All-in-Ones: HP 8600 Officejet Plus vs Brother MFC-J5910DW

By on August 15, 2012
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We compare two all-in-one printers and find out if either is a good fit for your office.

The Brother MFC-J5910DW comes in a large box and is well secured within it. Inside the package, will find the main unit along with two power cords for facilitating different types of plugs, a user manual as well as a drivers CD. Four ink cartridges wrapped up in air-sealed plastic bags are also present in the package, however they are of the “starter” variety so expect to run out of them sooner than later. Brother also includes a USB cable and a fax cable so you’re pretty much all set to get the printer up and running right away.

There was not much assembly required to get the printer up and running. All I had to do was add the feeder tray at the bottom and the ink cartridges in the ink compartment and power it up. The MFC-J5910DW took about four minutes for the initial setup following which it was ready to be connected.

Using the touchscreen which is divided between an LCD and a navigation area, I was able to connect it to our Wireless network although the small screen made it a bit hard to input the WEP key. Regardless, this is just a one time process and other icons for copying/printing/scanning etc. are sized bigger and easier to tap on. You can also access the main menu, check ink levels and setup speed dials and history on the LCD. The navigation side of the display allows you to scroll items on the screen as well as go back and set up three favorite actions- good for quickly getting to setting you use on a daily basis such as copying something in black & white or faxing an invoice to a particular client that just refuses to pay.

To the left of the touchscreen, Brother has placed the power button as well as the main navigation key for selecting between Home, Fax, Scan, Copy and Photo while to the right you have a numeric keypad with redial and hook as well as independant Start buttons for mono and color along with the stop/exit button. All-in-all, the Brother MFC-J5910DW is extremely easy to setup and operate.

Along the front end of the device, you also have the USB port and card readers- sadly they do not support printing of PDF files, something common in our office. To the left of the device you have the power and fax connection while hidden below the scanner, you can connect your USB or Ethernet cable that neatly routes to the back of the printer.

The paper tray is rather large as it accepts A3 sized paper and I found it to be a little on the cheap side. Even when inserted in the printer, it felt a bit wobbly. The tray can accept 250 number of sheets in the form of A3, A4 or even envelopes and labels. The output arm on the other hand has a capacity of holding upto 50 pages. Feeding documents in the the all-in-one can either be done through the flatbed scanner or a feeder above the scanner that can take 35 pages.

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Abbas Jaffar Ali is the founder of tbreak.com and a blogger, geek and self-declared tech pundit who can't stop talking about technology. Find him on twitter as @ajaffarali

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  • Ahmed Al Ramahi

    Have you tested the ADF functionality? I have an HP all-in-one that i mainky bought for the ADF because i scan lot of documents, however the ADF was the worst thing in the machine. Even the regular paper tray has lot of issues in pulling papers into the printer.

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