Brother MFC-L8650CDW A4 Colour Laser Multifunction Printer – Let me preface this disparaging review with a note that

Great feature packed printer with affordable compatible toners available. I bought this from another printer store and availed of the £100 cashback offer from brother (as the free 3-year onsite warranty from brother didn’t extend to northern ireland). However getting this printer after cashback for around £180 is fantastic value for money. It does pretty much everything including double sided scanning, automatic duplex printing and the ability to scan directly to email. Printing quality also is pretty good-i printed out a photo on regular paper and was amazed at the quality. Im assuming even better quality can be achieved with dedicated photo paper. With the built airprint i can print directly from any of my ios devices and its worked every time. It loses 1 mark for the ridiculous pricing of original toners (as with most printers) and it could have been a little more compact in size. There were other printer manufacturers i would have gone for with similar specs but sorry, you’ve lost my business due to the price of toner and the lack of cheap compatible toners. The reason i went for this printer in the end is that it is possible to buy compatible toners for this model for around £60 for a full set.

Very capable at doing its job, takes a bit of time to get it set to suite me but from then it is quite straight forward.

Print quality is poor but you get. Print quality is poor but you get what you pay for i suppose. Printer cartridges are very expensive.

  • Duplex scanning is fantastic! The best-priced Multi-function printer with Duplex scanning, by a distance
  • Big printer, old software but does work
  • Very useful machine. Print quality is poor but you get

Let me preface this disparaging review with a note that. Let me preface this disparaging review with a note that printing from windows/apple/linux operating systems should result in print quality reflective of your particular brother printer model’s spec. , and so my complaint only pertains to prints via android. Aside from instances in which the app occasionally stumbles over the more basic of print actions, simply put, print quality of docs via android are * hugely* lacking, in that every element of a text document is rendered jagged (text, geometric shapes and photos). Pdf documents are often barely recognisable, with text being rendered as a smeared mess of illegible garble, and graphics rendered with considerably dense and frequent artifacts. After liaising with brother tech support (uk), they’ve confirmed that this issue applies to *all* brother printers receiving data from an android device. They also advise that no remediatory firmware update (and software update) is anticipated for at least 18 months (from jan 16). This really makes me question the level of testing both brother hardware and software are subject to. It also makes be wonder to what depth online consumer reviews have taken their testing of brother printers to.

Big printer, old software but does work. If you wanted a multi-function colour laser that was a bit better than bargain-bin versions – well this is a ‘business/workgroup’ one at a home cost (due to price reduction and cashback at this time). But you may live to regret it – though other printers (e. Samsung where i am updating from) also have their problems:- first, it is *huge* if you’re not buying for an office (and a decent one at that) this is really big. – software seems to be from the windows 95 days, icons have not been changed in 30 years still 16-colours and software looks just as old. – if you install the complete drivers there is no way to pick & choose and you get a dozen packages you may never use all set to auto-start – so may just do manual ‘add printer’ to remove all the ‘junk’ that you may just never need. – make sure you run the firmware updater – which downloads firmware from the ‘web rather than being packaged with it (brother is afraid you’re going to ‘see it’) and takes about 30min to update. – again software is listed as compatible with windows 8 – which shows the age of the printer – forget about 8. Sure it works but you think brother will bother at some point in updating it – perhaps once a decade?but it does work – at least so far:- duplex printing works great (so far) and is really fast- duplex scanning/copying also works albeit somewhat slowly- toners seem cheaper than competition (coming from a samsung)- you can obviously configure everything using your browser and connecting to the printer – and if you want to be a lan admin then there are loads of settings to play with (security, certs, gateways, tunneling, etc. )- it supports wireless though good old ethernet is probably best – and naturally disable wifi for security- you can upgrade the memory to 512mb using very old ddr2 so-dimms (1 quid on ebay) it probably cost brother the *more* to add the so-dimm slot + cover (both metal and plastic) than use larger memory. I guess they saved their pennies. All in all it is a tough decision, if you want a brother (wanted to ‘update’ from samsung which is also stuck in dark ages) getting a smaller, newer model is probably best. If you really intend to duplex print loads of stuff, copy and scan duplex – then this is cheap – but huge.

Features of Brother MFC-L8650CDW A4 Colour Laser Multifunction Printer

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  • Productivity – these printers offer print speeds, large paper capacities, high yield toner options and automatic two-sided printing (Duplex)
  • Cloud Services – quick, easy connectivity from the touchscreen display for printing from and scanning to Cloud based services including Dropbox, Google Drive, Box and Evernote. Complete flexibility in digitising documents and sharing them with other Cloud users or accessing and printing files stored in social media or virtual cloud storage spaces
  • Connectivity – the ability to print from a full range of devices, using iPrint and scan, Apple AirPrint, Google CloudPrint, Cortado and Wi-Fi Direct

Great printer – even fantastic for the price. Does the exact same job as the konica minolta it replaced, at half the price, half the weight, half the footprint and half the hassle. Would definitely recommend it over more erxpensive offerings from other manufacturers.

Excellent product which is well designed and manufactured. Excellent product which is well designed and manufactured.

