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  • Pros mentioned:
    Color, Ink, Paper
    Cons mentioned:
    Price, Value

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Value Inkjet Printer

    Posted .

    The biggest problem with buying an inkjet printer in the past has been the value proposition. While the printer itself is fairly inexpensive, the ink costs fat exceed the actual value you get out of the printer. This is where the Brother "INKvestment tank" comes in. Brother advertises up to a year worth of ink in the box when you purchase one of these printers as well as up to a year of ink when you replace the cartridge. This is a game changer for the inkjet industry and when purchasing a new printer, and economics is a concern, you can now add an inkjet back in the mix of your laser printer choices and save some cash in the process! I have not had the opportunity to deplete the cartridge yet, but I have used it as my main printer for about a month in total and the ink levels are still in the 90%. I'm not a heavy printer user normally, but this past month has been income taxes, numerous shipping labels, general office related documents, and in all, i've consumed about a ream of paper total (500 sheets). This printer is super easy to setup. I chose to join it to my WiFi using the iOS app. Setup took all of about 10 minutes. Once setup and on my WiFi, i went to my computers and installed the Brother printer driver, again, super simple on a Windows 10 machine, took about 5 minutes total. On my macs, simply adding as an airprint printer was all that was needed. Installing the official driver just added the scanner functionality to the OS. The touchscreen interface on the printer itself is super minimal and easy to use. Copy, scan, print is VERY easy, Just click the corresponding button and you're done. These same buttons and functionality are present in the desktop application. This desktop application is super minimal and simple. I found this pleasant but others may need more advanced features, though Brother supplies a TWAIN driver for use of applications like Photoshop or others to be used for advanced scanning. There are two trays on this printer, a top tray that supports about 200 sheets and the lower tray that is another 300. Together they support a full ream of paper. My largest complaint is that there is a sleep setting that can only be set to a maximum of 9 minutes. When in sleep mode, sending print jobs did not "wake" the printer for me and I had to walk to it and wake it up. Adding in the ability to turn off this feature would be nice. Scanning is fast and easy however the scanning feeder only holds 17-20 sheets. This is fine for my needs and likely most people, though heavier scanner users may need a larger feeder. Printing is quick and of nice quality. The initial setup requires you to go through some calibration, but afterwards prints came out clear, of nice color, and fairly fast. This printer works great on iOS using the AirPrint feature as well. The printer was easily found and printed out anything I asked it to do with ease. All in all this is a great simple to use printer with the promise of added value by more economical ink tanks. I recommend this printer to anyone looking for such features. More "power users" will likely want to look elsewhere though.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Color, Ink, Paper
    Cons mentioned:
    Loud

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent printer with 1YR of Ink included

    Posted .

    I have owned several printers from popular manufacturers but have had two that stopped working recently after a fairly short period of time so I am looking forward to trying something new with expanded features. This is the Best Brother Printer I have used yet. With the trends of having Ink programs this comes with it which is better than some subscription models out there with other manufacturers. Unboxing & Physical Features: The printer comes extremely well packaged with thick boxing and Styrofoam inserts. Whether you are picking this up from the store or having it shipped, I don’t think you’ll have any concerns! The printer is solid and the perfect size for my use and space. I am a moderate user. I use the different features of an all-in-one printer but since I’m not utilizing if for anything particularly professional with high-volume, I don’t want it to take up a ton of space. So, I especially love that all the features that matter to me are packed into reasonable dimensions and the printer is not extremely tall. It fits perfectly in my desk credenza cabinet with only 11.25 inches of vertical space. I can get to the top document feeder and/or lift the top lid just enough to use it for scanning and copying. Also, everything can be accessed from the front! Most importantly, the ink loads right from the front so I wouldn’t need to take the printer out to load the ink! Also, the power cable is in the back, but extends from the left side. PERFECT for me because you can slide the printer back into the shelf without losing space or concern of smashing the cord. Setting up: This was a piece of cake. There are simple printed instructions but you can honestly just follow the prompts. Plug it in, load the paper, pop in the ink cartridges, check the alignment and you’re set! The ink cartridges are the simplest that I have ever had on a printer. With my previous printers, I had to pull them out of the shelf and open the whole unit to access the ink on the inside. With this one, you just flip down the front port and pop them in. They click in perfectly and extremely fast. BRILLIANT. It takes just a few minutes for the new ink to load and to do the recommended alignment. This is a standard process that my other printers had. If you’ve never done this before, it prints a test page that you place back on the scanner for it to check and self-adjust. I do not use a hardwired Ethernet cable or phone/fax line. So for me it was just finding the wifi, entering the password and it was on the network in seconds and ready to go. General Use: The printer has a small LCD full color touch screen on a panel that can be tilted for a better viewing angle. For me it is perfect because my printer cabinet is near the floor and I can tilt the panel up to see without having to get on the floor. The screen leads you to all the functions like scans/copying/sending to web apps/etc. and to adjust settings. The menus are intuitive and the layout is simple. It is not complicated or overwhelming. You can also download the app on your mobile device to check ink levels, adjust settings or print/scan/copy through the app. Pretty cool! This printer has 2 trays which combined should hold about 400 sheets (a whole pack is 500). This is an upgrade over my previous printer. Printer/Copier: Printing from from a laptop and mobile device is simple. Very short lag for warm up time and printing is fast and the printer is not too loud. The text comes out crisp and clear on standard settings. I have not tried photo printing but I did print a presentation including graphics and a photo and the colors turn out very clear and accurately reflect what I see on my computer/device screen. I’ve printed different documents from different applications and all have the same great results. My disclaimer is that I don’t have much experience in photo printing or extensive printing of significant color documents so I’m not able to comment on that. Copying is easy and the top document feeder is really nice to have. Since the overall form factor of this machine is modest, I don’t think the document feeder is intended for a huge stack of pages to copy but I believe it will work for most of my needs. Scanner: I tend to use this feature frequently on my printers. To scan and email, it was just a matter of entering my email addresses and it saves those for you for ongoing use. I’ve always relied on the scan to pdf approach and email and this worked without a hitch. However, there are other features like sending straight to your google drive, dropbox, Evernote, etc or even scanning to other file formats like word or power point. I will be experimenting with these features over time. Conclusion: I’m not sure how long the ink will last or the cost of the replacement cartridges and it seems that is always the unknown component of printers. However, for me this printer is excellent. You can set it up and use it right away, the size is right, the features are right and the quality meets all my applications.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Color, Paper, Scanning
    Cons mentioned:
    Price, Value

    Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Middle of the road

    Posted .

    Brother MFC-J4535 The Brother MFC-J4535 Inkvestment ink jet printer resembles most of Brother’s other MFC printers. Primarily plastic with plastic pieces. This is my second MFC printer and other than a few design changes they are pretty much the same. The J4535 is an “INKvestment” model, using a larger ink tank cartridge to fill a smaller internal tank on the print heads. I guess this is to compete with Epson’s ecotank line. The unit ships with what Brother called the “starter” cartridges and advertises on the box and unit that it has enough ink to last up to a year (fine print: when printing only 150 pages per month). There are two versions of the cartridge, the regular which is about 3000 pages and the XL which is double at 6000 pages. I was unable to find a duty cycle rating for this machine. The J4535 comes with two paper trays which hold up to 400 sheets. It can handle 8.5x14 paper in either tray; however, legal paper sticks out the front of the machine. There is also a single-sheet feed in the rear of the machine for thicker paper and card stock. Brother says you can use coated or photo paper in the top tray but I prefer to use the single sheet feeder. Connecting the machine to my wireless network was quick and easy and installing the software went as expected on both my Windows and Mac computers and laptops. They all found and recognized the printer without incident. The software includes PaperPort SE 14 for document handling. Most of my scanning is to create PDF’s so I use Acrobat rather than the bundled products. I find bundled software like PaperPort cumbersome but generally usable. Other than the lack of the flip-up document holder, the scanner is the same as my previous model, which is nice, especially if you have it on a shelf with low clearance. There is a flip up catch to stop the scanned documents from running off the top and over the edge. You can also lift up the feeder and use the flat glass to scan items that can't go through the feeder. Scanning is good quality and depending on settings, moves through at a decent pace although I wouldn't consider it high speed and it does not do auto duplexing like the printer does. The software gives you the choice of output including PDF, JPEG, PNG, TEXT, RTF and TIFF. It will also auto-rotate your documents. You can create workflows which save your favorite settings for things like photos and documents. Scanning to email and cloud services like google and dropbox are also supported. The print quality from the J4535 is acceptable and pretty much the same as my previous Brother MFC machine. Text is readable at 8 points, colors are accurate and shading was smooth both in gray scale and color. I would have liked the black to be a bit darker. Although not as crisp and dark as I would like, I was using standard copy paper and not inkjet specific paper which has a less porous finish and is a bit more expensive. Repeating the same page using a generic glossy photo paper fared even worse than expected. Using photo paper in the media settings - the print took considerably longer and the ink created spots and drops in solid areas. Using the same paper but with regular media selected, the drops in solid areas got even worse. This is clearly not a photo printer. Examples of prints and how the scanner works are included. There is also a front mounted usb port to print directly from a thumb drive but this seems limited to jpeg files and with the print quality I mentioned, not something I see getting much use. The printer does have an auto-duplex mode to print on both sides of the page which is very convenient when sending a large print job, however as mentioned above, the scanner is only single sided so it's a no go on double sided copies unless you duplex manually. The Brother MFC-J4535 also does faxing but in 2021 I don't know why. Like many people these days I don't have a landline phone line. The fax system seems to be full featured and there if you need it. The LCD touch screen is easy to see and the interface makes it easy to use and control all of the device's features. Like many printers these days, Brother provides a mobile app that allows you to print and scan to and from your phone. The app works as expected and is great for road warriors that use their phones. Final thoughts - this machine is plastic and the paper trays and supports are pretty flimsy and need to be used with care. The reason I purchased my first Brother printer was due to it having the least expensive consumables however, after having to purchase new ink cartridges every time I print (which is not that frequently) it might not be such a great deal. It is important to know that even when turned off, this machine, like most other Brother machines, will turn on to perform print head maintenance which drinks ink to keep the nozzles clean. While this is not the first INKvestment printer Brother makes, it is a new design cartridge and I havent found replacements yet. The wireless connectivity is a huge convenience and the mobile app is a nice touch. While it might be possible to refine the print quality by working with the settings and using different paper, I find print quality out of the box with default settings to be a touch disappointing. There are three models in this INKvestment lineup so far. Unless you absolutely need multiple paper trays for the convenience of using different paper sizes, I would hesitate to recommend this model but would steer you to the mid-range version. If you need dual paper trays because you print that much, an inkjet printer might not be your best investment.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Color, Ink, Paper
    Cons mentioned:
    Price

