Hands-On Test Report, Photos, and Video: Another Rare ‘True’ Large-Format All-in-One: Brother’s INKvestment MFC-J6925dw

Photos displayed good detail and no banding. However, flesh tones displayed an orange cast.

When drops of distilled water were placed at the intersection of the four colored boxes and on the capital letter “D” in the text, the pigment-based black ink did not run while the dye-based CYM inks did. However, there was no evidence of smearing of any ink colors when a highlighter was applied.

Overall, image quality was good in both print and copy modes. Black text quality was readable down to 4 pt. font size, and was sharp and clear. Image quality also displayed good resolution and fine-line reproduction, as well as very good dot (pixel) control. The system was also able to competitively produce the black, cyan, and magenta halftone gradations in our test target. Although there were no image anomalies such as mis-registration, poor fill, broken text, etc., flesh tones in photos displayed an orange hue, there were water fastness issues with the CYM dye-based inks and the density of the black ink was lower (not as black) than that of competitive units thus producing prints with marginally lower contrast. (Note: All image-quality evaluations were based on a visual examination of the printed images themselves, not on the TIFF images shown.)

Tested Productivity
As mentioned the MFC-J6925dw feeds media long-edge first, which increases print speed 29% in theory. Originals can also be fed in “Fast ADF Mode,” meaning that they are too scanned long-edge first. Note that we used “Fast ADF Mode” in both our copy and scan speed tests.

Using the GDI print driver, tested print speeds using our proprietary suite of test originals were comparatively fast at up to 22.66 ppm printing black text, while mixed color text and graphics print speed was up to 19.21 ppm, which essentially matched Brother’s rated ISO print speed of 22 (black)/20 (color) ppm. Additionally:

  • Tested print speeds in copy mode were up to 11.24 ppm (using the DADF) and somewhat faster at up to 12.64 ppm when using the flatbed platen.
  • However, duplex printing and copying speeds were comparatively slow at 6.37 ppm and 4.29 ppm respectively.
  • Nevertheless, tested scan speeds were outstanding at 17.87 ipm (simplex) and 38.61 ipm (duplex).

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

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