Brother MFC-J870DW Wireless Color Inkjet Printer Review

Editor rating

3.9/5 on 30/03/2016

User's rating

2,693 reviews


  • All in one budget printer.
  • Fast and quality prints.
  • Ethernet, Wireless and NFC.
  • Touchscreen, Duplex printing.
  • 2-year limited warranty.


  • Slow copy and photo prints.
  • Small Paper tray.
  • No auto document feeder for duplex printing.
  • No duplex copy and scan.


The Brother MFC-J870DW is a reliable all in one inkjet printer which is feature-packed. Some of the features include wireless, ethernet, copy, scan, fax, duplex printing, touchscreen, high-speed and good quality. Overall, it is a value printer which fits for both home and office.

If you want a compact, reliable and an all in one color inkjet printer for your home or home office, then you might like the brother MFC-J870DW. With this printer, you can print up to 33 ppm black and 27 ppm color prints in fast mode. The printing resolution offered by this printer is up to 6000 x 1200 dpi.

The brother MFC-J870DW comes with a 100-sheet paper tray and a 20-Sheet ADF. The monthly duty cycle offered by this brother printer is 2,500 Printed Pages, meaning you can print up 25,000 pages max from this printer.

The main specification which makes this printer apart from many other printers is that it lets you print both photos as well as plain paper text documents similar to what we saw in Canon PIXMA MX922.

brother MFC-J870DW

There is a long list of features in the printer which makes it one of the best printers in 2016. Let’s go into the in-depth review of the brother MFC-J870DW.

Key Features of the Brother MFC-J870DW

Design and Layout:

If we talk about the design, the design of the brother MFC-J870DW is sleek and fancy. The weight of this amazing printer is about 20 pounds, and the dimensions measure about  16.1 x 9.6 x 18 inches making it a compact sized printer which fits about everywhere on your home or home office desk. The 100-sheet paper tray is situated at the bottom of the front of the printer and a 20-sheet photo paper tray.

On the top, there is 2.7″ touchscreen display plus touch panel which gives intuitive navigation access to the options of the printer. Overall the design is good and easy to access.

Print Quality:

The brother MFC-J870DW offers maximum print resolution up to 6000 x 1200 dpi which persuade about its being a quality printer. It provides speed up to 33ppm black and 27 pages per minute color prints in fast mode for the plain paper prints.

The photo printing speed offered by this printer around 59-60 seconds, which is pretty good.

Paper Handling:

This brother MFC is good it paper handling. It can handle multiple paper size including Letter, Legal, Executive, Envelope (C5 Envelope, Com-10, DL Envelope, Monarch), A4, Photo 4″x6″, 3.5″x5″, 5″x7″, 5″x8″.

The brother MFC-J870DW comes with a paper tray of 100-sheet capacity which is fine. We wish it could be little higher but it works fine for the basic needs of a home or a home office users.  This printer offers auto duplexing allowing you to print on both sides of the paper cutting down the overall printing cost by 50%.


This printer has all the possible connectivity options you can think of. No matter you are in front of your computer or not, you can always print wirelessly from your phone, tablet or other compatible devices. You can share your printer with other devices on the same network via ethernet or wi-fi.

Other connectivity options offered by this printer are mobile direct printing, web connects, media card slots, USB flash memory drive and Wi-Fi direct and NFC. As a whole, we can say the brother MFC-J870DW provides all the features we can expect from the best inkjet printers in 2016.

Support and Warranty:

The brother MFC-J870DW comes with the 2-year limited warranty which higher than the usual one year warranty. Apart from this, you also get the phone support for the life of your product.

Other Features 

  •  Wireless connectivity: This wireless printer offers wireless connectivity along with the many connectivity options.  
  • Touch screen and touch panel: The brother MFC-J870DW comes with a 2.7″ touch screen plus a touch panel for intuitive navigation of options.
  • Duplex printing: You can print on both sides of the paper automatically since this printer offers duplex printing.
  • Near field communication: This printer lets you print directly from the NFC-enabled devices.
  • Versatile Scanning: With this printer, you can print in versatile file formats including JPEG, TIFF and PDF to E-mail, media cards, OCR and more.
  • CD/DVD Printing: The brother MFC-J870DW lets you print directly on your blank CD, DVD or blue ray disc.

Customer Scores and Reviews

The brother MFC-J870DW  has got an average of 4 stars out of 5 stars on a total of  2,527 customer reviews. The users highlighted the below features which they liked the most.

Easy Installation:

The set and installation are easy. A complete novice can start using this printer like a pro within 30 minutes. This is the quality most of the users appreciated the most.

Good looking and sleek:

The design of the product is sleek and fancy. Most of the users appreciated it.

Smooth functioning:

The printer functions smooth and blockage free. The reviewers of the brother MFC-J870DW admitted that it works smooth and hassle free most of the times.

Fast and quality prints:

The quality of the prints is extremely good and the printing speed is also very good. Not we, the users of the brother MFC-J870DW claims this.


Slow copy and photo prints:

As compared to the printing speed, the copying rate is slow. If you don’t have to copy very often, you can avoid this flaw.

Small Paper tray:

The paper tray of the brother MFC-J870DW is small as compared to the other printers we have reviewed so far. It comes with the 100-sheet capacity tray which is smaller than what we expect our best printer to have.

No auto document feeder for duplex printing:

Although, this printer comes up with Auto document feeder and offers duplex printing but the ADF doesn’t work for duplex printing which is surely a drawback.

No Duplex Copy and Scan:

The brother printer doesn’t offer auto duplexing for scanning and copying.

Final words

The Brother MFC-J870DW is the best printer for the price. It lets you scan, copy, and fax along with printing. You can print on both sides of the paper with the automatically duplexing without having to change the paper manually. It comes with the 20-sheet auto document feeder, 4-Cartridge ink system where you need to replace only those ink cartridges which have stopped working.

The 2.7″ touchscreen display plus touch panel for intuitive navigation of This brother wireless printer offers everything you could expect from your computer. Whether you want black or color prints, plain paper or photo print, the Brother MFC-J870DW does it all. Although, it has some flaws which we would like to see improved in the future but otherwise this printer is great.


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