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Brother MFC-J4535DW inexpensive, full featured

    Posted .

    Brother MFC-J4535DW INKvestment Tank Color Inkjet Printer, brand new and just $200 at Best Buy, offers easy set up and robust performance for homes and small businesses. With up to one year of ink in the box, based on up to 150 pages per month, and in typical Brother fashion, this new model offers more for less than ever before. You’re going to like this printer! I’ve used and recommended Brother printers, both monochrome (black & white) laser and inkjet, for nearly 20 years. I find them to be excellent printers as well as long lasting and more economical to operate than competitive brands. **WHAT’S IN THE BOX** • Brother MFC-J4535DW COLOR inkjet printer • Starter INKvestment cartridges in Black, Cyan, Magenta and Yellow. • Startup guide, warranty **THE SETUP** What is Brother INKvestment? This is the company’s hybrid ink cartridge with internal ink tanks system. How does it work? During setup and after the four provided starter ink cartridges are installed, this printer primes and fills sealed internal tanks from the ink in the cartridges. According to Brother, “INKvestment TANK cartridges still plug into the machine like a normal cartridge. No messy bottles to worry about. Think of the new cartridges like a water cooler bottle - there are no mechanisms on the bottle - all the working parts are in the body of the cooler. The same is true with the new INKvestment TANK cartridges - they are a reservoir for ink. All the mechanisms for removal of air bubbles and feeding to the printhead are located inside the printer's sub-tank assembly. There is no ink waste - the cartridges are completely drained into the sub-tank. There is no remaining ink needed in the cartridges to protect the print head. Because the system is completely closed, there are no concerns about the ink drying up. As long as the machine remains connected to a power source, it is able to regulate the humidity and keep the ink fresh and ready to use. Once the cartridges are ‘empty,’ there are approximately 200 pages of usage in the sub-tank. New intelligent Ink Meter... aka Page Gauge... will not only allow you to check to remaining ink volume, but you'll also be able to see an approximate count of the number of pages remaining for each color. This can be shown as an ISO page count or User page count based on actual printing habits.” Two sets of replacement ink are offered, standard yield said to be about 3,000 copies and high yield rated at about 6,000 pages or copies. This model is so new that replacement ink is not yet listed or available, so I am unable to provide price information. Setup follows the proscribed path in the easy-to-follow instructions, with the emphasis on EASY. After plugging in, follow instructions to install the provided ink. While waiting, follow the advice on the 2.7" color display to load some paper into either or both internal trays holding a total of about 400 pages, and then perform other settings during the approximate four-minute internal setup. INKvestment follows this path after the initial set of ink cartridges are installed. During the wait, this is when ink is pulled from the cartridges into the sealed internal tank system to partially fill it in readiness for print jobs. The internal setup is completed after a test copy is printed and another step is completed for the purpose of assuring that the on-board scanner performs accurately. And, of course, it did. According to a Brother representative, another INKvestment technology advantage avoids the occasional head cleaning cycles experienced with other products and technologies. The sealed tanks and air-free delivery system is more ink efficient. When ink cartridges are replaced, there is no waste from priming as is customary with conventional color inkjet systems. Once installed, the new ink flows to refill internal tanks where required. Next, the Brother Mobile Connect software was downloaded and installed on an iPhone, iPad and Android phone. Similarly, both Mac and Windows software for Brother printers was installed on two computers. The new printer was wirelessly connected to our home Wi-Fi network on the 2.4 GHz band only, as that is how printers and most other IoT (Internet of Things) devices join our networks. Finally, the new printer was added in the conventional way to both Macs and Windows PCs here and the printer firmware was checked for any needed updates. None was needed. And now, let’s put it to the test! **PUT TO THE TEST** This was so simple, as it should be. Duplex print, copy and scan, plus fax performed successfully, flawlessly. Going deeper, I printed documents in black & white in both highest quality and normal mode. Color photos on high quality photo paper at highest quality looked beautiful, though this is not presented as a photo printer. Faxes went through without issue when sent from a digital document on my computer as well as from documents scanned in the on-board ADF with approximately 25-page capacity. The Brother Mobile Connect app performed perfectly, accessing controls for printing documents and photos, scanning, copying and a maintenance button to poll ink supplies. Scan history can be stored through the app. I was able to print documents and photos from mobile devices as well as print from content in all the usual cloud services to this printer. I set up document and photo scanning, as well. It operates smoothly, easily and intuitively. **CONCLUSION** Ideal for high quality, low monthly COLOR printing volume, Brother MFC-J4535DW is highly recommended by this reviewer. **WARRANTY** Brother MFC-J4535DW is covered by the Brother Two-Year Limited Warranty and Replacement Service.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Color, Paper, Scanning
    Cons mentioned:
    Price

