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Overall Rating: 5 out of 5
MFC-L8850CDW does the job
October 11, 2014
By jdrewf from Bayville, New Jersey
The MFC-L8850CDW is a fast and loaded with impressive features and networking and it is built in.

The MFC-L8850CDW is a large heavy printer. It also has a serious footprint: 19.3in Wide x 20.7in deep x 20.9 in High. The packaging is quite good as is typical for Brother and while the box had some dings the printer was in perfect condition. The setup was very simple and easy.

The printer comes with TN331 standard yield cartridges that drop right in. They are good for 2500 pages B&W or 1500 pages Color. It can take the TN336 high yield cartridges that mean less frequent changes and printing that is more economical. I always get genuine Brother Cartridges.

I connected the printer using the Ethernet cable to my Netgear router, install the software on my pc’s download the app for my iPad and Samsung Galaxy 4 and had everything configured and up and running in minutes.

Driver installation was simple and consistent with other Brother Printer installations. When installed the driver finds the printer on the network and registers the PC with the MFC-L8850CDW so you can scan-to-PC from the device. This is a very nice touch! The installation installs PaperPort scanned document management from Scansoft.

I found the large LCD touch screen both intuitive and attractive. It was easily use it for setup and to manage functions/settings of the printer/scanner/copier and fax at the printer.

Printing is very quick. I believe the specifications are close to real world at 32ppm for both color and B&W. The MFC-L8850CDW has a quick first page print time. To get that the printer has a large surge current needed to warm the print drum/fuser.
I used ordinary laser printer paper. I also used business card stock all with no issues.

Bottom-line it does want I want it to do effortlessly and at a very good price point, Brother builds very good products that deliver every time. I have had many Brother Products and have never been disappointed.

What I would like to see:
An additional paper tray at a reasonable price, not one that cost almost as much as the printer did.
An envelope cartridge/tray for high run mailing jobs
Near Field connectivity.
Expertise Hobbyist/Enthusiast
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Overall Rating: 1 out of 5
One huge issue!
June 8, 2014
By RobF from Watkinsville, GA
I would absolutely love to purchase this unit to replace a Brother monochrome laser AIO, and an HP color laser printer in my home office. I have owned numerous Brother printers, and each and every one of them has been a fabulous piece of equipment, as I'm sure this would be, but, like my monochrome AIO, printing envelopes with this machine requires opening the rear cover and flipping down two levers, then when the envelopes are printed, they exit the rear of the machine. I read the User Manual to confirm this.... This is a show stopper for me, as the printer will have its back against a wall in my office, as I'm sure it would in many other settings. At 50+ pounds and 20 inches deep, it is a hassle to use, and too deep for the back to be open while sitting on a standard counter top. I'm writing this review in hopes of spurring Brother's engineers and marketing people to consider the possibility of turning the paper path 90 degrees so paper moves left to right through the unit, and envelopes would then be able to flow straight through as they do now, but exit on a side. In most small offices, this improvement would make this printer the perfect choice. Brother makes the highest quality printers I have owned, and I've tried them all, so if you don't print on envelope and card stock very often, or the back of your machine will be readily accessible, then you probably can't go wrong with this machine.
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