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Terrible printer - DRIVEN TO INSANITY by its constant paper jams!!
on 18 December 2013
This has to be the worst printer I've ever had the misfortune of owning. I never really write reviews, but felt that the sheer frustrations and anger this thing has caused me warranted a write up to inform you, the consumer, not to purchase this and perhaps any Brother printer in the near future.
It seems to simply, have a mind of its own. Paper jams. Paper jams and more paper jams. Try different paper types and weights? It jams. Follow the procedure of opening up the printer to check? whirrs and whizzes for what seems like an age, then throws up another jam message. Check, repeat.All this to simply print perhaps one or two pages of paper. What an absolutely pathetic machine.
Ive tried every possible method to prevent this issue but it seems like it simply likes to mock me and my attempts to print by innocuously throwing up the message on the LCD to torment me, its taunting and toying have driven me to the edge up until the point I actually screamed and punched the printer. Yes, you heard it. I punched a printer. I'm not proud of it, in fact I'm the most docile, non violent person you could hope to meet - this simply shows you what an absolute horror this machine is, this bloated, cheap hollow fat plastic box which oozes ink out of every pore ( at a cost of £80 for the brother OEM set) and likes to sit there jibbering and whizzing its time away under my desk before it decides to do anything.
If you tell this machine to print anything, prepare to wait. And wait you will, for quite some time. A simple print of an A4 document of a few sheets should take seconds, my trusty ( a 5 year old canon) A4 desktop printer will print a sublime page within seconds and do what you ask of it. " you want me to print? coming right up! whizzz wurrrr there you go!"
Not the Brother however. Ask it to do the same task, and it looks at you incredulously, seemingly trying to compute why you have had the audacity to have awoken it out of its constant slumber to print anything. and while it makes its mind up to print, it will make a cacophony of noise. For seemingly an eternity. You will end up staring at the LCD screen asking of it "what in the bloody hell are you doing?!" as it whines and whirrs and whizzes for an age. When it does finally decide to print, it'll cough and splutter and then profess it has a paper jam.
This is when the true horror begins. So, you check the paper tray, rear paper section and lift the top unit in order to remove the flagged message on the system. A-ha! you say..whats this..no paper jam? I see nothing inside you, you fat plastic Jabba the Hut! And this happens endlessly. It will also spend an age attempting to communicate with your computer, as if it's having a remote meeting at a UN convention asking for secretary Ban Ki moon personally if its statutory rights as a printer are not being infringed upon, from the simple task it's being asked of.
You will then go through 50 sheets of so called paper jams in order to print one sheet, from which I can conclude are not clearly jammed as they require no effort to remove - simply put, this printer is lazy. The paper is lightly held in its rollers as if it simply gives up attempting to print. Sometimes it plays with you and there is no paper to clear.
It quite simply has the worst paper feed mechanism I've ever experienced. Too much paper in the tray and it throws its hands up saying it wont print - it doesn't like printing you see, you can feed him too much, so you try putting in 10 sheets. Ease him in.Maybe he needs care and attention. But alas, no, it simply likes to toy with you. Its laughing at me, I'm at the end of my sanity and I think I may leave it by the roadside so it can laugh at me no more.
To add insult to injury, in the middle of the night, It likes to wake up and inadvertently whizz whirr and whine for endless minutes doing nothing in particular, simply to taunt my pitiful attempts to print anything. Its possessed by a demon, inflicted up us, the unsuspecting general consumerist public to spread the evil within - driving perfectly law abiding sane users into a fit of printer rage and abuse. Yes..I must admit. I abused this printer. I punched its lights out. And I'm not ashamed to admit, I have no regrets. Avoid.