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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A solid home office all-in-one

    Posted
    Capshroud
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    The Brother MFC-J995 is a very nice, compact all-in-one printer, FAX, copier, scanner that is well suited to personal or home office use. It’s a solid product for a reasonable price. However, even with its large ink capacity, it’s really not intended for heavy or enterprise use. The build quality is good as I would expect of a Brother product, and I found the installation to be especially easy. If you’re adverse to reading even the setup guide, the prompts on its LCD screen will walk you through the process. Plug it in, and it turns on. It then prompts you to install the ink tanks and allow them time fill its internal tanks. After connecting to your home WIFI, its banner and test pages automatically print. It does have its demo mode switched on which scrolls through all its features after a short period of disuse. It took a little searching, but this can be canceled in the Setting/Initial Settings/Misc menu. I purposely did not initially load the Brother software on my computer. Windows 10 found and installed the printer/scanner and provided basic functions with generic drivers. After a quick test, I installed the Brother software package. As always, I went online to make sure I had the most current software. Even so, it immediately called home and suggested three recommended updates. This included an update for the firmware and two program modules. During the install, you are given some choices. I skipped the FAX software since I no longer have a landline, but I did choose to install the separate PaperPort program. PaperPort has been around a long time, and it’s pretty much a Swiss Army knife for accessing printer and scanner functions, managing files, and conversion to different formats. This is Version 14 SE. If you want the pro version, you’ll have to pay. I should mention that if you let Windows install the printer initially rather than first loading the Brother drivers and software, you will have two instances of the printer show up under devices. You can leave them both, but to reduce confusion I deleted the initial Windows generic version. As stated, this is a very compact unit. Even with the bump out on the right side to accommodate its “INKvestment” tank system, it’s just a slight bit over 17” in width. The Inkvestment system is the basis of the claim of “one year of ink in the box”. Obviously, time will tell on that count. The printing is clear and sharp, and Brother has come a long way in improving its photo printing. I found that to get truly nice color you need to set the default to “vivid” in the properties menu. For normal printing and scanning (plain paper printing and 200 dip scanning), it has acceptable but not exceptional speed. Photo printing is fairly slow at over a minute for a 4x6 print, but the results are very good for a four-color printer. It does duplex printing but the document scanner does not duplex and has a capacity of about 10 sheets. There is a manual one sheet feed slot on the rear. Connectivity is extensive with WIFI, Ethernet, USB as well as NFC for Android and Apple print. You can print and scan with any and all devices connected to your WIFI or in close proximity. There are USB and an SD Card ports built in as well, so you can print from or scan to connected cards and devices. The software and printer LCD touch panel have a lot of options which attest to Brother aiming at the home office market. The Brother iPrint&Scan appears very simple on its opening page. There are buttons to choose either print or scan, and once you choose you are given basic options. However, if you dig a little, there are lots of potential presets and workflows you can set up with a high level of control. It allows you to scan directly into a variety of programs and several cloud services. Also, there’s the PaperPort program that you can use if it suits your needs. PaperPort can access all the printer and scanner devices on your network, not just your Brother unit. There’s a Brother program called Control Center 4 which is their version of a command and organizational system. Both of these programs have OCR and PDF creation abilities. My conclusion is that the MCF-J995 is a pretty good jack of all trades for family or small home business use. It’s very compact. It’s well built. It has a very large ink capacity for a small unit. It does everything pretty darn well at a very reasonable price for the high-quality results. It’s not a class leader in any individual task, but that’s the nature of all-in-ones. It well surpasses the cheap under $100 units that often break the bank with ink costs and do everything marginally. It’s a good choice that’s worth the money if you’re looking for an actual tool for home use that will last a few years.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I Love This Printer

