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Printer Spotlight – The Brother MFC-J870DW

Printer Spotlight – The Brother MFC-J870DW

Few printers can boast a feature-rich versatility, high quality output and low initial and running cost of ownership; the Brother MFC-J870DW is one of the few. Small in size but powerful in results, this printer is designed for casual home users, home offices and small business environments.

Ease of Use

Convenience seems to be the MFC-J870DW’s hallmark. A 2.7” touchscreen panel allows you to easily navigate through various menu options and control standalone office features such as copy, scan and fax. The touchscreen also gives you the opportunity to scan to email. Wireless compatibility gives you the option to share your printer with anyone connected to your device, print from your mobile phone, and gives you greater freedom in choosing where to position your printer. Free Brother Cloud apps, available both to Android and Apple users, allow you to seamlessly print from your phone or tablet.

Print Quality and Speed

Output quality and print speed are a strong suit of this printer. Users can choose between two printing modes: fast and ISO. Fast mode will give you slightly poorer prints than ISO (the International Organization for Standardization), but will deliver them at a laser-class speed of 33 ppm (pages per minute) in black and 27 ppm in color. ISO print speeds will give you a higher quality printout but at 12 ppm in black and 10 ppm in color. Text output quality is strong, and is above par for standard inkjet MFPs; color output isn’t quite as exceptional, but is good enough for printouts around the house and internal business documents. Photo quality is a huge win for this printer. It delivers powerfully vibrant, drugstore quality prints, allowing you to receive professional photo results from the comfort and convenience of your own home.

Low Running Cost

This printer is a true money-saver, offering a low running cost thanks to the high page yield and low cost of Brother MFC-J870DW ink. Another cost-saving advantage that the MFC-J870DW presents is automatic duplexing, ideal for work-related documents such as brochures as well as saving money on paper supplies.

Interesting Bonuses

The Brother MFC-J870DW also comes with some surprising bonuses, although they may not be for everyone. The Brother MFC J870DW gives you the option to print directly onto blank, printable optical discs. This includes DVDs, CDs and Blu-ray discs. NFC technology (Near Field Communications) simplifies printing from mobile even further for Android users. How does it work? Simply open Brother’s print app, pick a document you wish to print, and hold the phone next to the NFC logo located on the front of the printer for a brief moment. WA-LA! It’s that simple. Of course, not everybody needs this feature or has an NFC-enabled phone.

The Bottom Line

There are few faults to be found with the Brother MFC-J870DW printer. Its high quality print results, fast speed and breadth of convenient features make it a more than worthy printer for the home or small office. The only possible drawback for some would be the paper tray capacity, which is 100. While a 100 sheet capacity is ample for some, those who print at high volumes on a frequent basis may find it annoyingly small.

But most will be won over by this printer’s ease of set up, use and maintenance. A 20 page document feeder facilitates scanning operations and releases you from manual scanning. Additionally, you’ll find connecting the printer to your wireless network to be amazingly simple thanks the Brother’s wireless assistant, which walks you through each step of the process. The touchscreen display panel is intuitive and easy to navigate. Loading and unloading cartridges is refreshingly simple thanks to front loading cartridges for easy access.

If you’re looking for a new printer that can do a little bit of everything at a low price, the Brother MFC-J870DW is certainly one for consideration. And, if you’re looking for discount ink that delivers professional results, LD Products has you covered with LC103 ink supplies compatible with the Brother MFC-J870DW.

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