Brother MFC-8680DN Review
With top of the line print and copy functions paired with both networking and duplex abilities, the Brother MFC-8680DN stands out as a truly professional grade multifunctional device. Its extensive feature set is robust enough to impress any demanding buyer, while its price tag remains reasonable considering the hardware included.
The Brother MFC-8680DN’s copy speed matches its print speed of 32 pages per minute, making it easily one of the top competitors in the multifunctional desktop device market. The included network hardware allows users to install the device on either a wired or wireless network, making it incredibly easy to incorporate into a pre existing office setup.
Also included with the unit is a built in duplexor which will add not only a professional look and feel to two sided output material, but also reduce paper cost by as much as half. As a compliment to the duplex print capabilities, two sided scanning is also made possible by the device’s built in automatic document feeder. With an ADF incorporated into the unit’s flatbed top, large quantities of input material for copying, faxing, or scanning can be fed through the machine mechanically, saving users countless hours of operating time. The automatic document feeder itself is also impressively large, and is capable of holding up to 50 sheets of input at a time.
The unit’s paper supply, though fairly standard, is adequate. With a 250 sheet regular paper tray complemented by the cost’s 50 page multipurpose tray, users can switch back and forth between two types of media without having to unload and reload paper. An optional third tray is available separately and can hold an additional 250 sheets of standard paper, bringing the unit’s potential storage capacity up to 550 sheets.
Stand alone printing can be down via a front loading USB slot, while scanning can be done directly to an external USB storage device as well. Documents and scans can be navigated through via the printer’s built in LCD display and dedicated buttons, which also make faxing incredibly fast and simple.
The main outstanding downside to the Brother MFC-8680DN, and many high grade multifunctional units like it, is its overall cost. With both networking and duplexing included in the hardware, buyers should definitely expect to pay extra for the unit. If you’re in the market for a bare bones MFC, then look elsewhere, as this workhorse will cost you a pretty penny.