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Brother MFC-J6710DW review: Brother MFC-J6710DW

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The Good Covers the full MFC gamut, including fax. A3 capable. Simple panel layout.

The Bad Despite size, the A3 tray still protrudes. Fussy about ink cartridge insertion. Not particularly fast for A3 or A4 printing.

The Bottom Line Brother's enormous A3 MFC covers the SOHO basics well, but not particularly quickly.

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7.7 Overall

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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.

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