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Brother MFC-J995DW Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed May 11, 2020 at 11:57 am
Brother MFC-J995DW Picture
8.7
Family
8.0
Small/Home Office
9.3
Student
8.3
Black & White
8.0
Casual Photo
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
No

The Brother MFC-J995DW is an excellent all-in-one printer made for home use, but its versatility and performance make it a good choice for a wide range of uses. It features Brother's high-yield INKvestment Tank, allowing you to print a large number of documents while keeping costs low. Photos are printed with great detail; however, its color accuracy may be a bit disappointing for professional graphic designers and the like. Printing speed is good overall and connecting the printer to a mobile device is as easy as a tap thanks to its NFC support.

Our Verdict

8.7 Family

The Brother MFC-J995DW is an excellent family printer. Printed photos look great, although color accuracy is unremarkable. Cost remains low when printing in large numbers, whether you're printing in black only or in color. Its scan resolution and color depth are great, especially if you need to enlarge pictures or do some light touch up.

Pros
  • Outstanding cartridge system.
  • Low cost-per-print.
  • Superb mobile app.
  • Great photo printing quality.
Cons
  • Slow at printing black only documents.
8.0 Small/Home Office

The Brother MFC-J995DW is a good printer for home or small offices. It can print a large number of black and white documents at a low cost, but printing speed for such documents is on the slow side. It has a great build quality that feels durable, and its automatic document feeder lets you multitask without hassle. However, there's no duplex scanning.

Pros
  • Outstanding cartridge system.
  • Low cost-per-print.
Cons
  • No duplex scanning.
  • Slow at printing black only documents.
9.3 Student

The Brother MFC-J995DW is an outstanding printer for students. Its high-yield cartridges help to keep the cost to a minimum, even if you print a lot. There are many wireless connectivity options to choose from; however, it doesn't support Bluetooth. Brother's mobile app is superb, allowing you to perform nearly any task from your smartphone.

Pros
  • Outstanding cartridge system.
  • Low cost-per-print.
  • Superb mobile app.
Cons
  • Slow at printing black only documents.
  • No Bluetooth support.
8.3 Black & White

The Brother MFC-J995DW is great for printing black and white documents. It can print a large number at a very low cost, but its printing speed for black only documents is sub-par. The included ink cartridges are high-yield, and you can get even larger ones if they aren't sufficient. The build quality is impressive and the cartridges are easily accessible from the front of the printer when you need to replace them.

Pros
  • Outstanding cartridge system.
  • Low cost-per-print.
Cons
  • Slow at printing black only documents.
8.0 Casual Photo

The Brother MFC-J995DW is a great printer for printing photos. Photos are detailed and colors are vibrant, but there's a bit of banding, and there's some color in the grayscale. It can print on glossy photo paper and most sizes are supported, except for 2" x 3". Color accuracy is just okay, which shouldn't be an issue for personal use, but it may not be suitable for some professionals.

Pros
  • Low cost-per-print.
  • Great photo printing quality.
Cons
  • 8.7 Family
  • 8.0 Small/Home Office
  • 9.3 Student
  • 8.3 Black & White
  • 8.0 Casual Photo
  1. Update 6/19/2020: We've retested the mobile app for PDF printing. It now works as intended.
  2. Update 6/8/2020: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.1.

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Gray MFC-J995DW
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Test Results

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Design
8.0
Design
Build & Design Quality

The Brother MFC-J995DW has a great design. The overall build feels sturdy and the ink cartridges are easily accessible from the front of the printer. The input tray and scanner lid are well-built, but the power cable isn't removable. The USB and ethernet ports are located inside the printer, below the scanner bed, and there are grooves to route the cables towards the back of the printer. The cable routing will shorten the cable by about a foot, so you may need longer cables if you plan on using these ports.

Design
Dimensions
Height 7.6" (19.3 cm)
Width 17.0" (43.3 cm)
Depth 13.3" (33.7 cm)
Weight
18.1 lbs (8.2 kg)

The printer is fairly tall and wide, and will require some clearance on top to open the scanner lid.

8.5
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
2.6" (6.7 cm)
Touchscreen Yes

There's a display console on the front, which can be tilted upwards for better visibility. The touchscreen is rather small, but it's very responsive and has good viewing angles.

Design
In The Box

  • Fax/Phone cable
  • 1x LC3033BKS Black
  • 1x LC3033CS Cyan
  • 1x LC3033MS Magenta
  • 1x LC3033YS Yellow
  • User guide
  • Installation CD

9.5
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
3
Black Cartridge Model
LC3033BK
Tested Black Page Yield
198.88 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
3779 prints
Color Cartridge Model
LC30333PKS
Tested Color Page Yield
88.89 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
1914 prints
Third Party Cartridge
No
High Yield Cartridge
XXL and XXL ULTRA
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

The Brother MFC-J995DW has an outstanding cartridge system. It features Brother's INKvestment Tank Ink System, which holds more ink per cartridge. The ink cartridges are easily accessible from the front and the printer accepts Brother's Ultra High Yield cartridges (LC3035). Third-party ink cartridges are available, but the printer wouldn't recognize the yellow cartridge; your mileage may vary.

