Brother MFC-5890cn Printer Review

How many of you have made the switch to the all-in-one printers these days?  This is a money saving site, and in so doing, also subject to reviews of products that get sent.  In this episode, I’ll give you the 411 on the Brother MFC-5890cn printer.

At first site, the machine is a bit larger than standard machines, but pushes the paper just as fast if not faster than most Inkjets its size.  It also holds more paper than your standard printer, which is also a benefit when printing those bigger docs!

The single paper tray can hold 150 sheets of paper and has no single-sheet feed that you can feed the paper through that I could find.

I’m not particularly thrilled with the placement of the sockets as the phone line and handset connectors are at the back of the left-hand side, next to the mains socket while the USB and Ethernet sockets need to be threaded through the back and plugged in by the control panel inside the printer.

The box has the standard placement for the ink cartridges, all four of which slide in behind a flip-down cover to the right of the paper tray. Easy to install with all the fancy colors you’re used to seeing.

Bundled software includes Brother’s MFL-Pro software suite, which handles scanning and uploading of images from memory cards, as well as printing and OCR, via Nuance PaperPort 11SE. I tried them out and they were easy to install and operate.

I really like the sloped control panel with all the controls. It’s bigger than a standard screen and easy enough to get running without the need for my glasses as I’ve seen on other displays.  This also has an ability to print from memory cards and displays a thumbnail of the images which is nice.

Photo prints are something new to me – I don’t print out a lot of them, but I may start as I was very please with the color and ability of the printer to fire those out.  Kudos there Brother.

The scanner could definitely tell that the image was scanned in and could see some loss of color, but nothing to be alarmed about if you’re just scanning pics for the memory.  You’ll find better abilities with similar companies that have been in this business for a while, but for the price, it fits.


Brother’s MFC-5890CN is a machine to take a look at if you’re looking for something entry-level that can perform all the functions in on (all-in-one).  The print speed is good and the added functionalities make it certainly worth your while.  If you’re in the market, I suggest putting this in your repertoire to test.

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