Brother Printer MFC-L8850CDW Review

Editor rating

4.5/5 on 23/03/2016

User's rating

427 reviews


  • Fast speed and quality prints.
  • Duplex print, scan and fax.
  • 4.85" color TouchScreen display.
  • Flexible paper handling.
  • 50-page capacity auto document feeder.


  • Heavy Weight.
  • Graphics print quality not up to the standards.


Suitable for small to moderate offices with no so large printing requirements. Delivers high quality prints at very fast rate. With easy set up and multiple features, brother printer MFC-L8850CDW is a good product at its price.

Brother Printer MFC-L8850CDW is a fast, reliable and quality printer for small -moderate office and home users. It offers multi features ranging from duplex color printing, duplex scanning, faxing and copying to 50-pages auto document feeder.

It supports advanced scanning features letting you do the base color (background) removal, blank pages skip, secure and direct emailing of the scanned document. It’s a very fast color laser printer with the printing capacity of 32 pages per minute in both color and monochrome prints.

Brother Printer MFC-L8850CDW Review


With the duty cycle up to 60,000 pages, Brother Printer MFC-L8850CDW offers 250-Sheet input capacity extendable to up to 500-sheet tray, there are several other features in the list to add up. Overall, this is a great product from Brother at its price!

Key Features of Brother Printer MFC-L8850CDW:

1.. Design and Layout

If we talk about the design and layout, it is not a very lightweight desktop printer which consumes low space on your small office desk or home. Conversely, it weighs about 67.4 pounds, and the dimensions are about 20.9 inches high, 19.3 inches wide, and 20.7 inches deep, suitable for those users who don’t have to shift the printer all too often. It has a beautiful 4.85″ color touch screen display which offers easy navigation to its users. Rest of the design is beautiful and resembles other brother models.

2. Paper Handling

Brother Printer MFC-L8850CDW is good at versatile paper handling. Its comes up with 300-sheet tray capacity out of which, the 250-sheet capacity tray is for the main purpose which can be upgraded letter up to 500-sheet additional capacity and 50-sheet multipurpose tray.

This printer offers advanced duplex(two-sided) scanning, faxing, and copying options along with printing. Paper handling size supported by brother printer MFC-L8850CDW are Letter, Legal, Executive, Folio, A4, A5, and B6 which proves it be one of the  most versatile printers on the market.

The printer supports versatile media type including plain paper, thin paper, thick paper, thicker Paper, recycled Paper, bond, and many more types are there.

3. Connectivity and Compatibility

The brother printer MFC-L8850CDW offers almost all type of connections you can think of. This printer offers to print directly from mobile and other compatible devices via AirPrint, google cloud print, brother iPrint&Scan, Wi-Fi Direct and more. It allows you to access popular cloud services directly from the 4.85” color touchscreen LCD display using the exclusive brother web connect interface. From wireless to wired, this printer offers all the possible connectivity options.

4. Printing Speed and Quality

The standard printing resolution offered by this printer is  up to 2400 x 600 dpi which is pretty ideal. The MFC prints up to 32 pages per minute color and black and white prints which assure this printer to be one of the fastest printers.

Unlike the HP officeJet pro 8620, this printer much faster speed.

5. Support and Warranty

The Brother printers are always good at providing customer support. The brother printer MFC-L8850CDW comes with 1 year of limited warranty and free phone support for the life of your product. So don’t bother yourself much about the customer support and warranty, this printer seems satisfactory at this.

Other Features

  • Advanced security features- The brother printer MFC-L8850CDW offers several advanced security features including secure print, secure function lock, network user authentication and more.
  • Auto document feeder- This printer comes with 50-pages auto document feeder for convenient copying, scanning and faxing.   
  • 4.85″ color TouchScreen display- This brother model comes with large 4.85″ color touchscreen display.
  • Direct printing from Mobile- Its offers direct printing from mobile with several other printing options.
  • Duplex Printing, scanning and faxing- Along with many other useful feature duplex scanning and faxing options makes it very time efficient printer. 

You can know more about this printer from the official website of brother printers.

Customer Scores and Reviews

The customer score for this brother printer MFC-L8850CDW is 4.3 out of 5 stars. Out of which majority if users i.e 64% of users voted 5 stars for it and 16% people rated 4 stars for this amazing printer. Only 6-7% of people rated 1, 2 and 3 stars.

If we will go through the user reviews, most of the users highlighted these key points.

1. Fast all in one Laser Printer

Most of the users claim it is one the fastest printers they have. None of them complained even about the scanning, faxing and copying except a few. The majority of people found it extremely fast and reliable printer.

2. High-Quality Printing Results

As suggested, people are enjoying quality prints of the brother printer MFC-L8850CDW. Graphics quality doesn’t seem that powerful but overall high professional prints can be expected from this brother all in one, as per the users review.

3. Cost Efficient

Once invested, you don’t need to pay much of the additional money and cost per  print is also reasonable if reviews are to be believed.

4. Great Printer For Small Workgroups

For this with the limited printing requirements of about 4000 pages, the brother printer MFC-L8850CDW seems extremely useful. Thus, this printer is the best suit for small workgroups.

5. Hassel Fee and Easy Setup

The big chunk of users found this printer extremely easy to set and use.


  • This printer doesn’t seem to be having many flaws other than the bigger size of it. This printer weighs about 67 pounds, which is pretty high and place consuming.
  • Besides that, you can’t depend on this printer for the best photo and graphics print. Although it prints quality text and documents but when it comes to graphics printing, its fails to meet the expectations.

Final Words

The brother printer MFC-L8850CDW indeed one of the most reliable, fast and quality product at this range. For low to medium printing requirements, this printer seems a great choice. Versatile paper handling, multiple connectivity options, various security features, duel printing, scanning, faxing, copying and several other features are there which can appeal to almost any type of user!


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