Review of Brother WorkSmart MFC-J880DW Compact All-in-One Inkjet Printer, Amazon Dash Replenishment Enabled

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Compact and simple to connect with enhanced mobile phone abilities, flexibility for handling specialty media and Web Connect access to popular cloud services. Printer chauffeur and scanner compatibility Windows/ Mac OS. Copying Capability B/W & Color Copying. Maximum Monthly Duty Cycle as much as 2,500 Printed Pages Advised Monthly Print Volume 50 – 1,000 Printed Pages.

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Print from Almost Any Mobile Device(1)

The MFC-J880DW gives you a full menu of choices for connecting to Apple, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone, or Blackberry mobile devices. Near Field Communication (NFC) capability automatically establishes a direct connection between your NFC-enabled smartphone or tablet and the MFC-J880DW(4), so you can print or scan – without having to connect to a network or enter any login credentials! The MFC-J880DW also supports wireless printing from your mobile device via(1): AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Mopria and Brother iPrint&Scan, a free downloadable app that offers printing and scanning. Additionally Wi-Fi Direct allows you to print wirelessly from a PC or mobile devices without the need for a router.

2.7Inch Color TouchScreen Display, Web Connect Interface & Brother Cloud Apps(2)

The MFC-J880DW features a 2.7-inch TouchScreen Display for easily navigating onscreen menus. You can access popular web services directly from your internet-connected MFC-J880DW from the TouchScreen Display using the Web Connect interface(2). Scan directly to popular cloud services without using a computer, including Google Drive, Dropbox, Facebook, Box, Onenote and more. It also offers easy access to a suite of Brother Cloud Apps(2). You’ll be impressed by the functionality of these document management and sharing apps. The TouchScreen Display also allows you to create shortcuts to your most-commonly used machine operations plus includes Brother Creative Center templates that let you print commonly-used business documents like calendars, note-taking forms, signage, as well as fun seasonal documents.

Flexible Paper Handling with a Versatile Bypass Tray

Print on photo paper, card stock, labels, envelopes and other specialty media using the single-sheet bypass tray. It’s compact, so it won’t waste your valuable desk space, and the automatic duplex (2-sided) printing helps save paper. The 100-sheet capacity paper tray holds up to legal (8.5-inch x 14-inch) sized paper and a convenient up to 20-sheet Automatic Document Feeder is ideal for unattended scanning, copying and faxing. And you’ll spend less time waiting for your printouts with print speeds of 12ppm black or 10ppm color(3).

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Brother MFC-J680DW
Brother MFC-J880DW
Brother MFCJ985DW
Brother MFCJ985DW XL
INKvestment Cartridges n/a n/a
Cartridges In-Box 4 4 4 4
In-Box Page Yields (black / color) 260 / 260 (5) 260 / 260 (5) 2,400 / 1,200 (6) 7200 / 3600 (6)
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) 12/10ppm 12/10ppm 12/10ppm 12/10ppm
Color Touchscreen Display 2.7″ 2.7″ 2.7″ 2.7″
Networking Wireless (802.11b/g/n), Wi-Fi Direct, Ethernet, USB 2.0 Wireless (802.11b/g/n), Wi-Fi Direct, Ethernet, USB 2.0 Wireless (802.11b/g/n), Wi-Fi Direct, Ethernet, USB 2.0 Wireless (802.11b/g/n), Wi-Fi Direct, 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) (4) No Yes Yes Yes

 

Customer Review

It’s nice having a printer that works the way you want it to. After using a Brother L2340D laser and having no issues we needed to replace our old HP Officejet K8600TN.

We have a mixed OS environment and seemed like we were having to often transfer projects to a PC to get it to print correctly on the HP 8600. It’s old and a tank but we always had issues that would infuriate the most docile individual.

The menus on the Brother are responsive on the touch screen color display. Setup was a breeze on all devices. The built in scan to OCR is nice and fast. The unit wakes instantly, no sluggishness at all. Was impressed they had Win10 64 bit drivers right away.

This unit was just released so that makes sense I suppose. I use the Google Cloud print a good bit from my Android phone and its great.

The NFC function basically just starts the Brother iPrint app or sends you to a link to download if tapped. I like the WiFi feature better though for mobile devices. Scanning to your phone is really nice for something you need quickly on the go. Also one thing I noticed that I don’t see often on Inkjet printers is when canceling a print job the Brother J880DW cancels it immediately without fuss. I’m use to HPs and others grinding for 2 minutes or even having to unplug power to get them reset.

The only thing some people may have trouble with is the 4×6 photo paper tray. You have to slide it back when you want to print on this size manually and then back for 8.5×11. It’s kinda cool you can keep it loaded with this size paper ready to go though.

This printer seems to do photos way better than I thought it would for the price. The 880 and 885 are the same except the 880 has a fax built in. If you do not need a fax then the 885 may be for you. I purchased this unit before it was apparently released or in stock at Amazon because it was a replacement for the renowned 870.

Pros:

Easy setup, supports everything you would want and for the price does better than expected picture quality. Drivers seem equally featured on all operating systems. Compact. Lots of scan to functions from the touch screen. Cheaper priced ink cartridges than some others. People like my dad would appreciate the full printed manual included with the printer to hold in hand as he watches TV and “studies up”. Most are on PDFs on the disk included.