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    versatile and easy to use.

    Posted .

    My work has a copy room with those very large printer machines. The ones that take up the entire wall and cost as much as a new car, so I'm familiar with scanning, printing, and creating large two sided packets. I'm not saying this machine can keep up with that machine, but anything I've needed to produce with that machine this machine can do. Initial setup was easy and not complicated. The menus make sense and ports, ink tanks, and other need to get to places are easy to get to. This machine doesn't get in your way. The top scanner/copier is quiet and accurate. The top feeder is quiet as well. It doesn't look like you can top load too many papers at once. But I made 6 page packets using the top loader without issue. The app is easy to use and worked without any glitches or hiccups. Everything you can adjust pre-print from the printer menu can be adjusted in the app. So no need to walk all the way to the printer to adjust settings if you are working from another room. Now I assume this printer isn't primarily for photo printing but it does a decent job of producing a basic image. The "best" quality setting to me only blended the colors better than the normal setting. In document prints there was really no detectable difference between normal and best setting. So use it for pinch image printing but not for text documents. There really wasn't any issue I ran against when printing and copying on this machine. It's a tremendous blend of quality, functionality, and speed. I definitely have used this for many worksheets color and monochrome. All with faithful color and quality results.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Color, Ink, Paper

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Good quality printer with lots of features

    Posted .

    This Brother printer has all of the features that we were looking for in an all-in-one printer (print/copy/scan/fax). Set-up is easy and straight forward with the included set-up guide and starter ink cartridges. It’s great that this model includes up to one year of ink in-box based on print volumes of approximately 150 pages a month and 60% black/40% color. High capacity ink cartridges are front-loaded in what Brother calls their Front-Loaded Tank Cartridge Technology which provides easy, convenient access. Two paper trays offer a 400-sheet paper capacity so this is a nice model for small or home business use. One of the best features offered by today’s printers that include connectivity via Wifi is mobile printing. It is very easy to install the Brother Mobile Connect App to enable one to access features to print documents and photos, scan, copy and maintenance/ink levels. The abililty to print directly from a mobile device such as a phone or tablet is such a nice convenience to have in a printer. The printer is compatible with Windows, Apple AirPrint and Mopria (Android). One can print-from and scan-to cloud services from the printer’s 2.7” color touchscreen. Print quality has been great and we’ve found the mobile app convenient and easy to use. The printer build quality seems very good and Brother offers At Your Side support for the life of the printer. Auto-fulfillment of ink is supported through the Refresh by Brother program that delivers ink automatically and just in time to your door. One can also access the Brother Creative Center to customize and print professionally designed home and business templates for free. The printer comes with a one-year warranty.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Color, Ink, Paper

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Printer with a Lot of Ink

    Posted .

