Setting up the MFC-J6710dw
Brother provides a Quick Setup Guide to walk first time user through the initial installation. You’ll unpack the machine, load paper, connect the power cord and telephone line (if you plan on using the fax capability), install the ink cartridges, run the print head alignment, set the paper settings for the two trays, set up date, time and fax settings and then select a connection type.
If you choose the wireless option like us, then you’ll need to set the printer to wireless by selecting the network menu and choosing the WLAN option. Once this has been done, the MFC-J6710dw will automatically search for available networks in the area. Choose the correct network and input your network key (if applicable).
Once the printer is connected to your network, you’ll need to install the drivers and software provided on the CD. Select the initial installation option and the wizard will begin installing the included software. You will need to select the correct connection type, etc., but it’s a fairly simple setup.
Ease of use
The MFC-J6710dw is a departure from what we saw on the MFC-6890cdw; gone is the 4-inch color touchscreen and it’s not really missed. I found the MFC-J6710dw just as easy to use without the touchscreen thanks to a large control panel consisting of four device quick keys, fax speed dials, a four directional navigation and alpha-numerical key pad.
Like the other Brother inkjets we’ve reviewed in the past, the MFC-J6710dw includes the MFL Pro Suite with an updated Control Center 4 (CC4). The CC4 offers some basic scan, photo, PC copy and PC fax software as well as device settings, troubleshooting and support.
The scan software is basic and lacks the auto image scan (where it detects the size of the image or if there are multiple images on the flatbed) but it gets the job done. Plus, users can change the scan settings so that the images are automatically scanned into their preferred secondary software (PaperPort, Photoshop, etc.).
The photo print software is also fairly basic; users select the images and then select the paper size, media type and layout. In most cases, this would work for any office or home, and Brother does offer their Creative Center online for users who want to get more creative with their photo printing.
I had no problem receiving or sending faxes with the MFC-J6710dw; there are so many options for setting up the fax machine on both the printer and through the PC fax that I could probably write another mini review on faxing. For instance, users can send images saved on their PC or scan an image to their PC using the MFC-J6710dw and then send it as a fax to a client or customer using the PC fax option in the CC4.
My favorite feature was the front side USB port; It’s a must-have in my mind on any serious business printer because it allows employees to do so much with the printer as a standalone device. With the MFC-J6710dw, you can scan-to the USB flash drive as well as print photos. However, you cannot print documents – at least not Word documents – and I found that a bit frustrating.