47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect - but very good value
I've seen a few varying opinions of this range of printers on Amazon and elsewhere and Brother printers generally get a very mixed reviews. Having taken the plunge and bought one I thought I'd help others who were considering the same decision. I upgraded to this from my trusty but now slightly cranky HP C6180 which has worked fairly well for the last 4 years, using the...
Published on 29 Jun 2011 by M. Jones
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Does a lot at low quality
After reading a lot of reviews on brothers printers some bad some good i decided to purchase one of their newer printers. I talked to their advisors on their website, and decided to get the mfc j6710dw. it does everything i want it to plus more. First off this thing is a beast. its very latge piece of kit but fits nicely on table top.
The scanner is fairly good but...
Published on 24 Sep 2011 by humandrawinghand
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect - but very good value,
This review is from: Brother MFC6710DW A3 Colour Inkjet Multifunction Printer (Accessory)I've seen a few varying opinions of this range of printers on Amazon and elsewhere and Brother printers generally get a very mixed reviews. Having taken the plunge and bought one I thought I'd help others who were considering the same decision. I upgraded to this from my trusty but now slightly cranky HP C6180 which has worked fairly well for the last 4 years, using the printer to produce course materials for my training business. I always found the HP colours to be very realistic and whenever I printed photos they were of high quality.
Eventually the C6180 succumbed to the dreaded 'green tint' bug which I could not cure through software re-setting, forcing me to bite the bullet and buy new. I considered the HP 7500A as this has many of the feature I wanted but no duplex. The duplex printing on the C6180 had always been rather temperamental and wasted a lot of time and paper when it went wrong, so I was attracted to the Brother's built in duplexer and the fact that it could handle both A4 and A3.
I didn't buy this from on Amazon as I found it much cheaper elsewhere. It came with all the correct software and leads - bar a USB or network cable to connect to my wireless modem - though I had tons of the later left over from other devices so this wasn't a problem to me. I was also pleased to see it gave me some A3 paper samples so I could try printing at that size - a nice touch. It took about 30 mins to set up fully and wirelessly, and if you have done this before with another printer you'll find this no harder or no easier than that. I use a mac, and once I'd installed the software and drivers from the disc I was prompted to download updates, which I did with ease.
The software provided does a perfectly good job in helping you to scan, fax, copy and print, and offers some creative opportunities for those of you that wish to design your own materials. Again, I didn't think the software was quite as good as that that came with my HP - but I find the design options in Office 2011 Mac to be more than enough for my needs so I don't really have any use for the Brother suite other than to carry out the printing functions I need with the minimum of hassle.
Having used this for a few days now, I would make the following observations. The printer is FAST - much quicker than my old HP, and the double trays mean I can load an entire ream of A4 (half in each) - a big time saver, though you still need to keep an eye on a large print run to make sure things don't get clogged up on the output end. Double sided printing is also fast - and I'm delighted to say - pain free. I have had no issues with jammed paper or misprinting that plagued my old printer. This is proving to be a real time saver. The compromise that I think has been made with this machine is in the image quality, though while more than good enough for my training materials is not quite as sharp or natural when printing photographic images as my HP was - hence the 4 start rating. If this is less of an issue to you, and you want a competent very competitively priced workhorse- this is likely to tick all of your boxes. It does make some rather funky noises when printing and it's not a particularly quiet machine - but so far, for what I am using it for I am very happy with it. If your needs are similar to mine, I would say you can buy it with confidence.
Brother offer one year on site warranty, also useful if like me you run a small business. The inks that came with the printer are 65% filled (I think HP routinely supply half filled ink with their new printers) and I was able to buy a set of compatible high capacity inks, promising 2400 black and 1200 colour A4 pages for a third of the price of the originals. I think this machine will prove to be very cost effective and if you can live with a few foibles and good but not spectacular photo print quality you'll probably be very glad you bought one.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Does a lot at low quality,
This review is from: Brother MFC6710DW A3 Colour Inkjet Multifunction Printer (Accessory)After reading a lot of reviews on brothers printers some bad some good i decided to purchase one of their newer printers. I talked to their advisors on their website, and decided to get the mfc j6710dw. it does everything i want it to plus more. First off this thing is a beast. its very latge piece of kit but fits nicely on table top.
The scanner is fairly good but scanning something glossy like one of your prints or some packaging it brings up a lot of lines on the scan. When i scanned a black and white document the blacks came out a slight grey colour.
After messing around with the printer getting to terms with print trays etc i started printing some of my work. the print quality is quite good on glossy paper but aweful on matte. the problem is though on the glossy my print is plagued with lines running across the print all the way up it. I cleaned the print head several times using up quite a lot of the intial ink cartridges that came with the printer and this did not fix the problem.
Some times the printer gets confused with it self when trying to print an image, it wanted to use tray 2 rather than 1 where my a3 paper was. also tray 2 can only be set to normal paper with all the options limited to the first tray.
Over all im fairly dissapointed with the product. if you dont mind fighting with technology and tinkering with it then this would proberbly be a good purchase but for an artist who does not have time for this and wants to produce good quality prints and scans off the mark id think about looking else where.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed results,
This review is from: Brother MFC6710DW A3 Colour Inkjet Multifunction Printer (Accessory)I've had this A3 MFD for over a year and used it for printing, copying and occasional scanning.
Having A3 capability has been very handy.
BEWARE - it is heavy on ink if switched on/off regularly as it cleans the print head each ON time.
This can lead to ink build up causing ink splodges on a paper corner (LHS) and the ink well needing cleaning.
Print quality is ok but nothing special in my experience.
Has a few quirks. Powers up into "Turning Off" state! and has to be reset.
Also had a few paper jam issues, but never quite found cause.
