Brother MFC-L8850CDW Wireless Color Laser All-in-One, Duplex Printing/Scanning

Wireless all-in-one with networking and duplexing copies, faxes, prints and scans. - View Complete Details

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Brother MFC-L8850CDW Wireless Color Laser All-in-One, Duplex Printing/Scanning - With print speeds up to 32 ppm in both color and black, you no longer have to wait for high-impact business documents. Two-sided printing to help save paper. Plus, scans both sides of the page in a single-pass for fast, two-sided copying, scanning, faxing. Supports a variety of "scan to" functions including: e-mail, file, image, OCR, FTP, Secure FTP, Microsoft SharePoint, USB and others. Advanced scanning features including base color (background) removal, ID Scan, continuous scanning and blank page skip help ensure your scans come out right the first time.

  • High-quality color printing.
  • Advanced duplex capability.
  • Flexible connectivity.
  • Advanced scanning capabilities.
  • Includes: TN331BK Standard Yield Black Toner Cartridge (2,500 pages), TN331C/TN331M/TN331Y (1,500 pgs each), DR331CL Drum Unit (25,000 pgs), Installation CD-ROM, AC Power Cord, Quick Setup Guide and Basic User's Guide
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4.0

(based on 169 reviews)

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    (43)

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77%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Most Liked Positive Review

 

MFC-L8850CDW does the job

The MFC-L8850CDW is a fast and loaded with impressive features and networking and it is built in. The MFC-L8850CDW is a large heavy printer. It also has a serious footprint: 19.3in Wide x...Read complete review

The MFC-L8850CDW is a fast and loaded with impressive features and networking and it is built in. The MFC-L8850CDW is a large heavy printer. It also has a serious footprint: 19.3in Wide x 20.7in deep x 20.9 in High. The packaging is quite good as is typical for Brother and while the box had some dings the printer was in perfect condition. The setup was very simple and easy. The printer comes with TN331 standard yield cartridges that drop right in. They are good for 2500 pages B&W or 1500 pages Color. It can take the TN336 high yield cartridges that mean less frequent changes and printing that is more economical. I always get genuine Brother Cartridges. I connected the printer using the Ethernet cable to my Netgear router, install the software on my pc’s download the app for my iPad and Samsung Galaxy 4 and had everything configured and up and running in minutes. Driver installation was simple and consistent with other Brother Printer installations. When installed the driver finds the printer on the network and registers the PC with the MFC-L8850CDW so you can scan-to-PC from the device. This is a very nice touch! The installation installs PaperPort scanned document management from Scansoft. I found the large LCD touch screen both intuitive and attractive. It was easily use it for setup and to manage functions/settings of the printer/scanner/copier and fax at the printer. Printing is very quick. I believe the specifications are close to real world at 32ppm for both color and B&W. The MFC-L8850CDW has a quick first page print time. To get that the printer has a large surge current needed to warm the print drum/fuser. I used ordinary laser printer paper. I also used business card stock all with no issues. Bottom-line it does want I want it to do effortlessly and at a very good price point, Brother builds very good products that deliver every time. I have had many Brother Products and have never been disappointed. What I would like to see: An additional paper tray at a reasonable price, not one that cost almost as much as the printer did. An envelope cartridge/tray for high run mailing jobs Near Field connectivity.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Yay for this printer, shame on the toner mafia!!

I was looking for something to use in my home office that wouldn't end up being more of a hindrance than a help. It's really tempting to treat the space as "not a...Read complete review

I was looking for something to use in my home office that wouldn't end up being more of a hindrance than a help. It's really tempting to treat the space as "not a real workplace" or some such justification for not equipping it properly, but while I had a budget to improve things I looked at quite a few reviews online before settling on this model, and I'm glad I did. The one thing I do think is totally sleazy about all printer manufacturers - and unfortunately this includes Brother - is the way they have apparently conspired to form a toner cartel "ink fixing" arrangement where every single one of them microchips their products so we are entrapped in this long expensive transaction that never ends. I'm not stupid enough to believe that the market is spontaneously producing that result since there's such a high demand for refills ........... Obviously a bunch of golfing buddies in a smoke filled room came up with that nonsense and it's really a shame that the productivity of millions of people is being hindered by a few cronies' fear of losing toner sales. For that very good reason I am giving you one lonely star. But hey, other than the whole getting price gouged for the entire life of the product thing, it's great!!

