Price (RRP): $947
The Brother MFC J6545 is an A3 printer on steroids – or at least the courier that delivered it needed some to heft the 20kg printer (plus box and two years’ worth of ink) up three flights of stairs.
That intro to the Brother MFC J6545 is more to position it as a business capable device. A3 (perfect for those pesky large Excel spreadsheets and signs) and A4, all packed in a durable, business-class device replete with Print, Scan, Copy and Fax and multiple connection options.
The Brother MFC J6545 uses Inkvestment technology which simply means that it uses replaceable ink tanks rather than replaceable ink cartridges/heads. The bottom line is that Inkvestment printers are a lot lower cost to run over traditional inkjets.
Brother MFC J6545 Colour A3 printer
713-page manual here
Price: $947 exclusive to Officeworks
Note: Our revised review methodology lists FAIL, PASS, or EXCEED against the major test paradigms deemed to apply to each class of device.
Size and placement – PASS but you need a large area with good access front and back.
It is 575 mm x 477 mm x 310 mm x 20.1kg so find a large area to place it in.
It has two front 250-sheet trays plus a 100-sheet rear multi-purpose manual feed tray.
Assume you put A4 in tray 1 (top) and A3 in tray two (bottom and only for plain paper) – the latter will stick out a further 30cm from the front.
Printer access (for scanner and jam clearance) is mainly via the front and top, but the multi-purpose tray opens to the back, and you will need at least 20cm clearance there too. It can handle heavier stock and up to A3 size. There is also a rear jam clearance flap.
Connectivity – PASS
It connects via Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Wireless Direct or USB. But that is just a small part of the story.
It has Brother iPrint and Scan (Android and iOS), Google Cloud Print, Apple AirPrint, Mopria, and supports most popular cloud storage services.
We tested on a Windows device (also works on macOS and Linux) and it loads drivers and Control Centre that is for managing scanning, photo printing, and remote setup.
Sys Admin – PASS
It has a good suite of Sys Admin tools including installers via Active Directory and unattended driver install and installation. Monitoring is via BRAdmin or the embedded web server.