Does not support Duplex Copy in all configs - I don't understand why not as it should be possible technically.
Build is a bit weak. Paper trays and tray shelves are weak and could be easily damaged.
Auto Feeder is quite good and the scanner good.
Once the Power Off button is pressed, it takes ages to switch off - like minutes! I usually just kill the power since it does nothing whilst it's waiting.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some hints to improve print quality,
This review is from: Brother MFC6710DW A3 Colour Inkjet Multifunction Printer (Accessory)I use a very similar printer (the discontinued MFC6890) on linux. Brother provide configurable linux drivers for all their printers.
The scanner works very well with XSane, which selects optimal settings during the preview scan. (Of course, scanning a digital print will never give good results, as you are scanning a dot pattern rather than a true image.)
As for the colour quality, I agree with all the reviewers that the default settings are poor. I have improved the quality considerably by changing the default settings on the printer driver:
Colour Mode ... Natural
Halftone Pattern ... Diffusion
Color Enhancement ... On
Brightness ... 10
Red ... 4
Green ... -6
Blue ... 4
The colour reproduction will be considerably better, but still won't be perfect. Problems are inevitable when converting RGB to the 4 colour CMYK system. (Google it!) Some graphics programmes give you the opportunity to see what CMYK output will look like.
I have duplicate printer drivers for different kinds and sizes of paper and for the two duplex modes (portrait and landscape), which specify the paper tray as well as the printer settings.
It is well worth using 100gsm plain paper for duplex work. This can be obtained for less than £4.50 per ream if you shop around.
In addition, I increase the default brightness to 15 in glossy mode, as there is a tendency for prints to be too dark.
The colour profile of my screen is srgb: you might not need to increase the brightness so much if you have an Apple.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, but many good features,
This review is from: Brother MFC6710DW A3 Colour Inkjet Multifunction Printer (Accessory)Having had a Brother laser printer in the past that served me very well, I really wanted to like this machine, but I'm afraid I can't.
There are many good features about this machine, but overall it is disappointing.
Really just the things in the spec: duplex printing, A3 scanner, etc (I bought this as a printer/scanner - haven't even plugged in a the fax cord).
It also has some cool features to make it easy to scan documents - you can Scan To File then select the destination computer from your network and it will send the image straight there. Very neat.
However, I did notice that one of the bits of software that came with it - can't remember what now, a PDF manager or something - was severely hogging resources. My dual-core machine was running at 100% all the time. I had to stop that Windows service. Googling the issue showed I wasn't the only one with the problem. This is, in my opinion, a disastrous problem already. Any apps loaded onto a PC to manage a printer should be very light-weight.
Colour reproduction is terrible! In default mode it is severely washed out. We did some playing around, and by turning up the vibrancy we could turn the terracotta roof tiles into lurid fluorescent shades of orange, but struggled to find anything natural. Doubtless it is possible, but it will take more fiddling, and we shouldn't have to do it. It's probably OK for office type printing, but for photos ... not really, I'm afraid.
Duplex printing is only useful for A4. This is, supposedly, an A3 printer. But we bought this primarily for a large-ish (100 sheet) A3 full colour job. You can imagine the frustration when, at 10pm when we start printing we find out that for A3 sheets it can only do duplex if there is a 25mm (1 inch) margin at top and bottom of the page. In our case there wasn't that sort of margin, so essentially we had a non-duplex machine that printed terrible colours.
Both these issues are design issues, i.e. all machines would have the same problem. The final problem was a fault: a wheel somewhere in the machine is/was skidding on the paper as it went through and marking every 2nd or 3rd sheet.
I have just sent an email to my supplier (not Amazon) asking to return it.
One last point: this is an office printer; not a home printer. Finding ink in shops in town is a severe challenge. I spent 5 hours traipsing through London on a Sunday trying to find the ink (eventually did at a large PC World that had a Business section). Easy enough to get online, but don't plan on nipping down to the local Curry's and grabbing some off the shelf.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brother how so good,
This review is from: Brother MFC6710DW A3 Colour Inkjet Multifunction Printer (Accessory)Exelent one of the best printers ever crisp clear and perfect copies value for price well reomended for all home or office well done brother first class
5.0 out of 5 stars It does what it says,
This review is from: Brother MFC6710DW A3 Colour Inkjet Multifunction Printer (Accessory)All round a pretty good machine, easy enough to use but make sure you buy extra ink cartridges, the black that came with the printer seemed to run out much faster than I would have expected. Replacing think is very straightforward. I can also be a little slow if your used to using big office copiers. Loading the paper trays were a bit confusing but when you've done it once then you know what your doing. Paper trays are also a bit flimsy. but on the whole a good all rounder with clean clear printing.
4.0 out of 5 stars Basically does what it says it does,
This review is from: Brother MFC6710DW A3 Colour Inkjet Multifunction Printer (Accessory)As we have only been using it a very short period of time, I can only judge on how it has performed so far!
It prints relatively clearly, and at a reasonable speed. Good value for money considering the other A3 duplex machines on the market.
4.0 out of 5 stars Brother MFC6710DW A3 Colour Inkjet Multifunction Printer,
This review is from: Brother MFC6710DW A3 Colour Inkjet Multifunction Printer (Accessory)Good Product and the pricing was competitive from this supplier. Installation was easier on several machines but hung on another. Had to use special uninstaller software before it installed successfully.
4.0 out of 5 stars A good buy,
This review is from: Brother MFC6710DW A3 Colour Inkjet Multifunction Printer (Accessory)Had a few teething issues getting the wireless part functioning between 2 computers, 1 on wireless, the other on ethernet, both using the router as the wireless lan hub. Print quality is good, it's not noisey and fairly easy to use and set up.
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