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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid performance with some image quality issues

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    ITJim
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    Ease of Use: Setup out of the box was easy. It took me about 15 minutes to physically remove the printer from the box, remove the packing tape, and load the ink cartridges. Full setup, however, took me about an hour. This included the physical setup, the quick setup instructions to prepare the printer for use, loading the ink cartridges, priming the internal ink wells, printing tests, configuring the Brother Management software and drivers on my computer, and deploying all the printer firmware and software updates. The printer does have wireless and hard-wired options to connect to your network. I chose to setup the printer on my wireless network. Windows 10 will find the printer on the network and load the appropriate drivers for you. That’s good news if you do not want to deploy Brother’s software. The downside is that you won’t get the nifty ink report that shows a graphic representation of how much ink is left or how many pages are left to print. Brother’s software also allows remote scanning of documents and images as well as control over where the printer can pull images from. Ink Capacity: The ink cartridges that ship with this printer are massive! The color cartridges are about three times the size of a standard Brother ink cartridge. The blank in cartridge is twice the size of the color cartridges. The cartridges walls are clear so that you can see the amount of ink left in each cartridge. When I installed the cartridge, the printer went into a three to five-minute transfer of ink from the cartridge to an internal reservoir. The process was quiet. I included a photo one of my old Brother color cartridges next to the new one. Huge difference. Print Quality Black: Black print quality is outstanding! I printed several documents. One sided print is fast, clean, and the results are super easy to read. Duplex printing is not as fast. For some reason it takes a moment for the printer to orient the page so that it can pull the page back through the printer to print on the back of the page. The results were still clean. The images, on the other, were a mixed bag. See below. Print Quality Color: Color printing seems to be dependent on the quality settings for your print job. As a test, I scanned a high gloss image of an F-22 Raptor promotional poster. I first reprinted the image using “normal” as the print quality. I ended up with what looked the image I scanned printed on graph paper with one inch squares. The lines of each square are bold printed in the color of whatever part of the image it covers. At first, I thought that the printer had an alignment problem. I ran the onboard print and alignment tool. The pattern printed cleanly. Next, I printed the same image at high quality. The image did look better and the strange 1-inch squares were gone. I printed several other images; switching between normal quality and high quality. I did not get the grid pattern with any of my other “normal” quality images. But, I did get some degree of lines in every image. The colors were good. I never felt that the ink on the page matched the colors of the image I was viewing. Most likely this is a calibration issue between the computer’s screen and the printer. Since I do not need this level of accuracy I chose not to pursue fixing this. I did notice that images were not a crisp and often missed subtle detail. For example, I printed an artist’s rendition of sun rays passing over a belt of colorful gasses somewhere in space. The printed image was missing all the light rays. Additionally, a lot of the detail was not as crisp as the original image. I noticed this on the image of the F-22 Raptors. I also noticed this on a few professional photos I had taken of some plastic models I built. The tight details were lost. I also noticed that areas of high contrast were minimized regardless of the print quality I chose. Finally, I did print a multi-page PDF that contained black text, colored text, and colored images. The black and colored text was sharp and easy to read. The colored images suffered from that line issue I described earlier. Normally, if I’m printing out one of these documents, I am not looking for the highest image details. But, I would like the images to not have strange artifacts in them. Print Speed: Print speed for text and images is fast. I had a fix page, single sided document out of the printer in no time. It is also much quieter than my previous Brother Multi-function printer. That is a plus. Color images take a little bit longer but not much longer. Of course, the print speed is tied to the image quality. Normal quality printed faster than high quality images. Duplex printing did take significantly longer. Where a text document took a few seconds, it took a duplex black and white document about 10 to 15 seconds a page. That is because the duplex unit had to take a few seconds to setup the page to return through the printer for the second printing pass. I did not attempt to print color images in duplex mode. I figured that ink saturation would destroy the page like it has on every other ink jet printer I’ve ever used. Software: As I mentioned earlier, you do not need the install the brother software on your computer. I have about seven Windows 10 computers on my network and not all of them need the full Brother suite of software installed. Windows 10 does have a driver. Brother does include the address to the software in their quick start guide. I typed the URL into my browser and downloaded the software to my test machine. Installation was easy. The software immediately detected an update for the printer. I allowed the software to download those updates and update the printer. The console does give me an estimate of how many pages of printing I have left for each ink cartridge. It also allows for remote scanning of content as well as remote connectivity to external storage devices. I did remote scan documents and images to my computer. The process was easy. I would like to have seen a preview of my subject before I did a full scan. For example, some scanners will allow you to select the part of the image that is important to you so that the least amount of time is taken to scan the image. Other software packages allowed for rotation of the image. Maybe it is part of this printer’s software package. I was not able to uncover it during my testing. The software also checks for updates on a regular basis. You can adjust the frequency of the checks. You can also influence how and when the updates are installed. As well as how often the software nags you about the updates. Part of the reason I did not deploy this software to all of my machines was to control which machines could control the updates. Scan quality: The scan quality of whatever I scanned looked good. I didn’t notice any artifacts in my images. Colors look good as well. Color and plain text came out clean and ready for me to use however I wanted it. Scan Speed: Scan speed at the default of 300 x 300 dpi is fast and mostly quiet. My older Brother multifunction printer could be heard across my house when it scanned anything. This new model is about half as loud. I did perform a 1200 x 1200 dpi test and had to lift the scanner’s lid to see if anything was happening. I ruined the exposure to prove the scanner had not stalled. The scanner was so quiet that I didn’t realize that my image was being scanned. In all fairness, the Brother Software should have told me that the image was scanning and at what percentage of the image was complete. The 1200 x 1200 dpi scan took a full minute. The 300 x 300 took about 8 seconds. The scanner will take additional time as the scan dpi increased between 300 to 1200. WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor): The WAF is pretty good. My wife stated that she really liked the color and preferred it over the black Brother multi-function printer that this replaced. Final thoughts: This printer is a bit of a mixed bag for me. I cannot give it five stars simply because of the awful image reproduction under normal quality. I am not expecting the amazing image reproduction here. But, the strange lines that are introduced in the image are not acceptable regardless of the image quality settings. The duplex printing and scanning functions are great. The software package seems a bit bloated for what it does but not overly so. And I do like the estimated page counts for each ink tank. I would hope the that software is watching the printing habits and calculating the page counts based on habits and not on some arbitrary ISO or made up marketing standard. Time will tell. They say there are two years of ink in the box. We will see. Finally, the full color control panel is well setup and the menus are very easy to navigate. The display panel is also on a hinge, so you can see it at multiple angles. I did find this feature useful during setup. If you are looking for a solid performer for home, school, or a small office then go with this printer. If you need something that will give you rock solid color image printing, then keep shopping around. I hope you found this review useful.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very Nice Indeed