    Posted
    RedScorpion
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    Seriously, this printer checks all of my boxes and then some. It’s perfect for a home or small office set up. It prints good photos and fast documents. It has a manual tray in the back for loading a variety of documents and a standard paper tray in the front. It has a loading scanner tray on the top of the printer, but you can always put documents and photos directly on the scanning bed as well. The big push for this printer is the “investment ink”. At full, Brother estimates you can get page yields of 1,200 color pages and around 2,400 back and white pages. Brother estimates that these tanks will last a year based on standard usage, but obviously, your yield is going to vary depending on the type of content you are printing. I have had this printer a week. I have printed about 70 documents and about 20 fine quality pictures. So far, I have barely made a dent in my remaining ink (see attached picture). I would have run out of ink in my standard inkjet a few photos ago. But this printer keeps on going. And, when I eventually replace my ink tanks, I expect I will pay less for the year as these huge tanks aren’t all that expensive. I was spending $50 on my HP cartridges that were empty in a few months. I expect these tanks will last much much longer. The printer is easy to set up. Documentation with the printer is fairly limited. There is a QR code on the front of the included documentation that will take you to online files in you need more info, but in my experience, everything was pretty straight forward. You can download the latest drivers from the Brother website or install from the included DVD. For my test, I fully installed the brother software on my laptop, but the other PCs on my network required no software installation. Windows found the device on the network and installed basic drivers for them with no prompting on my part. I would still recommend installing the software as you get more features and can easily monitor the printer’s ink chambers, but if you just want to print office documents, you don’t really need more than the basic windows driver. The printer works great on both Samsung and Apple tablets and phones. In both cases, I could download the Brother iPrint&Scan from Google Play and the Apple App Store to print photos, but AirPrint worked great to just print documents from my iPad and iPhone. The feature set on this printer is amazing. You get dual sided printing. You can fax. You can scan to email. You can scan a document into an editable Word document. You can scan to One Drive, Drop Box, e-mail, or Google Drive. You can even scan a spreadsheet directly into Excel. Scanning to mobile produced a QR code that you can scan with your phone to download scanned document. There are tons and tons of features for this printer and, in my experience, they all worked well. So far, printer maintenance has been easy. In the last week, the printer itself has had two firmware updates. Both times, the printer notified me of the update and installed it quickly and effortlessly. I’ve had no problem with streaks or lines in prints. Everything has come out looking great. I like the quality of my photo prints on this printer much more than a HP printer I picked up a few years ago. The images just look brighter and truer to the screen image. With the right photo paper, images really pop. I got the best results from premium Fujifilm, but even pictures on HP paper looked good. If I had any complaint, the manual paper tray on the back of the machine could be a bit finicky. The printer would say paper is loaded, but sometimes when I went to print I had to reload the photo paper in order to get it to go through. It’s important, I discovered, to make sure your photo paper is fully in the slot. Beyond that, the Brother MFC-J995DW has worked flawlessly. I have been testing this printer for a week. I have documents and photos everywhere and my family thinks they look great. I love the features and simplicity of the printer, the quality of the prints, and the size of the ink tank. This printer really does check all my boxes and I recommend it to anyone in the market.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I made a great INKvestment!

    Posted
    DSPARKA
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    The Brother MFC-J995DW printer is clearly ahead of many other printers. Let me start by saying the “INKvestment” name is genius. I always wanted to purchase a replacement printer with updated features that are more convenient with today’s technology. My old printer is about 12 years so it is behind. So let me give everyone a summary of my experience after using my new MFC-J995DW INKvestment printer by Brother. In the box: It is simply just the printer, phone cord, install cd and manuals. I had my printer in perfect condition because it was packed properly. That is important to me because that seems to enhance my experience knowing that brother company find that important. You don’t do much besides following the intructions after you insert the cd in your compute. Setting up: This is supposed to be easy but it took me about 30 minutes to get it all ready. I’m very thorough with instructions and I took the extra time to make sure I don’t have to move it again. Loading the ink cartridges was so easy I enjoyed do it. I decided not to do the phone line setup for the fax because I have no desire to use it but it’s good to know I have the option. Features: -WiFi printing is a big deal for me. I can do every printing wireless using my smartphone or laptop. It also have NFC so if you have phone with NFC you can scan it by the touch pad for printing without using the WiFi network. -Ink Tank which allows uninterrupted printing for up to 1 year. I only started using this printer a few days ago but to know that I have about a year of printing before looking to purchase more ink is a good INKvestment. -Scan is also easy to use and probably a must have for anyone looking for a printer. I will use it more to attach documents to my emails because I will not be using this to fax. -Paper tray is loaded inside the printer which gives the MFC-J995DW INKvestment printer a clean look with no clutter. -Touchscreen measuring 2.7 in and responsive and accurate to every touch. Having it in color is also good. Appearance: To me the MFC-J995DW INKvestment printer look good and sleek for all it does. It compliments well with my desktop and anything on the same WiFi network can print from anywhere in the house. I did some printing tests using my laptop, iPhone, and iPad. All were instant and printing was perfect with no streaks. Final take: Besides spending a little more time setting up the MFC-J995DW INKvestment printer I think it covers everything I need when using a printer and more. I do not do a lot of printing but this will be great in a small office and will actually save the business money because there is no need to have a printer for every computer. I’m looking forward in using this for my home needs and maybe one day a business. The MFC-J995DW printer will save me money all while everything that involves printing will be much easier. I’m happy that I had an opportunity to leave my review because I feel confident that many people will be just as impressed after trying the MFC-J995DW.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good home office printer for teacher & student use

