Brother MFC-J6945DW Series Review

Good: Brother Page Gauge that eliminates the guesswork of ink used, generous amount of starter and aftermarket ink cartridges that contribute to low operating costs, 11" x 17" paper size.
Bad: Not intended for medium or large-sized businesses.
Bottom Line: Brother offers unique features that help small offices improve productivity and reduce overall printing expenses.
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MFC-J6945DW Series
$280-$430
Small offices
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Up to 22 ppm (ISO)
Up to 20 ppm (ISO)
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Product Overview

Brother has recently released the MFC-J6945DW Series, three inkjet all-in-ones that are intended for small teams and businesses. The three devices include standard printing, copying and scanning, and print at up to 22 ppm (ISO) in black and up to 20 ppm (ISO) in color. They also include a 3.7″ color touchscreen that enables users to create custom shortcuts to access their frequent workflows.

The devices are:

  • The MFC-J6545DW ($280) that includes a standard 250-sheet paper tray and up to one-year’s worth of starter black and ink color cartridges
  • The MFC-J6545DW XL ($430) that includes the same specifications as the MFC-J6545DW but provides up to two-year’s worth of starter black and ink color cartridges
  • The MFC-J6945DW ($350) that includes standard two paper trays with 500-sheet total capacity and single-pass duplexing.

One unique feature is the Brother Page Gauge that uses numerical values to let the user know the amount of ink both used and remaining. Users can then order new ink sooner than if the device runs out of ink.

More details are in our Features section below.

Features

Paper handling on the MFC-J6545DW and MFC-J6545DW XL starts with a 250-sheet tray and a 100-sheet multi-purpose tray. As noted above, the MFC-J6945DW includes two paper trays that totals 500 sheets in capacity. It also includes the 100-sheet multi-purpose tray. The trays support up to 11″ x 17″ paper size.

There’s the 50-sheet automatic document feeder that supports duplex printing. The maximum monthly duty cycle is 30,000 pages, but Brother recommends a monthly volume of up to 2,000 pages.

USB, Ethernet and wireless connectivity are standard. Mobile printing and scanning are supported through Brother’s iPrint&Scan, Wi-Fi Direct, AirPrint, and Google Cloud Print. Users can print from and scan to popular cloud storage accounts, such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote, Box and Microsoft OneDrive.

Copy speed is up to 15 ipm (ISO) in black and up to 11 ipm (ISO) in color. Copy features include stacking, sorting, ID copy and removing background color.

The CIS scanning function allows users to scan to email, OCR, FTP, USB, and to network. Note that only the MFC-J6945DW supports duplex copying and scanning. Users can also send and receive faxes via the 33.6 kbps modem. The maximum fax memory is up to 180 pages.

The devices are Windows and Mac compatible, and are under a two-year limited warranty with free phone support for the life of the device.

Brother offers generous aftermarket ink cartridge yields. The Super-High yield for black is 3,000 pages and each color is 1,500 pages. The Ultra-High yield for black is 6,000 pages and each color is 5,000 pages.

We’ve calculated the cost per page based on the Ultra-High cartridges’ yield and prices (found on the BrotherMall site), which is 1 cent in black and 5 cents in black. That is remarkable, especially the color per-page cost, as they typically run at least 15 cents a page or more for small-business ink jets.

  • Automatic Document Feeder?
  • Duplexing?
  • Ethernet Connectivity?
  • Wireless Connectivity?
  • Mobile Printing/Scanning?
  • Finishers?

Shortcomings

The devices are not intended for medium- or large-sized businesses.

About

Brother is an industry leading provider of small and mid-sized business printing and imaging solutions developed to help increase productivity, improve workflow, and enhance organizational efficiency, all while helping to reduce costs. Within its printers and all-in-ones division, Brother sells both laser and ink jet devices.

For offices of any size, Brother’s Business Smart Series include color inkjet MFPs that have print speeds that range from 18 ppm to 20 ppm (in color and ISO speed) and handle paper sizes of up to 11″ x 17″ (ledger size).

In addition to printers, scanners, faxes, and all-in-ones, Brother also sells sewing machines, label printers, and offer solutions for document management and web conferencing.

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