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Brother MFC-J5910DW Printer Review

Brother MFC-J5910DW Printer Review

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
  • Networkable
  • 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.

Cartridge/Running Cost

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.

Our Verdict

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.

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  1. Jack Carr

    Thanks for your assessments Mine is a MFC J8150DW, I am haveing trouble changing A3 printing to A4 , I cannot find Tray reset in the menu so I suppose even though I have changed to A4 everywhere else that is why I just get it pumping out A4 paper with error message wrong paper size, any Idea what Iam doing wrong please regards Jack

    1. Matthew Stevenson

      Assuming you have already adjusted the paper tray then follow these menus using the touch screen:

      Menu>General Setup>Paper Size> A4

      I believe it can also be done by Brother software/the software you are printing from but this should be much easier.

  2. Zhe

    1. Can the MFC-J5910DW print without colour cartridges?

    2. Can the MFC-J5910DW print if the colour cartridges run out?

    1. Matthew Stevenson

      The printer in question requires a full set of cartridges in order for it to continue printing. If a cartridge runs to empty the printer will refuse to print until it believed you have changed the cartridge.

      You can fool these printers into think ink is still present by obscuring the transparent window at the back of the cartridge (with tape etc) so it continues printing. However I would not recommend doing this as you with the be forcing air through the printers printhead whenever it cleans/goes to print which can cause damage.

  3. Rocky Jackson

    Nice review.

  4. Gavin

    What is the maximum thickness of paper that can be used one sheet at a time with this printer?


    1. Matthew Stevenson

      Maximum paper thickness is 220gsm for this printer. Hope this helps.

  5. Rhonda

    I just put in refillable ink cartridges into my Brother printer and now it won't print. Is there a trick to tricking it into letting me use refillable ones?

    1. RefreshCarts

      I have only used compatible cartridges in this printer not refillable ones, but in my experience no trick is necessary when installing cartridges. This is one of the few printers on the market that actually looks for ink in the cartridge. I would check the instructions of the cartridge to see if anything needs resetting when using these units and contacting whoever you purchased them from if you are unable to get your printer up and running.

  6. Leonie

    i want to print a picture onto A3 graph paper on my MFC-J5910DW but the paper over hangs the paper tray….what should i do

  7. Tony

    I have a Brother 5910 for about 4 weeks. just tried printing a photo on A3 270 gram Cannon glossy paper, jammed 4 times out of 4. I see you recommend max of 220 gram. Can I go and buy 220 gram paper confident that I wont be throwing it away. Happy with the rest of the printers performance

    1. RefreshCarts

      Yeah 220gsm is the official thickness of paper recommended by Brother so this should be fine. One thing that is worth bearing in mind is that Brother printers sometimes don't feed paper particularly well if there is just a few single sheets in the paper tray. As such it may be worth either putting a substantial amount of photo paper in the tray or putting the required amount of sheets on top of some regular paper to lift it up.

      If using the above method does not help with the 270gsm I have used substantially thicker paper in a Brother printer before by feeding it from the rear of the printer. Admittedly I have not tried with your specific model though.

      1. Tony

        Thanks Mathew, I tried both of your suggestions but it still crunched up a two sheets of 270 gram glossy. Going to get some 220 gram A3 glossy (if I can) , have to order over the net, cannot get it anywhere local…By the way, when this Brother jams up you need to switch off at the mains and clear it otherwise it keeps telling you that you have a jam and wo`nt switch off at the machine. Thanks again, Tony

        1. Nick

          No, you don’t have to turn it off. Just follow the instructions displayed, in the order they’re displayed; ie. open the rear hatch and clear the jam if it’s there, close the rear hatch, open the top and clear the jam if it’s there, close the top. It’s important to open and close both parts even if the jam was in the rear, to satisfy the printer that you’ve cleared the jam.

      2. Carol

        I have a Brother MFCJ5910DW printer. I make cards, and am having problems printing on 216 gsm card, as it jams up every time. Have not tried 220 gsm and would really like to use up to 250 gsm. Can I feed the card from the rear on this model, and if yes, can you tell me how to do it? Many thanks.

    2. Rita

      I can't even get 120 gram paper or 185 photo paper to go through. I was told when I bought this printer that the card could be fed in through the back but I can't find out how. Any suggestions !!!

  8. cosimo

    hello, I hope you can help. I am printing black and white posters with my brother A3 printer. I have printed about 70 posters made of black texts. The problem is I had to change twice the cartridges as the printer is consuming them all, also the colour ones, even if i m printing in black and white, setting the printer in grey tone. Basically the printer is delivering an average of 25 A3 prints for sets of cartridges. I now believe there is something wrong with the printer, or maybe I am doing something very wrong. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks

  9. Guest

    Hi, do you know if I can get a page count for A3 color/BW printed pages as well?

  10. giorgio

    salve la mia stampante brother j5910dw mi dice cartucce nn inseriti dopo lo spurgo nn mi legge le cartucce cosa devo fare cìe un reset per le cartucce

  11. Asya Ivanova

    I am having problems with this printer, it is jamming on every page I am trying to print. There are no visible small pieces of paper, the jammed paper prints about 1/4 and jams. The message that comes up is Unable to print3B (or 35)
    What should I do?

  12. AMIR

    I have MFC-J5910DW and the machine give the ERROR 76.I dont know about this Please any body help me as soon as.How can resolve this problem

  13. Garry

    Is it possible to print banners with the brother MFC-J5910DW

  14. pete

    At 18 months old it is having trouble feeding paper. A good clean of the two rollers picking off the paper store has sorted it for now. Otherwise a cracking good printer.

  15. dyoahne


  16. adpstudio

    I Just bought this brother printer
    and usually i have to print in A3 paper and sometime i have to print in A4 paper
    so i have difficulties to replace stack of paper every time i want to print A3 or A4
    the question is, can i print A4 from upper tray (photocopy tray)

    thanks in advance

  17. iain


    My printer will not detect the cyan cartridge i have tried a new compatible and a genuine cartridge but still keep getting a error message 'cannot detect'

  18. Sarah

    My mfc j5910dw says it cannot detect the black ink cartridge therefore nothing will work. It can't even detect the old cartridge I took out as it was empty. Please help as I love my printer and don't want to throw it out!

  19. Guest

    After about 1.5 years with this printer, it cannot detect the black cartridge. Strangely it did this midway through a black cartridge. there is plenty of ink in it. It worked properly for weeks after replacement and now it cannot detect the cartridge or any other that I put in (3 so far). Yes, Brother cartridges… Seems to be a very common problem with Brother printers from doing some quick research. Did like this printer until now…

  20. Rita

    I am having trouble printing 185 gsm photo paper and 120 card. was told when I bought the printer that you could feed the card in through the back but I can't find out how….HELP PLEASE

  21. Rita

    Please can you tell me how to put the card in from the rear of the printer. I can’t seem to find how

  22. sam

    i refilled the black ink for brother mfc j6510dw but now its showing ink not detected install slowly. I have tried 20 times but its not working and even now yellow ink showing same error. please help me on this,

  23. Steve

    There seems to be an issue with this model and the optical sensor that measures the ink cartridge level. I got around this by masking the little window on the cartridge with a small piece of tape.

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