Brother - INKvestment MFC-J985DW Wireless All-In-One Printer - Black

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Spend less for more pages with INKvestment cartridges - the innovative and cost-effective solution for any home office. Business-capable features include automatic two-sided printing, up to 20-sheet ADF, and wireless and mobile device connectivity.Print, scan, copy and fax from this Brother all-in-one printer. Compatible with Windows and Mac OS, this printer can print up to 12 ppm in black and 10 ppm in color. Connect this Brother all-in-one printer wirelessly to your home or business network to cut back on cords and improve functionality in your workspace.

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    What's Included

    • Brother INKvestment MFC-J985DW Wireless All-In-One Printer
    • Installation CD-ROM for Windows and Mac OS
    • LC20EBK/C/M/Y Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow Starter Ink Cartridges
    • Product Safety Guide
    • Telephone Line Cord
    • User's Manual

    Ratings & Reviews

    Overall Customer Rating:
    93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (450 out of 489)

    Energy Ratings


    Spend less for more pages

    2400-page black cartridges for under $25, 1200-page color cartridges for under $15.¹

    Be sure you have the right cartridge

    Enter your printer's model number into our Ink and Toner Finder to find compatible cartridges. Get started ›

    Print for pennies and nickels

    Less than one cent per page for black and white printing, and less then five cents per page in color.¹

    Business-capable features

    for home office environments, including automatic duplex printing and up to 20-sheet ADF.

    100-sheet paper tray capacity. Single sheet bypass tray for printing on envelops and card stock for added convenience.

    Print and scan from almost anywhere

    Smartphone, tablet, laptop, and desktop computer.²

    Break free and go wireless

    Enjoy the freedom of wireless connectivity - and no router needed with Wi-Fi Direct.²

    Touchscreen Display

    Easily navigate to powerful features with a 2.7” touchscreen display.

    Scan to popular cloud services directly from the machine

    Scan to Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote, and more. Capture and digitize paper documents with Brother Cloud Apps for electronic storage or sharing.²

    Compact design

    Fits in nearly any workspace.

    ¹Based on MSRP of individual LC3029 black and color replacement ink cartridges and approximate page yield in accordance with ISO/IEC 24711.

    ²Requires a high-speed Internet connection.

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    Expert rating




    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Unstoppable Self Cleaning Cycles Drinks Ink

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

      This printer has reasonable features and works fine. The big problem is that it has a self-cleaning cycle that comes on constantly, even if the printer is turned off. So regardless of frequency of actual printing, as long as the printer is plugged in, you'll be out of ink in all cartridges in a few months. Furthermore, there's no way to disable the self cleaning, and no way to reduce its frequency of occurrence. If you google the topic, you'll see others have complained about this to no avail. I'm under the impression this self cleaning happens with almost all printers in the Brother inkjet line. The manufacturer's official response is that the self cleaning cycles are necessary to ensure the printer delivers a high-quality print every time it's used. What they don't say is that this is an excellent way of forcing consumers to buy overprices ink cartridges continuously. The Brother MFC-J985DW is advertised as an ink miser when compared to other printers, which is the biggest reason for my choosing it. Unfortunately, the unstoppable cleaning cycles more than negate what small amount of ink I may have saved during actual printing. This is my first Brother printer, and it will be my last.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      great printer

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I was concerned about the wireless distance as my computer is a long way from the printer but it was no problem. Especially love this printer. Love everything about it. I like that with the scanner I can do a preview and then zoom into one small area for the final scan with my computer and save it to my hard drive. Print quality is fine, ink usage is very small. There was no ink usage setting it up as all print setup done on the lcd screen which consummer report got wrong, There was no maintenance ink usage. I'm more at the expert level in that I installed 100s of computers for GM prior my retirement and was in control of maintenace and a systems analysis and programmer. Graffic print was a little weak, and I do some old print shop stuff but still was adequat for me. I make awards for hole in one for golf and old people shooting their age, and maintain records for a traveling golf league. Worked very acceptably for my needs.. I'm accessing it from several computers and they're all working great including an ipad using air print, but can also print through the network if I wanted to. Who ever designed this gets a big ATA BOY the copy system is set up very simple, easy to use only black as there is a button for black and another one for color on the screen. Simple and very efficient. When making two sided copy's can't tell them from the original in black and white or color. Very small printer with enormous capability.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Good Basic Printer, but missing basic features.

