Conclusion

February 18, 2013 by Sarah Meyer Reads (7,904)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service & Support
    • 6
    • Print Quality
    • 9
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 7
    • Performance / Print Speed
    • 8
    • Features
    • 7
    • Operational Costs
    • 8
    • Total Score:
    • 7.50
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Energy Use
The Brother MFC-8710dw is Energy Star qualified and offers toner saver mode, auto duplexing and adjustable sleep cycles. 

When printing in any mode, the energy use hit as high as 1400 W but hovered between 1000-1200 W for most of the job. Once completed, the energy drops down to about 500W, then 100W before hitting the ready mode of 7W.

The MFC-8710dw uses about 4W of energy in the sleep mode and depending on the printer’s use, you can select how quickly the printer will cycle into this mode.  It only takes a few seconds to wake the printer back up so it’s a good option.

MFC-8710dw Specifications:

  • 4-in-1 laser: print, scan, copy and fax
  • Print speeds: up to 40 ppm
  • Print resolution: up to 1200 x 1200 dpi
  • Front side USB port
  • Automatic duplexing
  • 50-sheet automatic document feeder
  • Mobile Print: Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Brother iPrint&Scan
  • 64 MB standard memory
  • Monthly duty cycle: up to 50,000 sheets
  • Paper capacity: 250-sheet tray, 50-sheet multipurpose tray
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Ethernet, USB 2.0
  • Operating Systems: Windows, Mac OS
  • Energy Star qualified
  • 1-year limited warranty

Conclusion

The Brother MFC-8710dw is a reliable multifunction printer.  It offers quick print speeds, good print quality, a fast warm up and I had zero paper jams during our tests.

It also offers three other functional devices – scan, copy and fax – as well as a 50-sheet ADF, front side USB port and wireless connectivity. 

The energy use was higher when printing and the display and navigation are lacking when compared to some of its competitors, but with a lower initial cost of $399.99, the MFC-8710dw makes up for some of these flaws.

The Brother MFC-8710dw would be a good addition to a small or medium sized business (think 5 to 12 users) that has no need for color printing but wants a reliable MFP with business centric features.

Pricing and Availability

The Brother MFC-8710dw High-Speed Laser All-in-One is available now through Brother Mall or authorized vendors for the suggested retail price of $399.99.

Customers can purchase the single black toner cartridge through Brother Mall or retailers.  The standard capacity cartridge was $76.99 (3,000 page yield) and the high capacity cartridge was $124.99 (8,000 page yield) as of this writing.


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