    Posted
    banjo
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    This is a good home office printer for regular use by teacher, recipe collector, and student. The “all in one” functions are very nice to have available when needed, especially the scanning and copying capabilities. This printer replaces an earlier Brother model that came out before the wireless and G**gle Cloud printing capabilities were in wide use. Nothing wrong with the older Brother, but with a good price point and many (many) features not available on the older model, this seemed the logical step to move forward with the newer technologies and performance features. Installation was remarkably easy, with self-guided steps on the printer display. I didn’t need to refer to the startup manual, and actually put the “quick start” guide down once I saw how intuitively the printer display screen walked through the steps of the set-up process. Installing the ink cartridges and connecting to wireless network was well-guided and easy to complete. Windows (10) picked up the printer right away for several desktops and laptops, as did all the android phones, tablets, and chromebooks. Setting up the G**gle Cloud printing was somewhat tedious, even though the Cloud printing was already set up to use the older printer while connected to one of the desktops. Having a G**gle Cloud compatible printer did make the process easier, but there were still a number of steps to go through before everything was set up properly. As long as the computers, phones, tablets, and chromebooks are on the local wireless network, the printer shows up as a printing choice without having to install any special apps or software. When switching to G**gle Cloud printing, all the devices need to be configured for the first use, then it is good to go for future print jobs. I recommend downloading the Brother iPrint&Scan software to get full use of all this printer’s capabilities. Using this software, it has been quite simple to copy, scan, print, and fax (using LandLine connection) > full use of the all-in-one printer capabilities. The only hang-up came when scanning a document and then using the Brother software to upload the scan to cloud storage. I tried this with DropBox, OneDrive, and G**gle Cloud and could not get a successful upload to cloud storage with any of those. The iPrint&Scan software would connect and validate with all 3 of my cloud storage services, but would not successfully complete the scan upload. Each one of them connected, verified, created a folder for storing uploads, and then timed out and threw up an error message on the Brother software. The scan can be saved locally and then uploaded to all of those cloud storage services, which at least provides a workaround. Although solidly built, some of the paper guides and adjustments seem a little flimsy with the plastic parts. Having wiped out a few previous printers due to one or two little parts breaking off, I would say that with proper caution when making paper guide adjustments, this printer is well-built enough for light home office and student use. I am hoping that the inevitable/occasional paper jams that come with any printer will not result in having to deal with flimsy plastic guides and rollers, but that hasn’t happened yet and hopefully will not be a significant issue. Ink consumption and long-life cartridges are heavily advertised. Definitely convenient to have more ink in the machine to have longer times between refills, and whether the cost-savings for ink is there or not will be evident with longer use. Quality of the printing is excellent for documents, and OK for pictures on plain paper. Printing pictures on standard paper produces an acceptable image and have not tried using photo paper yet. Other reviews seem to indicate that the printer makes a good quality photo print. Personally, I would rather keep the color ink available for printing documents and reports, and if a lot of photos are needed, run down to the shopping center and use a specialized photo printer for making a lot of quality photographs. Saves the hassle of loading photo paper and using a lot of color ink. Overall I am pleased with the function and easy setup for this printer. Not having to go to a separate scanner is very convenient, and the extra kick of being able to run a few quick copies is very nice and saves having to take it to the office to slip a few copies on the side. The printer seems best suited for the home user, and fits well with the requirements of a teacher (me), a recipe collector (wife), and a student (son). We all get good use from the printer and can use it from any of our devices.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Oh, Brother!

    Posted
    Acadius
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    I’ve had a lot of experience with ink printers over the years. With each printer that I have owned, there has always been a sense of compromise. Whether it was high ink consumption or slow recognition of my request to print, each printer had its drawbacks. My pleasure is genuine as I write this review for the Brother J995DW Wireless All-In-One Printer. The set up is extremely simple. The touch screen display guides the user with the quick set up and calibration. Connecting the printer to your Wi-Fi is as easy as linking up your phone or tablet to your network. The printer does come with a small phone cable if you just want to connect the printer directly to your phone line and need to send a fax. I have to mention that the touchscreen display is a decent size, easy to read and recognizes my interactions whereas other printers felt short in those areas. The response time to process my printing request from my laptop was almost immediate. The print time is amazingly fast. For a full-color photo on 8x11 paper, it printed out in 35 seconds. If you’re needing to copy a small document that is several pages, there is an automatic document feeder that makes fast copies while not destroying the original document(s). There seems to have been a lot of thought in the little things like how easy it is to load the paper into the tray or how the paper support tray unfolds to an angle which prevents the paper from falling to the floor upon printout. I also have the option to load a single piece of paper in the manual feed slot for those times where I just want to use a single piece of photo paper without having to pull out the standard paper tray. The manual feed slot also allows for envelopes to be printed on. The Brother J995DW also has the option to print directly from a USB or a memory card directly to the printer. The touchscreen display allows you to preview the photo/image that you are wanting to print. I’m really impressed with this Brother printer. This printer delivers without compromise.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great All In One for a Wireless Network