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    KansasMeddlingMom
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    The printer arrived well packed and the machine, as well as the other related contents involved with its operation arrived unharmed. Setup was easy. The "Inkvestment Tank" is different than other Officejet printer cartridges. This is a liquid-type ink in a cartridge-you receive 4 cartridges and must only shake, about 15 times, the black one before putting them in assigned slots. It takes a little bit more time for the printer to load the respective tanks with the contents. After that, I loaded the DVD into my desktop's drive and let it essentially install itself so that this computer would talk to the printer. It connected, in my case by Wi-Fi, and effortlessly found the machine. I just let the setup proceed through its numerous steps, even allowing registration of the product. What I love about this case is that Brother will offer support for free for the life of the machine, whereas, HP only allows free support for 1 year after purchase. I hate that because if you are lucky to have your product last more than 1 year there are numerous times when something goes awry and we still need assistance. Does HP not think their product should last more than 1 year? At any rate, my observations: 1. The 2.7 inch LCD screen is easy to read and follow directions if initiating a transaction through the printer itself. 2. I love that once you have hit print on the computer the turn around time for 1st page printing is fast and that the job is out in no time at all and all of this done quietly. 3. This printer has a slim. low-profile appearance and can easily be tucked away in a bookshelf, freeing up valuable real estate on my desk or other tables or work spaces adjacent to my desk that hold my Fujitsu 7160 scanner and my HP LaserJet printer. My LaserJet is black only print, since I run a CPA office, so this colored Officejet is a great addition to my arsenal of printing tools. 4. Scanning is easy and quick, but it would be unfair to compare it to a dedicated scanner like the Fujitsu 7160 that I mentioned above. However, if you do not have a scanner this is great and easy to use, whether initiating the scan feature from the computer or the printer itself. I believe it is Twain compliant because it brought up the Abby configuration. You can scan to a file, jump drive, email, and numerous other options. It can also be saved in various formats like pdf, jpeg, etc. This is cloud print ready, able to print with mobile devices, Obviously, at this time I can account for how long the ink will last, the box says a 2 year amount, but I hope that Brother would not make claims that they could not deliver on. Best Buy has advertised on their website the high-yield color replacements, 3033XL priced at $23.49, but the box says the 3033 are good for 3000 pages while the 3035 the higher yield for 5000 pages. .