Cons:

Being very critical, as there is not much not to like about this model.
Possible confusion on the 4×6 push back tray for some that don’t read instructions. Small paper tray. Print cartridges look small. I just received the 880 and time will tell how long they last and if the cheaper price to yeild ratio compared to larger cartridges of other models.

Customer Reviews

MFC-J880DW, No fuss install and full driver support for Mac/PC

 on September 5, 2015
By MikeT
It’s nice having a printer that works the way you want it to. After using a Brother L2340D laser and having no issues we needed to replace our old HP Officejet K8600TN. We have a mixed OS environment and seemed like we were having to often transfer projects to a PC to get it to print correctly on the HP 8600. It’s old and a tank but we always had issues that would infuriate the most docile individual. The menus on the Brother are responsive on the touch screen color display. Setup was a breeze on all devices. The built in scan to OCR is nice and fast. The unit wakes instantly, no sluggishness at all. Was impressed they had Win10 64 bit drivers right away. This unit was just released so that makes sense I suppose. I use the Google Cloud print a good bit from my Android phone and its great. The NFC function basically just starts the Brother iPrint app or sends you to a link to download if tapped. I like the WiFi feature better though for mobile devices. Scanning to your phone is really nice for something you need quickly on the go. Also one thing I noticed that I don’t see often on Inkjet printers is when canceling a print job the Brother J880DW cancels it immediately without fuss. I’m use to HPs and others grinding for 2 minutes or even having to unplug power to get them reset. The only thing some people may have trouble with is the 4×6 photo paper tray. You have to slide it back when you want to print on this size manually and then back for 8.5×11. It’s kinda cool you can keep it loaded with this size paper ready to go though. This printer seems to do photos way better than I thought it would for the price. The 880 and 885 are the same except the 880 has a fax built in. If you do not need a fax then the 885 may be for you. I purchased this unit before it was apparently released or in stock at Amazon because it was a replacement for the renowned 870.

(found it a bit tedious that each web app needed to have a temporary …

 on November 30, 2015
By Aaron
Just brought one of these home. I have always used an HP printer until frustration drove me to the store. The brother setup was not the most user friendly, (found it a bit tedious that each web app needed to have a temporary pin generated by a computer), however within an hour I had everything setup and all apps installed that I wanted to use. I am tech savy so a less tech savy user would probably need assistance to set these things up. However they are fairly easy to use once set up.

Great for GENERAL HOME USE.

 on February 5, 2016
By Jammer
Bought this to replace a much larger HP I had bought from Costco that lasted a few years before dying. Spent a small fortune on ink for the HP so wanted to go to a more ink friendly company. This had all the features I needed for home – not a home office. If you need a machine for a anything more than occasional scanning DO NOT BUY THIS. This is a great machine for what it does but would not support a even a small home office in my opinion. Go for a larger more business oriented machine. This is a very small footprint which us great and has Automatic Document Feeder. I use the scan to email or scan to Dropbox functions which work great. This really shines though in the ease of connectivity to all my wireless device in the house to allow for wireless printing. I have an Macbook Pro, Surface Pro 2, iPads, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6 Plus and all connect perfectly and print perfectly. Very easy. Print quality is perhaps slightly below the HP I had but I can live with it (for general home purposes). I can’t comment on the ink yet because I havent had to buy replacement but I intend to buy some off-brand anyways. So far very happy with this for what I need it for – GENERAL HOME USE.

A few things that may not have been previously mentioned

 on December 4, 2017
By Billy Y..
I haven’t read all 451 reviews for this printer, but rather than just heap yet more praise upon it, I’ll mention a few things I didn’t see in those I did check.

Good balance between cost and features.

 on December 13, 2017
By istaines
It is hard to find a good printer anymore as everything is produced in China with questionable build quality. This printer is produced in the Philippines which appears to be slightly better quality. This printer is relatively inexpensive without being cheep and offers a good balance of features, cost and quality. The printer supports iCloud and Google Cloud print as well as the ability to print from and scan to most common web sources. These features were pretty easy to setup. The printer supports full duplex printing (although not really fast) and has a scanner with a sheet feeder (not duplex).

So because I like everything else

 on June 28, 2017
By Deaner
I gave it a four instead of a 5 for only one reason. When using the duplex or 2-sided printing on card stock I could not get it to align on the back with the front. So I print one side without the duplex, using this page only option, multiple card stock at a time and turn it over in the tray and do the other side and it aligns perfectly. Even though they say to use the rear feed for card stock I found the tray works very well and I can load several card stock at a time. So because I like everything else, the color sharpness, the wireless set up, how quickly it prints dependent on the setting you use, as I use best for everything so I use more ink, which is pricey, but I have found a generic through EZINK that works just as well and the color is just as good when you use the True Color Enhancement feature. For junk use I just use the fast print to save ink. I am very pleased with it and it is my second Brother printer, I wore the first one out in 4 years but it printed thousands of card stock in that time and I can still use it for paper if I need two printers running at once as it still works but the rollers aren’t as good so doesn’t always feed right.

Review Of Brother WorkSmart MFC-J880DW Compact All-in-One Inkjet Printer, Amazon Dash Replenishment Enabled

Review Of Brother WorkSmart MFC-J880DW Compact All-in-One Inkjet Printer, Amazon Dash Replenishment Enabled

Review Of Brother WorkSmart MFC-J880DW Compact All-in-One Inkjet Printer, Amazon Dash Replenishment Enabled