    First time user of the Brother INKvesment Tank Inkjet printer and i love it. Over the past years i owned a variety of different printers from major brands and one thing i found annoying was the cartridge life. Well no more worries with Brother This printer came with the largest cartridge out the box and after a lot of photo printing that i've done the past few days they are still holding strong. A quality that other brands can't match. -Quality of document printing is flawless and fast. Fast is also for photo printing but i found necessary to adjust the brightness on some photos in order to reproduce a realistic copy of the original. -It also has Fax and Scanning functions and they work great either for home or work office. -Out the box is a very intuitive and easy to connect printer. Had great integration with my apple products and i started to print right away. -The color lcd display is very helpful throughout the installation as well when you have printing jobs. I would strongly recommend to try this Brother MFCJ4535DW printer for who is on the market for one. You won't be disappointed!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Color, Paper, Scanning

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Home/Office/Family AOI With Numerous Features

    Posted .

    To begin with Brother has been making business technology equipment for over one hundred years. They have proven to be quality-built, dependable, and reliable through these many years. So, I jumped at the chance to review this Brother MFC-J4535DW (AIO) INKvestment Tank Inkjet Printer in exchange for the actual product. Was very interested in the ink-tank printers because they have a larger ink reservoir and hold much more ink then a standard inkjet cartridge. The have proven to last longer between cartridge changes and much more cost effective if you have a larger volume of printing tasks. Here is why I am impressed with this Brother INKvestment Tank Inkjet Printer: ** SETUP – Pretty easy by following the included 'Quick Setup Guide'. I found the steps indicated in this guide were detailed with helpful illustrations. The ink tank cartridges are front loading and facing, and snap, easily into place. Within 30 minutes I was ready to print. Most of the hardware printer setup can be done on the 2.7 LCD adjustable, touchscreen including the Wi-Fi connection to my router. However, it did take longer to download and install the full driver and software package on my laptop. I also downloaded and installed additional software Brother has available, PaperPort, for my Home-Office document use. ** CONNECTION – I had my choice of a wireless Wi-Fi connection to my home router, USB, or Ethernet direct wired connections. I preferred the Wi-Fi setup to my home network so I could also use my desktop, tablet, phone, and both laptops for printing tasks. Also wanted my Grand Kids to have their mobile devices connected wirelessly since they visit me almost everyday after school, and have homework to print out. Additionally, devices can be connected through Wi-Fi Direct. ** PRINT QUALITY – My home office documents are sharp, professional looking, and easy to read. They can easily be adjusted for more printer options using the 2.7 LCD, on-board touchscreen. The black tank cartridge can produce approximately 2300 pages of printed material. The Red, Blue, and Yellow cartridges can produce approximately 1200 pages of color. Hopefully, that will meet my Grand Kids printing needs for a long time. WooHoo! Color printing is FUN again without the worry of depleting the color cartridges quickly. I printed out several of my Grand Kids end-of-school-photos, and they did quite nicely. However, I do not recommend using glossy photo paper with this tank-ink. Flat or non-glossy photo paper works well. ** ALL IN ONE – This printer allows me to print, copy, scan, and fax. I did not setup the fax. Copies are produced at 1200 x 1200 dpi, and allow me many options like 'fit-to-page', 'base-color-removal', watermark, etc. Copies can also be Reduced/Enlarged 25% - 400% in 1% increments. The auto-document feeder holds up to 20 pages. The scanning function is very fast and duplicates colors accurately. ** PAPER CAPACITY – Approximately 400 pages using Main Paper Tray and the By-Pass Tray. Both trays will accept up to 8.5" x 14" (legal size), Letter, 4x6, 5x8, 3.5x5, 5x7, and A4 and photo paper with borderless printing. ** BROTHER SOFTWARE – I Print & Scan is a great app. It gives me a multitude of options to print out documents, and, or images. Additional software is available like Brother Creative Center, which allows me to create cards, brochures, announcements, etc. from hundreds of stock templates. My Grand Kids want me to explore more of this Creative Center for their own personal FUN. YooHoo! In summary this Brother is packed with high-end features found in more expensive printers. This is my ideal Home/Office/Family printer. I have not found my first dislike of this printer. For its price-point and the numerous functions this Brother MFC-J4535DW provides it is a 'bargain'. I highly recommend the purchase of this Brother INKvestment Tank Inkjet Printer. You will NOT be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Paper

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Hoping for Greatness, But Weary About That

    Posted .