During testing, it stopped printing once the yellow ink ran out and prevented us from printing any other color until the yellow ink cartridge is replaced.

8.1
Design
Scanner
Scanner
Yes
Scan Flatbed
Yes
Scan Sheetfed
Yes
Automatic Document Feeder
Yes
Duplex Scanning
No
Scan Resolution
1200 DPI
Scan Color Depth
24 bit
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
Yes
Copy
Yes

The Brother MFC-J995DW has impressive scanning features. The scanning resolution and color depth are great for those who need to make larger copies or do some light retouching on photos. Unfortunately, while it has an automatic document feeder, it can't perform two-sided scans like the Epson WorkForce WF-7720.

Printing
9.9
Printing
Cost Per Print
Black Cartridge Price
32.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
64.49 US$
Black Only Printing
0.009 US$/print
Color Printing
0.034 US$/print
Photo Printing
0.089 US$/print
Ink Subscription
No

The Brother MFC-J995DW's cost-per-print is superb. The cost remains low even if you're printing a large amount.

Keep in mind that even if you print only in black, most inkjet printers continue using the color cartridge for servicing tasks, so you'll likely still need to replace it eventually.

7.5
Printing
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
10 PPM
Color Document
10 PPM
Photo Printing Time
49.0 sec
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
8.7 sec
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
150 pages

Printing speed is good and it's a bit quicker overall than the Brother MFC-J805DW INKvestment Tank. With black and white documents, the printing speed doesn't vary much between the first page and subsequent pages, and printing color documents is just as fast as black-only documents. If you only print in black and you need a printer with faster printing speed, check out the Brother MFC-L2710DW.

6.6
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
10.28

The Brother MFC-J995DW has okay printing color accuracy. Most colors are inaccurate; it's not recommended for tasks that require accurate color reproduction.

If color accuracy is important to you, then check out the HP ENVY Photo 7155.

8.3
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
Yes

Photo printing quality is great. Images are detailed, but there's some fine banding when printing certain colors or shades of gray. Although the printer can perform borderless printing, the pictures are often misaligned and would require manual adjustments.

Printing
Printing Size
Letter (8.5" x 11") Yes
Legal (8.5" x 14") Yes
Tabloid (11" x 17") No
A6 (105mm x 148mm) Yes
A5 (148mm x 210mm) Yes
A4 (210mm x 297mm) Yes
Photo (2" x 3") No
Photo (4" x 6") Yes
Photo (5" x 7") Yes

The Brother MFC-J995DW has an input tray on the front and a rear manual feeder on the back for smaller photo papers. To use the rear feeder, you must first remove paper from the front input tray. Unfortunately, unlike the HP OfficeJet Pro 7740, this printer can't print tabloid-sized pages.

Mobile App and Connectivity
7.5
Mobile App and Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
Yes
USB Input To Computer
Yes
Bluetooth
No
Wi-Fi via Router
Yes
Wi-Fi Direct
Yes
External Storage Support
Yes
Apple AirPrint
Yes
Mopria Print Service
No

The Brother MFC-J995DW has good connectivity options. The printer has NFC capabilities for quick pairing and using it will launch the Brother app on the mobile device. We were able to establish a connection when using the Mopria app, but we weren't able to perform any printing or scanning. You can also print directly from a USB key or an SD card.

10
Mobile App and Connectivity
Mobile App Print
Mobile App Yes
App Name Brother iPrint&Scan
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Yes
PDF
Yes
Microsoft Office Files
Yes
Text Files (TXT)
Yes
Webpages (HTML)
Yes

Update 06/19/2020: We've retested the app's ability to print PDFs, it now works as intended. The score has been updated accordingly.

The MFC-J995DW is compatible with the Brother iPrint&Scan mobile app, which allows you to print, scan, or copy directly from the app.

While testing, we experienced an issue when trying to print a PDF file. The print job would remain in 'processing' mode and eventually time out, causing an internal error. We're not sure if this is a temporary bug and we'll try again later when new firmware is available.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

The Brother MFC-J995DW has a larger variant, the MFC-J995DWXL, which also features their INKvestment Tank cartridges. Brother advertises this printer as lasting up to 2 years of uninterrupted printing with the included cartridges, though we haven't tested it.

Compared to other printers

The Brother MFC-J995DW is an overall excellent printer for most uses. It performs well compared to other printers in the same price range, particularly for its high page yield, low cost-per-print, and impressive photo printing quality. For other options, you can also check out our recommendations for the best all-in-one printers, the best home printers, and the best inkjet printers.

Brother MFC-J805DW INKvestment Tank
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Amazon.com

The Brother MFC-J995DW is a better overall printer than the Brother MFC-J805DW INKvestment Tank. While both printers are similarly well-built and high page-yielding, the MFC-J995DW has a faster printing speed for black and color documents as well as photos, it has slightly better color accuracy, and its photo printing quality is better too. It also has an ethernet port, which some users may prefer.

