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Brother - MFC-J485DW Wireless All-In-One Printer - Black

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Brother All-in-One Printer: Print important documents right from your compatible mobile device with this printer, which features Apple® AirPrint, Google Cloud Print and Brother iPrint&Scan. The 1.8" color LCD simplifies setting adjustments on the printer, and automatic double-sided printing helps save you time and paper.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • MFC-J485DW Wireless All-In-One Printer
    • LC201 black, cyan, magenta and yellow ink cartridges
    • Telephone line cord
    • CD-ROM
    • Owner's manual

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2854 out of 3085)

    Energy Ratings


    Features


    Inkjet printers are best for home or small business use

    They offer excellent print quality for photos and documents and accept a variety of paper types and sizes.

    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 ›

    Wireless and mobile printing capability

    Connect this printer to your home or office network with built-in Ethernet or wireless LAN. Plus, print from your mobile device with Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print and Brother iPrint&Scan*.

    Up to 6000 x 1200 dpi (dots per inch) resolution

    High resolution for producing incredible quality and detail in documents and photos.

    4 individual print cartridges are economical

    Only replace ink cartridges (black, cyan, magenta and yellow) when a color runs out.

    Large-capacity input tray for high-volume copying

    Reload less often with the 100-sheet tray. The 20-sheet automatic document feeder simplifies copying, scanning or printing multi-page documents.

    1.8" color LCD screen

    Adjust settings with ease.

    USB port for simple connectivity

    High-speed USB 2.0 port offers a standard connection to your PC or Mac.

    Built-in duplex printing

    Print on both sides of the page without turning it over manually to minimize your printing costs and help the environment.

    Apple, the Apple logo, iPod, iPad and Apple AirPrint are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

    *Requires a high-speed Internet connection.

    Print speeds vary with use. See manufacturer for info on print speeds.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 3085 reviews

    93%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great printer

      Posted
      Stinky
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      So far so good. It connected quickly and easily to my wireless network. I immediately did some testing with printing, double side printing, scanning, and more. Thus far I have found no issues with it. For the price you can't beat the options and what sold me was the auto double side printing (which works with no issues). I have a 2.4 Ghz and a 5 Ghz setup at my house and thus far it doesn't matter which band my computer is connected to, the printer will still work (my previous printer would only work if my laptop was on the same 2.4 Ghz band). My only concern is the small ink cartridges, but they are so cheep I don't see how it will be a problem. Some people like the bigger cartridges but if you are like me it takes years to go through a full cartridge and after about a year it stops printing as well because the ink dried on the head. I looked for about a hour at Bestbuy before I decided on this one. Some problems I found on other printers: Some printers will stop printing all together is the color cartridge runs out (reviews stated they couldn't even print a black and white document because one color was out) Some printers will only work with genuine ink cartridges Most printer have expensive ink cartridges (this one was very low cost per page) Most printers do not have double sided printing (especially at this price mark) - but this one does and I love it! Scanning resolution varies widely (I only scan documents so this didn't matter to me) This unit is very small and compact (another reason I bought it) Overall a great unit If you like this review and found it helpful, give it a thumbs up!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good Multi Purpose Printer!!

      Posted
      ExcellentEducator
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      I was kind of skeptical to purchase this printer because of the mix reviews that I read across various forums. However, I decided to take a chance and see for myself its strengths and weaknesses as noted below: Strengths: Setup was surprisingly easy! Firstly, I inserted paper into the machine and then turned it own which the machine prompted me to insert the various printer cartridges. I ran a print test which was very successful. Thereafter, the machine prompted me to input general information such a date, time, year etc. Afterwards the machine quickly found and connected to my Wifi. The machine prints very rich tones that really compete with laser. I was shocked that ink jet cartridges had improved so signficantly. Connections-I have about 16 devices including smart phones all of which connected and printed amazingly well without any hiccups. The scanner integrated with my main PC without any hiccups. The scans are clear and transparent. Copying-I copied a document and the produced copy was clear and transparent as well. Weaknesses: The only true weakness that I see early about the machine is the time it takes to print is rather slow. This weakness is not necessarily a biggie for me because I have another Brother printer, DCPL-2540DW which is my primary printer in addition to model HL-L2320D. I am partial to laser because of the longevity of toner versus ink jet. My main reason for purchasing the MFC-J485DW was for its faxing capabilities and the fact that I got such a great deal on pricing. I picked this up on Best Buy's Deal of the Day for $39.99 and an additional discount of $5 (earned certificate from BB). So, overall I paid $38 and some change including taxes. Suffice to say, it was a deal to good to pass on! Overall, strengths definitely outweigh weaknesses as a result, I highly recommend the purchase of this product if you're looking for a good reliable printer at an economical price. Brother, definitely is on consumers' side!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great bang for your buck