    The Brother MFCJ4535DW INKvestment Tank Inkjet Printer for $199.99 is my 3rd INKvestment machine and I am sorry to say that the first 2 were more expensive, the original INKvestment lasting for only 8 months and the refurbished replacement sent to me lasting less than 2 years. Overall, there is a lot to like, but if you enter into this relationship it is my opinion that today's all-in-one printers are basically part of the throwaway society and reconcile yourself to spending an amount that will not make you feel bad if it goes down after the 2 year warranty period, which seems to now be the industry standard versus the prior 1 year one. Okay, so now I will get off my soap box and talk specifically about this current model, the MFCJ4535DW. My prior MFC-J995DW XL Wireless All-In-One Inkjet Printer only had 1 tray and I was pleasantly surprised to see that this model has 2 trays. So, as a CPA office, I have loaded letter-sized paper in tray 1 and legal-sized paper in tray 2. Either of the trays can be converted for the larger paper and they also both will accommodate for envelopes, statements, and all of the various and sundry photo paper sizes. Like in the past, Brother printers have an easy peasy setup process that takes you from one task to the other on your computer screen, in addition to the WiFi network setup. As you will see in my pictures, the machine also has an ADF, automatic document feeder, and yet it has a small enough footprint so that I can simply place it on my Origami metal shelf with virtually no vibration. The LCD screen is very comfortably read, and trust me when I say that I have huge eye fatigue. You can also print to Dropbox and some other specialty programs quite easily. The online manuals, warranties, drivers, etc. are all located at one site on Brother-just type in the type of equipment and model number. Make sure that you sign up for your machine's warranty because my experience definitely will require you to call their toll free number for assistance at some point with your ongoing relationship with Brother. Again, I will say that my technical support calls were off shored around the world, of which I am certainly no fan of. In this case, if you try to explain that you received this printer as part of Best Buy's Technical Insider Network in exchange for an honest and free review after usage their heads blow up because they do not even know what Best Buy is or that they are a major national U.S. retailer of goods. Oh, by the way, I also downloaded their printing app, in my case from the Google Play store since I have a Samsung smartphone, and it is a gem that never has let me down when I engage it. Thumbs up for now>

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Ink, Paper, Scanning
    Cons mentioned:
    Price, Value

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Good, but not as economical as other ink systems

    Posted .

    The new INKvestment system is great for long-lasting ink storage in the new Brother printers. It is NOT a fair replacement for other competitive ink subscription services and doesn't deliver the same kind of value. The J4535DW is a GREAT printer - I threw business full-color prints, card stock programs, and photo jobs at this thing and it handled them all beautifully. One of my FAVORITE things about this printer is the sheer capacity of it - Almost an entire ream of paper fits in this thing to not only last for an entire year of ink, but paper as well with no loading at all. In MY house, we print about 30-40 pages/month when school is in. In the summer its much less, but photo projects are always kicking around, waiting to take significant percentages of ink. One of my problems with the ink subscription services of the "other guys" is that their subscription, while it doesn't LIMIT your ink usage for your page output, they only react to supply you with MORE ink when you run low. I've been able to get around this by calling them and getting a "spare" cartridge set on-premises standing by for each of my printers, but this was something I had to ask for and is a lot to manage. The INKvestment printer shines as it really holds TONS of ink on-board (Truly close to a 1-year supply) by default, and XL and XXL cartridges can be purchased to really supply up the device. At the time of this writing, I was unable to find the exact cartridges available online to replace this ink - But going off of what similar Brother tanks cost, I was able to come up with an "annual cost to operate" estimate for this printer... Thats where the challenge comes: No matter how cool the ink tank system is, it's going to cost you more to keep 'wet' and supplied than the other guys. Those "other" ink subs start at around $2.99/month for 50 pages. If your house is like mine in 2021 and stays within this limit, you're only paying $36/year no matter how much actual ink you use. That same years' worth of ink (enough to print an entire ream of color pages) is included with the printer but replacing it will likely cost anywhere from $65-90 for both color and black cartridges. It's also important to understand that the ink is tank-based, not full print head cartridge-based, so eventually your print heads will require replacement or maintenance of some kind. One of the advantages of the "other guys" who offer "instant" ink services, is that their cartridge is head-integrated, so you're putting a new print head inside the machine every time you replace the cartridge. Brother offers the ability to "auto replenish" the ink in their program, but it's not discounted nor is there a page-based subscription method, so for most low-volume printing, this just can't compete with the "instant" competitors. Outside of this limitation, and the difference in value on consumables, this is a GREAT printer. Its fast, quiet, and includes a proper paper tray and a great document feeder scanner. The software for scanning and print management is also good, but simple and the UI isn't as advanced as those from EPSON and HP but works well on PC and Mac. I would recommend this device to anyone with a higher yield use case where subscriptions don't make financial sense, as this is a GREAT high-volume device.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Good for the price point

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    Posted .
    Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.

