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Brother MFC-J680DW Printer

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MFC-J680DW
An all-in-one inkjet printer from Brother, with scan and copy functions, an automatic document feeder, built-in faxing, WiFi networking, and wireless printing with Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print. Works with Windows and macOS.
Description
An all-in-one inkjet printer from Brother, with scan and copy functions, an automatic document feeder, built-in faxing, WiFi networking, and wireless printing with Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print. Works with Windows and macOS.

Ratings Scorecard

Test Results

Text quality

Text quality

This indicates how crisply and clearly a printer produced black text in a variety of faces, sizes, and styles. Models with higher scores produce more uniform type, with sharper edges and smoother curves.

 /  5
Text speed

Text speed

This score reflects how quickly the model can print text on five pages of plain, letter-sized pages. 30 seconds or less is excellent; 31 to 60 seconds is very good; 61 to 90 seconds is good; 91 to 120 seconds is fair; and longer than 120 seconds is poor.

 /  5
Graphics quality

Graphics quality

Our assessment of the appearance of color graphics produced by the printer. Black and white lasers were judged on black and white graphics.

 /  5
Photo quality

Photo quality

This is our assessment of the appearance of each photo. Models with higher scores produce more natural looking photos, with smoother changes in shading and fewer problems with banding.

 /  5
Maintenance ink use

Maintenance ink use

Reflects the amount of extra ink used by an inkjet printer to maintain its print heads in our test printing a total of 30 pages of text and color graphics intermittently over a 4-week period, turning the printer OFF between print jobs.

 /  5
Scan quality

Scan quality

Scan quality is for color photos, graphics, and text scanned at each model's default settings.

 /  5
Ink cost/year

Ink cost/year

Estimated cost (in dollars) for ink or toner in a year of typical use, based on our tests, the type of printer, and how our readers told us they print. For conventional inkjets: 264 text pages and 96 graphics pages per year. For reservoir-type inkjets and color lasers: 408 text pages and 168 graphics pages per year. For monochrome lasers: 396 text pages per year. Your results may vary from these figures, but they are useful for comparing models.

 /  5
Power saving

Power saving

This indicates how well the printer conserves power between uses.

 /  5
Cost of ownership

Cost of ownership

A total consisting of the purchase price of the printer plus an estimate of the ink or toner supplies needed after 2 years of regular use.

 /  5
Copy quality

Copy quality

Copy quality is for graphics and text.

 /  5
Versatility

Versatility

Versatility indicates features that increase a printer's utility or capabilities.

 /  5
Convenience

Convenience

Measures the ease of carrying out a series of common activities with the printer.

 /  5

About

The Brother MFC-J680DW is part of the Printers test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Printers--All-in-one models like the MFC-J680DW are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Text quality This indicates how crisply and clearly a printer produced black text in a variety of faces, sizes, and styles. Models with higher scores produce more uniform type, with sharper edges and smoother curves.

Text speed This score reflects how quickly the model can print text on five pages of plain, letter-sized pages. 30 seconds or less is excellent; 31 to 60 seconds is very good; 61 to 90 seconds is good; 91 to 120 seconds is fair; and longer than 120 seconds is poor.

Graphics quality Our assessment of the appearance of color graphics produced by the printer. Black and white lasers were judged on black and white graphics.

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