Introduction, Design Features
It wasn’t all that prolonged ago that wide-format inkjet printers (models that hoop paper incomparable than legal-size, or 8.5×14 inches) were not usually rare, yet also rather expensive. Even today, many of a vital printer manufacturers—HP, Epson, Canon—offer usually a few wide-format machines. But Brother has altered all that, charity many of a Business Smart and Business Smart Plus all-in-one (print/copy/scan/fax) models as tabloid-size-capable (11×17-inch) machines. Nowadays, we can select from some-more than a handful of wide-format inkjet models, among them a Brother MFC-J5930DWHP Officejet Pro 7740 All-in-One, a disproportion between these dual Brother models is that a MFC-J6935DW (like a Officejet model) not usually prints tabloid-size pages, yet can also scan, copy, and fax them. The MFC-J5930DW, on a other hand, can usually print wide-format documents.
It stands to reason that some tiny and medium-size offices that need to imitation tabloid-size papers will need to slight them in other ways, too. If your day-to-day work calls for scanning, copying, or faxing wide-format pages, a $50 ascent from a MFC-J5930DW to a MFC-J6935DW is a bargain.
What unequivocally creates these Brother Business Smart Plus AIOs appealing is that, compared to their Officejet aspirant (as good as Epson’s WorkForce WF-7620 All-in-One, a two-paper-drawer chronicle of a WorkForce WF-7610 we reviewed a while back), a Brother AIOs are partial of that company’s INKvestment line. INKvestment printers, identical in extended judgment to Epson’s EcoTank and Canon’s MegaTank (in that we compensate some-more adult front for cheaper ink later), broach low-per page costs, nonetheless Brother’s proceed is rather different. Where EcoTank and MegaTank printers are “bulk-ink” models that take their ink from reservoirs we fill from bottles, INKvestment printers muster ink cartridges with high yields and medium prices (on a per-page basis, that is).
To a knowledge, aside from Brother’s INKvestment products, a usually other wide-format printer designed around this pay-more-now-to-pay-less-later judgment is Epson’s $999-list WorkForce ET-16500 EcoTank Wide Format All-in-One Supertank. The advantage that a WorkForce ET-16500 binds over a Brother MFC-J6935DW is that a former prints wide-format pages adult to 13×19 inches, and it has significantly reduce regulating costs. But it’s also many slower. (We’ll demeanour some-more closely during a disproportion in regulating costs between these dual printers in a Cost Per Page territory entrance up.)
In any case, like a MFC-J5930DW, a MFC-J6935DW is an glorious multifunction business machine. It’s pretty fast, installed with features, prints well, and costs many reduction to use than a many proceed competitors. As we review on, presumption we need a vast inputs and outpus, you’ll see that there’s usually not many to oppose about in this wide-format winner.
To print, copy, and indicate wide-format documents, an all-in-one (AIO) contingency be physically vast adequate to accommodate oversize media (in this case, tabloid-size). That means a vast platen and vast paper cartridges. At 22.6 inches opposite by 18.8 inches from front to behind by 14.7 inches high, and weighing 51.8 pounds, a MFC-J6935DW is, as inkjet printers go, a savage of a machine.
Since it scans, copies, and faxes tabloid-size pages, too, not usually contingency a dual paper cassettes (discussed in some-more fact after on) be vast adequate to accommodate 11×17-inch media, so contingency a scanner and involuntary request tributary (ADF). Hence, a MFC-J6935DW will need a sturdy, ample shelf or printer stand.
When we are introspective a place to put this hulk, know that a categorical connectivity options are Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and joining to a singular PC around USB. (With that final direct-connect option, a printer isn’t on a Internet, so regulating that proceed excludes several differently accessible mobile-connectivity options.)
As for a mobile connectivity, a MFC-J6935DW supports Wi-Fi Direct and Near-Field Communication (NFC), both of that are peer-to-peer protocols that concede we to imitation from smartphones and tablets though a network intervening. The NFC hotspot (where we hold your NFC-compliant mobile device to bond it to a printer) is located to a left of a control panel’s LCD.
Other mobile connectivity options embody AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Brother iPrintScan, Mopria, and a slew of what Brother calls “Brother Cloud Apps.” These embody Scan to Office, Office Print, Scan to Searchable PDF, Scan to Mobile, Outline Copy, NoteScan, CreativeCenter, and Fax Forward to Cloud/Email. Suffice it to contend that Brother has many mobile-connectivity scenarios covered, nonetheless we consider that mixing a cloud apps underneath a singular extensive powerful module would be some-more fit and reduction confusing.
