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Brother MFC-J6910DW A3 Colour Multifunction Inkjet PrinterPrinter Barn dedicated Printer specialists
The MFC-J6910DW is the high-end model of Brother's MFC-J6000 series’ new line of 4-in-1 multi-function inkjet printers for small-to-medium businesses. It is designed to offer more capabilities than just print output, while matching the low running costs usually associated with lasers. It boasts an impressive set of specifications. Print, scan, copy and fax functions are joined by comprehensive connectivity, including USB, Ethernet LAN and 802.11n wireless. It is also capable of handling paper sizes up to A3 and, more impressively, scanning A3 documents, which explains its rather large 540 x 489 x 331mm footprint. But its talents don't end there. This range-topping model can automatically print, scan, and copy both sides of each sheet of paper, although duplex scans and copies are limited to an A4 maximum. Brother has done a good job of making the device attractive, with a sleek all-black chassis. The control panel sits at the front and houses an array of physical buttons along with a touch-screen display. Being just 3.3in, this display isn't the easiest to control, and those with large fingers will find the small buttons somewhat tricky to operate. Installation is simple enough, with the four inkjet cartridges slotting neatly into a compartment at the front. Two 250-sheet paper trays also sit at the front, both of which can hold media up to A3. Although the trays are sturdy, the adjustable paper guides inside are flimsy and difficult to operate. The Brother MFC-J6910DW is not quite as versatile when it comes to printing. It works much better as a colour A3 printer than it does as an A4. It's solid as an A4 text printer, going from 13.3ppm in its fastest mode (where text is adequately defined, though light) down to 9.9ppm and 3.8ppm in the normal and top modes. Automatic duplexing is provided, although this is rather too slow, dropping the speed by almost 60%. When it comes to A4 colour graphics, the results lack a little quality. There's little wrong with the speed, which ranges from 9.1ppm in the fastest mode to a still decent 4.6 and 3.2ppm at the normal and best settings. However, while the fastest mode produces very pleasing colour for draft settings, the results don't get that much better in the top modes. Dithering is a problem, while the palette remained a little too light and lacking in vitality. The Brother MFC-J6910DW is considerably better at A3, though, where the prints contain far more texture and shading. The colours are still a touch light, but remain rather more compelling in the middle and higher modes than with A4. Most graphics details were handled competently, although there were still a few issues with dithering. Nonetheless, the A3 output is rather good. Speed is very solid too, ranging from 3.6ppm in the case of the fastest mode, to 2.5ppm and 2.1ppm at the normal and higher quality settings. The Brother MFC-J6910DW did make a few annoying noises while printing A3, The Brother MFC-J6910DW's running costs are very decent for an inkjet, and the high-yield cartridges combined with economy options produce low costs per page for an inkjet. Overall, the Brother MFC-J6910DW as an A3 multifunction device goes about its tasks with ease. With the ability to print, scan and copy A3 documents, Brother's MFC-J6190DW is a competent and reasonably-priced, large format inkjet.