Pros

  • Connectivity includes Wi-Fi, Ethernet
  • Excellent manuals; sharp text quality

Cons

  • Very slow; no duplex capability
  • Pricey inks; paper trays are complex

At A Glance

This underpowered MFP is painfully slow at default settings, rendering moot its many good points.

Manufacturer’s Description

This All in One offers a unique, low-profile design, without sacrificing a 10 page ADF. It combines a convenient frontloading paper tray with a wide flip-up 3.3 color LCD, Ethernet and wireless network as well as USB Direct Interface. The MFC-685cw also includes the Message Center feature, a telephone handset and a full-duplex speakerphone.

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number MFC-685CW
Requirements
Operating System Compatibility
  • Linux
  • Microsoft Windows 2000
  • Microsoft Windows XP
General Information
UPC Code 883585123391
Ports and Connections
Wireless connection 802.11b
Faxing
Fax Resolution (dpi) 392 x 203 dpi
Storage Media
Memory stick Memory Stick
SD card SD Card

Performance

PCWorld Test Center (Quality)
Print quality: Text Very Good
Print quality: Color photo Superior
Print quality: Grayscale photo Very Good
Copy quality Fair
PCWorld Test Center (Speed)
Print speed: Text 3.8   ppm
Performance
300dpi Line Art Image (secs) 54.84
Final Scan Time, One-Page Word Document, 300 dpi 17.54
Two-Page Excel Document (secs) 47.75
Color Output Quality Good
One-Page Line Art, Maximum Resolution Good
Final Scan Time, 2-by-2-Inch Document, 600 dpi 14.74
4 by 6 Grayscale Photo (secs) 30.03
4 by 6 Color Photo (secs) 31.44
Final Scan Time, 4-by-5-Inch Document, 100 dpi 12.13
Ten-Page Word Document (secs) 203.25
Sports Action Shot (secs) 124.37
Overall Scan Quality Good
Preview Scan, One-Page Word Document, 300 dpi 13.55
Grayscale Glossy Output Quality n/a
One-Page Copy (secs) 28.22
One-Page Webpage (secs) 32.07
Tested Grayscale Speed (ppm) 2.0
Three-Page Word Document (secs) 65.34
Preview Scan, 2-by-2-Inch Document, 600 dpi 17.58
Tested Glossy Photo Speed (ppm) 0.5
One-Page Word Document, 300 dpi Very Good
Tested Lineart Speed (ppm) 1.1
Preview Scan, 4-by-5-Inch Document, 100 dpi 17.81
Tested Color Speed (ppm) 2.2
Line Art Output Quality Good