Brother MFC-J5945DW INKvestment Tank Color Inkjet All-in-One Printer Reviewed

8.8

Build Quality

9.0/10

Print Quality

9.0/10

Features

8.5/10

Pros

  • Wireless and network capable
  • Price
  • A3 paper support

Cons

  • Fax is obsolete

Exclusive to Harvey Norman, Brother’s MFC-J5945DW INKvestment Inkjet Multi-Function printer promises exceptional savings whilst delivering quality prints and scans. The internal ink storage tank combined with the supplied high yield ink cartridges can provide up to 3,000 black and 1,500 colour pages of uninterrupted printing.

Easy to install ink cartridges

Likewise, printing speeds are respectable as well, up to 22 pages per minute. Unlike their laser printers, the use of inkjet technology has also allowed Brother to squeeze in support for A3 printing without having to blow up the printer size. The front tray does protrude when you use A3 which may pose an issue if space if tight. Duplex printing isn’t supported on A3, but you still can print 2-sided for A4, A5 & Letter.  

The tray will stick out a little when A3 paper is used

The printer also supported glossy photo paper but the quality of photo prints were below the standards we have seen from other inkjet printers. This is probably ok as Brother isn’t targeting the photographer or photo enthusiast with this model. This is a mini workhorse designed for the smallish small/home office environment.

The inclusion of a 50-sheet automatic document feeder (ADF) for scanning does make the scanning lid a little bulky. That said, this is a consistent annoyance with most multi-function devices. ADF scanning supports up to 600 dpi x 600 dpi (mono) and 300 dpi x 600 dpi (colour) resolutions. Flatbed scanning does offer higher resolutions of up to 1,200 dpi x 2,400 dpi (mono) and 1,200 dpi x 1,200 dpi (colour). Using software interpolation, Brother believe that you can achieve a resolution of up to 19,200 dpi x 19,200 dpi.

50-sheet ADF

One feature that continues to confuse me these days is the inclusion of a fax. Manufacturers aren’t helping to remove this legacy technology by continuing to include it on new machines. If you really need to have a faxing capability, there are numerous internet based faxing solutions available. Removing the numeric keypad could have led to a larger format LCD touchscreen.

Remove the numeric keypad and replace with a larger screen

The MFC-J5945DW also has a range of connectivity options available – USB 2.0, ethernet, NFC and wireless N. Once on your network, you can print or scan wirelessly from your devices. Found this feature to be extremely convenient when I needed to print content directly from my mobile phone.

Connectivity options albeit in a strange location to most printers

The Brother MFC-J5945DW comes with a list of great features. We found it to be a good multipurpose device that provided us with some decent print and scan outputs. The inclusion of A3 paper support was a plus. For the price, it should serve any small business and home office well. However, if you require something a little more heavy duty, I would stick to a laser multi-function device like the Brother MFC-L3770CDW Colour All-in-One Laser.

Note: Photos for the review were taken using the Huawei P30 Pro.



Brother Inkjet Printer, MFC-J5945DW, INKvestmentTank Color Inkjet All-in-One Printer with Wireless, Duplex Printing, NFC and Up to 1-Year of Ink-In-box (Office Product)

Features: 
  • UP TO ONE-YEAR OF INK IN-BOX: The Brother MFCJ5945DW Investment Tank color inkjet all-in-one printer provides up to one-year of ink.
  • REVOLUTIONARY INKVESTMENT TANK INK SYSTEM: Brother reengineered its ink cartridges to hold more ink and created an internal ink storage tank.
  • PRINT WITH CONFIDENCE USING PAGE GAUGE: Help take the guesswork out of when to replace ink by using the intelligent Brother Page Gauge.
  • VERSATILE PAPER HANDLING: Two paper trays with 500-sheet total capacity for up to 11″x17″ ledger size documents plus an up to100-sheet multi-purpose tray.
  • Dash Replenishment enabled: upon activation, Dash Replenishment measures the ink level and orders more from when it’s low.
  • FOR USE WITH BROTHER GENUINE INKS: LC30373PKS, LC3037BK, LC3037C, LC3037M, LC3037Y, LC3039BK, LC3039C, LC3039M, LC3039Y.
New From: $279.99 USD In Stock
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