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Brother MFC-J6910DW review

Brother MFC-J6910DW A3 All-In-One Printer - Mr. Do-It-All

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Overall rating 8/10
Design:
8
Performance:
7
Features:
9
Value:
8.5
THE GOOD
A3 printing + A4 duplex scan
802.11n Wi-Fi
500-sheet paper capacity
35-sheet ADF
THE BAD
Relatively slow A3 print speeds
Lackluster graphics quality


Speed Test

Speed Test

As usual, here at HardwareZone.com and HWM, we perform a variety of tests to evaluate a printer's print speed and quality. Our test suite mimics what and how an average person would print in the real world. For AIOs, we conduct additional copy and scan tests. Also, we only use the manufacturer's recommended consumables. Except for the photo tests where we select the type of photo paper used in the driver software, we use the printer's default quality settings.

Print Speed[1]
Criteria Timing (in seconds) PPM
10-page B&W, A4 57.4 13.2
10-page Color, A4 98.9 6.9
10-page B&W, A3 162.0 3.9
10-page Color, A3 198.5 3.2

 

Copy Speed using ADF[2]
Criteria Timing (in seconds) CPM
10-page B&W, A4 147.6 4.2
10-page Color, A4 132.7 4.7
10-page B&W, A3 225.6 2.7
10-page Color, A3 250.8 2.4

 

Copy Speed using Scanner Glass[3]
Criteria Timing (in seconds) CPM
1-page B&W, A4 21.2  -
1-page Color, A4 24.8  -
1-page x 10 B&W, A4 114.5 6.8
1-page x 10 Color, A4 121.2 6.2
1-page B&W, A3 33.7 -
1-page Color, A3 38.1 -
1-page x 10 B&W, A3 243.5 2.6
1-page x 10 Color, A3 269.9 2.5

 

Scan Speed[4]
Criteria Timing (in seconds) PPM
1-page, Scanner Glass, A4 21.5 -
10-page, ADF, A4 96.0 6.3
1-page, Scanner Glass, A3 26.4 -
10-page, ADF, A3 141.4 4.3

 

Photo Print Speed (Borderless)[5]
Criteria Timing (in seconds)
4R (4 x 6-inch)  61
A4 (8.3 × 11.7-inch)  137

Print speeds for a 10-page A4 black and white (B&W) Word document and a 10-page color document clocked in at about 13 and 7 ppm (pages per minute) respectively – very fast for an inkjet AIO. If you don't mind a lower print quality, you can print in Fast mode, which is essentially the printer's draft mode. We managed about 21 ppm under this mode for the B&W document, and 15 ppm for the color document. As expected, the speeds dropped rather sharply when printing at A3 size.

Using the ADF, a 10-page A4 color document took about 2 minutes and 13 seconds to copy. We calculated its cruising speed to be a very decent 4.7 cpm (copies per minute). Copying a single-page color document using the flatbed scanner took no more than 25 seconds. Both are very good speeds for an inkjet AIO. Note that while the MFC-J6910DW is able to do automatic duplex printing up to A3, automatic duplex scanning is only up to A4 size.

Scanning a one-page A4 color document from the flatbed took about 22 seconds - a speed that's in the ballpark of most AIOs we've come across. With the help of the ADF, we also tried scanning a 10-page document to the PC, and the whole process took about 1 minute and 36 seconds. This translates to about 6.3 ppm, which again is a reasonably fast speed for an inkjet AIO.

For photos, it took about 61 seconds to churn out a borderless 4R size photo and 137 seconds for an A4 one. From our previous experiences, these speeds are about average. The fastest AIO we've encountered was able to clock about 20 seconds for a 4R photo and 60 seconds for an A4 photo.

Overall, the Brother MFC-J6910DW performed very well in our speed tests - that is, if you keep to A4 size documents. If you print a lot in A3, we advise that you take a minute or two to ponder through the A3 timings above, and see if they're acceptable for the type of work you're undertaking. If you need A3 prints really fast, perhaps you might need to consider laser A3 printers and not a versatile inkjet AIO.


1. Default quality setting in the driver software was used - in this case, Normal. For grayscale test, we used an all-text document consisting of various fonts and sizes. For color test, we used a document mixed with black text and colored graphics. Timing started upon job initiation and stopped when the last page dropped on the output tray. For PPM conversion, we omitted the time to print the first page. [<-]

2. Default quality setting was used - in this case, Normal. Timing started upon job initiation and stopped when the last page dropped on the output tray. For CPM conversion, we omitted the time to copy the first page. [<-]

3. Default quality setting was used - in this case, Normal. For the continuous copying test, we used a single-page document and duplicated it 10 times. Timing started upon job initiation and stopped when the last page dropped on the output tray. For CPM conversion, we omitted the time to copy the first page. [<-]

4. The AIO's Scan to File function was used. Timing started upon job initiation and stopped when the files were ready on the PC. [<-]

5. The paper type setting was adjusted to reflect the type of photo paper used - in this case, Brother BP71 photo paper. Timing started upon drawing of paper and stopped when the printout landed on the output tray. [<-]