    Posted
    stoptheclocks
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    You can usually tell the quality of a product by the way it is packaged. This Brother MFC-J995DW was packed very well, yet easy to get out of the box without struggle. This Printer really was better than I expected. The set-up can be from an internet download address or a CD-ROM included. The average time for setting up this machine was around 40 minutes. I used the disc on one laptop to sync on the network. It did take a little bit of time, around 25 mins. I then installed a desktop with just the download address. It barely took 10 mins. The network found the device and connected to the Printer with me hardly doing anything. This great set-up for the Brother MFC-J995DW on my computers, made the whole experience easier by the install not being exhausting. Another great piece of hardware on this machine is the 2.7 inch color touch window. It is very easy to read and offers real solutions to help the user with the touch of a finger. The color window screen made it easier to set up and maintain a certain level of productivity. It helps control the time when the Printer goes to sleep or when connecting to the wireless network. The color screen was an added bonus that I hadn’t expected but now I can’t work without it. Also in the installation of the Printer, two programs appeared on my desktop on my computer. The Brother Utilities program monitors the status and has the ability to scan, PC-Fax, Tools, Photo Print and help with broken connections or software updates. The other program is the Brother Creative Center. It helps templates, for instance, a Father’s Day I worked on. I mean, you can even do Business Card Templates, Brochures and even Poster Templates. You can think it up, and the Brother Creative Center will help make it a reality. I used my computer but you can use your tablet as well. INKvestment you might ask? It is an ink tank inside the Printer that stores ink. I installed my black ink cartridge (which is on the front, making access easy). Then according to the color screen, I dumped my black ink into the ink tank. That is a simple to use tank and doesn’t change the size of the Printer in the least. You can print a number of ways through your Brother Printer from a laptop, tablet, your even your smartphone. All very convenient depending on your printing situation when you are ready to use it. I prefer the old simple way from my computer to the Brother Printer wirelessly. I print a lot of pages from Word. I have had no issues at all. One more important issue I have had with other printers in the past was that the printed pages would slide right of the paper tray holder when completed. This Brother Printer has no such problems. That was a real sticking point for me, but not to worry because the paper actually stays in the tray after printing. The paper is also easy to refill with the paper sliding out in front. Printing is fast with 12 ppm B&W and 10 ppm in color. Printer does double sided printing that you don’t have to flip. Color and Black/White, of course you can always scan and print an image while using this Printer. I use a wireless network but the printer will hook up directly to your computer through a USB port or telephone cord (optional with cord included). I have been testing this Printer for a week now and it has surpassed my expectations. Hooking up the wireless Brother Printer to the wireless network was painless (and I did by internet download and CD-ROM). The Printer is a convenient compact, medium size machine that doesn’t require a lot space. Not a single paper jam. Paper feed through without issue on to the tray. The only thing I could not find is something that told me when I was low on paper. So I ran out in the middle of a project. I added more paper and had no problems. I like the INKvestment and the ability to print for a whole year. Although I print a lot, so I don’t expect a year, but it is a creative way to use ink storage. Color images came out nice as well with the pictures I used. I even did Black&White pictures. I am very happy with the result. Infact, I am happy with this Brother MFC-J995DW wireless all in one. It handles all I need and more.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A fantastic printer at a reasonable price

    Posted
    Porsche
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    The Brother MFC-J995DW is a wonderful 3-in-1 printer that does every task beautifully. I tested all three functionalities and will share my experience with all of them in this review. Installing the printer was relatively hassle-free, even though it took me over an hour. I highly recommend following the Quick Easy Guide. The process of installing the ink cartridges was easy and took maybe 5 mins including the wait for the ink to transfer. Setting it up to the WiFi was a bigger task, but only because my router (Sagecom) has issues with new devices. A static IP fixed that though. I tried first to set it up on my iPhone 8, but was unable to print and unable to update the firmware on it, so I had to do it on my iMac. Before being able to update the firmware on a computer (at least through WiFi), you have to download the Java Development Kit, which acted a little bit buggy, but I was able to update the firmware this way. After updating, I could start printing, both on my iMac and my iPhone. As a printer, it works fast and the quality is great. Printing from my computer and my iPhone was easy and quick. You need the Brother iPrint&Scan app both on iPhone and your computer to be able to print, which also allows you to scan. You can also print by clicking the “Print” button in an app menu. When I printed a document this way, the printer was already selected and ready to go, and the document started printing as soon as I hit “Print.” As a scanner, it produces a rich, vibrant scan of the original, and it does it quickly. The color and detail were quite impressive, even on lower settings. With the app, it’s easy to select the destination of the scanned image, making it very convenient. This is easily the best scanner I’ve ever owned. Many of you don’t have or use a fax machine anymore, but if you do, I can assure you it does a fine job at faxing a document. Nothing wrong with the quality of the scan, and it’s pretty easy to save numbers and set up your fax information. The user interface is designed pretty well. You do pretty much everything on a small touch screen, and I had no issues using it. In addition to the touch screen, there’s a back, cancel and home button. Sometimes you have to hit back, other times cancel. Just one button would’ve been fine, because if you hit back when you’re supposed to hit cancel, the printer acts like it doesn’t understand, when you clearly just wanted to back to the previous menu. It’s a minor complaint but I wanted to mention it. Overall, this is a great printer at a great price. I’ve had several printers over the years, and this is definitely my favorite so far. One last thing, remember to pull that little thingy out, or the paper will just fall on the floor.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Printer.