      Posted
      Joeschmo
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      After extensively reviewing many "mid-tier" printers at competitive prices, I settled on leaning towards a Brother printer and found this. I didn't need anything complex, just a printer that printed moderately efficient, reliable, and offered wireless or AirPrint capability. From the standpoint of comparing this printer to the printers I've owned in the past (all comparative in level of functionality and pricing), I would say this beats any of my HP, Epson, and Canon (functionality only by a margin) printers. All of my printers have been junk and had half-lives shorter than a fly. This one seems to be a strong performer in the last 3 months. The printer is not intrusive in size. It isn't the most sleekest, space-efficient printer, but it also doesn't take up all the real estate if you were to put it on your desk or counter. Aesthetically, it also is somewhat balanced. Again it isn't sleek and minimalist-looking like a Canon printer (those cool "Apple" whites), but it's still pleasing to the eye. It sort of follows a Epson suit, where it's simply good but nothing special. The black is matte, and not glossy. The printer design is delicate in some areas but it never feels cheap. Though you can tell that Brother keeps their prices competitive not by their looks, but by their functionality and reliability in what they do best- print! At first, I was disappointed in this printer, and expected more in terms of reliability: when launching a print, the connection intermittently disengaged and the Brother was no where to be found on my network. It was frustrating at first, but realized that if I used the provided installation CD-ROM instead of using local drivers in my operating system, all the headaches were gone! I know that seems simple and the first obvious answer, but actually current operating systems do well to either store or retrieve the latest drivers for many devices- but in this case- go for the CD-ROM! I was just glad I had an external drive lying around (I have a 2015 MacBook). So buyer caveat there! The printer is able to print double-sided (WHOO!), prints at a practical speed (not blinding fast but not painfully slow), and the control center loaded onto my computer is intuitive for scanning and sending as images or PDFs. Some parts of the printer feel dated for 2016, like the control panel on the printer itself. I appreciate its color LCD and its ability to swivel upward, but it does feel cheap. How can touch screen LCDs not be standard for printers these days? Again, this is a very balanced printer best for the casual user at a great price at Bestbuy. As a grad student this serves my needs. This is not suitable for a business of course, nor for someone who needs to print 30 pages per minute (I wish!). All this printer (or Brother needs) is to find a way to polish their aesthetics and this would be a real five star! Otherwise, this is definitely a keeper!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Impressed, have been using HP Printer all my life!

      Posted
      Indy

      Great printer coming from having so many HP Printers. I can't recall when I had a non-HP printer. Got tired of the build quality and cost of ink. Debated between the Brother and Canon because I was looking for an AIO without a power brick (yes, can't figure out why HP always have to have an extra power brick - pet peeve, inc desk clutter). Setup: Macbook Pro 13 Retina Cheap TP-Link wifi router Brother MFC-J485DW Pros: - Easy to set up and prints on both sides. - Didn't install any software at all. - Setup wifi using the front LCD panel and found my SSID and enter the password (harkens back to the old days of when you had to text using just the numeric keypad on a candy bar phone) - OS X recognized it through wifi and just added the printer in the printer settings menu. - Scans using native OS X Image capture software. - This is debatable. Was used to only one cartridge for color but with three different color cartridge I think in the long run it may be more cost effective since you are only replacing the primary color instead of having to change out the entire cartridge. - I think the print head is on the printer itself rather than on the cartridge which may explain why the ink is cheaper. - Very sleek, and I like the paper tray that is similar to a laser printer, the document feeder folds out of the way flush when not using. Cons: - NO FAST or DRAFT mode to save ink. I tried installing the software using Windows 7 running on a virtual machine but can't change quality setting.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      The most features for your dollar. Solid printer.

      Posted
      donsanedrin
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      For starters, people who sporadically do some printing, scanning, copying, and even faxing. This really is the best bang for your buck all-in-one printer. Things like the paper-feeder for the scanning and copying is very nice. And it can even do auto-duplex printing on both sides of a paper, even though the way it does it might concern you that something will get jammed. I think that if you work this printer hard, every day, it will probably start wearing itself out in under a couple of years. But for the casual office user, this does plenty. And even better, Brother has started selling the cartridges at competitive prices with the re manufactured cartridge market. For most people, Black Ink is the most important, and they sell it at a pretty decent price. So that's also a plus. Yes those re-manufactured cartridges can get pretty cheap, but they're always leaking ink, and they go out quickly. and the printer always reports that its empty. The software is sometimes cumbersome to install onto the computer, especially since you have to find it online at the Brother website and decide which version of the software is best for you. You do need to download the full software to take advantage of the scanning functions and also use it as a digital faxing machine where you can send digital documents out to a fax, and receive faxes as digital documents, not have to waste alot of paper. I'd recommend connecting directly with this printer via USB cable (not included) so that all of those other functions perform smoothly, however it can work over wifi, but I would stick with normal printing and scanning. The on-board software is okay, nothing fancy. You can connect to wifi from the buttons controls. Its not a touchscreen. You can print from the Brother app on your smartphone. I'd say for a family, that has multiple uses from different people. This does alot for very, very little money. But if you are running an office, maybe its enough for a single office user, but not for an entire office.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      I am very satisfied with this purchase.