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1.0

Horrible

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from Hilton Head Island, SC, United States

Comments about Brother MFC-L8850CDW Wireless Color Laser All-in-One, Duplex Printing/Scanning:

We just bought this printer and we've only had it for 3 months it is broke and it literally takes 4 minutes to print 10 pages of paper

 
4.0

Great printing

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from Kansas City, MO, United States

Comments about Brother MFC-L8850CDW Wireless Color Laser All-in-One, Duplex Printing/Scanning:

Very happy with the quality of printing. Its perfect for what we need. Only issue was the installation of the software, but after a few tries we got it to work.Our office is very happy with the printer.

 
4.0

great features & easy to use

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from Undisclosed

Comments about Brother MFC-L8850CDW Wireless Color Laser All-in-One, Duplex Printing/Scanning:

Works great and easy to use. print quality and color could be better though

 
5.0

Nice all in one.

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from Tuscola, IL, United States

Comments about Brother MFC-L8850CDW Wireless Color Laser All-in-One, Duplex Printing/Scanning:

Love this printer. A pleasant surprise was the document scanner. Being able to scan both sides of a sheet in one pass makes it very fast. Setting up shortcuts and some other networking tweaks took a little longer, but just because I came from using HP printers and there was a bit of a learning curve. This printer appears to be aimed at small businesses, but makes a great home all-in-one.

 
3.0

Printing

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from Orange, CA, United States

Comments about Brother MFC-L8850CDW Wireless Color Laser All-in-One, Duplex Printing/Scanning:

I have had this printer for a few months. I previously owned a black and white brother printer and wanted a color printer. The printing of black and white I feel is very slow.

 
5.0

Quality Built

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from Cincinnati, OH, United States

Comments about Brother MFC-L8850CDW Wireless Color Laser All-in-One, Duplex Printing/Scanning:

Our 2nd Brother printer. GREAT COLOR & support!

 
5.0

Fast, clear copies

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from North San Francisco Bay

Comments about Brother MFC-L8850CDW Wireless Color Laser All-in-One, Duplex Printing/Scanning:

I moved up from an 8 year-old HP MFC. This unit offered both the quality and the duplexing of both copying and printing that I wanted. It is amazingly fast. I particularly like the front loading special paper feeder. For some reason, multi-page scanning is not always recognized by Mac's Preview. So, I use PDFpen Pro or Read IRIS to scan and save multi-page PDF's. I do miss HPePrint.

 
5.0

Great Copier

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from Oakland, CA, United States

Comments about Brother MFC-L8850CDW Wireless Color Laser All-in-One, Duplex Printing/Scanning:

This copy machine does everything expected of it. For the price, this was a steal.

 
5.0

Love this printer!

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from Long Island NY

Comments about Brother MFC-L8850CDW Wireless Color Laser All-in-One, Duplex Printing/Scanning:

Best printer I ever owned. Easy set up. Great print quality.

 
4.0

We like our MFC-L8850CDW printer

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from Washington State

Comments about Brother MFC-L8850CDW Wireless Color Laser All-in-One, Duplex Printing/Scanning:

We've had this printer for 2 months and find it a great tool. All aspects of copying, printing, duplexing, scanning function very well. It prints at a relatively high speed. Pictures tend to be a bit dark, so we increase their brightness by 10% before printing. The door to the bypass tray hangs up on the lower tray door, so it takes an extra step of pushing on the lower tray cover to open the upper tray. All said and done, this printer has operated above expectations for us.

 
5.0

First 4 months have been exceptional!

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from Waterbury, CT, United States

Comments about Brother MFC-L8850CDW Wireless Color Laser All-in-One, Duplex Printing/Scanning:

Bought this printer through Costco. I read reviews on just about every printer in this price range and they all had negatives, but this one had the least. So far this printer has exceeded my expectations. Efficient, quiet, fast, and great quality. Highly recommend for a small office setting.