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Compact Ink Miser

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    mobilelawyer
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    I am actually reviewing this printer a little early. I guess I ought to come back in a couple of years and see if the ink lasted that long. I'm betting it will, considering my usage. Brother says "up to two years". My experience with Brother inkjets has shown them to be ink misers. This is a primary consideration for me when selecting a printer. This J995DW is my second Brother MFC to own. The XL designation means it comes with the larger ink cartridges. There is also a model with smaller cartridges that only go for a year. In addtion to printing on 8X10 stock for personal and legal business, I often scan and sometimes print photos, usualy 4X6. I don't fax, so I can't review that function. When you install the cartidges, the printer goes through a routine to transfer the ink from the cartidge to an internal tank. This is the INKvestment Tank Ink System and is designed to allow more pages of printing while keeping the size of the printer compact. I infer from that description that perhaps the contents of the cartridge may be under pressure. Do follow the installation instructions carefully. You are supposed to shake the black cartridge BEFORE you insert it. I realized I had not shaken it, and got some leakage when I removed it and shook it, becuase inserting the cartridge in the machine appears to pierce its seal, so the tank transfer can be completed. Print quality on plain injet paper has been great. I am very pleased with the photo printing as well, and, of course, love being able to print directly from my Pixel 2 smartphone, using the either the Brother android utility or NFC. They both worked beautifully. I score the quality of the prints as excellent to my eye. The colors were vivid and not over-saturated. See the attached photo. Scanning and copying was equally trouble-free. I scanned both to a USB stick and directly to my computer over Wi-Fi. I did have to connect with a USB cable to set up the Wi-Fi, but it has worked flawlessly since, and the printer is available to devices on my home network. This is an inkjet and not a laser. You'll have to be satisfied with 10-12 pages per minute, depending on whether you are printing in color or blank and white. I did not experience any snags with the automatic feeding of multiple pages. I wish the printer had more paper capacity. But 125 pages is not an atypical capacity for a printer of this category. Such is one of those design trade-offs. More capacity would make it far less compact, and this MFC is a remarkably petite beauty. I recommend it highly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good for documents, but some problems with photos

