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ALL-IN-ONE SOLUTION: The Brother MFC-L8900CDW Color Laser All-in-One is an exceptional printer for businesses that require large print and copy volume
BUSINESS PRINTING & COPYING: This printer increases productivity with print speeds up to 33 ppm and scan speeds for double-sided pages up to 58 ipm
CONNECTIVITY: Built-in wireless 802.11b/g/n and Gigabit Ethernet network interface allows for easy set up and sharing on a wireless or wired network
ADVANCED SCANNING: Wirelessly scan to mobile devices with the Brother iPrint&Scan or popular destinations including SharePoint and more.5â COLOR TOUCHSCREEN: The 5â color Touchscreen display offers easy navigation of the menu and creation of up to 64 customized shortcuts
AMAZON DASH REPLENISHMENT ENABLED: Upon activation, Amazon Dash Replenishment measures the toner level and orders more from Amazon when itâs low.
FOR USE WITH BROTHER GENUINE TONERS: TN431 Standard Yield: TN431BK, TN431C, TN431Y, TN431M, TN433 High Yield Toners: TN433BK, TN433C, TN433Y, TN433M
The BrotherMFC-L8900CDW color laser All-in-One is an exceptional multi-use option for businesses that require large print and copy volume without compromising quality. This high-performance All-in-One helps to increase productivity with lightning-quick print speeds up to 33 ppm and scan speeds for double-sided pages up to 58 ipm. Advanced security features help limit document and device access and lower costs by restricting color printing. The Brother All-in-One is an affordable business solution that delivers secure document handling with quality output.
This diverse office printer and copier is incredibly flexible. The built-in wireless 802.11b/g/n and Gigabit Ethernet network interface allows for easy setup and sharing on your wireless or wired network. Print from your mobile devices via AirPrint, Google Cloud Print2.0, Mopria, Brother iPrint&Scan, Cortado Workplace, Wi-Fi Direct and NFC. You can also scan to your mobile devices with the Brother iPrint&Scan application and to popular destinations including SharePoint, email, SSH Server (SFTP), cloud services, and more thanks to a 70-page capacity auto document feeder or legal-size document glass.
The MFC-L8900CDW All-in-One produces reports, charts, brochures, presentations, and other important business documents with sharp text and vivid color. The 5â color Touchscreen display infused into the Brother All-in-One offers easy navigation of the menu and creation of up to 64 customized shortcuts. Plus, free online, phone, and live-chat customer support are available for the lifetime of the device.
|Product Dimensions||20.7 x 19.5 x 21.6 inches|
|Item Weight||63.1 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||76.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)|
|Domestic Shipping||Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.|
|International Shipping||This item can be shipped to select countries outside of the U.S. Learn More|
|California residents||Click here for Proposition 65 warning|
|Item model number||MFCL8900CDW|
178 customer reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars
|Best Sellers Rank||
#35 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Printers
|Date first listed on Amazon||February 4, 2016|
This machine makes a lot of promises and lives up to most of them. I needed a new multi-function machine. My inkjet-based Epson was no longer cutting it. The ink cartridges were a pain, with nozzles drying up. The world had moved forward, and the Epson couldnât scan directly to Google Drive. I was doing the USB drive shuffle to move files.
A new machine would have to be laser. Color was a must. It had to scan and print duplex. The consumables had to be reasonably priced. Most importantly, it had to support web services like scanning to Google Drive, Dropbox, Box. It had to support cloud printing like Google Cloud Print. Hint: It does, but is not perfect.
The Brother MFC-L8900CDW had just been released. Specwise, it met my needs. Itâs a color laser printer with a duplex ADF scanner. The consumables are individually replaceable, and it supported web scanning and printing. It was also available on Amazon, so I knew I wouldnât be stuck with it if I was disappointed.
The machine is solid and attractive. The build quality is typical of other Brother products. The design is minimal and clean. Setup was mostly simple. Pull it out of the box, remove a few strips of tape, plug it in and start printing. Print and scan quality are great, but thatâs expected by now. The machine is appropriately fast and quiet. Iâve printed 350 pages. To date, not one has jammed.
Cloud services work, but with some difficulties. Hereâs where Brother could make some improvements. Sure, the services are there. Finding and enabling them is tough. Scanning to Google Drive is not so great.
Enabling Cloud Print isnât a simple matter. First, it isnât well documented. It canât be done from the control panel. You have to sign on to the web interface. You have to go to Network tab, then to the Protocol section, where youâll find the Google Cloud Print protocol setup information. Not obvious, and not simple. Once youâve set it up, however, cloud printing works perfectly.
Scanning to Google Drive was one of the main reasons I needed a new MFC. Scanning works, but has a few flaws. Many days, Iâm scanning a few documents, each with a few pages. Getting through each document involves pressing a button, waiting for a âConnectingâ¦â message, then pressing another button, waiting for another âConnectingâ¦â message. Worse, once the document has been scanned, it then uploads the document, page by page. The upload is slow, taking 5-10 seconds per page. Youâre blocked from doing anything else (like scanning your next document) during this time.
Iâm tempted to walk away during scans, but cannot. If the scan doesnât upload, I get no persistent error message. The error appears, then disappears, so Iâm not sure if the scan completed. The only way to know for sure is to go to Google Drive and verify all scanned documents are present.
Reaching out to Brother, I explained the scanning difficulties. Their tech support team responded like a large company. I was told this is the way it works, and nothing can be done.
In the end, I chose to keep the Brother MFC-L8900CDW. Its benefits outweighed the scanning issues. I use it daily, and without further issue. Iâm hopeful Brother will improve the documentation for web services setup. Before writing this review, I updated the machine to firmware version 1.05
Iâm mostly hopeful theyâll revisit the scanning workflow and error reporting. It seems like a small issue on an otherwise fantastic machine.
The printer is much quieter than my old one and when compared to other brands. There is a quiet setting that makes it even quieter, but this occurs at the sacrifice of some speed. The fax machine is pretty standard for all faxes. I was able to fax without difficulty using the normal compatibility setting via a Cisco adapter that converts analog to IP for RingCentral.
I am very impressed with the L8900CDW’s ability to customize scan functions. Perhaps this was present on the 9970CDW and I didn’t explore it. I have mine configured with icons to scan to my iMac’s desktop, scan to my personal email, scan to my wife’s email, or send to a fire department where I’m medical director.
The quiet function is great (definitely can tell a difference), but it is slower (took twice as long to print a test 30-page PDF).
Also, Amazon Dash Replinishment isn’t active yet. This printer isn’t listed as a supported model. I emailed Brother USA and was advised it’s too new and will be available soon.
Overall, this is a great printer. One of the best multi-function machines you could buy. I highly recommend it!
May 25, 2017
1) The printer would arbitrarily add magenta to areas of the printout that did not exist in the source material. As an example see the attached image, which on the left is the zoomed in source PDF, and on the right is a scanned print from the printer.
2) Gradients seemed to frequently be shifted also to magenta. Our business slide backgrounds have a light to dark grey gradient on them, and the dark grey was being turned into an actual purplish color.
I tested the above using the latest firmware for the printer, and latest drivers for the printer across multiple operating systems (OSX, Windows 7, 10), and across multiple source printing programs (Acrobat, Photoshop, etc).