Brother MFC-7860DW

Brother MFC-7860DW

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    • Brother MFC-7860DW A4 Mono Multifunction Printer

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  • Shopbot Review
  • 4.5 / 5
    • The good:
      Relatively compact; Very versatile and reliable; Wireless operation makes it very practical for small to medium offices
    • The bad:
      A bit on the expensive side; Minor issues with scanning and copying

    The Brother MFC-7860DW is a laser all-in-one printer ideal for small offices or home office that doubles up as a scanner, copier and fax machine. It offers high-quality printing and also can be used to make a quick copy or send/receive faxes with or without your computer.


    Scan multiple pages using the 35-page capacity auto document feeder or use the document glass for scanning a single document. Its advanced capabilities allow you to scan documents to a file, image, OCR, E-mail, FTP site or E-mail Server. Plus, its built-in wireless 802.11b/g and Ethernet network interfaces allow you to easily share the device, and its duplex printing capability enables you to produce professional two-sided output. At 32.6 pounds, 20.7 inches wide, and 20.1 inches deep, the Brother MFC-7860DW is small for a laser multifunction model and takes up very little desk space. Plus, it supports wireless connectivity, so you can situate it just about anywhere in your home or small office.


    When it comes to setting it up, this model really couldn't be more straightforward. You simply remove a few protective strips, take out the toner cartridge, give it a shake to make sure the toner is evenly distributed, and then load up the drivers on your PC. The printer covers all the connectivity bases: USB, Ethernet and Wi-Fi connections are all supported. You're given the option as to which connection method you want to use when you install the drivers, but you can also set up the printer to work with your Wi-Fi network directly, via its front control panel.


    The Brother MFC-7860DW printed very nice, typesetter-quality text. It did not, however, do as well with photographs and graphics, which is to be expected from a monochrome laser printer. Speed-wise, this model turned in performance on par with other laser printers in this price range. Overall, the Brother MFC-7860DW's print speeds are above average for its class. When scanning photographs, the results were too dark and muddy-looking. Also, the quality of photocopies of images and graphics were far too dark and had considerable banding. One area of strength, though, this device did scan and copy text well, and the Nuance PaperPort OCR program bundled with the printer did a great job of converting the scanned text to editable text. With that said, this model’s scan and copy times were similar to the print times, which is to say, about average.


    Overall, the Brother MFC-7860DW manages to offer an attractive balance of speed, output quality, size, paper handling, and functions. It delivers everything you likely need in an office MFP and it does everything well enough or better. That's more than enough to make it a potentially welcome addition to a personal desktop or typical micro office.