Introduction, Design Features
Here in 2017, we’ve looked during a healthy garland of midrange tone laser all-in-one (AIO) printers that are utterly capable. Here’s another, and we can promulgate it in a sentence: It’s a plain effort, yet this model’s a controversial step down if we demeanour during a step-up sibling.
Brother’s $529.99-list MFC-L8610CDW is a less-expensive iteration (by about $50) of a MFC-L8900CDW reviewed some time ago during a sister site, PCMag.com. While both machines imitation pretty good and during a good clip, with a MFC-L8610CDW we give adult a lot for that $50. Depending on what and how we print, that might matter a little, or a whole bunch.
But first, let’s demeanour during what these dual Brother AIOs have in common. Both are commissioned with features, including matching networking options and several ways to imitation from and indicate to your mobile devices, as good as some-more than a handful of cloud-service entrance choices. They both come with state-of-the-art document-management software, and any delivers rival regulating costs for a class. Nowadays, though, regulating costs for entry-level and midrange laser printers are high compared to many other competing product types. That includes higher-end, higher-volume tone laser AIOs, such as a Dell Color Smart Multifunction Printer S3845cdn, or business inkjets done to contest with tone lasers, such as a HP PageWide Pro 477dw. (We’ll demeanour during how these AIOs’ cost-per-page sum review to those of today’s Brother indication after on.)
In a lot of ways—print speed, connectivity features, program bundle, and security—the MFC-L8610CDW and a MFC-L8900CDW are alike. The primary disproportion between them is that a higher-end model’s ADF is incomparable and it supports auto-duplexing (automatic feeding of two-sided papers for scanning and copying), yet a MFC-L8610CDW’s ADF does not. This might not seem like much, yet if we copy, scan, or fax stacks of two-sided papers often, a underline is good value a additional $50. Add to that a aloft paper-input capacity, entrance to incomparable toner cartridges, and a reduce regulating costs we benefit with a MFC-L8900CDW, and it seems to us that spending a additional $50 is a no-brainer.
Normally, we’d supplement here that if we don’t cruise you’ll be regulating a auto-duplexer, afterwards by all means, take a $50 savings. However, given a cost and ability of this AIO, we’re not sure, in this case, that this is good advice. If you’ve ever scanned, copied, or faxed a garland of two-sided documents, we know how vapid and time-consuming it can be. Hence, while this is a rarely able midrange tone laser AIO, we contingency embody a premonition that, unless you’re absolutely sure that we don’t (and won’t) need auto-duplexing, we should be looking during a higher-end model.
Samsung C3060FW (19.8×17.8×18.4 inches, 58 pounds). In addition, a Xerox WorkCentre 6515/DNI (19.7×16.5×19.9 inches, 67 pounds) is a tiny smaller, yet it outweighs a MFC-L8610CDW by about 6 pounds. The HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdw (15.7×16.4×18.6 inches, 51 pounds) is a smallest and lightest of this bunch.
The MFC-L8610CDW comes with a 50-page ADF, since a MFC-L8900CDW’s ADF binds adult to 70 pages. As we mentioned, a latter printer, as good as many of a other AIOs mentioned in a prior paragraph, has an auto-duplexing ADF, since a MFC-L8610CDW requires we to flip two-sided multipage papers manually—a underline that we cruise should not be blank from any over-$500 printer. In addition, a bigger Brother, as good as a HP and Xerox AIOs, come with single-pass duplexing ADFs, definition that they indicate both sides of a page simultaneously, regulating twin scanning elements above and next a paper. The Samsung model, like a MFC-L8610CDW, supports customarily primer (by-hand) duplexing.
The MFC-L8610CDW’s connectivity options are Wi-Fi, Ethernet, joining to a singular PC around USB, and Wi-Fi Direct. (The final is a peer-to-peer underline that allows we to bond your mobile device to a printer with conjunction it nor a printer being partial of an surrogate network.) NFC, another peer-to-peer direct-printing staple, is not upheld here.
The duds of other mobile options includes Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Mopria (for copy to Android mobile devices), Brother iPrintScan (for copy from e-mail, and copy from and scanning to cloud sites), and Cortado Workplace. Supported cloud sites are both a personal and business versions of Google Drive, Evernote, OneDrive, OneNote, Dropbox, and Box, as good as Google Apps for Business (a collection of many apps, including word processor, presentation, and spreadsheet apps). You also get Facebook and Flickr Web bond apps for copy and scanning/uploading content. Also enclosed are Brother’s possess cloud apps: Office Print (for copy from Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Mobile Office), Easy Scan to Email, Office Doc Creator (for formulating and copy elementary Word files from your mobile device yet MS Mobile Office), and CreativeCenter (a set of business-document and anniversary cards and emblem templates).
You can also imitation from a USB ride drive, around a second USB port. It’s located on a left front of a chassis, customarily underneath a outlay tray, as shown here…
You can configure a MFC-L8610CDW, as good as bond to cloud sites and perform walkup tasks (such as creation copies, or copy from/scanning to USB ride drives) from a control panel. It consists of a handful buttons, a keypad, and a 3.7-inch tone reason screen…
Beyond a control panel, we can configure, monitor, and use a AIO from a built-in secure (HTTPS) Web server. The confidence facilities embody Active Directory, that we would use for locking specific functions (and a printer itself) with usernames and passwords for any user. Also upheld is Secure Function Lock, for access-controlling specific facilities formed on particular user permissions. (For example, to save money, we can close out certain users from copy in color, tying them to mono outlay only.) And a Secure Print underline lets we need PINs to recover secure imitation jobs.