As mentioned, a ADF can hoop papers adult to 11×17 inches. Unlike on some other Brother Business Smart Plus AIOs, such as a Brother MFC-J5830DW we reviewed recently, this ADF supports single-pass auto-duplexing for unassisted duplicating and faxing of two-sided documents. Therefore, when sum with a auto-duplexing imitation engine, a ADF can duplicate adult to 50 two-sided pages (that is, 100 page sides) while we go fetch a crater of coffee. You can also imitation from and indicate to USB ride drives around a pier located on a left side of a chassis, beside a control panel.
Nowadays, a control panels on Brother’s Business Smart Plus AIOs embody of a 3.7-inch tone appropriate screen, a handful of buttons, and a series pad, and they lean upward, as shown in a picture below, for easier observation and operation. In further to regulating a control row for creation pattern changes, such as environment confidence options, we can also entrance these facilities from a MFC-J6935DW’s built-in, secure (HTTPS) Web server.
In further to a secure Web server, shown in a screenshot below, other confidence facilities embody Secure Function Lock, that allows we to repudiate certain sub-features (say, creation copies) to your users. You competence do this to save consumables.
Brother’s Business Smart Plus AIOs also boat with Scansoft PaperPort 14 SE, a princely document-management module that also does visual impression approval (OCR). For Macs, we get identical functionality by Presto PageManager. The MFC-J6935DW’s limit monthly avocation cycle is 30,000 pages, with a endorsed monthly imitation volume of 2,000 pages.
Setup Cost Per Page
Unless we confront some surprising snafu, environment adult many printers these days is straightforward, yet there’s zero elementary about removing a printer of this distance and weight out of a container.
One of a ways printer makers, including Brother, are creation this easier is by make-up machines inside heavy-duty cosmetic bags with trash-bag-like handles. Granted, this does make setup rather easier, yet during some indicate (and we consider that 50 pounds is good past “some point”) you’re going to need assistance lifting a printer, unless we have Ahnold-like triceps.
Aside from a power-lifting, as with many Brother AIOs, environment adult a appurtenance and installing a program was effortless. The whole process, that enclosed a 9-minute initialization slight and copy a calibration page, took reduction than 30 minutes.
As we pronounced earlier, one of a things that separates a MFC-J6935DW from a competitors is a unequivocally rival cost per page (CPP), generally for a wide-format printer. Brother offers usually one distance of ink cartridge—though it is comparatively high capacity—for these printers. The black ink tank sells on Brother’s site for $29.99 and is rated during 3,000 pages, while a 3 tone cartridges (cyan, magenta, and yellow) are $19.99 apiece, and good for about 1,500 prints, sum with a black ink. Using these prices and Brother’s estimated yields for these cartridges, we distributed a monochrome CPP during usually underneath a penny (0.9 cent, to be exact), and a tone figure during 4.9 cents.
These unequivocally are unusually low regulating costs for a cartridge-based printer. By comparison, with HP’s Officejet Pro 7740 (using that printer’s highest-yield ink tanks), we get CPPs of 2.1 cents for black-and-white pages and 8.1 cents for color. If, indeed, we do imitation thousands of pages a month with possibly of these printers, that 1.2-cent disproportion between a dual will save we vast bucks. Say, for instance, that we imitation 10,000 pages per month. That 1.2-cent disproportion will save we $120 any month, or $1,440 per year. The Epson WorkForce WF-7610 and WF-7620 mentioned progressing have even aloft regulating costs, during 3.2 cents monochrome and 11.3 cents color.
Again, a usually wide-format bulk-ink printer we know of is a WorkForce ET-16500. It delivers many reduce regulating costs (less than a cent per page for both monochrome and color) than any of a machines discussed here. But, as mentioned, it lists for $999.99 and is significantly slower than any of these other wide-format models. At this time, with all things being equal—print speed, imitation quality, and features—the MFC-J6935DW and a Business Smart Plus siblings yield a lowest handling costs.
Another advantage of a MFC-J6935DW is that it comes with 3 paper-input sources. Two of them are 250-sheet paper drawers, and a third is a 100-sheet multipurpose tray that extends external and ceiling from a back of a chassis, for a sum of 600 sheets. On this Business Smart Plus AIO, all 3 of those sources support tabloid-size paper. The HP and Epson AIOs discussed above come with dual paper cassettes and no multipurpose tray. The cassettes on this Brother indication bucket by a front…
Printed pages land on a 100-sheet outlay tray that extends out a front of a chassis, underneath a control panel…
During a tests, in that we printed and copied many hundreds of pages, including a tiny smoke-stack of tabloid-size ones, a MFC-J6935DW achieved flawlessly, though any paper jams or other feed mishaps. We also ran pages by a ADF mechanism, including a garland of 11×17-inch documents, and it, too, achieved though a hitch.