    Posted
    Ace254687
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    The Brother INKvestment is a printer that I think will make many people extremely happy. What makes this printer so good, besides the amazing print quality - the ink cartridges last for up to a year long. When it comes to printers and ink, my biggest pet peeve was the ink and how quickly the cartridges would run out. With the Brother Inkvestment, that takes care of the problem very well. The box comes with a year supply of ink in just the single cartridges. So, I no longer have to worry about running to the store whenever I need to print something, due to no ink. After spending a week with this printer, I can say I truly like it. The set up is very easy and straight forward, as it has nice detailed instructions right on the 2.7'' colored touch screen. Once it's connected to your wifi, it stays connected. I haven't had any issues with the printer losing connection to wifi. Another neat feature this printer includes is, it comes equipped with an NFC reader. That means, if you have something to print on a mobile phone or tablet that's equipped with an NFC reader, you just need to hold it up to the printer, and it will recognize the device and print. This printer is also equipped with a scanner, that works great. It scans images very well with very good detail. The print quality is amazing. Very rich and bright in color, with excellent detail. The one and only gripe I have about this printer, is that printing is a little slow. It's not a deal breaker, as it does a great job on detail. I don't have a land line, so I didn't get a chance to try out the fax machine. Overall, I am very impressed with this printer. This is one of the nicest printers I have ever used, and with all the features plus yearly supplies of ink, the Brother Inkvestment is truly a gem. I would definitely recommend this printer to anyone!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good alternative to the XL or a laser printer

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    TrueReviews20
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    Brother has been doing great things for home and small business users in the printer market. This printer is no exception and a better option in my opinion than the XL version. I would recommend buying this printer. It has great performance, flexible functionality, and print quality. Compared to the XL this is great for a home or (very) small business user. Set-up is simple and once the printer is on the network, you really have nothing else to do. I can print from my computer, phone, tablet, etc with ease and speed. The printer comes with up to a year of ink, which I believe would hold true if the ink doesn't dry out. They calculated 1 year as 150pgs/month. It has fax which is so useless to many and absolutely priceless to others. I personally don't fax very often anymore, but when the need arises, I'm happy I can do it quickly at home. The print quality is good for my use. I'm not making flyers or brochures but for documents, study materials, prints with charts and tables, and even pictures- I am very satisfied. Auto-duplex is a must and it works flawlessly. Great paper-saver. Wireless scanning was excellent, but takes a little setting up to do and can be a little slow with my Mac. I've always had this issue with numerous printers. Pros: Easy set-up Feature rich like fax, mobile print, auto-duplex High ink tank capacity Great starter ink amount Fast printing Wireless everything including scanning It really only took me 20minutes to get everything up and running. It's a smooth process. Setting it up on the network is best so you don't have to ever be near the printer and everyone can easily access it. Print speed is good, nowhere near laser printer fast of course. It gets the job done and the auto-duplex, which is a must for me, runs great. Brother has really got that down. All my prints came out good quality and even printing on photo paper came out nice. This printer really offers a ton of flexibility and works smoothly. Wireless scanning worked well, although slightly slow. Takes a little time to get everything right, but overall no issues there. The flexibility of printing is nice. You can also send faxes, which worked great and will be nice to have for the rare occasions. Brother includes 1 year worth of ink which helps offset the higher cost of the printer. The extended ink tank was a primary reason I wanted this printer but it's a bit of a catch-22. You're really just buying bigger cartridges that fill a reservoir tank. So it's kind of like buying bulk ink. I think there's a bit of deceit in what it seems this printer can do. The printer is excellent and I would recommend it for those who aren't interested in laser or want to save $$. Cons: Ink cost Ink cost is a little too high but there are ways to circumvent that issue. Overall, I'm not sure how economical this printer is, but it is built well and has so many features. The idea that you're getting more print out of this inkjet compared to another hides the fact that it is only because this device holds more quantity.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Printer, Small Screen