      Posted
      Claire
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      When shopping for a new printer, I discovered that my options were very limited since I wanted a retro style All-in-One type printer that primarily has buttons, rather than only touch screens. Most printers for sale these days are touch screen only types. I decided on this printer after visiting many stores and reading reviews online. This make and model had many positive reviews which helped me to decide to get this one. This printer is very quiet when operating. It does not take a long time to wake it up when printing the first page of the day. The print quality is better than I expected from an inkjet printer. It was easy to set up and I like the wireless connection to my laptop computer. It is fast enough for my needs which is just a few pages at a time, not volume printing. I have used it only for printing from the laptop and for making copies. I have not yet had the need to scan anything so I cannot report on that function. Since I don't have a landline telephone anymore, I cannot put the fax function to use. The paper is easy to load, and I have not had any paper jams so far after several weeks of use. The unit has a sturdy feel to it even though it seems smaller than some of the competing models. I like the fact that it does not take up much room on the table. I like the simple no frills functional design and the non-glossy exterior. Another good feature to mention is that the color cartridges are available as single colors so you only replace the one that runs out, while you continue to use up the other colors. I am very satisfied with this purchase and I feel like it is worth more than what I paid for it (list price was $99.99 but it was on sale for $59.99 the week that I was shopping for a printer).

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Good for price-range, but I detest the the chip

      Posted
      Aaron
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      This appears to be a solid little printer. It was very slow, however, especially without the full drivers installed. It's doubly slow on ink-saver mode, slower than it should be compared to a 5 year old Brother I have. Be sure if you are using this printer with a computer for which the cd wasn't used to install drivers that you go online to install the full drivers, otherwise your printing options are much more limited. I'm rating this printer based on it's price category, which is about 20% higher in cost than what it was when I purchased it a month ago. I'm docking it a star because it is a printer for which Brother has begun using smart chips on the toner, meant to prevent (more appropriately interpreted "deter") customers from using generic toners. The EU created legislation about this, as it contributes to massive e-waste. As well, toner is incredibly and ridiculously expensive. A customer should be able to use whatever ink they desire just as we should be able to buy gas from whatever gas station we desire. Fortunately, this particular printer's chips are replaceable with generics out there that also have chips, but from what I found, you must first insert the Brother toner to get a read, and then use the generics, otherwise it doesn't seem to read the first time around (it needs a jump start, essentially, from my experience). Anyway, this is where printer companies make their money--not from the printer, but from the insanely priced toners. If you can get around the toner-chip issue, this printer will be paid for in savings through a 20.00 purchase of generic toners, if you get a decent brand. Maybe they're just as good as Brother, maybe they're not. But if you print a lot at home, they make great economic sense.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best Inkjet Printer I've owned

      Posted
      JTolson29
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      I've been reading solid reviews on Brother printers for the past 4-5 years and have been afraid to pull the trigger. After needing to replace ink in a Canon MP495 (basic, no duplex, no ADF, but great on ink) I decided to buy a printer opposed to ink cartridges. Caught it on sale for $49 and it's one of the best purchase decisions I've made all year. I love the small footprint. Setup was very easy, no problems connecting to wifi or installing drivers from the internet. The app is well thought out and intuitive. Printer is quiet and print quality is great. Only knock is that it's not the fastest and there is no NFC. The wifi works perfectly and not sure I'll ever miss the lack of NFC. The speed is OK given the limited printing I do. The J485 appears to be the Brother entry level model Best Buy carries. Comparing several models higher up in the range, the only difference appears to be full touch screen and faster print speeds. For my limited print needs (mailing labels, less than 10 pages a week) this feels like the steal of the century one week in. Lately I've been scanning more than printing. The scan from phone controls are outstanding. Beats plugging a USB in and realizing I forgot to remove it after I've left the house. Regular price is $99 but it looks like it's regularly on sale for $60 or less. Don't waste extra money on higher prices printers if you're looking for a basic Inkjet, this Brother is a solid bet.

      I would recommend this to a friend




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