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Printer Primer, Brother MFC-J880DW
October 23, 2015
Earlier we examined the Brother MFC-J680DW and now we turn our attention to another of the recently launched Brother AIOs, the Brother MFC-J880DW. The two units are indeed very similar, though the the MFC-J880DW throws in a few more bells and whistles to justify its slightly higher price tag ($20 more). The MFC-J880DW is also aimed at home users with the ability to print, scan, copy, fax in one device. In fact, it has the same exterior printer body and chassis as the MFC-680DW of 15.7" x 13.4" x 6.8" (W x D x H) and weighs close to 17 lbs. Print speeds and user interface are also the same as on the slightly less expensive unit at 12 ISO ppm for black, 10 ISO ppm for color output and 2.7” touchscreen display.
As we noted above, included with this device are a few added features mainly with device connectivity. While the MFC-J680DW provided wired USB connectivity, the MFC-J880DW provides the upgrade of an Ethernet port to provide a hard-wired connection to a home network. In addition to the Ethernet connectivity, owners of compatible NFC-enabled Android devices can opt to touch their device to the printer and connect that way for printing and scanning.
The MFC-J880DW supports Wi-Fi Direct connectivity for compatible mobile devices which allow them to establish a direct peer-to-peer connection without needing a router to serve as an intermediary. It, too, has been certified by Mopria and is fully compatible with Apple AirPrint for iOS devices as well as Google Cloud Print and Cortado Workplace which are not mobile OS specific. The OEM also has their own native app, Brother’s own native iPrint and Scan app which can be installed on iOS, Android, Windows devices in addition to the Kindle Fire for another method of seamless connectivity. Lastly, using the unit’s Web Connect capabilities, users can print from and scan to popular cloud services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive and use Brother’s Cloud Apps as well, providing users robust array of mobile options.
Paper handling with the MFC-J880DW is a mirror of that on the MFC-J680DW. Overall input capacity is rated as up to 100 sheets of plain paper which can be as large as 8.5” x 14” (legal) with the identical 20-sheet capacity photo bypass tray and a 1-sheet manual feed bypass for heavier media. Other paper handling features include automatic two-sided printing and 20-sheet automatic document feeder for scanning, faxing, and copying. The maximum monthly duty cycle is 2,500 pages, though the recommended volume is between 50-1,000 pages.
The MFC-J880DW uses the identical four-cartridge ink system as the MFC-J680DW. The standard yield black is rated for up to 260 pages and each of the colors for 260 pages as well. The high-yield XL cartridges all provide the same 550 page yield which will provide more than double the capacity for a small increase in price. As a reminder, the unit does ship with starter cartridges, so new ink may need to be purchased sooner rather than later, depending on how much users print.
The Brother MFC-J880DW AIO is available from the company for $149.99. For more information on the unit, visit the product page on the Brother website.