Brother Work Smart MFC-J985DW All-in-One Copy/Fax/Print/Scan with INKvestment Cartridges

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Brother Work Smart MFC-J985DW All-in-One Copy/Fax/Print/Scan with INKvestment Cartridges - Spend less for more pages with four Super High-yield INKvestment cartridges: the innovative and cost-effective solution for any home office. Business-capable features include automatic two-sided printing, up to 20-sheet ADF, and wireless/mobile device connectivity.

  • Spend less for more pages.
  • Print for small change. Less than one cent per page black and less than five cents per page color.
  • Includes four INKvestment Super High-yield inks.
  • 100-sheet paper tray capacity. Convenient single-sheet bypass tray for printing on envelopes and card stock.
  • Print and scan from almost anywhere - smartphone, tablet, laptop and desktop computer.
  • Break free and go wireless. Enjoy the freedom of wireless connectivity - and no router needed with Wi-Fi Direct.
  • Easily navigate to powerful features with a 2.7" Touchscreen display
  • Scan to popular Cloud services directly from the machine, including Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote, and more. Capture and digitize paper documents with Brother Cloud Apps for electronic storage or sharing.
  • Compact design that fits in nearly any workspace.
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Brother Work Smart MFC-J985DW All-in-One Copy/Fax/Print/Scan with INKvestment Cartridges
 
4.2

(based on 173 reviews)

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (53)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Super Fast

I've only been using the printer for about 2 weeks, which means there's a lot of features I have yet to explore. Here's what I can say so far. 1) Packaging of the...Read complete review

I've only been using the printer for about 2 weeks, which means there's a lot of features I have yet to explore. Here's what I can say so far. 1) Packaging of the item seemed solid. 2) How many times have we complained that setup or installation instructions were hard to understand? Not with this product. You can tell Brother takes great care in communicating with the customer & it's reflected in the setup instructions. Very easy to understand. 3) My laptop doesn't have a built-in CD drive, so I chose to download the installation package from Brother's website, which is probably the best thing to do anyway, considering you don't know how long the product has been on the shelf before you finally purchase the product & in between those times, updates to the software may have occurred. Downloading assures you of the most up-to-date software. 4. I was blown away at the speed of printing on this unit. It spit out my first printed job so fast - I thought something went wrong. But I looked at the paper & it was all there. The image looked clear & sharp as well. I use this for business & most of what I'm going to be printing is text - letters, labels, etc. 5. The paper tray seems a little light & not as sturdy as I would have expected, so I hope that over time as I pull the tray out & push it back in to change the paper, it will hold up. 6. I receive one or two emails a week from Brother (I chose this option when registering the product) to inform me of news & latest updates, etc. 7. When you logon to your computer each day, you'll see a small call-out box just above the status bar - far right. It says, "Brother Help," which is a nice feature, should you need a quick answer on something. You can "X" out the box & make it disappear if you don't want it to stay visible throughout the day. So far, I'm very impressed with the printer. I still can't believe how fast this prints - it's lightning fast.

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Print quality needs work

I've only had it a couple of weeks. Functionally it is very solid and runs well so far... but, there are a few things that I should warn others about. To hook...Read complete review

I've only had it a couple of weeks. Functionally it is very solid and runs well so far... but, there are a few things that I should warn others about. To hook it up via wire, both the network port and USB port are located in the center of the middle of the unit - you need to lift the entire scanner portion up to plug it in, then run the cables along a guide inside the machine leading out the back - very odd design. Every other printer I have used across the decades has ports on the outside. The quality of the print is pretty mediocre and the finished print is not very dark at all. Perhaps this is how the 'inkvestment' tech works to save you ink? Still, I've had cheap throwaway printers with better print quality to be honest. The printer tray has to be completely pulled out of the machine entirely and put on your desk in order to load paper, which is also odd in my opinion. I have not tried the fax portion but scanning is a breeze with one exception: in the scanner software (Control Center 4,) it uses a 'retry' or 'reload' icon to represent cropping instead of the typical frame corner icon you would expect, which is also on the help documentation. Once I figured out this error it runs great.

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5.0

Best home printer we have ever owned

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from Phoenix, AZ, United States

Comments about Brother Work Smart MFC-J985DW All-in-One Copy/Fax/Print/Scan with INKvestment Cartridges:

We like the print quality, the reliability, the wifi networking that not only works, but is easy to set up, best ink usage and replacement prices we have ever experienced!!!

