Brother MFC-J6910DW A3 All-In-One Printer - Mr. Do-It-All

Launch SRP: S$628

Introduction

A Case for Inkjet

Inkjet all-in-ones (AIOs) have continued to grow in popularity despite the downward price trend of their laser counterparts. Prices for the former can range from slightly over S$100 to over S$700, while prices for the latter can easily break the S$1,000 barrier if you want something of higher quality.

Brother Industries, Ltd. (commonly known as Brother) is certainly no stranger to printers. For many years, it has marketed both inkjet and laser all-in-ones (Brother calls them Multi-Function Centers), as well as single-function laser and LED printers.

What we’ve here is the Brother MFC-J6910DW. Announced in Singapore on 20th of April, this is a compact four-in-one (print, copy, scan, fax) inkjet AIO with a major twist: it handles A3 media. In fact, Brother has released not one, but three A3 inkjet AIOs - the other two being the MFC-J6510DW and MFC-J6710DW. The MFC-J6910DW is the highest end model in the series. These new models are also the successors to Brother's previous line of A3 color inkjet AIOs.

Beyond its headline A3 capabilities, the MFC-J6910DW sports a 35-page ADF (automatic document feeder), not one, but two 250-sheet paper input tray (thus bringing total paper capacity to 500 sheets), a 33.6Kbps modem for faxing, an auto duplexer unit, two memory card slots that accept a myriad of card types, a PictBridge-enabled USB port, and built-in wired and wireless networking. It also uses individual ink cartridges (black, cyan, magenta and yellow) that are separate from the print head assembly. Sounds like it has been crammed with all that a SOHO outfit would ever need. Read on for our detailed assessment.

 

Key Specifications of the Brother MFC-J6910DW

Printer

Speed

Draft: 35 ppm (mono) / 27 ppm (color)

Normal: 12 ipm (mono) / 10 ipm (color)

Resolution Up to 1200 x 6000 dpi
Droplet Size Min. 1.5 pl (when used with Brother BP71 glossy photo paper)

Copier

Speed 23 cpm (mono) / 20 cpm (color)
Resolution Up to 1200 x 1200 dpi
Multiple Copies Stacks/Sorts up to 99 pages
Enlarge/Reduce 25 - 400% (in 1% increments)

Scanner

Resolution

Optical: Up to 2400 x 2400 dpi (scanner glass), Up to 2400 x 1200 dpi (single-sided document from ADF), Up to 600 x 600 dpi (two-sided document from ADF)

Interpolated: 19200 x 19200 dpi

Speed

Single-sided: 3.49 sec. (mono) / 3.37 sec. (color)

Two-sided: 4.68 sec. (mono) / 6.32 sec. (color)

Color Depth 48-bit (input) / 24-bit (output)
Grayscale 256 levels

Fax

Compatibility ITU-T Super Group 3
Modem 33.6 Kbps
Resolution

Standard: 203 x 98 dpi (mono) / 203 x 196 dpi (color)

Fine: 203 x 196 dpi (mono/color)

Superfine: 203 x 392 dpi (mono)

Photo:  203 x 196 dpi (mono)

Paper Handling

Input/Output

Paper Tray #1 Capacity: Approx. 250 sheets of 80 gsm plain paper

Paper Tray #2 Capacity: Approx. 250 sheets of 80 gsm plain paper

Manual Feed Slot Capacity: One sheet of special print media

Output Tray Capacity: Up to 50 sheets of A4 plain paper

ADF: Up to 35 pages

Direct Photo Printing

PictBridge Yes; Print directly from PictBridge-enabled digital camera and USB flash drive
PhotoCapture Center Accepted Cards: Memory Stick (MS), MS PRO, MS Duo, MS PRO Duo, MS Micro (with adapter), MultiMedia Card (MMC), MMC plus, MMC mobile (with adapter), Secure Digital (SD), miniSD (with adapter), microSD (with adapter), SDHC, miniSDHC (with adapter), microSDHC (with adapter)

Image Format

Photo Print: JPEG, AVI, MOV

Scan to Media: JPEG, PDF (color), TIFF, PDF (mono)

Others

Interface USB, LAN, Wireless LAN (802.11b/g/n)
Memory 192 MB
LCD 3.3-inch, TFT color touchscreen
Power Approx. 28 W (Copy Mode)
Dimensions 540 x 489 x 331 mm (without protrusions)
Weight 18.5 kg
Price S$628
8.0
Design
8
Performance
7
Features
9
Value
8.5
The Good
A3 printing + A4 duplex scan
802.11n Wi-Fi
500-sheet paper capacity
35-sheet ADF
The Bad
Relatively slow A3 print speeds
Lackluster graphics quality