The Brother MFC-J5910DW is a reasonably priced A3 printer with an excellent set of features. It is however slightly lacking in the print quality you would expect from an A3 printer.
For just over £100 you get the following features from this printer:
- A3 Borderless Printing
- Fax machine
- Wireless connectivity
- Automatic Document Feeder (35 Sheets)
- A4 Scanner/Copier
- 4.9cm LCD Sceen and Touch Panel
- PictBridge Support
- AirPrintTM and Google Cloud PrintTM
This printer means business and its design reflects this. The design is simple practical and it is easy to navigate its variety of function using its large buttons and touch panel controls. As a A3 printer with so many gadgets bolted onto the size of this printer should not come as a surprise to you. Its physical size is 51.4cm x 46.1cm x 26cm, so you would be hard pressed to stash it away quietly in a corner or under your desk.
The MFC-J5910DW uses a space saving laser printer style papertray instead of the gravity fed paper popular in other A3 printers.
It is worth noting that the paper tray must be adjusted to take A3 paper which causes the tray to stick out a further 4.7 inches. This design also means that the paper has to turn a full 180° inside the printer, which limits the thickness of the paper that can be used to 220gsm.
Setting the printer up by USB, Ethernet or Wi-Fi is easy thanks to the installation software that takes you through the process step by step. The ports for USB and Ethernet connection are tucked away under the scanner bed so those brave enough to set up the machine without assistance may find this part problematic.
As with all of Brothers current inkjet printers the cartridges are easy accessible from the front of the printer behind a small door. This simple design makes the changing of each of the individual black cyan, magenta and yellow inks easy.
Printing & Scanning
The print quality of text from the printer is acceptable but not quite as sharp as other inkjet printers I have used. When printing graphics I was happy to note a substantial amount of detail was being captured, although the colours produced were not as vibrant as I would have hoped. Don’t get me wrong overall the print quality is great for the price of the machine, but it you want exceptional quality I would recommend looking at some printers in Epsons six colour PX range.
If you would like to check out the print quality of this printer for yourself you can order a sample print from here.
Sadly the Brother MFC-J5910DW does not also have an A3 scanner and document feeder like the MFC-J6510DW. However in my experience it is very rare a copy of anything larger than A4 is needed. The scanner itself faithfully captures the images and with a maximum scan resolution 1200 x 2400 dpi the results look great.
My favorite thing about Brother cartridges is the large size of the ink cartridges they take and the MFC-J5910DW is no exception to this rule. The standard capacity cartridges are the LC1240 which give upto 600 prints each (at an average coverage of 5%). The real selling point as far as cartridges go is the high capacity LC1280XL cartridges that can print a maximum of 2,400 pages per cartridge.
The running cost drop even further if you should decide to use compatible cartridges that we currently offer for as little as £2.24 per cartridge.
In conclusion the MFC-J5910DW is another affordable and recommendable A3 printer from Brother. The print quality may be a little lacking for users who need very high quality results but the majority of users should fine the prints for than acceptable.
If you have anything to add or have any questions please let us know in the comments below.