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Brother MFC-J995DW Printer Review

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Reviewed May 11, 2020 at 11:57 am
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8.3
Mixed Usage
8.5
Family Printer
7.7
Home Office / Small Office
8.8
Student
8.3
Black & White
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
No

The Brother MFC-J995DW is an excellent printer for students, 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 and connecting the printer to a mobile device is as easy as a tap thanks to its NFC support.

Our Verdict

8.3 Mixed Usage

The Brother MFC-J995DW is a great printer for most uses. It has high-capacity cartridges that can hold more ink, and it has a good printing speed for color documents. Printed photos look very good, but color accuracy may be an issue for professional graphic designers or media creators. Sadly, it lacks duplex scanning, Bluetooth support, and its mobile app has a few bugs that need addressing.

8.5 Family Printer

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.

7.7 Home Office / Small 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, and printing Microsoft Office files through the mobile app can be difficult.

8.8 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. While its mobile app provides a good amount of functionalities, printing PDFs or Microsoft Office documents can be challenging.

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.

  • 8.3 Mixed Usage
  • 8.5 Family Printer
  • 7.7 Home Office / Small Office
  • 8.8 Student
  • 8.3 Black & White
Pros
  • Great build quality.
  • Outstanding cartridge system.
  • Low cost-per-print.
Cons
  • Mediocre color accuracy.
  • Mediocre mobile app.

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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
198.87 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
3778 prints
Color Cartridge Model
LC30333PKS
Tested Color Page Yield
89.01 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
1902 prints
Third Party Cartridge
No
High Yield Cartridge
XXL and XXL ULTRA
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

The 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 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.

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
0.090 US$/print
Ink Subscription
No

The MFC-J995DW's cost-per-print is outstanding. 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. 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.

6.0
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
10.28

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

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 MFC-J995DW has an input tray on the front and a rear manual feeder on the back for smaller photo papers. In order to use the rear feeder, you must first remove paper from the front input tray.

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 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.

6.0
Mobile App and Connectivity
Mobile App Print
Mobile App Yes
App Name Brother iPrint&Scan
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Yes
PDF
No
Microsoft Office Files
No
Text Files (TXT)
Yes
Webpages (HTML)
Yes

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 as well as a document from Microsoft Office. 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.

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