Design & Setup
A Black-suited Executive
The MFC-J6910DW is not a flashy-looking printer. Like most AIOs, it's black in color, and the chassis is almost totally covered in a matte texture. The only glossy bits you’d see are the ADF support tray (which disappears when you flip it over) and the bezel that surrounds the 3.3-inch, touchscreen color LCD. If you’re familiar with Brother’s MFC line, you can almost recognize it being a Brother printer from a distance away. In other words, aesthetically speaking, every inch of its massive frame looks prim and proper. Its size and weight might even have one mistaking it for a laser AIO, albeit a rather compact one. Be warned though, at 18.5kg, this thing is heavy. And at 669 x 590 x 331mm (with flaps opened), the MFC-J6910DW is certainly not meant to sit on your messy work desk. Like every good boss, you should arrange a dedicated workspace for this ‘employee’.
The process of setting up the printer is pretty much the same old story: you load the paper, connect the necessary cables, insert the ink cartridges, turn on the printer and let it run the initial setup sequence. It’s no rocket science - just follow the prompts. There are a few set-and-forget settings pertaining to fax that we recommend that you setup at this juncture, such as deciding which tray to use for copy or fax jobs; the fax receive mode to use; and whether you want to have a fax transmission report.
There are three ways you can interface with the AIO: direct connection via USB, over a wired network, or over a wireless network. The supplied CD installs the MFL-Pro Suite of software, which basically consists of the drivers for the various devices on the AIO (remember, it’s not just a printer, but also a scanner and multi-card reader), and the ScanSoft PaperPort with OCR (optical character recognition) software. The latter also serves as a document management system. For the Mac, instead of ScanSoft PaperPort, you get Presto! PageManager. Similarly, you can use it to scan, share and organize your documents and photos. If you need to use the AIO on more than one computer on the network, you’d need to install the MFL-Pro Suite on each of them. If you're using Linux, you can go Brother's support website to download the drivers.
The MFC-J6910DW also supports 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity. If your wireless access point or router supports WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) or AOSS (AirStation One-Touch Secure System), all you need to do is to press a few buttons on the AIO and the router.
With regards to consumables, Brother has two types of replacement ink cartridges for the MFC-J6910DW. You can find more details from the table below. One thing to note is that like many printers, the ones that come in the box with this AIO are “Starter” cartridges. According to Brother, they’ve lower yield than the standard ones (65%). This translates to about 390 pages. So our recommendation is to grab at least another set to serve as spares.
|Type||Model||Approx. Advertised Yield||Price|
|Super High Yield Black||LC77XLBK||2,400 pages||S$59|
|Super High Yield Yellow||LC77XLY||
1,200 pages (each)
|Super High Yield Cyan||LC77XLC|
|Super High Yield Magenta||LC77XLM|
|High Yield Black||LC73BK||
600 pages (each)
|High Yield Yellow||LC73Y||
|High Yield Cyan||LC73C|
|High Yield Magenta||LC73M|