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The Brother MFC-J6710DW is a big multifunction printer, but then that's par for the course for anything that can spit out A3 pages; the needs of both storing and shifting A3 paper through a paper feed mechanism means that there's a limit to the amount of miniaturisation that's possible with any A3 printer model. At 540x489x257mm and 15kg with no paper loaded into it, it's a solid chunk of printer that'll need both a reasonable amount of desk space and a reasonably solid set of table legs to support it.
The front display includes fax and copy controls that flank a pop-up colour 3.3-inch LCD display, multi-card reader and USB port for direct printing access. Underneath you'll find two adjustable paper trays. The basic design style isn't anything fussy, but then a printer of this size is never going to look like anything but a printer anyway.
The MFC-J6710DW is part of Brother's professional line-up of A3 colour inkjet multifunction; for AU$50 less you could opt for the MFC-J6510DW; the chief difference there is that you forego the lower paper tray. Or you could opt for the top-of-the-line MFC-J6910DW, which also allows for A4 automatic double-sided scanning, copying and faxing; that model will set you back AU$479.
From a base specifications point of view, the MFC-J6710DW is an A3 printer/scanner/copier/fax multifunction centre. Brother opts to promote its print speeds in a weird mix of image per minute (ipm) and pages per minute (ppm) figures. Our testing tends towards ipm figures, which are more reliable in real-world testing, whereas ppm figures tend towards the over-inflated. For the MFC-J6710DW it's rated for 12ipm in mono and 10ipm in colour with normal coverage, and up to 35ppm for mono draft and 27ppm for colour draft pages. The scanner is a CIS type with an optical resolution of 2400x2400dpi, interpolated up to 19,200x19,200. On the connectivity front, it'll connect up via USB 2.0, 10/100 Ethernet and 802.11b/g/n wireless.