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    DrWMJ
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    I got this printer because my 6-year old HP 7510 Photosmart was beginning to show its age, particularly by being unreliable in its connectivity to Wi-Fi. I suspected that a new printer would have updated electronics, so that reliable connectivity would be a given. As far as this Brother model, I was particularly intrigued by its ability to conserve ink, and therefore be much more economical to operate. Setting up this printer was not very difficult, but I have had some network management experience, and I feel comfortable with this procedure. I can see how some people with less experience or interest in tech issues could be intimidated, but I found the instructions to be very clear and easy to follow. I would recommend using the software provided, or downloading the “full package” from the support website. Here are my first impressions of this printer: Pro’s: -Compact size, fits well on even a small printer table. Access to the paper tray and document feeders is excellent. -Very quiet operation; with any ambient noise in the room, it is almost impossible for me to even know that the printer is working! -Massive ink capacity. Obviously, I haven’t had the printer for very long, but all of the ink tanks are still full after 2 weeks of continuous work. I can believe that these ink tanks may last 1-2 years. -Very reliable connectivity. Even though the printer will not recognize my 5GHz SSID, it will print readily from all of my devices on the network, including my Surface, Chromebook, and Pixel 2xl. -2-sided printing is quite easy. The scanner feeder will only read one side of a document, however. -Brother has created fine little applications for scanning and printing for both computers and phones, and these work very nicely, particularly for scanning. Con’s: -Whereas the print quality of standard black and white documents is good, it took me some time and effort to learn how to print photos with any degree of quality. I found that trying to print with the paper setting at “other photo paper” resulted in faded and color-inaccurate prints. Using the setting “Brother paper”, as well as switching to “photo quality”, resulted in good prints, but they tend to be overly dark. I can get decent prints if I “overlighten” the picture files prior to printing. Some of these prints are very good. -Standard printing is slower than my old HP Photosmart; printing color photos demands a good deal of patience. -The paper tray only holds 100 sheets of thin paper. If you want to print on photo paper, you need to pull out the tray, remove the paper in the tray, and resize the tray with the sliding feeder guides, then replace the tray and enter the paper size and type on the control panel. None of this is difficult, but other printers have dual trays that allow for automatic switching between paper types. This is a fine, reliable printer that will serve you well if you have modest printing needs for standard documents. It is likely that the cost of operation of this printer will be much less than competing devices due to excellent ink management. (I did notice that to replace all 4 of the “XL” ink tanks will cost about $250, but that should be 2 years or more from now...) However, if you are an avid photographer and wish to print photos frequently, there are better printer options available on the market. I am satisfied with this printer for the time being, since my photo printing is infrequent.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best high-end inkjet so-far, could be 5 stars

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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. Overall, I would recommend buying this printer and am happy with it's performance, flexible functionality, and print quality. However, I do think this is for a niche buyer and is probably not for everyone. 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 a good amount of ink to start you up with and probably contributes to the higher price. 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 Endless features like fax, mobile print, auto-duplex Long Ink life* Includes good amount of ink 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 it 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 and if it really does last that long I'll be content but it's way too early to tell. 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 Printer cost Printer and Ink cost really drop the rating down. I do believe this may be too high of a price since you can find budget or used laser printers for roughly around the same price or not terribly more. 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. A high capacity black costs roughly $55. I would encourage buyers to make sure they explore all options. However, this is an excellent printer and Brother has done great again. Maybe after longer use I may push this up to 5 stars, but with the associated costs I don't think its a true 5 star printer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    All-In-One

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    SamG
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    I found this printer to be a very reliable document printer/scanner. It’s easy to set up, relatively compact, and gives you a way to print and scan from just about any device. Whether the ink lasts for 2 years like the box says only time will tell. In the box you get the printer, power cord, phone cable, and a set of XL ‘INKvestment’ tanks. I plugged in and setup via the touchscreen, which is small, but very responsive. Getting connected to the network and downloading the latest updates to the printer took about 20 minutes. On the printer itself you get the basic copy, scan, fax functions, as well as access to several online services like Dropbox and Google Drive so you can scan documents directly there. I hooked up to my Google Drive and it worked as expected. The printer gives you the option to print in just about every way you can think of. It has built-in WiFi and supports both Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print. You can also connect to it via USB and Ethernet, though those ports are curiously hidden deep within the printer under the scanner bed. On the front there is a USB port and an SD card reader for photo printing. You can load multiple paper sizes, but there is only one paper tray unfortunately, so you have to swap out as needed. I was happy with the printing and scanning results. It prints color and black and white documents quickly and cleanly. I was little disappointed with the photo quality, but a photo printer this is not. Looking at the replacement ink tanks they do seem to run on the expensive side, but if I truly am only replacing this ink every 2 years then it’s a bargain. I installed the software disc onto my PC and there’s a fair amount of it. I don’t really see myself using most of it, but there does seem to be some useful stuff there. This seems like the ideal printer for a home office. It handles documents like a champ and I haven’t had any issues connecting or printing. It didn't blow my socks off, but it's nice to have a printer you don't have to think about very much.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great all-in-one printer with lots of ink

