Brother MFC-6890CDW review

Can this feature-packed A3 multifunction printer find its niche with home users?

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Our Verdict

The feature range is welcome but let down by dull, lifeless printouts


  • A3 printing in a compact size
  • Feature-packed
  • Great touchscreen controls


  • Workmanlike print quality

According to Brother, the MFC-6890CDW takes all the best features of its previous A3 inkjet printers and puts them in one box.

It's certainly feature-packed, offering Ethernet, USB and WiFi connectivity, colour faxing directly from the device, A3 faxing and Duplex at A4 size. Unfortunately you can't receive faxes directly onto your Mac, which is annoying considering PC users enjoy this feature.

It has two paper trays, both of which handle A3, while the upper tray can use photo paper, envelopes or postcards. Its 4.2-inch colour LCD touchscreen display makes it easy to print directly from a flash card, USB stick or a PictBridge-compatible camera.

Its scanner is A3 too, which is a boon. In our tests, the MFC-6890CDW performed adequately. Merits gained for clarity were lost on vibrancy. Our text test produced solid characters with little bleed and few jagged edges, but the overall finish was dull and grey.

Plain-paper photo tests on A4 and A3 gave well-defined images, but with too little contrast. Using photo paper and best-quality photo settings delivered better results, although areas of solid black looked weak.

Given its features, especially the A3 flatbed scanner, this device is not overpriced. It brings A3 printing and scanning to the home and small office, but is let down by its workmanlike print quality.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Multifunction Printer
Green CompliantYes
Wireless LANYes
Standard Input Media Capacity400 sheets
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Maximum Mono Print Speed (ppm)35
Maximum Color Print Speed (ppm)28
Maximum Mono Copy Speed (cpm)23
Maximum Color Copy Speed (cpm)20
Product FamilyMFC
Maximum Print Resolution6000 x 1200 dpi
Brand NameBrother
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourColour
Duplex PrintingAutomatic
Media SizeA3, A4, Postcard, Index Card
Multifunction DevicesCopier/Fax/Printer/Scanner
Recommended UsePhoto Print
Optical Resolution1200 dpi
Copy ColorColour
Scan ColorColour
Maximum Copy Resolution1200 x 1200 dpi
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed2
Number of Input Trays Supported2
Interpolated Resolution19200 dpi
Maximum Input Media Capacity400 sheets
Height323 mm
Width540 mm
Depth488 mm
Media TypePlain Paper, Borderless Media, Photo Card
Product SeriesMFC
Copier TypeFlatbed
ManufacturerBrother Industries, Ltd
Product ModelMFC-6890CDW
Product NameMFC-6890CDW Multifunction Printer
Scanner TypeFlatbed
Modem Speed33.60 Kbps
Manufacturer Part NumberMFC-6890CDW
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The MFC6890CDW is a stylish all in one flatbed machine providing fax, colour print, colour scan and colour copy features. Its easy to use functions and fast print speed combined with larger 3.3 wide colour LCD and integrated wireless and wired network features make this product the ideal solution for any home or office environment.

Platform SupportedPC, Mac
Package Contents
  • MFC-6890CDW Multifunction Printer
  • 1 x Black Inks Cartridge
  • 1 x Cyan Inks Cartridge
  • 1 x Magenta Inks Cartridge
  • 1 x Yellow Inks Cartridge
  • Driver Software for Windows and Macintosh on CD
  • Power Supply Cord
  • Telephone Line Cord
  • Quick Set Up Guide
  • User Guide
Limited Warranty1 Year
Standard Memory64 MB
Weight (Approximate)15.60 kg