 
5.0

Super Fast

By 

from Columbus, OH, United States

Comments about Brother Work Smart MFC-J985DW All-in-One Copy/Fax/Print/Scan with INKvestment Cartridges:

I've only been using the printer for about 2 weeks, which means there's a lot of features I have yet to explore. Here's what I can say so far. 1) Packaging of the item seemed solid. 2) How many times have we complained that setup or installation instructions were hard to understand? Not with this product. You can tell Brother takes great care in communicating with the customer & it's reflected in the setup instructions. Very easy to understand. 3) My laptop doesn't have a built-in CD drive, so I chose to download the installation package from Brother's website, which is probably the best thing to do anyway, considering you don't know how long the product has been on the shelf before you finally purchase the product & in between those times, updates to the software may have occurred. Downloading assures you of the most up-to-date software. 4. I was blown away at the speed of printing on this unit. It spit out my first printed job so fast - I thought something went wrong. But I looked at the paper & it was all there. The image looked clear & sharp as well. I use this for business & most of what I'm going to be printing is text - letters, labels, etc. 5. The paper tray seems a little light & not as sturdy as I would have expected, so I hope that over time as I pull the tray out & push it back in to change the paper, it will hold up. 6. I receive one or two emails a week from Brother (I chose this option when registering the product) to inform me of news & latest updates, etc. 7. When you logon to your computer each day, you'll see a small call-out box just above the status bar - far right. It says, "Brother Help," which is a nice feature, should you need a quick answer on something. You can "X" out the box & make it disappear if you don't want it to stay visible throughout the day. So far, I'm very impressed with the printer. I still can't believe how fast this prints - it's lightning fast.

 
5.0

Very nice product

By 

from New York, NY, United States

Comments about Brother Work Smart MFC-J985DW All-in-One Copy/Fax/Print/Scan with INKvestment Cartridges:

I previous had a Canon Pixma all in one. I replaced it with the Brother MFC-J985DW. The Brother is easier to use and very user friendly. The print quality is good and the scans are excellent

 
5.0

Easy to setup and use!

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from Minneapolis, MN, United States

Comments about Brother Work Smart MFC-J985DW All-in-One Copy/Fax/Print/Scan with INKvestment Cartridges:

This printer was definitely one of the easiest to setup, including connecting to our WiFi network. The screen is easy to navigate and understand, with shortcuts for ink levels and settings on the home screen (convenient). The print quality is acceptable, although not as good as a photo quality printer. Great for everyday office use.

 
4.0

not too bad

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from florida

Comments about Brother Work Smart MFC-J985DW All-in-One Copy/Fax/Print/Scan with INKvestment Cartridges:

although the set-up and out put is pretty impressive, the yellow (cyan) output is a little weak. occasionally the machine will indicate there are no ink cartridges mounted, even though they are. so i have to go through re-seating them.

 
5.0

Brother Printer MFC-J985DW

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from USA

Comments about Brother Work Smart MFC-J985DW All-in-One Copy/Fax/Print/Scan with INKvestment Cartridges:

Clean, crisp printing. Fast delivery of print jobs.

 
4.0

By and large satisfied

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from Mountain View, CA, United States

Comments about Brother Work Smart MFC-J985DW All-in-One Copy/Fax/Print/Scan with INKvestment Cartridges:

The good: Feature set matched my needs. Easy to operate, ergonomically well thought out. Black and white quality is good and printing reasonably fast. Two-sided printing works well. The middling: Would like a fast or draft quality option for quick review and stuff where high quality is not an issue. The bad: WiFi would not stay connected to the modem/router supplied by Comcast. Fortunately I also have an old Apple Time Capsule with a WiFi router and that combination has worked flawlessly for a couple months now. The Comcast is certainly more sophisticated (guessing beaming antennas, 2.4/5.0GHz autoswitching, etc), so it may be that these features are confusing the printer's networking. Color prints are washed out compared to my old HP. It didn't bother me much when I read others complain about the color quality because we don't print much color and typically I am not very picky about this, but even Neandertbal me finds it lacking.

 
5.0

very easy to set-up

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from Undisclosed

Comments about Brother Work Smart MFC-J985DW All-in-One Copy/Fax/Print/Scan with INKvestment Cartridges:

Great...except-- I can not find a way to put it to "sleep" so home button doesn't flash all night

 
4.0

Compact for an AIO.

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from Tampa Bay, FL

Comments about Brother Work Smart MFC-J985DW All-in-One Copy/Fax/Print/Scan with INKvestment Cartridges:

I have had this printer for a few weeks. I love everything it is capable of performing; however, the speed is my biggest complaint. Since I am retired the speed is not a deal breaker. Particularly, I am looking forward to evaluating the ink usage. Also, I have a 8 y/o Brother B&W laser which has performed flawlessly.