The MFC-L8610CDW’s limit monthly avocation cycle (the series of pages that Brother says we can imitation any month yet undue wear on a printer) is 40,000 pages, while a recommended monthly imitation volume is 3,000 pages. That’s compared to a MFC-L8900CDW’s 60,000-page limit and 4,000-page endorsed ratings, that compare a Samsung C3060FW’s avocation cycle. HP’s M477fdw’s monthly use ratings are 50,000 maximum/4,000 recommended, and a Xerox 6515/DNI is 50,000 maximum/3,000 recommended. In other words, among these other competing models, a MFC-L8610CDW facilities a lowest volume ratings.
Finally, in further to Brother’s default printer drivers, a MFC-L8610CDW emulates HP’s PCL6 and Brother’s BR-Script (the company’s homogeneous to Adobe PostScript), and it can imitation to PDF and XPS files, suiting it to desktop-publishing environments.
The MFC-L8610CDW has customarily about all lonesome on a underline front in a cost range, solely a auto-duplexing ADF, which, again, we cruise a poignant repudiation for a printer in this class, laser or otherwise. The bundled program includes Nuance PowerPort SE with OCR (optical impression recognition, for converting scanned content to editable text) for Windows. Alternately, Brother’s own, enclosed ControlCenter2 handles OCR services, if you’re regulating a printer with a Mac.
Setup Cost Per Page
Whether it’s a tiny inkjet printer or one of these behemoth tone laser AIOs, environment adult a Brother printer is customarily candid and problem-free.
The hardest partial of removing a MFC-L8610CDW adult and regulating was lifting a 60-plus pounds out of a box. As we’ve forked out before, Brother ships these large printers in boxes designed to make removing them out easier. Instead of, for example, opening a tip of a box, it’s designed so that we can detach it from a bottom, afterwards lift a box itself over a printer. In addition, a printer comes in a vigourous cosmetic bag that we can use to lift a printer, rather than tortuous over it and perplexing to find handgrips.
Apart from hefting a printer, though, a earthy setup and a designation of a program was straightforward. While we don’t have to remove, unseal, and shake a toner cartridges, we do have to mislay some cosmetic clips that reason them in place. But that is well-documented both in a Getting Started material, as good as on a frame of paper that juts from a cartridge compartment. The designation program found a printer over Ethernet on a internal network right away, and a drivers and bundled program migrated to a testbed PC yet incident.
Compared to higher-volume tone laser printers, such as a Dell S3845cdn (1.4 cents any for monochrome pages and 8.9 cents per tone page) mentioned earlier, as good as inkjet alternatives like a HP LaserJet 477dw (1.4 cents for black pages and 7.1 cents for color), a Brother MFC-L8610CDW’s regulating costs are a bit high. And if we imitation a lot, that will cost we some money.
Brother creates dual sizes of toner cartridges for a MFC-L8610CDW, customary and supposed “high-yield”; however, it can't use a 6,500-page cartridges upheld by a MFC-L8900CDW, that are not customarily some-more available yet also yield reduce regulating costs. The standard-yield black toner cartridge costs $79.99 during Brother Mall, and it binds about 3,000 pages, while a 3 tone cartridges (cyan, magenta, and yellow) also sell for $79.99 any yet are rated for customarily 1,800 pages as a set. Using these advertised prices and page yields, we distributed a MFC-L8610CDW’s monochrome cost per page during 2.7 cents any and a tone cost per page (combined with a black toner) during 15.9 cents each.
Opting for a higher-yield cartridges (especially if we imitation thousands of pages any month) will save we a good bit on a per-page basis. The highest-yield black toner cartridge (good for about 4,000 pages) sells for $83.99, and a higher-yield tone cartridges ($134.99 each)print for adult to 4,000 pages. Using these numbers, we distributed a monochrome cost per page during 1.9 cents and a tone cost per page during 12.1 cents.
While compared to some competing laser models, these numbers aren’t bad, a MFC-L8900CDW’s regulating costs are low adequate (1.4 cents monochrome, 10.1 cents color) to simply make adult a $50 cost disproportion between it and a MFC-L8610CDW in a jiffy. By comparison, a Samsung C3060FW delivers (with a highest-yield cartridges installed) 2.4 cents per black page and 13.5 cents per tone page, and a Xerox 6515/DNI’s regulating costs are 2.3 cents for black pages and 13.4 cents for color. Keeping in mind that these are comparatively high-volume printers, a fragment of a cent can supplement adult to thousands of dollars over a life of a printer. The Brother’s large hermit wins here.
Out of a box, a MFC-L8610CDW binds 300 sheets, separate between a 250-sheet paper drawer…
…and a 50-sheet multipurpose tray…
Printed pages land on a 150-sheet outlay bin, on a tip of a printer customarily underneath a ADF…
If 300 sheets from dual sources aren’t enough, we can boost a volume adult to 1,050 sheets around 3 250-sheet drawers ($160 each). The MFC-L8900CDW, on a other hand, instead of a 3 250-sheet drawers, can accept dual 500-sheet cassettes ($249.99 each), for a sum of 1,300 pages. The supplemental drawers snap onto a bottom of a unit, guided by ascent posts…
During a tests, we printed literally hundreds of pages, and scanned several stacks of documents. As is customarily a box with Brother AIOs, opening was flawless, yet again we did find ourselves yearning for an auto-duplexing ADF.