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    Grouticus
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    Over the past couple decades I have owned a variety of different all-in-one printer/scanner/copiers and from just about every well-known manufacturer. If there's one thing regarding printer/copiers that most people have a complaint about, it's the ink; specifically how much it costs and how often you have to replace it at the outrageous prices. I hear from most people who use one at home that it feels like it's cheaper to buy a whole new machine versus spending the money on ink. Well, it appears Brother has heard those same complaints and made a successful attempt to correct that by bundling a fantastic all-in-one machine with enough ink that you won't have to worry about it for years. They claim that the ink contained in this will last you two years assuming you print, on average, 300 pages per month. We probably print a third of that so I assume this bundle should last me about twice as long. Setup was as expected and fairly simple after installing the four ink cartridges and using the responsive touch screen display. It quickly found my local Wi-Fi and linked it so I could do wireless and cloud printing. Once you download the software on your computer, there may be several updates that will need to be done. There is also some optional software included that could be useful to organize files. The printer is pretty fast for any small business or personal job and documents are very clear. Although this is not advertised as a photo printer, I have printed several glossy photo paper jobs and those look great as well. Wireless scanning was also very fast and clear using the auto-feeder. There is also a built in SD card slot to save files to or print from. You can save shortcut settings via the on board software which could also come in handy for certain jobs. For me, this was everything I could need in a printer/scanner/copier and with this bundle and the latest firmware, Brother has easily earned my business over other manufacturers and I would suggest this to anyone in the market for one.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    All I could ever need in a printer

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    Duluthian
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    This really is a full function printer that will fill the needs of any home or small office. The inclusion of an estimated two years of ink is a great idea. With what ink usually costs, this alone makes this printer worth it. Performance is exceptional. I have owned all of the top brand names in printers and the Brother printers continue to impress. More than fast enough for our home needs with more features than we could ever use. Print quality is great! Although this printer is still new to me, I have found that Brother printers always seem to be easy on ink compared to other brands and so far I think this one will be the same. Although, with two years of ink I don't think there is much to worry about :-) I like that the printer is white. Not typical for Brother. It is a bit on the large side but you need to keep in mind that it is a high capacity printer not just in terms of the ink, but also the paper. Although I think using a fax machine has largely been replaced by email, it is nice to have the feature included just in case. More of a business feature than a home one I guess. Scanning and copying work nicely as well. Honestly, I probably scan more than I print so this is a plus for me. More importantly is wireless connectivity. I imagine more people print from wireless devices and the cloud more than anything else these days. So far, I am impressed. For some reason I have always had issues with printing wireless with other printers but I had no issues with getting this one to work. Also, the 2.7 inch touch screen is easy to read and navigate. When you factor in the features, the amount of ink and the quality, this really is a great printer. If nothing else just look at it as you are pre-buying the ink you would have needed to purchase anyways with another printer. And with as high as ink prices can be, I think you come out way ahead with the Brother MFC-J995DW XL.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Oh Brother! What a great printer!

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    dharr18
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    OK, This is my second Brother all-in-one printer, the first is a laser printer that I bought about 4 years ago and is still running like a champ. After saying that, I have to say I will never buy another printer not made by Brother. They do all-in-ones right. This model MFC-J995DW XL has everything anyone could need: -2 years of ink shipped in box -2 sided printing -flatbed scanner -high speed printing (12 ppm black, 10 ppm color) -150 sheet paper tray -fax machine functionality ( for those who would rather not tie it to a dinosaur and send it that way ) -cloud printing (Google Cloud Print enabled) -print from cloud storage providers (MS, Google, Dropbox, etc.) -Wi-Fi or wired connection -USB (if you prefer that) -NFC for quick network connections Print quality is great. How do they get 2 years of ink? The cannisters (I guess that would be the term) fill a reservoir in the printer. These canisters are about 3"x4"x1" (color) or 3"x4"x2" (black). There is one black, one red, one blue and one yellow canister. You only need to order individual colors if you somehow run out. The price for refills is very reasonable considering there is 2 years worth of ink in there. They run about the same price as a refill for other printer brands. If you have owned a Brother printer in the last 4 years, you will be familiar with the web interface. There is also a iPrint and Scan app available on mobile platforms. The app will allow you to print locally on the network, or connect via cloud if you are off network. I configured the printer from a Chromebook. I have also used with Windows PC, iPhone and various Android versions from 7 on up. No issues with any of them. Scanning is flawless. I don't think there is an easier setup for a printer on the market today, let alone an all-in-one printer. Well done Brother.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fast Printer, lots of ink, easy to setup

