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Brother MFC-J985DW

alaTest has collected and analyzed 28 reviews of Brother MFC-J985DW. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 3.6/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People really like the design and size. The price and performance also get good feedback. Opinions are divided on the multifunction.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Brother MFC-J985DW is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Tony Hoffman (

Brother MFC-J985DW XL


The Brother MFC-J985DW XL is a micro-office inkjet MFP that has very low running costs, and comes with a huge supply of ink.

Inexpensive, high-capacity ink cartridges make for very low running costs. Good range of connectivity choices. Above-par photo quality. Port for USB thumb drive and memory card slow.

Can't match the speed or paper handling of some similarly priced systems. Slightly below-par text and graphics.

Conclusion The Brother MFC-J985DW XL is priced higher than the physically identical MFC-J985DW, but provides three times as much ink as that model. Even when the ink finally runs out, the cost of replacing it is very low. But it's no great bargain...

Jun, 2016

Expert review by : Eric Butterfield (

Brother MFC-J985DW Printer: A Cost-Per-Page Champ


Brother's MFC-J985DW all-in-one delivers a lot for the money. The fast scanning, copying and text-printing speeds make it well-suited for a home or small office, and you'll be pleased with the quality of prints. I'd look elsewhere if I were primarily...

Quick at scanning and making copies ; Low cost per page ; Prints text quickly ; High print quality ; Manual feed and 4 x 6 photo trays

Slow at printing color graphics and glossy photos ; Cannot print or scan in grayscale from LCD menu ; Does not print text or PDF docs from USB Direct port ; Limited photo paper handling ; No USB port to connect directly to a PC

With a low cost per page, the Brother MFC-J985DW all-in-one offers a very good bargain for workers performing small office tasks, with few downsides.

Sep, 2016

Expert review by : William Harrel (

Brother MFC-J985DW XL Work Smart All-in-One Review and Ratings


This entry-level AIO prints, copies, and scans great-looking documents, at a cost per page that's aggressive—at least, once you start purchasing its replacement cartridges.

Good text, graphics-output quality ; Decent print speed for a low-volume printer ; Easy to set up and use ; Low cost per page

So-so photo quality ; Non-"XL" version of this printer may be a better value for some buyers

Our first impression of the MFC-J985DW XL and this iteration of INKvestment is that, from an economic standpoint, it makes a little more sense than Epson’s EcoTank—at least at the level of this low-volume model. But frankly, the numbers are even better...

May, 2016

Product Specifications


Energy Star certified: Yes


Copier resize:25 - 400
Copy speed (normal quality, black, A4):6
Copy speed (normal quality, color, A4):6
N-in-1 copy function (N=):2, 4
N-in-1 copy function (N=):2, 4


Color of product:Black


Built-in display:Y
Display Diagonal:2.7
Touch screen: Yes

Energy Management

AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:100-120


Auto-redialing: Yes
Call waiting: No
Caller ID: Yes
Fax broadcasting:250
Fax dual access: Yes
Fax forwarding: Yes
Fax memory:200
Fax Speed:7
Fax transmission speed:7
Modem Speed:14.4


Copying:Colour copying
Duplex functions:Print
Energy Star certified:Y
Faxing:Colour faxing
Market positioning:Home & Office
Maximum duty cycle:2500
Number of print cartridges:4
Print technology:Inkjet
Printing:Colour printing
Product color:Black
Recommended duty cycle:50 - 1000
Scanning:Colour scanning

Input Capacity

Multi-Purpose Tray capacity:20
Paper input type:Paper tray
Standard input capacity:100


Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Mobile printing technologies:Apple AirPrint,Brother iPrint & Scan,Google Cloud Print,Mopria Print Service
Near Field Communication (NFC): Yes
Security algorithms:64-bit WEP, 128-bit WEP, WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK
Supported network protocols (IPv4):RP, RARP, BOOTP, DHCP, APIPA(Auto IP), WINS/NetBIOS name resolution, DNS Resolver, mDNS, LLMNR responder, LPR/LPD, Custom Raw Port/Port9100, FTP Server, SNMPv1/v2c, TFTP server, ICMP, Web Services (Print/Scan), SNTP Client
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):0 - 40
Operating relative humidity range:0 - 40
Storage temperature (T-T):20 - 80
Storage temperature range (T-T):20 - 80

Output Capacity

Standard output capacity:50

Packaging Data

Package depth:0.386
Package height:18
Package weight:22.7
Package width:19.6

Paper Handling

Auto Document Feeder (ADF) media weight (imperial):17 - 24
ISO A-series sizes (A0...A9):A4, A5, A6
ISO C-series sizes (C0...C9):C5
Maximum ISO A-series paper size:A4
Maximum print area:215 x 355 mm
Maximum print size:215 x 355 mm
Multi-Purpose Tray media weight (imperial):17 - 79
Non-ISO print media sizes:Executive, Legal, Letter
Photo paper sizes:4x6,8.5x11
Standard tray media types:Photo paper, Plain paper, Thick paper, Thin paper
Standard tray media weight (imperial):17 - 58


All-In-One-multitasking: Yes
Card reader integrated:Y
Color of product:Black
Compatible memory cards:MicroSDHC,MiniSDHC
Copying:Colour copying
Duplex functions:Print
Faxing:Colour faxing
Market positioning:Home & Office
Maximum duty cycle:2500
Number of print cartridges:4
Print technology:Inkjet
Printing:Colour printing
Printing noise level:50
Product color:Black
Recommended duty cycle:50 - 1000
Scanning:Colour scanning

Ports & interfaces

Direct printing: Yes
Optional connectivity:Wireless LAN
Standard interfaces:Ethernet, USB 2.0
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:100-120


Maximum Resolution:6000 x 1200
Poster printing function:Y
Print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter):12
Print speed (color, normal quality, A4/US Letter):10


Document formats supported:PDF
Image formats supported:JPG, TIF
Input color depth:30
Input colour depth:30
Maximum scan resolution:19200 x 19200
Optical scanning resolution:1200 x 2400
Scan to:E-mail, File, Image, OCR, USB
Scan type:Flatbed & ADF
Scanner Type:Flatbed & ADF


Mac operating systems supported: Yes
Windows operating systems supported: Yes

Sound Emission

Print noise level:50
Printing noise level:50


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSDHC, MiniSDHC

Weight & Dimensions

Package depth:0.386
Package height:18
Package weight:22.7
Package width:19.6