Brother MFC-685CW

Brother MFC-685CW is a Color Inkjet All-in-One Printer features Print Speed 30ppm Black, 25ppm Color, Print Resolution Up to 6000×1200 dpi, Max. Print Sizes Up to 8.5″ x 14″ (Legal), 14.4K bps Fax Modem Speed, Copy Speed 22cpm Black, 20cpm Color, Optical Scan Resolution 600×2400 dpi, and has Widescreen 3.3″ Color LCD Display. The Brother MFC-685CW measures 18.4″ x 14.6″ x 7.1″ (W x D x H) and weighs 18.5 lbs.

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Brother MFC-685CW Reviews

PCWorld reviews the Brother MFC-685CW and writes;
“For scanning, this unit is quite good. It’ll pick up fine details and it’ll complete scans quickly (it took 34sec for a 300dpi A4 scan). The best part is that the unit can scan and print simultaneously. So if a big print job is under way, instead of waiting until it’s over, you can start scanning straight away. The automatic document feeder makes it easy to scan in multi-page documents, too.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Computershopper reviews the Brother MFC-685CW and writes;
“Overall, the MFC-685CW offers mixed results. Its fax, scan, and copier functions work very well for a low-priced printer. Its mediocre print quality and sluggish print speed, however, make it most suitable for casual home use, where speed and output quality aren’t critical.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PCMAG reviews the Brother MFC-685CW and writes;
“Photos on plain paper also showed a distinctly green color shift, but the colors were still within the realm of what I’d call newspaper quality—that is, close enough for casual applications, like printing Web pages with photos. Colors were much better on Brother’s Premium Glossy photo paper, well within reasonable bounds. More generally, the output on photo paper qualifies as true photo quality and is roughly a match for what you’d expect from drugstore photos…”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

User Opinions

Brother MFC-685CW User Reviews

Small Footprint, Great Photo Printing, No Problems
“So far I have used it for photo and regular printing. The quality of the photo prints is great, particularly in the parts of the image which are in fine focus. You need to load the paper into the cartridge. I got a paper jam when I cancelled a print job. The ink performs brilliantly. So far I have wasted three photo paper pages in printing five pages of photos.” – by Richard Hayward
Rating: ★★★★☆

Highly reccommend
“PROS I love the fact that I can at any time, print something out. It prints beautifully and quickly. I also love the paper cartridge like a copy machine as opposed to as Lexmark, which I have always loved in the past, where they are flapping out the back and getting dusty. Also this machine is 6,000 dpi instead of 4,800 for the Lexmark creating vivid colors. The display is beautiful and easy to use.” – by Larson
Rating: ★★★★★

No regrets
“Printing with the black ink could be a tad bit sharper but it’s still nice. This also all depends on the type of paper you use and the print settings. I’ve printed photos and they come out quite nice on this printer. The heavier the paper you print on, the better your prints. I would recommend 24lbs(standard inkjet paper weight) or higher. Though printing on 20lbs. is decent.” – by Vee
Rating: ★★★★☆

Early impression
“The print quality is as good as that of my HP 6122 printer, and the unit is quiet. The print speed is not remarkable but probably compares with that of the HP. I have some dexterity problems, but the button/controls are very easy to use. The wireless interface and other features are great.” – by Pig Pen
Rating: ★★★★☆

brother mfc wireless
“I loved my first Brother network MFC printer although the network card burned out way too soon but I love this one even more. The color has been improved and the wireless printing is awesome. I had the first Brother about 3 years and spent about $50 dollars on off brand ink (yes it works just fine) from clickinks for the whole 3 years and i have already ordered a huge supply from them for the new one for about $65.” – by Paul Huston
Rating: ★★★★★

Good Wireless all-in-one with built-in Fax machine
“Printing is more than ok, but I agree that pictures come out less crisp than professional print. I mostly print web pages, family pics for the fridge, and the occasional airplane boarding card, so I’m more than fine. For real memorabilia or gifts, I get an Apple iPhoto Book instead of doing the printing myself. I hooked this machine to the fax/phone line for a couple weeks, and it did great in sending and receiving fax messages…” – by This Random Guy
Rating: ★★★★☆

Slow but the Price of Ink is Right
“I was suprised at the slow speed of the printer. I suspect it has a small memory and takes many small gulps of data to print a large photo. However the photo quality is good and compared to HP its ink is very inexpensive.” – by Robert Carpenter
Rating: ★★★★☆

Used for 2 years with no problems
“I print a good deal in black and white, and occassionally in color. The color could be more vibrant, it seems more dull then on the screen. The black and white is just fine. I’ve scanned photos, made copies, sent faxes and received faxes. Everything is mostly as expected. I think, if I had a little set up help, I’d buy this again.” – by A. Boston
Rating: ★★★★☆

So far So good. It worth every penny invested on it
“I bought this printer for over six months. I can print via wireless from anywhere in my house. It also print via the ethernet cable that you use to connect your computer to the wireless router to access internet. Its so amazing and unbelievable. No problems with this item so far and now its over six month. I waited this long to write a review because i want to see if it won’t last or a piece of junk.” – by O. Oladosu
Rating: ★★★★★

Good Printer, huge bargain when you price ink cartridges
“This printer was very simple to set up and install. The step by step instructions are a no brainer. Print quality is very good. Print speed is adequate for my use. It is slightly noisier than the HP all in one machine I had prior to this one…but the Brother appears to be sturdier. If you are a power user that prints constantly all day I think you may be slightly disappointed in the only adequate speed of this machine. However, if you print less than about 50 pages per day… this machine might be a great fit. “ – by L. Whitaker
Rating: ★★★★☆


Brother MFC-685CW Brochure & User Guide

- Brother MFC-685CW Brochure
- Brother MFC-685CW User Guide

Features & Specifications

Brother MFC-685CW Features

This All-in-One offers a unique, low-profile design, without sacrificing a 10-page ADF. It combines a convenient front loading paper tray with a wide flip-up 3.3″ color LCD, Ethernet and wireless (802.11b/g) network as well as USB Direct Interface. The MFC-685cw also includes the Message Center® feature, a telephone handset and a full-duplex speakerphone.

* Wide 3.3″ flip-up color LCD display. Preview and print received faxes and your photos directly from your digital camera’s media card without a computer.

* Wireless (802.11b/g) and Ethernet interfaces‡ allow you to share the MFC on your network for printing, scanning, PC fax and access to your digital camera media cards.

* Print rich, vibrant borderless photos. Resolutions up to 6000 x 1200 dpi and a minimum droplet size of 1.5 picoliters shows the fine details of your photographs.
4×6 photo paper tray. Bypass tray holds up to 20 sheets of 4×6 glossy paper without removing standard paper.

* Fast color printing. Speeds up to 30ppm black and 25ppm color.‡

* Built-in digital answering machine. Holds up to 29 minutes of messages. It also includes a telephone handset and full duplex speaker phone.

* Auto document feeder for fax, copy and scan. The automatic document feeder holds up to 10 pages for unattended fax, copy and scanning of multi-page documents.

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