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MFC-8950DW

High-Performance Laser All-in-One with Advanced Duplex and Wireless Networking

Estimated Street Price: $599.99*




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19 of 26 people would recommend this product.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5
Great machine
April 22, 2013
By Gojuman from Highland Mills, NY
I have my MFC-8950DW for just short of a month at this point. I wanted to print, copy and scan a large amount of documents in a variety of configurations before I wrote this review. Aside from the fact that it is a bit loud at start up the machine is just incredible. Set up is a breeze.

I cannot speak as to whether it can handle a mix of both letter and legal sized documents at the same time as I do not have a second paper tray and don’t need one. I do not use it as a fax either.

Everything I have tossed at it so far is handled with speed, clarity and top notch reliability. I don’t understand why some reviewers complain the function that reduces the size of multiple page documents and fits them into one page does not work. It works perfectly in both single and two sided mode and will save lots of paper. Perhaps those people do not understand the options on the printer properties page. The two sided printing, copying and scanning functions work as they should. However, when scanning to PDF the default size produces very large files and with a few simple adjustments they can be reduced down to where you want them.

In my opinion, after looking at many other brands and models this is the best black and white laser multifunction machine on the market at this time.
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Brother products owned 4
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Overall Rating: 1 out of 5
Bad warranty
March 31, 2013
By Rshammo from Park Ridge.
Product was defective Brother replaced it with a Referb. Bad product support.
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Use Medium Business (26 to 999 Employees)
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Overall Rating: 1 out of 5
ONLY 17 pages per minute! NOT 42!
February 18, 2013
By Anya from Boston MA
1. PPM
I've just timed MFC-8950DW while it was printing - it prints only 17 pages per minute despite the promised 42 ppm.

2. Touch screen
A lot of options are no longer available as buttons (sorting, contrast, brightness) and you are forced to use the touchscreen that has a 1995 interface.

3. Duplex printing and scanning
So far works really well

4. Autofeeder
It's much louder than previous models and tends to take several pages at once.
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Use Small Business (Up to 25 Employees)
Brother products owned More than 5
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Overall Rating: 1 out of 5
Giant Step Backwards
February 18, 2013
By Dave104 from Boston, MA
Our law office has owned an MFC-8460N for years, and this year we purchased the MFC-8950DW as the old machine is starting to age out. A couple of comparisons to the old machine will suffice to show that this multi-function is a giant step backwards:

1. Old machine could handle a copy job of mixed-size pages (letter and legal) and would simply pull the correct paper from one of its two trays after it was configured. The MFC-8950DW cannot do this. It generates an error message and you have to hit "start" again every time the paper size changes.

2. Old machine would automatically read the size of pages it was scanning and would create a scanned pdf that matched that size (so, with no changing of settings, you could scan in two legal-size pages and create a legal-size pdf, then scan two letter-size pages and create a letter-size pdf). The MFC-8950DW can't do that. You have to set the scan software to anticipate the size of the incoming pages (for each job), and if it is set wrong, the scan will simply cut off anything that doesn't match the expected size.

3. Our old machine can handle mixed-size scan jobs. This one cannot. You can (quickly) scan a whole pile of letter-sized pages, or a whole pile of legal, but if you mix them up the MFC-8950DW will throw an error message and just cut off any part of the page it does not want to read.

The trays cannot actually handle a full ream, though Brother claims they can. Almost a full ream, but not quite, so you will always have small piles of paper that don't fit in when you load the paper.
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