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I researched printers carefully to replace our maddening HP 6500. The HP driver often would not Install on guest computers, had barely used expensive ink cartridges expiring, and had a fragile paper feed and print head. The j985 installed easily, but it lacks a "fast draft" mode to save time and ink. This basic miss alone may eliminate the ink savings I was expecting. Its only color mode seems to be an in-between setting. On standard paper it was slightly lower quality and faster than the 5 year old HP at its best setting, but much slower than the HP's perfectly legible fast draft. For classroom or volunteer handouts or printing something to read, it's fine, but it falls short for producing business quality presentations and wastes time and ink on drafts. Have not done photos, but I am skeptical that it will meet our expectation that a 2016 printer would beat a 2010 from the same price range. If it had fast draft modes and bigger paper feed and output trays, it would be much better.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Nice features.. meh colors

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      This printer went back :( Here is what I liked about it: 1) Awesome support from Brother, I used the chat and they are efficient and polite, always guiding you through the steps, top notch support! 2)Nice apps integration and software. 3)Low cost ink Here is what I didn't like: 1) the paper tray, not too easy to fill with paper at least compared to my previous HP 8600 printer which it was a breeze. 2) A little bit too loud, it has a "quiet mode" though that works pretty well but it does slow down the printing. 3) The most important issue I had it was with the colors that come out, too bland and weak, I changed all settings possible but the colors remained too weak. I need to print lots of pages with presentations and stuff and the colors were just too awful. The experience with this product however at the end of the day makes me want to give Brother another shot for sure maybe with a more expensive model?

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great user friendly home printer

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I am nearly the least tech savvy person around and, by following the simple instructions to input my Internet address and password into the printer and then, on my laptop, going to “devices and printers”, and adding this printer - it was all up and running, wirelessly printing from both my I-phone 6S and from my Dell laptop. The color prints are very nice (as my previous printer was mono color). The price for this printer is very reasonable and I like that the ink refills are also reasonably priced and do not require an ongoing ink subscription as I’ve heard some printers do. The moving plastic parts seem a bit fragile - I handle it carefully and there’s no kids around to worry about rough handling so this is a non issue in my household. Overall a great product, I’m very happy with it - and, if I can set this up and get her going - anyone can!! Thx Best Buy!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Works great

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Bought this to replace an Epson all in one that I had. Could never get the print heads to align on the Epson. I went looking for a new all in one and saw the reviews on the Brother and decided to give it a try. When I purchased the Brother, it was on sale which did play a small part in the decision to purchase. Setup was super easy, just follow the directions and you will be up and running in about 25 minutes. I do have this printer connected to my computer via USB and it works great. It also transmits wirelessly which is great with all the devices in the household. Have not changed the starter ink cartridges and they produce a nice, solid color. This all in one does a great job for the home user.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      works ok

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Software locks up my computer on restart, but just need to close the Brothers help link first. The wireless connection works great. The starter ink ran out quick! Replacement was the expected primary cost to use, and the replacement ink lasted a longer time. We are on our third set in 8 months of light home use. We don't use it enough to have tried refilling cartridges. We like it ok. You MUST read the instructions to use all the functions. The manual is available on-line and worth downloading. We bought the extended warranty as it is Chinese made, so we wanted it to last at least two years. Mostly, I scan in rebate forms before mailing them, and print out to-do lists.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Suits my needs

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

      This was the only multi-function device that had a small footprint, printed legal size, faxed, scanned and copied, at this price point, of any brand out there that was reviewed favorably. I am very happy with it, and it suits my needs. I have small print volume, even for an at-home office, so I don't tax it to its limits. The only small down-side for me is that to print on legal size paper, you can only feed 1 sheet at a time, and if you want to print double-sided, you have to take that paper, turn it over, and feed it into the printer from the back again. To print letter size double sided, the printer does it automatically - no extra feeding of paper needed.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars with 3 reviews

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    The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about connectivity, print quality, paper handling and reliability. Editors have mixed opinions about multifunction. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 90/100 = Excellent quality.
    • Tom's GuideRating, 4 out of 5Eric Butterfield on September 28, 2016
      Brother MFC-J985DW Printer: A Cost-Per-Page Champ
      Brother's MFC-J985DW all-in-one delivers a lot for the money. The fast scanning, copying and text-printing speeds make it well-suited for a home or small office, and you'll be pleased with the quality of prints. I'd look elsewhere if I wereFull Review
    • PCMagRating, 4 out of 5Tony Hoffman on June 8, 2016
      Brother MFC-J985DW XL
      The Brother MFC-J985DW XL is a micro-office inkjet MFP that has very low running costs, and comes with a huge supply of ink.Full Review
    • Computer ShopperWilliam Harrel on May 18, 2016
      Brother MFC-J985DW XL Work Smart All-in-One Review and Ratings
      This entry-level AIO prints, copies, and scans great-looking documents, at a cost per page that's aggressive—at least, once you start purchasing its replacement cartridges.Full Review

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