    Posted
    bluirv
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    Printer manufacturers hope you will buy their printer at a low price and not worry about the cost of cartridges. Epson started to change that with its series of WorkForce printers that rely on liquid-fillable storage tanks at a price point of over $400. Brother has now taken that strategy by selling liquid-filled cartridges that are not refillable, but last one to two years. The result is their series of INKvestment multifunction printers than run $199.99 to $349.99 depending on how long you want the cartridges to last. Otherwise, both models have the same features but different ink levels. This review covers the Brother MFC-J995DW that includes one-year of ink in the box. Although list price is $199.99, discounts can be found as little as $150. When you factor in what you pay in ink cartridges over a year, this printer may seem like a bargain. This wireless printer does it all: print, scan copy and fax with your option of a document scanner or a flatbed. It does all of these tasks effortlessly. If you’re looking for print speed, this device is not. It prints a respectable 12 ppm (pages per minute) in black and 10 ppm in color. This is comparable to other inkjet printers at this price point. However, when compared to my laser printer (19ppm), the laser printed about 3X faster than the Brother. It offers a 150-sheet paper tray, larger than similar printers. It offers several connectivity options including USB cable, SD memory card as well as wireless printing. Text came out sharp and very readable, much like a laser printer. Although this printer produces sharp black texts, color photos look somewhat de-saturated. Colors just look slightly soft. The only option the printer offers is the type of paper you are using (plain or inkjet). My only other complaint is the size of the LCD screen (2.7") when compared to other models. Typing in your password to set up your Wi-Fi, expect errors since the keys are so close together. Overall, this is a solid printer with good printouts and solid ink savings.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Pleasantly surprised by the photo quality

    Posted
    kaizen61
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    I had read some online reviews prior to getting this unit to review and I was worried about the quality of the photo printing; This unit would replace an Epson WorkForce all in one that I had come to really appreciate for its HQ photo printing. But the Epson Ink was another issue; if you didn't use it regularly it would dry up and clog the heads and genuine ink was expensive and went quickly. So I was interested in Brother's InkVestment approach that promised 1 Year of ink in the box. The carts are well designed and bigger than most. Ink formula seems as good if not better than competitors; saturates well. The printer itself is typical Brother; efficient, quiet and solid. There's a quiet mode, but it's already so quiet I couldn't tell the difference except for the increase in printing time. I'd rather black than putty/off white, but Brother seems to have a thing for that look; the color laser I have is the same theme. Packed thoughtfully and it was up and running quickly and easily - all things I've come to expect from Brother printers. I tested some graphic artwork with standard inkjet paper and was pleased with the output, both in color matching and quality. But I was surprised about the quality of the first 5 x 7 borderless photo I printed out. It really looked great! Based on those reviews I expected sub par color matching and resolution but I thought the output was comparable to my Epson which cost almost twice the price. I think the only slight tweaks I would make would be to saturation and contrast, but that may have been the difference between the screen and output; I didn't do any calibration or select a color space. Given that, I would say they've done a fine job and I question some of those reviews; color is a subjective thing though. If I were to pick at threads, beside the putty/off whiteness, I think the position of the plug on the side instead of the back, as well as making it a permanent hardwired cable rather than a plug is a little questionable. And I had to do a little research to figure out how to get the LCD display - which is small but responsive and clear - to stop doing a slide show of all the features, LOL. But these are small things in comparison to the awesome number of pluses. Features like USB *and* SD card slots, NFC Printing, Wifi *AND* Ethernet don't usually come on a PRINTER at this price, let alone an AIO Printer with an auto document feeder! Brother is continuing to impress me with their printers. I'd definitely recommend this one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great all in one!

    Posted
    jaybot
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    I wish I would have listened to others when they told me to just get a Brother printer when I was in search for a new inkjet printer. Ive tried a few different models recently from different companies and I can tell you that this printer is superior to them. This one just works every time I go to use it! The pinter is very solid and well made. The size is just right. I was very impressed with the little touchscreen. It is responsive, in color, and I had no issues connecting it to my home wifi. Note that it has no 5ghz wifi support so I had to connect it to my 2.4ghz network. The power cord comes out of the side instead of the back so I found it a lot easier to squeeze it into a small shelf. It has a usb and sd card reader on the front which is a nice plus if you were to use it for photo printing. The setup software and drivers work really well. Very easy to setup and install. It comes with a quick setup guide that is very helpful so you will want to make sure to read that with first time setup. I found this printer a lot easier to setup compared to others. Had no issues connecting it to Windows and Linux workstations. Very configurable as well. You can tweak a lot of settings by using the software or by going to the printers ip address in a browser. Its firmware auto updates via network. The ink cartridges are awesome. The are broken out in separate cartridges so if you run out of one color you can just buy that one instead of having to replace all of them just to get it to print blue again. They are larger and come filled with plenty of ink. You get a lot more ink out of the box with this than you would with other printers and that alone is a huge plus. I would say the print speed and the print quality is about the same as others. I didn't notice much of a difference there. Works great for printing documents but I personally wouldn't use it as a photo printer. Scanner/copier work pretty well too for making basic copies. Cant comment on the fax functionality since I don't use it but it comes with a analog phone cable as well. I feel like you get a lot of bang for your buck out of this especially with the amount of ink it comes with. Great printer for a small office or home setting.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good printer for home or small businesses

