Brother MFC-8860DN Offers Speed, Features

By M. David Stone  |  Posted 2007-02-09 Print this article Print

Review: The Brother MFC-8860DN offers all the features you need in a monochrome laser all-in-one. (

The Brother MFC-8860DN ($499.99 list) monochrome laser AIO (all-in-one) is targeted at small workgroups in relatively large offices. But its also a near-perfect fit for busy small offices or home offices. The MFC-8860DN delivers fast print speeds and just about every function you can think of for an AIO. In addition to printing, the MFC-8860DN can copy, fax and scan. It can fax over a network. It can scan to your PC as well as scan to e-mail, automatically launching a message in your e-mail program and adding the scan as an attachment.
Click here to read a buying guide to small office all-in-one printers.
It even gives you the choice of starting a scan—to a file, to e-mail or elsewhere—either from your computer, using Brothers Control Center software, or from the MFC-8860DNs front panel. A built-in duplexer lets you print on both sides of a page, and the 50-page ADF (automatic document feeder) also duplexes, so you can scan and fax both sides of a page. Even better, front-panel menu options let you copy both single- and double-sided originals to your choice of single- or double-sided copies. Read the full story on Brother MFC-8860DN Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news and reviews of printers.

M. David Stone is an award-winning freelance writer and computer industry consultant with special areas of expertise in imaging technologies (including printers, monitors, large-screen displays, projectors, scanners, and digital cameras), storage (both magnetic and optical), and word processing. His 25 years of experience in writing about science and technology includes a nearly 20-year concentration on PC hardware and software. He also has a proven track record of making technical issues easy for non-technical readers to understand, while holding the interest of more knowledgeable readers. Writing credits include eight computer-related books, major contributions to four others, and more than 2,000 articles in national and worldwide computer and general interest publications. His two most recent books are The Underground Guide to Color Printers (Addison-Wesley, 1996) and Troubleshooting Your PC, (Microsoft Press, 2000, with co-author Alfred Poor).

Much of David's current writing is for PC Magazine, where he has been a frequent contributor since 1983 and a contributing editor since 1987. His work includes feature articles, special projects, reviews, and both hardware and software solutions for PC Magazine's Solutions columns. He also contributes to other magazines, including Wired. As Computers Editor at Science Digest from 1984 until the magazine stopped publication, he wrote both a monthly column and additional articles. His newspaper column on computers appeared in the Newark Star Ledger from 1995 through 1997.

Non-computer-related work includes the Project Data Book for NASA's Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (written for GE's Astro-Space Division), and magazine articles and AV productions on subjects ranging from cosmology to ape language experiments. David also develops and writes testing scripts for leading computer magazines, including PC Magazine's PC Labs. His scripts have covered a wide range of subjects, including computers, scanners, printers, modems, word processors, fax modems, and communications software. He lives just outside of New York City, and considers himself a New Yorker at heart.


Submit a Comment

Loading Comments...
Manage your Newsletters: Login   Register My Newsletters

Rocket Fuel