 
4.0

Overall Good

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from Graham, WA, United States

Comments about Brother Work Smart MFC-J985DW All-in-One Copy/Fax/Print/Scan with INKvestment Cartridges:

Have only used for about a month. Still learning on how to use overall. Easy to hook up. A little slow with printing. Only con so far I have noticed is having to change the paper tray around when printing 4x6 pictures. With my HP I could change on screen with the separate 4x6 paper tray. Scanning is easy. Overall so far a good printer.

 
4.0

Great printer so far

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from Pinole, CA, United States

Comments about Brother Work Smart MFC-J985DW All-in-One Copy/Fax/Print/Scan with INKvestment Cartridges:

I only had this printer for about a month and so far it has done a good job. Setup was easy and completed in about 10 minutes. The printer has no problem with connecting to my wi-fi. The paper tray doesn't hold a lot of paper but that's fine with me since I use it for only personal use. I like the size as well, it's small and compact.

 
4.0

First impressions are good.

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from NW PA

Comments about Brother Work Smart MFC-J985DW All-in-One Copy/Fax/Print/Scan with INKvestment Cartridges:

I gave it a four for two reason. First I have not had it long enough to really judge it and secondly the manual was not the best. I struggled to get FAX settings correct and I am still not sure it is working correctly. (I get few FAX's) Am not a huge fan of having to put paper in a separate box, but over time it will seem normal I imagine.

 
5.0

Great Printer

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from Texas, United States

Comments about Brother Work Smart MFC-J985DW All-in-One Copy/Fax/Print/Scan with INKvestment Cartridges:

This printer is honestly the easiest to set up I've ever owned. It's capabilities are what is the best to me, especially being able to print from my phone or tablet. One of the best features is it's ability to send to my laptop anything I scan automatically. I highly recommend anyone who is looking for a new printer to purchase this one. It's large ink tanks last longer than most.

 
4.0

A real good printer

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from Minneapolis, MN, United States

Comments about Brother Work Smart MFC-J985DW All-in-One Copy/Fax/Print/Scan with INKvestment Cartridges:

The only problem I've had was using a fairly heavy, not coated, but pretty slick paper on double sided printing. Maybe one misfeed per 100 pages. The thing that is outstanding is the wired Ethernet connectivity. I have three computer happily taking to it during all the tweaks that Windows 10 has been going through.

 
5.0

Does a great job on photos and text!

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from Lexington, NC, United States

Comments about Brother Work Smart MFC-J985DW All-in-One Copy/Fax/Print/Scan with INKvestment Cartridges:

I wanted something that could do everything from print text in fast draft mode to print great looking photographs and I think I found it. So far I am extremely satisfied with the Brother MFC-J985DW.

 
5.0

This printer is simply fantastic!

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from Plano, TX, United States

Comments about Brother Work Smart MFC-J985DW All-in-One Copy/Fax/Print/Scan with INKvestment Cartridges:

This unit has a small foot print and is loaded with features. It is easy to set up and the print quality of both regular documents and photos is great.This is my 1st brother printer but my 3rd printer in 10 years. This one is replacing an Epson which replaced an HP and although I have not had it very long, I believe this one will last me for a much longer period of time.

 
5.0

Easy set up...

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from Newport News, Va

Comments about Brother Work Smart MFC-J985DW All-in-One Copy/Fax/Print/Scan with INKvestment Cartridges:

The printer was very easy to set up and install on my home wi-fi. It is operating in a wireless mode. I have not used it for printing photos or images, but for other documents, it appears to be a good printer... And the price was right.

 
5.0

Great printer !

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from Yonkers, NY, United States

Comments about Brother Work Smart MFC-J985DW All-in-One Copy/Fax/Print/Scan with INKvestment Cartridges:

This is a great printer for my home office. I would recommend.

 
4.0

Works great for us

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from YOOPER

Comments about Brother Work Smart MFC-J985DW All-in-One Copy/Fax/Print/Scan with INKvestment Cartridges:

Very nice, I like the inkvestment featue a lot. It does seem slow at times comunicating with PC but I'm not in a hurry, its fast enough for my purposes.

 
4.0

nice printer with easy install and setup

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from Oconomowoc, WI, United States

Comments about Brother Work Smart MFC-J985DW All-in-One Copy/Fax/Print/Scan with INKvestment Cartridges:

I needed to replace a very old MF printer/scanner/copier/fax because buying ink was almost as expensive as buying a new printer... I was looking for something the had individual color cartridges, and multiple functions, the MFC-J985DW filled the bill and then some... replacement cartridges are reasonably priced, and the unit has performed all functions as required... additionally, it has a smaller footprint, giving me some extra space. The only smallish issue so far is the sort of washed out colors, but I think I will just need to experiment.. for most printing, the colors are more than adequate

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