Brother claims it has one year’s ink supply in the box Based on average monthly print volumes of 150 pages at 60/40% black/colour pages (ISO/IEC 24711 using four cartridges provided). Technically the claim is correct, but it all depends on your use.
It has a clever page gauge feature to tell you how much ink is left either based on your use or ISO standard use.
It uses LC3333/c/y/m ink tank cartridges that yield 1500 pages and the LC3333BK black that yields 3000 pages. These figures use ISO tests at 5% coverage.
Brother says these are dye-based to give more vibrant colours.
Tanks cost $41 each or $164 per set. Mono print at 5% gives this a print cost of .014 cents. However, if you are printing full colour (c/y/m/k), we suspect the print cost will be up to 10 cents a page.
These figures are comparable to laser printing costs with the benefit that you do not have to change drums, belts and toner.
Scanning/faxing/copying MFC3100 only
|20 sheet automatic document feeder (at 65gsm) and supports up to 100gsm|
|Scan size using ADF – up to 216mm wide and from 148 to 355mm long|
|Scan platen area 216(W) x 297(L)mm|
|Max resolution 2400 x 1200 optical|
|Single sided scanning via ADF|
|Fax model: colour or mono fax, 180 page memory, 100 names x 2 numbers,|
|Up to 99 copies and 25-400% enlargement|
My greatest fear of any scanner is that documents will jam and it becomes less reliable with age. While I cannot say this scanner mechanism will last the distance it looks well built and it easy to access if you need to.
It comes down to what you intend to use it for. Most home users seldom scan more than a few bills or pages and its fine for that. If you were scanning daily, then look at more industrial strength dedicated scanners that can handle a wider range of weights, staples, auto-duplex etc.
Brother has lots of scanning software options in its ControlCentre 4.0 ranging from pressing the button on the 6.8”LCD to:
- Scan as editable text with OCR
- Scan to PDF (also editable)
- Book scan, N-ups,
- Output to SharePoint
- Output to email, Nuance PaperPort, FTP, network device, SD card, USB, folder or cloud
- Secure scan
- Photo scan and moiré pattern removal (from offset printed photos)
In summary, it’s as comprehensive a printer as a home user could ever want. The scanner also acts as a copier (colour or mono) and as the fax feeder.
The MFC version has NFC for better mobile connection. All apps work on both devices. This is a brief overview of the apps
- Brother Web Connect allows scanned images or files to upload to various public clouds as well as print directly from the cloud. Clouds include Google Drive, Evernote, Dropbox, OneDrive, Box, OneNote and Brother Creative Centre
- Google Cloud Print allows you to print to a printer registered to your Google account using a network-compatible device (such as a mobile phone or computer) without installing the printer driver on the device.
- Mopria, Wi-Di compatible
- Control Centre utility gives quick access to frequently-used applications.
- iPrint and Scan for Windows and Mac
- PhotoCapture Centre is great for manipulating JPEG photos on a camera, smartphone, memory card and USB and printing them.
- Brother Creative Centre has 100s of free customisable templates for home and business use, special occasions and craft.
GadgetGuy’s take: The MFCJ1300 is every bit as good as Brother claims
Brother’s INKvestment printers are well-made and suitable for small office, home office or small workgroup printing. Print speeds are OK for what it is but if you need to print many documents in a hurry, look for something over 30 pages per minute. Brother has faster INKvestment models in A4 and A3 print sizes as well. Check out the MFC-J5945DW for $599 that does 20ppm, A4 and A3, duplex print and scan. Now that is a full-featured printer.
Ink costs are good – lower than a laser in mono and comparable in colour without the need to replace drums, belts etc.
I use an older Brother A3 printer in the office, and I am familiar with the touchscreen layout and apps. It certainly offers a huge range of functionality that is unexpected from a lower cost printer.