Brother MFC-J895DW
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

Overall, the Brother MFC-J995DW is significantly better than the Brother MFC-J895DW. The MFC-J995DW's cartridge system is significantly better, which results in a much higher page yield and lower cost-per-print. It also prints slightly faster and it prints higher quality photos, but it doesn't support external drives, which the MFC-J895DW does.

HP OfficeJet Pro 9015
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

For most uses, the Brother MFC-J995DW is better than the HP OfficeJet Pro 9015. The Brother can yield significantly more black and color pages, so its cost-per-print is much lower. Also, the Brother prints better quality photos. The OfficeJet Pro 9015 is slightly better for office use due to its duplex scanning capability and faster printing speed.

HP OfficeJet Pro 7740
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Brother MFC-J995DW is a slightly better printer overall than the HP OfficeJet Pro 7740. The Brother has high yielding cartridges with a more affordable cost-per-print. It also has better photo printing quality. However, the HP can duplex print even up to tabloid sizing, it supports Mopria Print Service, and its overall printing speed is faster than the Brother.

HP OfficeJet Pro 9025
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Amazon.com

For home use, the Brother MFC-J995DW is better than the HP OfficeJet Pro 9025. The Brother has a significantly higher black and color page yield, making it more cost-effective over time. The Brother prints much higher quality photos, but its lack of duplex scanning capability makes it less suitable for office use than the HP. Also, the HP prints a lot faster and it has more connectivity options.

Canon PIXMA TR8520
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Brother MFC-J995DW is much better overall than the Canon PIXMA TR8520. The Brother has a significantly higher color and black page yield, so it's also a more cost-effective printer over time. However, the Canon has better color accuracy, the photo quality is better, and it has more connectivity options.

Canon PIXMA G7020
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Amazon.com

The Brother MFC-J995DW is a better overall inkjet printer than the Canon PIXMA G7020. While the Brother may not yield as many pages as the Canon per cartridge, you can buy even higher-yielding cartridges if you need it. It has slightly better color accuracy and photo printing quality too. However, the Canon's cost-per-print is slightly lower, and you can connect to it via Mopria Print Service.

Epson EcoTank ET-4760
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Amazon.com

The Brother MFC-J995DW is better overall than the Epson EcoTank ET-4760. Even though the Brother uses a cartridge system instead of the supertank system found on the Epson, it has high color and black page yield, although the Epson is still higher. The Brother also has better color accuracy, much better photo printing quality, and it has a better display screen. However, the Epson has a lower cost-per-print since the ink tanks cost less.

Epson EcoTank ET-3760
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Amazon.com

The Brother MFC-J995DW is a bit better overall than the Epson EcoTank ET-3760. The Brother has a touchscreen display, it's better built, it does a better job at printing photos, and you can print directly from a USB or an SD card. However, since the Epson has a supertank cartridge system, it has a much higher page yield, so the cost-per-print is a lot less.

Epson Expression Premium XP-7100
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Brother MFC-J995DW is much better overall than the Epson Expression Premium XP-7100. The Brother is better built and it has a much higher page yield with both color and black pages, so the cost-per-print is much lower. It also prints photos in better quality and the input tray holds more paper. However, the Epson has more connectivity options and the sheetfed scanner allows for duplex scanning.

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3720
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

For most uses, the Brother MFC-J995DW is much better than the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3720. The Brother has a significantly better cartridge system that yields a lot more pages, which leads to a lower cost-per-print. It also prints better quality photos. However, the Epson prints black-only documents much faster, it has better color accuracy, and it has more connectivity options than the Brother.

Canon PIXMA iX6820
SEE PRICE
BestBuy.com

The Brother MFC-J995DW is a better casual photo printer than the Canon PIXMA iX6820. The Brother has one of the best cost-per-prints that we have tested. It also includes a scanner and has a much more solid build quality. They both have very good photo printing qualities, but the Brother has a much better cartridge system.

Epson Expression Home XP-4100
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Brother MFC-J995DW is significantly better than the Epson Expression Home XP-4100. The Brother has a better display screen, more scanning features, and it can yield a lot more black and color pages, making it more cost-effective in the long run. The Brother prints faster, it prints higher quality photos, and it has more connectivity options.

Canon PIXMA G6020
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Brother MFC-J995DW is much better than the Canon PIXMA G6020 for most uses. The Brother has a better display console, a sheetfed scanner, it prints faster overall, and it prints higher quality photos. That said, the Canon has a significantly higher page yield due to its supertank ink system, making it the better choice for high-volume printing.

Epson WorkForce WF-2830
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Brother MFC-J995DW is much better overall than the Epson WorkForce WF-2830. The Brother offers a much higher page yield, with both black and color pages, so the cost-per-print is much lower. Also, it has better color accuracy, better photo printing quality, and it has support for external devices.

Epson Expression ET-2750
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

Overall, the Brother MFC-J995DW is much better than the Epson Expression ET-2750. The Brother has a significantly better build quality, a better display screen, and it has an automatic document feeder. It also has better color accuracy and photo printing quality. However, the Epson has a much higher black and color page yield, resulting in a lower cost-per-print.

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