Pros

  • Prints and scans tabloid-size media
  • High-yield inks are economical

Cons

  • Very slow on all tests
  • Very expensive to buy

At A Glance

If you need tabloid printing, this machine offers it; but there are speed and cost tradeoffs.

Manufacturer’s Description

MFC-6890cdw Professional Series Color Inkjet All-in-One features duplex printing and wireless networking. Print, copy, scan and fax on a wide range of paper sizes up to 11 x 17. Print photos directly from your digital camera's media cards, PictBridge-enabled camera, or USB Flash Memory. Printer generates 35 black/white pages per minute and 28 color pages per minute with up to 6000 x 1200 dpi. Secure Function Lock allows you to restrict public access to certain machine functions such as faxing, copying, scanning and printing. 33.6Kbps fax modem transmits a page in 3 seconds and features 256 broadcast locations, 480-page fax memory and Caller ID/Call Waiting/Distinctive Ring ready. Printer features a 64MB memory, wireless and wired Ethernet network interfaces, 4.2 LCD touch-screen, 250-sheet input tray, 100-sheet input tray, 50-page automatic document feeder, 25 to 400 percent copy scaling, 48-bit scan depth, and interpolated scan resolution of 19,200 x 19,200 dpi.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.brother-usa.com

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number MFC-6890CDW
Requirements
Operating System Compatibility Microsoft Windows XP
General Information
UPC Code 12502622680
Ports and Connections
Wireless connection
  • 802.11b
  • Yes
Faxing
Fax Resolution (dpi) 392 x 203 dpi
Storage Media
SD card SD Card
Memory stick Memory Stick
Scanning
Scanner Type Flatbed

Performance

PCWorld Test Center (Quality)
Print quality: Text Good
Print quality: Color photo Very Good
Print quality: Grayscale photo Fair
Copy quality Good
PCWorld Test Center (Speed)
Print speed: Text 5.5   ppm
Performance
Final Scan Time, 4-by-5-Inch Document, 100 dpi 14.74
Grayscale Glossy Output Quality n/a
One-Page Word Document, 300 dpi Good
Final Scan Time, One-Page Word Document, 300 dpi 21.7
Preview Scan, 4-by-5-Inch Document, 100 dpi 15.25
Two-Page Excel Document (secs) 49.5
Sports Action Shot (secs) 89.84
Line Art Output Quality Fair
4 by 6 Grayscale Photo (secs) 23.44
Tested Color Speed (ppm) 2.3
Overall Scan Quality Good
One-Page Webpage (secs) 29.77
Preview Scan, One-Page Word Document, 300 dpi 13.04
Color Output Quality Fair
Ten-Page Word Document (secs) 141.71
300dpi Line Art Image (secs) 20.44
Tested Grayscale Speed (ppm) 2.6
Three-Page Word Document (secs) 47.98
Tested Glossy Photo Speed (ppm) 2.9
Final Scan Time, 2-by-2-Inch Document, 600 dpi 19.27
One-Page Copy (secs) 29.71
One-Page Line Art, Maximum Resolution Good
Preview Scan, 2-by-2-Inch Document, 600 dpi 15.69
4 by 6 Color Photo (secs) 24.34