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Compact and Easy to Connect Brother Printer MFC-J680DW

Compact and simple to connect with mobile phone capabilities, flexibility for dealing with media and Web Connect access to popular cloud services

The Brother MFC-J680DW offers easy wireless setup and mobile device printing in an economical color inkjet All-in-One.

The Brother Work Smart MFC-J680DW is exactly what you’re looking for when selecting a compact color inkjet All-in-One that offers easy, intuitive operation, plenty of connectivity options, and the ability to print on various specialty media – all without breaking your budget.

You’ll discover that connecting to a wireless network couldn’t be easier, thanks to the wireless assistant that completely walks you through set up(1). It’s so simple – you don’t need a USB cable, and you won’t even need to know your wireless network password. Share the machine with others on a wireless network or connect to a single computer using a USB cable (not included).

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  • Upon activation, the Amazon Dash Replenishment service measures the ink level and automatically orders ink from Amazon when low. This ensures that you never run out again.
  • Mobile device printing via Air print Google Cloud Print Brother iPrint & Scan and Wi-Fi Direct. Easy to set up wireless networking
  • Automatic duplex printing
  • 100 sheet paper capacity up to 8.5″x14″
  • 1 year limited warranty with free phone support for the life of the product

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Brother MFCJ460DW
Brother MFCJ680DW
Brother MFCJ880DW
Brother MFC-J985DW
INKvestment Cartridges n/a n/a n/a
Cartridges In-Box 4 4 4 4
In-Box Page Yields (black / color) 260 / 260 (4) 260 / 260 (4) 260 / 260 (4) 2,400 / 1,200 (5)
Paper Capacity (max. sheets) 100 100 100 100
Max. Printing Size Up to 8.5″ x 14″ (Legal) Up to 8.5″ x 14″ (Legal) Up to 8.5″ x 14″ (Legal) Up to 8.5″ x 14″ (Legal)
Max Print Speed (3) 12/6ppm 12/10ppm 12/10ppm 12/10ppm
Color Touchscreen Display 1.8″ (no touchscreen) 2.7″ 2.7″ 2.7″
Networking Wireless (802.11b/g/n), Ethernet, USB 2.0 Wireless (802.11b/g/n), Ethernet, USB 2.0 Wireless (802.11b/g/n), Ethernet, USB 2.0 Wireless (802.11b/g/n), Ethernet, USB 2.0
Mobile Device Compatibility (1) AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Mopria, Brother iPrint&Scan, Cortado Workplace, Wi-Fi Direct AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Mopria, Brother iPrint&Scan, Cortado Workplace, Wi-Fi Direct AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Mopria, Brother iPrint&Scan, Cortado Workplace, Wi-Fi Direct AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Mopria, Brother iPrint&Scan, Cortado Workplace, Wi-Fi Direct
Near Field Communication (NFC) (6) No No Yes Yes

PROS:

– Fast Printing Speed on standard setting. It is super-fast in Draft setting, but quality suffers.
– Very easy to use Menu and Operating System.
– Easy Initial Set-up
– WiFi is very reliable and works well with mobile phones.
– LCD Touch Control is very responsive and smooth.
– Ability to Tilt LCD screen to desired angle is a plus.
– Scanner is relatively fast.
– Can scan multiple documents at once with Auto-feed feature.
– Small Footprint for limited space.
– Very Easy Access to change ink cartridges from the front of the unit.
– Inexpensive Ink.
– Can change color inks individually (3 separate colors: Magenta, Cyan and Yellow).
– High capacity ink cartridges are available.

CONS:

– Printer leaves minute indentations on 4×6 photo paper from its metallic rollers.
– Photo prints appear faded and washed-out both on regular and photo paper.
– Scanned Pictures also appear washed out (@300 dpi).
– Scanner auto-feeder sometimes slightly rotates paper/images.
– Paper Capacity is low, necessitating replacing paper more often.
– Access to change the paper is very cumbersome. You have to pull out the whole paper tray completely to feed paper to it from the back.
– There isn’t an individual paper-feed slot to feed a single sheet of paper (ie: Letter-sized photo paper, etc.)
– Letter-sized paper feeder does not work reliably and well with thick photo paper.
– The automatic document feeder requires pages to be facing facing down, different from most other printers.
– The wires emanating from the printer (Power & phone line) are on the left rear side of the printer causing a possible cosmetic concern depending on placement and position of the printer.

Customer Reviews

one star

 on December 5, 2016
By jim Wise
Great printer. Replaced a HP. (made this before I ran low on ink)

Burns through ink fast, won’t let you print without all the ink packs.

 on September 18, 2017
By Chewpapa
To echo what others have said here, this printer seems good until you’ve had it for a while. The print quality is fine, but not exceptional or even good and the printer burns through ink like there is no tomorrow. As soon as it runs low on a color, it pops up a message and blocks you from printing even just in black and white when there is a shortage of a color. If you need to print something in a hurry with a mostly full black cartridge you are just plain out of luck if you happen to also be mostly out of yellow or magenta. Do you need yellow to print a black and white copy? you might think not, but Brother disagrees. You’ll just have to wait a few days to print that out.

