Hands-On Test Report, Photos, and Video: Another Outstanding A3 All-in-One from Brother, the INKvestment MFC-J5920dw

Test Results and Observations

During our hands-on testing of the Brother MFC-J5920dw, we evaluated all aspects of performance, from installation and set-up, to image quality, productivity, and ease-of-use and maintenance.

Feature Set
The Brother MFC-J5920dw can print on both sides of media as large as 11″x17″ and is essentially a more compact version of the recently tested MFC-J6925dw. due to the fact that it has a smaller (A4 – 8.5″x14″) flatbed platen, and its scanning capabilities are limited to up to 8.5″x14″ media. It features automatic document feeder with single-pass duplex scanning, printer fleet-management capabilities, local user authentication along with function lock (administrators can specify which functions users can use), and user quotas. This, along with the industry’s lowest Cost per Page for a non-CISS equipped inkjet printer, and a highly competitive feature set, makes it more than suitable as a single printer/All-in-One solution for home use, well as for micro- to small workgroup use in offices and companies that don’t require A3 scanning and the high level of security provided by network user authentication. An MFC-J5720dw model ($249.99) is essentially the same, but since it’s not an INKvestment model, its ink cartridges are more expensive, but have the same ISO page yield. That said, unless it’s used for very low print volumes, the MFC-J5920dw is a superior value overall.

Note: For additional photos and screen captures taken during this Hands-On Test, consult our comprehensive Photo Gallery.

Image Quality

Colors and orientations were produced accurately down to 3 line pairs/mm. Print resolution was competitive with that of other recently tested color printers, both toner- and ink-based.

The ability to print fine lines and dots was competitive with that of recently tested printers, both toner- and ink-based. Note that some minor difficulties occurred when printing 1- and 2-pt. negative black lines.

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