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  1. This review is from : Brother MFC-L8650CDW A4 Colour Laser Multifunction Printer

    Good printer but large and heavy. Very good printer – no complaints, it is large and very heavy though.
    1. Good printer but large and heavy. Very good printer – no complaints, it is large and very heavy though.
      1. Software for mac and pc worked well. Software for mac and pc worked well. It is a bit slow and a bit noisy but for my limited home office use this is not a problem.
  2. Software for mac and pc worked well. Software for mac and pc worked well. It is a bit slow and a bit noisy but for my limited home office use this is not a problem.
  3. This review is from : Brother MFC-L8650CDW A4 Colour Laser Multifunction Printer

    Big printer, old software but does work. If you wanted a multi-function colour laser that was a bit better than bargain-bin versions – well this is a “business/workgroup” one at a home cost (due to price reduction and cashback at this time). But you may live to regret it – though other printers (e. Samsung where i am updating from) also have their problems:- first, it is *huge* if you’re not buying for an office (and a decent one at that) this is really big. – software seems to be from the windows 95 days, icons have not been changed in 30 years still 16-colours and software looks just as old. – if you install the complete drivers there is no way to pick & choose and you get a dozen packages you may never use all set to auto-start – so may just do manual “add printer” to remove all the “junk” that you may just never need. – make sure you run the firmware updater – which downloads firmware from the ‘web rather than being packaged with it (brother is afraid you’re going to ‘see it’) and takes about 30min to update. – again software is listed as compatible with windows 8 – which shows the age of the printer – forget about 8. Sure it works but you think brother will bother at some point in updating it – perhaps once a decade?but it does work – at least so far:- duplex printing works great (so far) and is really fast- duplex scanning/copying also works albeit somewhat slowly- toners seem cheaper than competition (coming from a samsung)- you can obviously configure everything using your browser and connecting to the printer – and if you want to be a lan admin then there are loads of settings to play with (security, certs, gateways, tunneling, etc. )- it supports wireless though good old ethernet is probably best – and naturally disable wifi for security- you can upgrade the memory to 512mb using very old ddr2 so-dimms (1 quid on ebay) it probably cost brother the *more* to add the so-dimm slot + cover (both metal and plastic) than use larger memory. I guess they saved their pennies. All in all it is a tough decision, if you want a brother (wanted to ‘update’ from samsung which is also stuck in dark ages) getting a smaller, newer model is probably best. If you really intend to duplex print loads of stuff, copy and scan duplex – then this is cheap – but huge.
    1. Big printer, old software but does work. If you wanted a multi-function colour laser that was a bit better than bargain-bin versions – well this is a “business/workgroup” one at a home cost (due to price reduction and cashback at this time). But you may live to regret it – though other printers (e. Samsung where i am updating from) also have their problems:- first, it is *huge* if you’re not buying for an office (and a decent one at that) this is really big. – software seems to be from the windows 95 days, icons have not been changed in 30 years still 16-colours and software looks just as old. – if you install the complete drivers there is no way to pick & choose and you get a dozen packages you may never use all set to auto-start – so may just do manual “add printer” to remove all the “junk” that you may just never need. – make sure you run the firmware updater – which downloads firmware from the ‘web rather than being packaged with it (brother is afraid you’re going to ‘see it’) and takes about 30min to update. – again software is listed as compatible with windows 8 – which shows the age of the printer – forget about 8. Sure it works but you think brother will bother at some point in updating it – perhaps once a decade?but it does work – at least so far:- duplex printing works great (so far) and is really fast- duplex scanning/copying also works albeit somewhat slowly- toners seem cheaper than competition (coming from a samsung)- you can obviously configure everything using your browser and connecting to the printer – and if you want to be a lan admin then there are loads of settings to play with (security, certs, gateways, tunneling, etc. )- it supports wireless though good old ethernet is probably best – and naturally disable wifi for security- you can upgrade the memory to 512mb using very old ddr2 so-dimms (1 quid on ebay) it probably cost brother the *more* to add the so-dimm slot + cover (both metal and plastic) than use larger memory. I guess they saved their pennies. All in all it is a tough decision, if you want a brother (wanted to ‘update’ from samsung which is also stuck in dark ages) getting a smaller, newer model is probably best. If you really intend to duplex print loads of stuff, copy and scan duplex – then this is cheap – but huge.
      1. The best-priced multi-function printer with duplex scanning, by a distance. I purchased this printer only for its duplex scanning feature which was missing from the brother dcp-9020cdw, which by the way is also an amazing printer. But at this price with £100 cashback (£190) don’t go for anything other than the mfc-l8650. At first, i was very concerned with my purchase when the scanning appeared to very slow over the wireless connection. I then reinstalled the software for use with a printer cable and the speed of scanning was fantastic. I literally scanned hundreds of sheets at once and the quality is fantastic. It features single pass duplex scanning which saves time and the software is great and easy to use. In terms of ease of use it is very very simple and not too noisy. However, i did notice whenever i install a brother printer on a wireless connection it seems to cause my internet to slow down.
  4. The best-priced multi-function printer with duplex scanning, by a distance. I purchased this printer only for its duplex scanning feature which was missing from the brother dcp-9020cdw, which by the way is also an amazing printer. But at this price with £100 cashback (£190) don’t go for anything other than the mfc-l8650. At first, i was very concerned with my purchase when the scanning appeared to very slow over the wireless connection. I then reinstalled the software for use with a printer cable and the speed of scanning was fantastic. I literally scanned hundreds of sheets at once and the quality is fantastic. It features single pass duplex scanning which saves time and the software is great and easy to use. In terms of ease of use it is very very simple and not too noisy. However, i did notice whenever i install a brother printer on a wireless connection it seems to cause my internet to slow down.

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