The Good Brother makes it easy to network the MFC-7860DW with collaborators, and its modest price tag makes sense for budget-minded shoppers.
The Bad Larger offices will feel like a small small printer input tray and a recommended 10,000 sheets per month.
The Bottom Line The Brother MFC-7860DW and its auto-document feeder, wireless connection and easy installation make it a must-have for small businesses with moderate printing needs.
The $ 299 Brother MFC-7860DW Monochrome Laser Printer is a versatile solution for offices that don’t typically produce graphics but require a versatile machine that can additionally work as a standalone fax machine, copier and scanner. printing duties. Armed with a 35-page Multi-Page Scanner Document Feeder (ADF) and a duplexer on the back that can flip sheets for automatic two-sided printing, this unit provides guidelines for straightforward design and reliable operation.
Only from aesthetics, does the Brother MFC-7860DW not inspire as many oohs and ahhs compared to competing monochrome multifunction laser systems as HP LaserJet Pro M1217nfw , but it is certainly not an ugly duckling either.
The bottom half of the printer is based on the same design as the popular one HL-2270DW , but the larger paper path, control panel and ADF on top extends its dimensions up to 2.7 inches wide and 19.4 inches tall. It weighs 25.6 pounds, but textured cutouts on both sides and bottom of the case make it easy to move around the office.
The paper tray that is pulled out of the drawer at the bottom of the machine can hold 250 sheets of paper, but you can store an additional 35 pages in the document feeder for printing from the scanner. The center console also has a single sheet manual feed hidden behind the logo window that accepts irregular media such as executive sizes, envelopes, special sizes, and more.
The capacity of the MF-7860DW, combined with a monthly print run of 10,000 sheets (recommended by the manufacturer), should be sufficient for small offices that print about 30 pages per day. However, make sure this figure works for your workflow before buying it, as Brother does not offer an extra paper tray to increase overall capacity.
The printer booth only offers a large number of rubber shortcuts to the features you most often access, including fax speeds, scan and copy buttons, a digital dial pad for faxing, and eight speed dial buttons. . You also get selected function buttons for individual features that allow you to adjust the resolution of fax images, enlarge or reduce copy size, and switch duplexing to save money with duplex printing.
A simple monochrome LCD on the center panel displays relevant information, and the layout of the entire panel is organized and intuitive. The only downside is that the printer does not have a memory card reader and USB port, preventing access when using flash drives and expansion cards. I think this is because Brother does not expect users to get photos on the MFC-7860DW. However, this feature is still useful for visitors who do not have time to install a printer on their network.
However, connecting a printer for perma- nent use on a basic computer or wired / wireless network makes it easy to refresh in a world of glitzy print drivers and complex settings. The process is not as straightforward as the HP Smart Install connectivity and integration feature, but the manual and the accompanying disc for me started up and started the printer in minutes. Although most of the default drivers in the driver menu connect wirelessly, you can easily configure it on the printer itself, using the Brother on-screen guide.
Brother also gives you the option to install a third-party image application called “Paperport” from ScanSoft. This program allows you to edit photos in settings for viewing files such as Apple’s iPhoto, with basic photo editing solutions to automatically enhance, erase, and eliminate red-eye. I played with the software and enjoyed its simplicity, but don’t expect the editing quality to be on par with Adobe’s kits; it’s more for light users and amateur photographers with limited time and editing resources.
The faster Brother MFC-7860DW engine boosts print speed compared to its single-function line, though it still lags behind HP P1606dn less than a page per minute (PPM) – certainly not enough discrepancy to notice in daily print duties. With average scores throughout the test, the 7860DW won’t make you wait too long. Just prepare for the buzzer from the internal speaker every time the printer handles a new task.
Printer Performance (ppm)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
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1721.1319.28 Samsung ML-2851ND
20.2821.820.69 HP LaserJet P1606dn
19.2922.520.5 Brother MFC-2270DW
18.1519.0318.64 HP LaserJet Pro M1217NFW
The print quality of the MFC-7860DW is excellent, though not perfect. Looking closer at the prints of the text, I notice the shortcomings of the characters at the edges of the letters. They are not perfectly sharp, and the blocks of text show a slight blurry compared to the others I’ve seen, although this is only evident through the magnifying lens. Solid toner blocks on spotty prints, as is the case with most monochrome laser printers, but the overall image quality is certainly satisfactory for professional printers.
Service and support
Brother supports MFC-9440CN with a one-year limited warranty. Free telephone support is available on weekdays from 6:00 to 16:30. PT. You can also send an email or fax to technical support. The Brother Web site has a database of FAQs, downloads and tutorials.
The small icons in text output and the lack of features such as a memory card reader and a light duty cycle do not allow the Brother MFC-7860DW to receive the Editor’s Choice Award, but its affordable price tag and reliable workflow put this monochrome multifunction laser printer on top his game.