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Small business multi-function printer

bcotran 296 46 May 10, 2016 at 05:44 AM
I am looking out for a new printer for a small office. I've had great success with brother printers and have been purchasing them mostly, but never purchased a larger printer like one I need here. The one I am looking at is a Brother MFC-L5900DW. The reason I chose this one is because of the 70-page ADF and the 3500/month page print volume. It also does double sided scanning which may be helpful in this business. The only reason I would go for a larger printer at this point is higher sheet capacity and reliability(if they are better), but I don't know if the extra $200 would be worth it. We aren't printing more than 3500 pages a month.

Any suggestions on other MFPs I can look at? I've only looked at brothers. I'm almost sold on this one, but since I don't use them often I'm not too sure which ones are the best. I also am taking toner prices into consideration. I'm not the biggest fan of HP from previous purchases but if someone has reasons to purchase one over the Brother I would like to hear.

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I am looking out for a new printer for a small office. I've had great success with brother printers and have been purchasing them mostly, but never purchased a larger printer like one I need here. The one I am looking at is a Brother MFC-L5900DW.
I love my MFC-7860DW. It was an official refurb from Brother, and was practically NIB when I received it. Not so sure you'll find many refurb deals for the 5900DW.

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The reason I chose this one is because of the 70-page ADF and the 3500/month page print volume. It also does double sided scanning which may be helpful in this business. The only reason I would go for a larger printer at this point is higher sheet capacity and reliability(if they are better), but I don't know if the extra $200 would be worth it. We aren't printing more than 3500 pages a month.
If you need the ADF, you'll gladly pay the premium.

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Any suggestions on other MFPs I can look at? I've only looked at brothers. I'm almost sold on this one, but since I don't use them often I'm not too sure which ones are the best. I also am taking toner prices into consideration. I'm not the biggest fan of HP from previous purchases but if someone has reasons to purchase one over the Brother I would like to hear.

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I love my MFC-7860DW. It was an official refurb from Brother, and was practically NIB when I received it. Not so sure you'll find many refurb deals for the 5900DW.



If you need the ADF, you'll gladly pay the premium.



Neither am I.
Thanks for the input. I do need the ADF, but really I just want something that's reliable. The 5900DW has a good ADF on paper that will do what we need. I think thats going to be the one I get. I was also looking at the L6700DW but I'm not sure its necessary.

Any idea if the L6700DW would be considered more reliable? The 5900DW has great reviews and ill probably just jump on that...
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Thanks for the input. I do need the ADF, but really I just want something that's reliable. The 5900DW has a good ADF on paper that will do what we need. I think thats going to be the one I get. I was also looking at the L6700DW but I'm not sure its necessary.

Any idea if the L6700DW would be considered more reliable? The 5900DW has great reviews and ill probably just jump on that...
I don't have any experience with either model but have faith in the Brother brand. The 7860 has been a solid performer with the scan feeder. I'm very pleased with its capabilities - be it fresh or irregular stacks of paper. The included software is very useful and not 'bloatish' in anyway; HP on the other-hand wants to take over your system upon install.

Go with the 5900...you just have to load paper more often, not a big deal in the grand scheme of things.
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I ended up getting the MFC-L8850CDW. Very reasonably priced on Amazon. I needed something that scans in color as well and it doesn't look like the 5900 could do that.
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I ended up getting the MFC-L8850CDW. Very reasonably priced on Amazon. I needed something that scans in color as well and it doesn't look like the 5900 could do that.
The 5900 does color scanning. http://www.brother-usa.com/VirDat...ochure.pdf even the most basic scanners can scan color. Its a nice machine, only had it for a week though.
The 8850 will cost you more toner wise...
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The 5900 does color scanning. http://www.brother-usa.com/VirDat...ochure.pdf [brother-usa.com] even the most basic scanners can scan color. Its a nice machine, only had it for a week though.
The 8850 will cost you more toner wise...
Haha wow, I was looking under 'copy' not 'scan'. They ended up wanting something that prints color too but they wont use it often.

Now I don't know if the better move would be to keep the 8850 or get the 5900 and a small color printer as well like the 3170CDW. I literally ordered it about 2 hours ago on Amazon so its an easy return.
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Haha wow, I was looking under 'copy' not 'scan'. They ended up wanting something that prints color too but they wont use it often.

Now I don't know if the better move would be to keep the 8850 or get the 5900 and a small color printer as well like the 3170CDW. I literally ordered it about 2 hours ago on Amazon so its an easy return.
I would go with separate machines if it will be used primary for fax/copy and printing bw.
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I would go with separate machines if it will be used primary for fax/copy and printing bw.
It's already been shipped... so i'll have to go through the return process. No fun. Frown
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Brother MFCL6700DW Business Laser All-in-One is now $480 at Amazon, price drop, don't expect it to last.
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