Brother MFC-L8900CDW Review

Good: Super high-yield aftermarket toners, flexible paper handling, mobile and cloud printing and scanning.
Bad: It doesn't support 11" x 17"-sized paper.
Bottom Line: Compact, affordable, and robust color all-in-one for small businesses.
Intended Users:
Small businesses
Speed Black:
Speed Color:
33 ppm
33 ppm
800 MHz
512 MB

Product Overview

The MFC-L8900CDW is a color laser all-in-one device intended for the small business market. It’s the multifunction sibling to the Brother HL-L8360CDW Series. It prints and copies at up to 33 ppm in black and color. Printing, copying, scanning and faxing functions are all standard.

The MFC-L8900CDW is similar to the MFC-L8610CDW, however, it has a 5″ color touchscreen panel, higher maximum paper capacity, and super high-yield aftermarket toners.

At $600, the MFC-L8900CDW includes an 800 MHz processor and 512 MB of memory. Users can create up to 64 shortcuts of common workflows on the 5″ color touchscreen panel.

PCL printing is supported, as well as Brother’s proprietary PostScript language. USB, Ethernet and wireless connectivity are all standard. Mobile printing is supported via the Brother iPrint&Scan app, AirPrint, and Google Cloud Print. Users can print from and scan to Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, Box and Evernote.

More details on the devices is in our Features section below.

The MFC-L8900CDW is a compact and affordable device for small businesses that need a simple yet robust machine. The super high-yield aftermarket toners will also contribute to lower operating expenses.


Standard paper-handling starts with a 250-sheet tray and a 50-sheet multipurpose tray. Brother offers an optional 250-sheet tray and a 500-sheet tray that totals the capacity to 1,300 sheets. Each tray holds up to 8.5″ x 14″ paper size.

The output capacity is 150 sheets. There is also a 70-sheet automatic document feeder. The maximum monthly duty cycle is 60,000 pages, but Brother recommends a monthly volume of 4,000 pages.

The scanning function supports scan to email, to file, to image, to OCR, to FTP, to Microsoft SharePoint, and to the cloud.

The faxing function includes a 33.6kbps modem, up to 500 pages of fax memory and PC faxing.

The MFC-L8900CDW ships with the standard yield black and color toner. However, Brother offers super high-yield aftermarket toners that consist of 6,500 pages in each black and color toner. We’ve calculated our cost per page based on prices found on the BrotherMall site and the high-yield toners. The cost per page is 1.8 cents in black and 10.3 cents in color. These are reasonable operating costs for businesses that don’t have high-volume printing needs.

Businesses can also save money by using the toner save mode and duplexing features.

Security features include an active directory, secure function lock, secure print, enterprise security, SSL/TLS, and IPSec.

Finally, there is a one-year limited warranty.

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


Paper trays doesn’t support 11″ x 17″-sized paper. Companies that are looking for this feature can check out our other reviews.


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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