Brother MFC-6890cdw review

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Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service & Support
    • 8
    • Print Quality
    • 9
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 7
    • Performance / Print Speed
    • 5
    • Features
    • 8
    • Operational Costs
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 7.33
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


  • Pros

    • Good print quality
    • Built-in networkin g
    • Large paper capacity
  • Cons

    • Slow to average print speeds
    • No built-in scan software

Considering a new printer for your home office or small business? Then you owe it to yourself and/or your coworkers to read our full review of the Brother MFC-6890cdw! The MFC-6890cdw is at the top of Brother’s all-in-one inkjet line, offering 11 x 17 inch ledger printing, scanning, copying and faxing as well as network connectivity, a 4.2-inch touch screen, automatic duplexing, a standard paper capacity up to 350 sheets and a built-in card reader.


  • 4-in-1 device: print, scan, copy, Super G3 fax
  • Print speeds: up to 35 ppm in black, 28 ppm in color
  • Print resolution: up to 6000 x 1200 dpi
  • 4.2-inch touchscreen display
  • Built-in 50-sheet ADF
  • 11 x 17 inch ledger printing
  • Automatic duplexing
  • Built-in card reader w/ PictBridge
  • Monthly duty cycle: up to 5,000 pages
  • Paper capacity: up to 350 sheets w/ two trays
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Ethernet, USB Hi-Speed 2.0
  • Energy Star qualified
  • Two-year Express Exchange Limited Warranty

The Brother MFC-6890cdw is the top-notch when it comes to Brother’s all-in-one inkjet printers thanks to a bevy of features. It is also the largest all-in-one inkjet printer Ive ever reviewed with approximate dimensions of 21 x 19 x 13 inches when not in use. Add in the extended output trays and the dimensions are 23 x 24 x 13 inches.

The MFC-689cdw has a professional look with a matte black exterior and gray accents around the control panel. There is a small Brother logo on the top left corner and a small model number above the touch screen. Despite being the largest inkjet Ive seen, it still has a compact look considering it handles 350 sheets of paper standard and prints documents as large as 11 x 17 inches.

For instance, many inkjets add more than a few inches when folding out the automatic document feeder (ADF) but the 50-sheet ADF on the MFC-6890cdw maybe adds a few centimeters on top. There is a small flip-out hook on the side for catching documents, but it’s probably only necessary for larger documents since the MFC-6890cdw is compatible with paper media up to 11 x 17 inches.

The 48-bit flatbed scanner on the MFC-6890cdw is also the biggest scanner Ive seen on an AIO inkjet printer with a maximum document size of 11.7 x 17 inches. The MFC-6890cdw scans documents and photos to email, files, memory cards, USB flash drives or scan software with an optical scan resolution up to 1200 x 2400 dpi and an interpolated scan resolution up to 19,200 x 19,200 dpi.

The control panel extends the width of the MFC-6890cdw with the 4.2-inch touchscreen display at the center. To the left of the touchscreen, users will find fax and copy functions such as speed dial keys and a numerical key pad. To the right, there are four main menu keys – fax, scan, copy, photo capture – as well as the start, stop and power options.

Directly below the control panel is the built-in card reader with a PictBridge slot. The MFC-6890cdw is compatible with a variety of media: SD cards, xD cards, Memory Stick, PictBridge-enabled digital cameras and USB flash drives.

To the right of the control panel is the front side ink cartridge compartment for easy loading of any or all four individual ink cartridges (CMYK). The MFC-6890cdw came with a set of Brother Innobella LC65HY high yield cartridges. However, Brother does offer the Innobella LC61 standard yield cartridges for the MFC-689cdw.

Beneath the control panel, users will find the dual paper trays. The MFC-6890cdw features a top tray with a capacity of 100 sheets for media 3.5 x 5 inches to 11 x 17 inches. The bottom tray offers a capacity up to 250 sheets for media 8.5 x 11 inches to 11 x 17 inches.

Tray one

Tray two

Half the connection ports are located on the left side of the printer. The MFC-6890cdw comes with an attached power cord (never worry about losing it!) as well as two phone jacks. For access to the Hi-Speed USB 2.0 or Ethernet ports, users will need to lift the MFC-6890cdw open in the middle by grabbing the handle found on the left or right side of the machine.


Access to the paper path is on the back of the MFC-6890cdw.



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