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    Saitzev
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    This is a great AIO. It may not be the most aesthetically pleasing visually, but it is function over form. This printer will easily get the job done. I've had numerous printers from several manufacturers over the years. I appreciate the amount of ink that you do get with the cartridges, time will tell though if they last long. Your mileage will certainly vary with how much you print. If I recall it states there are some 4000+ color pages and 5000+ black pages for the longevity. The location for the ink cartridges is well placed on the lower front right of the printer and can be accessed and replaced quickly. The initial setup for the ink did take a bit of time, 6 minutes to fill the reservoir and prepare the ink and push out a test page. The setup was quick. Mine was setup wireless and putting in the key was simple and quick enough. I do remember that if you connect your printer physically either through Ethernet or USB to the PC it's connected to, the Brother S/W can automatically setup the wireless connection without you needing to put in the wireless info directly on to the printer's touchscreen display. It doesn't take very long to print page's and is pretty clear and of good quality, though Yellow's did seem a bit muted on the paper I was using. This could be mitigated by using a heavier paper. The printer does feature Fax Capability but haven't had the opportunity to utilize it yet. The printer does have a front USB port and an SD Card slot that are easily accessible. This a fairly large unit so make sure that you do have the space for it. It's currently sitting on a filing cabinet that was turned sideways and takes up the entire surface area. Overall, I think it's a great printer so far and will do pretty much everything I ask and need of it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Cannot say enough good things

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    Anarchris
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    I am a PhD Student in history, and I HATE reading on screen, so between articles, PDF books, and the mountain of my own writing I have to produce, I print A LOT. I bought this printer 6 months ago, and I have used about 60% of the black cartridge that it came with, even though I've already gone through six full reams of paper. I have yet to have any problem with it, and the quality is superb. I had an old Brother laserjet in the past, and it lasted me for years. Inkjets like this are making laserjet printers obsolete for most people, and I think Brother has raised the standard for companies like HP and Epson that have been offering high-capacity inkjet printers for some years now. I was originally going to go with an HP Officejet 8000 series (still a good line of printers), but I went with the Brother because it was more compact and would fit in my computer desk's printer compartment. Now that I have it, I think it's better than the HP alternative regardless of the size advantage. My only complaint (a very minor one) is that the paper tray holds only a measly 150 sheets. I just had to print out a 356 manuscript to copy edit, and I had to reload the tray several times. I would love to see them add a larger paper tray. But most consumer-oriented printers have dinky paper trays, even when they're made to print in high capacity, so you won't find an alternative to this without spending a lot more money and getting a comparatively gargantuan printer. This machine is worth every penny I paid for it and more.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great printer with minor steps backward

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    hockeycanuckjc
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    The whole premise of this new system is the ink. Inside the box you get cartridges that estimate up to two years worth of usage. Instead of the messy ink cartridges you get tanks full of ink that go into a small bay and easily snap into place. Opening the printer out of the box was fairly easy. It seemed a little heavy but I overcome it easy. Looks solid, color integrates with the colors in the living room. Setup was a breeze too although there is something that might throw off users. If you don't read the manual you may think to yourself, where is the USB port? Where is the phone jack for the fax? It's inside the printer itself and you have to loop the cord to the outside. You very well may just be pulling your hair out over that one. Don't like the design, but then again I don't like the cords so we'll say it's for those that really need it. The wireless setup was very easy though and I connected it to my Wifi Network. Within minutes I easily added the printer to all of the computers in our house and it does not require extra configuration. If you are looking to scan wireless from the network without a cord, you may want to consider getting Brothers printer app from the Windows 10 store. It really does help with the scanning. Once in awhile the printer won't be detected over the network even though it's supposedly connected. I suspect this is a sleep mode issue rather than waking the printer up from its slumber mode problem? Not really an issue it's just there. This is a very solid unit that deserves as look not only to fit into your everyday life but also other activities down the road.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great ink capacity - well engineered printer!