    For the price this seems to be the only printer in it’s class that has a doc feeder and a Scan to USB port that is not an HP- which I will never buy another one of their products ever again after decades. They have the features but are low quality. Another story. The setup was not awful, good if you have done this before. The print quality is very good, the ink easy to install, the two paper drawers are a nice plus. It is quiet and fast. A few things that are a bit off for a modern printer- the fax and scan settings are a bit complicated and you can’t name a scan before scanning TMK. Also, and this is really odd, the feeder feeds face side DOWN, and shoots the fed doc back under the docs to be fed, creating a bit of a paper jumble. So don’t leave it alone while doc feeding! And why can’t anyone makes a tray for copies long enough these days to hold more than 10 docs! For all that it is still good enough and had the features I wanted that I bought a second one for another location. Better than average.

    Features

    Quality
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    Ease of Use
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Features

    Value
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid printer, decent print quality, Easy WiFi

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    I bought this after much research. I had been using Epson printer for almost 15 years. It was still working but the print quality was declining and was missing most of the latest features like Air print, wifi connection etc. The setup of J4535DW was fairly easy and straight forward. Installed the cartridges that came with the printer and they are good to go. I have printed only a few copies so far, both color and grey scale. Both have nice quality and ink seems to last long. A word of caution. The print quality is decent but have realistic expectations. Don't expect laser quality sharpness. It is not that sharp. And the color printing is decent but no where close to $1200 photo printer. I bought this printer for occasional color and B&W copies for my work and my daughter's school assignments. Only thing that I will keep an eye on ink usage. That was one of the priary reasons for buying a Brother with INKvestment Tank feature. The cartriges are expensive but if they last as long a Brother claims, then I'll be quite satisfied. I have seen some reviews that ink doesn't last that long. I'll see how it goes for my usage. Printer is good size. It's a bit bigger that my Epson but nice thing is that paper trays are front loading and the output comes out on the top. So I can use it on a printer stand near a wall outlets without any need to move the printer at all. I can print using wifi. Wifi connection has been very stable and it connects immediately I turn on the printer. So far I'm quite happy with this purchase. Best Buy had the best price or this model. Sam's Club had at the same price but it wasn't available for store pick up and shipping wasn't free. I was able to pick it up from local BB store next day.

    Features

    Value
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Quality
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Color, Ink, Paper

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Easily handles your small & large printing jobs.

    Posted .

    I’ve been using my Brother INKvestment Tank Injet Printer for about a week now and I am more than pleased with its performance and overall usefulness. I’ve used and owned other printers before, but this one is by far much more simpler and easier to use. It is exactly what I needed to get the print jobs I need to get done without much effort; regardless the task. There are times when you just want to print out a document, scan or copy something and move on to the next task, but that hasn’t always been easy with my previously owned printers. However, this printer makes lite work of some of the most arduous of tasks. I am able to send a document or photo directly from my phone, laptop or tablet wirelessly and print it out with a few clicks from the app or my dropbox account. Printing has never been easier for me; and because it is an All-In-One color printer, it is perfect to use at home for school and other activities as well as a home office. You have a variety of ways to connect to this printer (USB, Ethernet, or Wirelessly) and even large documents print fast and effortlessly. The printer arrived well packaged without any damage. The box is light and easy to cary. I was able to locate everything I needed with ease as I followed along with the quick start guide to get me up and running. This is my first printer that I am able to load my ink cartridges in the front and it is so simple that I don’t plan to ever purchasing another printer like my last one where I had to move the printer, unplug it and load the ink in the back or others where I had to raise up the top half to load the ink. The ink cartridges are easy to hold and there is nothing to remove or tear off. You simply take them out of the plastic covering (shake the black ink only) and then install with ease. You can, if necessary, follow along with the instructions on the LCD. And if that wasn’t easy enough, it came with enough ink to last or a year. I appreciate that I am able to load almost an entire pack of paper (up to 400 sheets) in the trays (it has two trays). This printer comes with a nice sized 2.7” LCD color touch screen. Aligning the page, adding paper, setting the date and time is fairly easy. This printer is loaded with features that can be accessed directly from the printer, laptop or cell phone. It is extremely convenient. It is compatible with windows or mac apple AirPrint. However, I found that you’re able to have a lot more control if you use the app that you can download from the brother website and or the App Store. I downloaded the Brother iPrint&Scan app from the Mac store. Once it completed the download, I was able to connect to my printer with it and print a document. However, I experienced some issues with the scan feature and received several notices to “Download “iPrint&Scan Push Scan Tool” from the Brother support website and install it. I have an older version of Mac and some of the drivers are not compatible with my version of Mac. I also wasn’t able to complete the additional software requirements via the setup wizard without those drivers. So I decided to locate just the drivers for the Push Scan Tool. I found it, used the closet version to my Mac iMacOS (10.14) and it downloaded and worked with the iPrint&Scan app I got from the Mac store. Everything is working fine. I am able to access a lot more features utilizing the app verses just using AirPrint. The only difference I noticed printing with the app versus using AirPrint was that I couldn’t print in black only. My choices were color and mono. When I used mono it utilized a lot of my color and black ink but the print wasn’t nicer than just printing in Black. I had to use AirPrint to print in Black only and save my ink. But the documents still looked good. I printer out tax documents for the family. I printer close to 200 pages and the ink is still almost full. This ink will last me a year and is well worth the purchase. In closing, this is truly an All-In-One printer that is capable of handling your small and large projects with ease.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Features

    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Performs well for the price. Save on ink.

