Brother MFC-685CW

Kailas Shastry 2008-11-01
81 Very Good
Price: Rs 13,633

Full Review

Print, scan, copy, fax are features that all the MFDs commonly have. This Brother goes a step further – it even has a telephone. A 3.3-inch widescreen LCD helps preview images when printing from memory cards (other MFDs only have a single line display). Connectivity includes wired LAN and Wi-Fi. The usual memory card readers and PictBridge are present, but Brother takes this to a new level by including the ability to read images from USB flash drivers and print them. This is something we have not seen on too many  MFDs. A feature that is conspicuous by its absence is the duplexer. In an otherwise well featured MFD, we expected to see automatic two-sided printing. But we could not see even a manual duplex option in the driver.

Print, scan, copy, fax are features that all the MFDs commonly have. This Brother goes a step further – it even has a telephone.

The large display makes it easier to navigate through the menus on the device. Functions like setting copy quality, quantity, etc, will not be a hassle – especially for first time users.

Printing everyday documents like text, spreadsheets and slide shows will not pose a problem, but photo printing is where the Brother’s weakness shows. There is a distinct greenish color cast. The printouts were taken using the bundled photo paper and using the best print quality. Since this is an office MFD, the photo printing weakness does reduce damage to its score than it would have if this were to be a home MFD comparison.

The Brother MFC-685CW MFD is another example of how quality is not everything for an office printing device.

High-resolution scanning is fast – it took just 64 seconds for an A4 600dpi color scan. But, at other resolutions and in black and white mode, the speeds are comparable with other models. Color copy quality was better than the HP’s and the time taken was lesser as well. In our resolution chart test (consists of finely separated thin lines, which are hard to reproduce), the Brother was at par with the HP.

There are four print quality modes, and three for copy quality, which are standard in this category. To correct the colorcast issue in photo printing, the color enhancement option lets you set RGB levels as well as brightness, contrast and even correct white balance.

The MFC-685CW is not without flaws, but it also has its strengths in the feature set. Aiding it is also the low cost of running, Rs.1.8, according to Brother’s claimed page yields.

Bottom Line

The Brother MFC-685CW is high on features and connectivity, print quality has room for some improvement.

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