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    jhancock
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network
    • Top 500 ContributorTop 500 Contributor

    The Brother - INKvestment Tank MFC-J995DW XL Wireless All-In-One Printer is a great choice for your home or small office. The MFC-J995DW XL has INKvestment Tank cartridges along with an internal ink storage tank allowing it to deliver uninterrupted printing for up to 2-years without the need to purchase ink according to Brother. Great features include printing to mobile devices, several paper handling options, and automatic two-sided printing. I really like the extended ink tank storage, so you do not need to order ink all of the time. The extended use is based on printing approximately 300 pages per month, using only the cartridges provided. The ink cartridges hold more ink and print more pages without sacrificing the compact, desktop footprint. Your prints cost less than $0.01 per page in black and less than $0.05 per page in color using the INKvestment Tank Ultra High-Yield cartridges. The Page Gauge helps to take the guesswork out of when to replace ink. It has built-in wireless, Ethernet, and a USB interface. It includes mobile printing and NFC print and scan capabilities. This means you can print wirelessly from your desktop, laptop, smartphone and/or tablet. The automatic document feeder, bypass tray, or 150-sheet capacity paper tray that adjusts for multiple sizes of paper combined with automatic duplex (2-sided) printing can save paper. It has a color touchscreen display. Print-from and scan-to cloud apps using Google Drive™, Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, and Brother Cloud Apps etc. It includes a 2-Year Limited Warranty and free online, call, or live chat support for the life of your printer. – Nice!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Great Printer, Horrendous Software

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    Seana
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I had a large 9 year old HP wireless all-in-one I wanted to replace. I bought this since the quality of the scans and printing was comparable, if not slightly better than my current one, in a very small package. The InkTank was a bonus. Unfortunately, I spent days trying to get the software to update. I am relatively tech savvy and most of my scanning/printing is directly done from my phone these days. I never could successfully update the software. Even to get the time/date to update appropriately was extremely complicated since I had to go into the printer IP address and not through the printer itself! My old HP had a far superior and user friendly app, but I could just do everything I needed from the printer’s screen interface, as well. The brother app was also absolutely terrible and the app often prompted me to update or change settings by going to the printer IP site and making adjustments there. It is not intuitive and not worth the trouble. This was with hardwired Ethernet as well as trying it wirelessly. Returned it after a week of trying to get help from brother support (and not getting any) and never be able to update the settings.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid Home Printer

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    GH06903
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    Overall Impression of the Brother MFC-J995DW Printer: The printer was very easy to set up compared to other printers. The instructions were very clear and easy to follow. The wifi setup was very straightforward and my Mac found it right away once it was on the network. The build quality is fair. The paper tray felt a little too plasticy compared to other printers I’ve owned. For the list price I expected more. The print quality is good, but this prints a bit slower than other printers in its class. One of the great things about this printer is the INKvestment Tank cartridges. The idea that you can get a year out of the ink cartridges under normal use it fantastic! If it lives up to it’s claims, it would be well worth the cost of the printer over the long haul as print cartridges are very expensive. Print quality is on par with other ink jet printers I have owned. Photos are clear and text is crisp and professional. The scanning feature is fantastic! I was able to scan documents and email them directly from the printer without having to go through a long setup process. The scans were crisp and clear and the color reproduction was spot on. The copy function worked flawlessly was well. Overall this printer performs very well. Although the build quality feels a bit cheap, the overall performance is excellent. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this printer for a hard core business user, but it is perfect for a solid home/family printer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Loads of ink in a multi functional printer