 
5.0

Awesome Printer

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from Holiday Island, AR, United States

Comments about Brother MFC-L8850CDW Wireless Color Laser All-in-One, Duplex Printing/Scanning:

Excellent color and black & white printer. Very easy WIFI set up and works great

 
5.0

easy to use

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from Clearwater/ St Pete FL

Comments about Brother MFC-L8850CDW Wireless Color Laser All-in-One, Duplex Printing/Scanning:

We have an elderly secretary and she has found this item very easy to use, to add new toner to device and to direct from her desk top.

 
4.0

Nice amenities.

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from California, United States

Comments about Brother MFC-L8850CDW Wireless Color Laser All-in-One, Duplex Printing/Scanning:

Previously I owned a 9970 model. It was great! The 8850 seems to frequently lose to my wireless network. Very frustrating. Also it goes into a beeping mode sometimes. I installed a switch on its plug so I can flip the switch to reset it. Again frustrating. Beeping mode is so loud I can hear it in my bedroom and can't sleep.

 
1.0

Poor Quality Scans, Difficult Setup

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from Campbell, CA, United States

Comments about Brother MFC-L8850CDW Wireless Color Laser All-in-One, Duplex Printing/Scanning:

The setup instructions for this printer are poor. The Quick Setup Guide is almost all illustrations with no text. The illustrations are not easy to follow in terms of removing packing material. I was never able to connect to my wireless network. The instructions use terminology that I wasn't familiar with, causing me to waste more time looking for explanations on the Internet. Print quality was sharp, but scan quality was horrible. The text is jaggy and blurry. That was the deal-breaker for me. I'm returning the printer as soon as a friend can help me repack the heavy printer and load it into my truck. It's definitely not a one-person operation.

 
4.0

Love this scan/copy/print...

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from Bellingham WA

Comments about Brother MFC-L8850CDW Wireless Color Laser All-in-One, Duplex Printing/Scanning:

The printer was easy to set up and connect to my home network. It's a work horse and easy to operate. Only thing that I'd suggest as a future, feature addition would be the ability to internally switch it to print reverse order for preprinted and numbered, paper checks.

 
4.0

Great printer with one flaw

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from Nebraska

Comments about Brother MFC-L8850CDW Wireless Color Laser All-in-One, Duplex Printing/Scanning:

I work from home and in the legal field so I print quite a bit. I really like this printer and the only negative thing I can say about it is the envelope feed tray. This being in the back of the printer and having to adjust two knobs before you can even print an envelope is a serious flaw in my book. If the envelope feed tray were in the front it would get 5 stars from me. Other than that, I love this printer.

 
2.0

Nice but EXTREMELY slow

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from Metairie, LA, United States

Comments about Brother MFC-L8850CDW Wireless Color Laser All-in-One, Duplex Printing/Scanning:

One of the selling features of this product (and which I paid $100 more for) was it's "Lightening Quick" speed. This is by far the slowest responding printer I have ever owned and I'm very disappointed with that aspect of it.

 
5.0

Great Upgrade

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from ND, United States

Comments about Brother MFC-L8850CDW Wireless Color Laser All-in-One, Duplex Printing/Scanning:

I bought this for our office after comparing a few printers at the store where I could test print a page. We have had a bunch of ink printers, but ink costs were killing our budget so this has been more cost effective for us. It's a little noisier but not bad. Set up was easy especially since I am not overly computer user friendly. Wireless printing works great, scanning to emails or zip drives is great, don't use the fax feature, everything that we have tried to do so far has worked well.

 
4.0

Great features - toner runs out fast though...

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from New Jersey, United States

Comments about Brother MFC-L8850CDW Wireless Color Laser All-in-One, Duplex Printing/Scanning:

I have had this printer for 4 months - loads of features and works well. Never had a paper issue but I always use quality paper. Only issues I have encountered is temperamental scanning to PC and that the printer goes through toner incredibly quickly - far more than I had expected. Otherwise great printer.

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