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    Print quality and speed, and the promise of at least a 1400 black ink page yield. It has a fancy startup and shut down tone for a printer. It was a little surprising, but welcome compared to the thing just beeping. The touch screen is not too small for my big hands. I've had issues with Epson screens and fat fingering because the screen and buttons were too small. I got rid of my aging Epson in favor of an ink tank type printer, to save money on ink spent per year. I love that it holds a lot of paper. Setup was super easy and after printing the first alignment sheet, it asked me to put it on the scanner bed and adjusted itself. Has fax (won't be using that), and a hidden usb and ethernet connection. However, my only gripe is the color options. There are none. The computer, photo printer in my home office is black/gray/silver. This sticks out. I wish there was a black option. I opted for the Brother over the Epson Ecotank for cost reasons. The Brother got better reviews and costs significantly less.

    Features

    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Features

    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
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    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Money well spent

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    Posted .
    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    A reasonable price for a two tray, duplex printer. Extremely quiet and fast. Being an All-in-One makes it that much better. If the ink lasts as long as they say, even better. Only complaint and it's minor is they don't show you that you need to open the unit to install the standard usb printer cable and/or the network cable which should be done before turning the unit on. If you go online you find this out but it should be shown in the start up instructions. Overall a great product.

    Features

    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Inkjet takes getting used to, some design issues

    Posted .

    Coming mainly from a laser printer the last few years, using an inkjet takes some getting used to, but that is not really an issue with this particular model, rather for all inkjets in general Getting a printer on my network easily is one of the most important things for me and this Brother performed flawlessly in that department, as had my previous Brothers This inkjet prints fast, so I definitely like that about it I also like the ability to print via email, though this feature is buried either in the user manual or the web config page - one would not even know about it without doing some snooping; however, once set up, it works nicely There is a design decision I question, though - in all my previous Brothers (and other brands that I’ve owned), the USB and ethernet ports are conveniently placed either on the side or back of the printer, easily within reach of the respective cords However, in this model, for some odd reason that eludes me these ports are inside the printer, only accessible by raising the scanning glass portion of the printer and, even then, only after threading the cords through a conduit to get to the ports. Why Brother did this I have no idea, but it was definitely an annoyance for me as I had to get a longer ethernet cable than the one I had used on my previous Brother which this printer is replacing So, keep that in mind when making a decision to purchase this printer or not - it may be worth downloading the full instruction manual prior to purchase and perusing through it so you’re not caught off guard by any other ‘features’ that are different from the standards one is used to

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Features

    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Real nice printer

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    We use this printer for just household use and only occasionally but it was super easy to set up and start using. It prints smoothly and has ink that lasts a long time. I don’t do a lot of projects or documents so it serves my purpose. It beats my old Epson that was programmed to become obsolete by not recognizing its own print cartridges. I’m very happy with this one.

    Features

    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Features

    Ease of Use
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    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for home office

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    Super awesome. The print quality is spectacular. The print speed is spectacular. I connected the printer directly to my cloud account. I can print directly from USB. It prints double-sided without additional qork from me. It scans double sided. I forget how much i paid. It was the lowest, it wasnt the most expensive but the value is perfect. I also love the brother brand. My previous brother printer lasted 8 years. So i am confident in the durability.

    Features

    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Features

    Value
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Almost 5 stars!

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    This orinter stacks up with the best of them to include those more expensive ones. Print speed and quality are great. Loudness is average. The only knock is the set up process when connecting to wifi. Nothing in the instructions tells you there is slready a password nor its location (on the back of the printer). Once connection is established, the password can be changed. Other than that, great printer.

    Features

    Value
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Try a brother printer

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    This printer was bought to replace a HP that stopped printing. Setup for Apple was easy. The items I have printed were done quickly and printed correctly. I like that the printer will print on both sides instead of having to put the paper back in. The view screen tilts so you can avoid the glare. The paper tray holds an adequate amount of paper. So far, I am very happy with this printer.

    I would recommend this to a friend