    Posted
    Shail
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    Brother MFC-995DW is my second brother printer. Before this I had MFC-J630W for almost 7 years and it is working well even now. So, from a reliability point of view brother printers are excellent in my opinion. I have had this printer for around 2 weeks now and here are my observations. Pros ===== 1. Easy to setup 2. A number of connectivity options (Ethernet, Wi-Fi, USB to single PC, NFC, WiFi-Direct) 3. Much faster printing speed (as compared to J630W). I don't know how it compares to other printers in this price range. In my tests, I was able to get 11 black & white prints per minute. 4. The double sided printing capability is great and saves me papers :) 5. The ink is supposed to last 1 year but let's see how that goes :) 6. Great color prints even with lots of graphics (I printed few power point slides). If you are trying to print color pages on both sides, please make sure that you have good quality paper. Cons ==== 1. I think the LCD screen should have been a bit bigger 2. As there are no physical buttons, you have to use LCD touch screen only. The smaller size of the LCD screen means smaller buttons which results in pressing the wrong button accidentally. 3. If you use ADF, you can use the double side printing feature Overall, it is a good entry level all-in-one printer which obviously is a huge improvement over my old J630W. It's printing speed and long lasting inks make it a good choice for home or small business printing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Fast printer but quality is so-so

    Posted
    darien87
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    Prior to getting this printer we were using an HP laser jet that worked just fine for us. It's just my wife and I so we don't do a whole lot of printing. Just basic stuff like forms mostly. We don't print things with a whole lot of color like photo books or anything like that. The Brother MFC-J955DW is an all-in-one printer that can print, scan and fax. If you are running a small business out of your home I'm sure this printer would be very convenient. Initial set up was relatively painless. I simply plugged in the printers power cord and popped the installation CD that came with it into my PC and installed the drivers. I loaded the ink cartridges and some paper and I was pretty much ready to go. The printer did take about 5 minutes to load the ink which was a bit annoying but that is just a one time thing. Also there were numerous extra programs and firmware updates that the installer wanted me to install. So all in all the printer probably took about 30 minutes to get completely up and running. One good thing about this printer is that it is fast. I would say that 8-1/2" x 11" sheets in full color print out in about 10 seconds. However the print quality isn't all that great. On standard, uncoated paper fine detail gets lost. This can probably be improved by using better quality, coated papers. But the few photos I printed out to test the printer left something to be desired. But if you are using this printer as an all-in-one solution and you don't need high quality prints then this will probably work fine for you. One other note is that this printer should probably be installed on a desktop. I had it on a wooden TV tray next to my computer and the stand was shaking back and forth. I guess the print head on this machine moves fast enough that it causes the printer to shake if it is not on a very stable surface. Who knows, maybe this had an effect on the quality of the color prints that I made.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good 2-in-1 printer, costly ink replacements

    Posted
    APFLORES413
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I have had this printer for about 2 weeks now. Trying to find the "perfect" 2-in-1 printer is very difficult to do. I can say that I am very pleased with this printer but with one major Con that I will mention at the end of this review. Pros: -The set up was easy and painless. It was very easy to connect the printer to your Wi-Fi, and just as easy as linking up your phone or tablet to your network. The touch screen display guides the user with the quick set up and calibration. -The touchscreen display is a decent size, nearly twice that of my current printer, easy to read and recognizes my experience with other printers felt short. -The print quality is good and fast. After pressing “print”, the printer begins the process soon afterwards. My previous printer took under a minute to process the print job, and this is when connected via cable to my computer. Wireless printing is decent. -USB/Memory card option. Printing from either these is so convenient. That removes 1 step of putting it on my computer and printing from there. -Initial print cartridges. They are of good size to start you off with. Cons -Costs of ink replacement. Yes, they give you good amount of ink to begin with. The replacement cartridges are expensive. The three colored ink carts will cost you mid $60’s and black will be mid $30’s online. I don’t know if I would want to spend that much. This is where these printer companies get you and I am not too thrilled with this. Overall, very pleased with this printer and is a good addition to my home office, not thrilled with how much it would cost me to refill the ink cartridges. If you are invested with Brother, then I'd say this is the printer for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Ink is not cheap (like Canon/Epson megatank)