Brother Printer Quit Working, Warranty Not Honored, and Time Consuming "Trouble Shooting" demands from Brother.

 on May 10, 2017
By Pug Momma
Quit Printing, Warranty Not Honored, and Time Consuming “Trouble Shooting” demands from Brother.‎

Im now a Brother Printer Fan

 on January 15, 2017
By Rosie
omg this printer is better than expected, was thrilled to find it also prints 2 sided pages without the reloading of the pages one use to have to do to accomplish that task, this printer actually prints one side then pulls the page back in to do the other side, it’s also very convenient with the front loading paper tray and compact size since my office is a bit cramped and this printer has to set on a shelf, it prints beautifully and so far I’ve been pleasantly amazed at the ink usage, prints beautifully and seems to use surprisingly very little ink to do so, and just for your info you do not need to buy ink when you purchase this printer since it comes with a full first time use supply, unlike HP or Epson who only give you a small starter pack of ink which is only good for about 3 normal print jobs, i bought this about 2 months ago and i’m still on the initial ink they supplied with the printer and that’s after printing 6 8×19 photo’s as well, very impressed with how easily it does envelopes, scan’s, faxes, and loading the ink from the front is a great feature as well, so far i can’t find a single thing that i don’t like about this printer, it was so easy to install and the software is also great, the software isn’t so behind the times like the Epson, and it’s not so territorial and loaded with bloatware like the HP, it’s easy, lite, and installs quickly.

Great printer for Apple products

 on January 2, 2016
By Christy
I read a lot of reviews on different printers. As well as this one, and there was a lot of reviews from people who got the product for free, I was going to let that deter me from buying it…I am so glad I didn’t!! I am in school still and plan to be for another 4 years to obtain my doctorate. I currently print a lot of powerpoint presentations and I hated not having the double sided feature on my old Epson (which always crapped out on me within 2 yrs).

Problems with this printer

 on June 13, 2017
By Marv
In April of this year I purchased a Brother MFC J68ODW printer. I already have a brother laser and a label printer. A couple of week after receiving it it indicated that the black cartridge needed replaced. I had only used the printer a few times up to that point since I only use it when I need color or to scan or copy documents. I replaced the black cartridge and everything was fine until sometime later I get the notice the yellow cartridge needed to be replaced. I purchased a brother LC201CL from Amazon, received it and installed it. I then got the message “Did Not Detect.” I reinstalled it several times always getting the same message.

Do not buy for 11 x 8 photo paper printing, you’ll suffer like me

 on August 22, 2017
By Vlane Carter
None of Brother’s printers take 8 x 11 photo paper into it’s printer tray. I had to learn this the hard way. You can only load 1 by 1 photo paper into the back of this model. Into a SINGLE FEED. Horrible! I have 100s of photos to print. Then on top of this, it keep jamming. It takes 4-6 tries with the paper feed to get one photo paper to print. I talked to brothers customer support about this issue. They said they don’t have a printer that can take photo paper into a tray. So thats when i called hp and they said they do. I double verified and their hp Office jet 7740 takes 35 photo papers from 8 x 11 (or smaller) to 11 x 17 into a special tray for photos. Returning this printer for a refund. 

ZERO STARS

 on December 11, 2017
By DIANE H
0 stars – but I had to click 1 star to enter a review…

Positive thoughts for this printer

 on January 31, 2017
By Denay Lane
Have had this printer for a few days and everything seems to be working fine. The printer arrived intact with no missing parts and after setting it up, began working without incident. I like that you can replace individual cartridges without having to buy cartridges that contains all three of the ink colors. This will save significant money down the road. I tried the scanning function and it did a great job. The price is very reasonable, providing everything continues to work for two or more years. The printing speed is slow but you do get nice clean documents. So far, no paper jams with this one. I’m giving the Brother MFC-J680DW four stars because you cannot make 8-1/2 x 14 (legal) sized documents.

MFC-J680dw Auto Doc Feeder doesn’t work well in two samples.

 on January 11, 2018
By Whip
I ordered this printer/Fax/Scanner(MFC-J680dw) to replace a previous brother MFC all-in-one. The first one delivered had a problem with the Auto Doc Feeder. The paper would “catch” on something about 2″ down the page and either blur the lines or skew the document. I returned it for another just like it feeling that I got a bad example. The second one arrived and had the same flaw. I called Brother support and went through a “clean the rollers” exercise which helped for one cycle but returned to the same problem again.