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Brother MFC-990CW review

£194.27 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Brother

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Despite its intended business audience, the Brother MFC-990CW multifunction printer holds attention, with its multi-textured polished casing and 4.2in touchscreen LCD cutting a sleek figure in any office.

Despite its intended business audience, the Brother MFC-990CW multifunction printer holds attention, with its multi-textured polished casing and 4.2in touchscreen LCD cutting a sleek figure in any office.

Not that the Brother MFC-990CW's is the best toucscreen example we've seen. While the photo enhancing feature is good, the screen is less responsive and the image not as easy to read as it could be.

The Brother MFC-990CW's touchscreen hasn't resulted in a paring down of the main control panel, and the front of the Brother is a flurry of buttons and lights. This is understandable, since it has plenty to pack in - not least the fax facilities and the rather pleasing wireless Dect phone. Indeed, should you be looking to replace your old fax machine, this would make a very 21st-century upgrade.

Wi-Fi and ethernet interfaces are provided alongside USB 2.0, and there's even Bluetooth connectivity included. A separate photo tray is provided with the Brother MFC-990CW, although moving between this and the standard feed isn't as smooth as with some dual-tray models we've seen.

The specification print speeds are very similar to those of the Brother DCP-6690CW. And, in practice, the two are quite well matched, particularly on text, where the Brother MFC-990CW churns out copy in the fastest (if rather too light) mode at a rate of 11.1ppm (pages per minute). Quite presentable output is available at the rate of 3.1ppm, although unsurprisingly, a cheap laser printer will still produce better text. Even in the slowest 1.2ppm mode, the characters aren't perfectly reproduced, although the Brother MFC-990CW's results are still palatable for an inkjet model.

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Colour graphics output is solid. You'll want to forget about the fast but under-nourished prints at the zippiest 8.5ppm mode, although we quite liked the output available at a rate of 2ppm. Colours are perhaps slightly murky, but the results are clean and free of banding defects.

The Brother MFC-990CW's scanning facilities are fast, although accurate colour reproduction isn't a strength of the Brother. This is a shame, as the images are very good at conveying different textures within the source material.

Brother MFC-990CW Expert Verdict »
Brother MFC-990CW Scores 8.9 out of 10 based on 44 reviews
Printer/scanner/copier
print resolution 6,000x1,200
optical scan resolution 1,200x2,400
quoted print speed B=33ppm C=27ppm
actual print speed B=11.1ppm C=8.5ppm
interface types USB 2.0, Wi-Fi, ethernet
468x375x180mm
8.6kg
cartridge costs B=£17 C=£9 x 3
Cartridge lifetime B=450 C=325
1-year warranty
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

You’ll like the Brother MFC-990CW more for its vast range of features than its sizzling performance – given the asking price, you can get better photo and text printers then this one. But with its range of fax, phone and photo-friendly features, its functionality may earn it a warm reception in the right environment.

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