has amazingly good photo quality for it's...

None that I can think of

Feb, 2011

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No Ethernet


I haven't actually opened mine yet. It was a gift at a Christmas party last night. I went to my "Go-To" place,, to learn what people think of a product, and what it's specs are. Unfortunatly, there's no reviews on this printer yet. The specs...

Should work nicely

What are the interfaces

Dec, 2010

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nice all in one device


i got this for 49.99 half price. this unit installed easily and the software is working properly.only downside is there is not auto document has a nice color LCD and nice features.

Nov, 2010

Product Specifications


Energy Star certified: Yes


Copier resize:25 - 400
Copy speed (normal quality, black, A4):22
Copy speed (normal quality, color, A4):20
Maximum copy resolution:1200 x 1200
Maximum number of copies:99
PC free copying: Yes


Built-in display:Y
Display Diagonal:1.9

Energy Management

AC input frequency:50/60
Input frequency:50/60
Power consumption (PowerSave):0.65
Power consumption (standby):4.5
Power consumption (typical):19.5


Auto reduction: Yes
Caller ID: Yes
Error Correction Mode (ECM): Yes
Fax broadcasting:90
Fax coding methods:JPEG, MH, MMR, MR
Fax dual access: Yes
Fax forwarding: Yes
Fax memory:170
Fax speed dialing (max numbers):40
Fax speed dialing, max numbers:40
Modem Speed:14.4

Input Capacity

Number of standard paper trays:1
Standard input capacity:100


Ethernet LAN:N
Ethernet LAN connection: No
Wi-Fi: No

Other Features

All-in-One Functions:Copy, Fax, Print, Scan
Color all-in-one functions:Copy, Print, Scan
Package dimensions (WxDxH):18.3 x 10 x 18.1

Output Capacity

Standard output capacity:50

Paper Handling

Borderless printing media sizes:4x6, 5x7, A4, A6, Legal
ISO A-series sizes (A0...A9):A4, A5, A6
ISO B-series sizes (B0...B9):B5
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:Legal, Letter
Photo paper sizes:4x6, 5x7
Standard tray media types:Glossy paper, Matte paper, Photo paper, Plain paper, Transparencies
Standard tray media weight:60 - 220


Copying:Colour copying
Digital sender:N
Duplex functions: No
Faxing:Mono faxing
Number of print cartridges:4
Print technology:Inkjet
Printing:Colour printing
Printing colors:Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
Processor family:RISC
Processor frequency:128
Scanning:Colour scanning

Ports & interfaces

Direct printing: Yes


AC input frequency:50/60
Power consumption (average operating):19.5
Power consumption (PowerSave):0.65
Power consumption (standby):4.5


Maximum Resolution:1200 x 6000
Print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter):33
Print speed (color, normal quality, A4/US Letter):27


Gray scale levels:256
Image formats supported:BMP, JPG, PNG, TIF
Maximum scan area:A0.157 (210 x 297)
Maximum scan resolution:19200 x 19200
Optical scanning resolution:1200 x 2400
Output color depth:24
Output colour depth:24
Scan technology:CIS
Scan to:E-mail, File, Image, OCR
Scan type:Flatbed
Scanner Type:Flatbed


Drivers included: Yes
Linux operating systems supported: Yes
Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
Windows operating systems supported:Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 7 Home Premium, 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 Vista Business x64, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Basic x64, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Ultimate x64, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Home x64, Windows XP Professional x64

Sound Emission

Print noise level:50
Printing noise level:50


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MS Duo, MS PRO, SD, SDHC
Internal memory:32
Memory slots:1

Weight & Dimensions

Package weight:342.2