    Posted
    ComputerBoy

    Brothers is getting on the bandwagon of Mega/Supertank printer. Instead of following Canon / Epson (and let's be honest here, they are pretty much the same), and sell the ink in bottles, it comes in a cartridge. This cartridge fills an internal tank that "holds a lot of ink". A high yield black ink is $35 and of course, you'd need four (B, C, Y, M) to make it work - so replacing a set of ink (and according to them, the print yield is 3,000 pages at 5%, is more or less a hundred dollars. You can get genuine Canon inks for $15 for black, and $12 for CYM, and that's half and each set lasts 7,000 pages. I also hate to bring up the fact that there are generic inks (in bottles) for Canon (and Epson) printer. I found a place that sells the four color set for $8 dollars with free shipping. I thought it was too good to be true, and it didn't disappoint me - still print along with no problem. A friend brought this printer and he didn't look into Canon or Epson and didn't get around to setting it up that it was too late to return. He's not unhappy with it - it works fine (typical multi-function printer). But Brothers missed the boat in the drawing room.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good, versatile printer. Some initial issues.

    Posted
    Mirvana
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    For starters, I’ll say this is a good printer. There are several things to like including the features, size, print quality, ease of setup (well... more on that later). For the features I feel it’s very compact and fits neatly in place of our previous $50 “throw away” printer. Honestly, there’s not a whole lot to say here. It does what you want it to do and if you’ve used an all-in-one in the last 10 years you’re going to have no issues working this thing. About initial setup, our first printer arrived at our door with a cracked (really not that noticeable and, honestly, we didn’t care that much since it didn’t ruin the images on screen) screen. Moreover, it wasn’t functioning. Unfortunately, the touch screen is required to complete initial setup and so we essentially had a brick on our hands. BB got us a replacement quickly and we were up in running in < 3 minutes. I don’t know if this was a quality control issue or if it’s damage that occurred during shipping. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and say it’s just one that slipped through the cracks.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great printer

    Posted
    RoyDuran
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    Great product so far! I've had this printer for about a week and so far I'm very impressed. I had a lot of printers over the years and all of them have been HP. After destroying my old HP printer by putting off brand ink in it (their ink and new ink refill program are really expensive), I decided to try a Brother. I print a decent volume of items, but usually in batches, so I may not print much for a few months, then print a couple hundred pages in a couple days. With the HP auto refill program it just didn't make sense for my ink usage. I decided to try this Brother because it includes 2400 pages of black and 1200 pages of color worth of ink. My first impressions of this device out of the box is how can it be this small? I've gotten used to the HP Officejet 8000 series, which is at least more than double the size of the Brother. I have a small home office, so the space is much appreciated. The build quality also seems to be a little better than the HP printers. There is not as much paper storage in the tray, but there's plenty for me. The print quality is great for what I have printed so far. Document with text look good and crisp, even in fast mode. I also tried to print an edgeless 4x6 and it turned out great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent except for the setup process

    Posted
    RobWLINY2
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    While the print quality is very good, the set up experience needs some work. IT might just be my work space, but I got very frustrated looking down at a poor LCD screen (some LCD screens from an angle are harder to read due to the nature of LCD). It would've been better if the LCD screen could be (or was) angled up slightly. The biggest problem for me is the first few parts of setup took a few seconds, and then it said I needed to wait 7 minutes for the ink to set up, and during that whole time i could not yet connect it to wifi - so that was wasted time I had to sit there to complete setup. Back in Windows 10, it only took two tries playing with the default driver setting to get duplex mode to work, then I was quite happy with it from then on. The printing process seems to take a little while to start though, but otherwise it seems quick. The "year supply" of ink seems like a great promise, and if true it is very impressive -- but i have no way of verifying that. The ink cartridges themselves looked more solid (better design) than the ones i used many years ago, before i had switched to laser primarily.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent printer

    Posted
    DedhamDave
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    Document print-quality is good. Have not tried printing photos. On Ethernet network, printing starts almost instantly (haven't tried wireless). Sheet feeder is okay but scans come out a little crooked. Long-edge of page crops a little when scanned document is placed directly on glass. Scan-to-phone app is great (except when it bugs me to get an unwanted ink subscription). The pdfs produced by the printer are of very good quality but the files are larger than produced when my computer's software is in control. Duplex printing is easy. Duplex scanning is manual. So far, ink consumption is frugal. We make a point of using it at least once a week to avoid wasteful printhead cleaning cycles. The store price was higher than the advertised price and I didn't notice until after checkout, but couldn't be bothered to return.

    I would recommend this to a friend