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    JKinSYR
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    The big selling point on this printer for me is the massive amounts of ink you get initially in the box. If you're like me and dislike having to buy ink all the time or have to sign up for a ink monthly pass, this is a good printer. You get a large supply of ink and that means less expense on having to buy refills of ink. The printer has a small/medium sized footprint in order to keep on my little table nearby my computer desk. The printer looks nice and visually appealing. It makes a nice addition to my home office setup and it keeps up with my basic needs. I will say this printer has a good output of black ink printouts and okay output on color printouts. I feel this printer lacks a bit in delivery of the output. It's a bit slow for my taste and doesn't kick out a printout when needed. Between the load time and slow output it can seem like a long wait. I've utilized HP printers before this which seem to spool up and distribute my page out fairly quickly. Overall I like this printer and it's capabilities. The wifi printing is helpful and the most convenient feature for me so I don't have to hardwire the printer to the laptop. Being able to print from my phone via wifi printing is super handy and used all the time in our household.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Prints Fast and Quality is Fantastic

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    TheStump
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    This printer was very easy to setup and connect to wifi. Finding the printer on my phone and computer worked the first time and printed without a hitch. I opted to download the software for the printer on my Mac since it doesn't have a cd drive and found the software and installed it with no problems. Since then, I've printed on letter size paper, printed photos, used the copier, and the tray scanner. I have not and do not plan on using the fax machine portion so I cannot speak to that. The printer is quick; almost as fast as a laser printer for color pages and just as good of quality. The pictures I've printed so far look fantastic. They look just as good as any digital printer I've sent pictures to at stores. I am hopeful that the promise of two years worth of ink that came with this printer holds up. I was expecting multiple ink cartridges in the box but there is only one of each color! Let's hope it really lasts! The scanner works awesome. I've scanned several work documents to my computer and they look just like any scans I would make on the large machine at my office. Keeps me from having to go to the office just to scan something. The copier works good too. Black and white and color copies look almost as good as the original. Would definitely recommend to anyone!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Printer with some limitations

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    golfnutsc
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    Bought this printer based on reviews and the fact that it came with "2 Years" worth of ink in the box. Print quality is excellent and, despite the fact that it is not a Photo Printer, it does an adequate job of replicating photos. Would be nice if it would auto-feed for 2 sided to 2 sided copies so you could stack multiple pages of a document but it works as advertised so that's a limitation I was aware of at purchase. I initially had an issue when trying to print from my Android tablet where it would ignore my request for multiple copies (only print one no matter how many I requested) but I did some research online and read the manual (imagine that?) and once I get it set up for WI-Fi Direct this "problem" should be resolved. Time will tell how durable it is and if the INKVestment tank is really a good investment but, so far I'm pleased.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good all-in-one printer

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    JustCuz
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    This printer was quick and easy to set up. Easy to follow on-screen directions walked you through all the steps to get connected to your home network. I used the built in Wi-Fi option. And was able to print on the first try from my Macbooks,PC and mobile devices. One of the features that I especially like is the document feeder for scanning multiple pages at once. The printer also has some built in apps. So I linked up my google drive and was printing from the cloud with ease. It is also rather compact for all the features it has. There were some small things keeping this printer from getting that last star. I found the printer to be rather slow. And I wish the touchscreen display was a little bit bigger. But if this ink last even half the time it advertises (2 years @ 300 pages a month) I will be tickled to death. All in all this is a great all in one printer. And I would recommend it for home and small business use.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent printer

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    MommyMay
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    I really do love this printer. I had my HP printer for years and I thought if I ever decided to upgrade that I would stay with HP, it didn't end up working that way and I'm glad it didn't. I've printed photos and black and white documents and color documents and it prints pretty darn great. The color photos I printed on paper and photo paper came out so good. The set up was very easy and I didn't have any problems when I connected to the wifi. It was very easy to air print from my phone and from my ipad. I love how there is a micro SD card slot and usb slot so can connect directly to the printer and your pictures pop up on the printer screen and you can choose which pictures you want to print and print from there and you don't have to connect through your computer. It makes printing so simple that way. The long lasting cartridge, is a huge bonus. So far I am really liking my new printer and I would def recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend