According to the reviews, users are quite impressed with the scanner capability and quality, which is what sold me on getting this printer. It can scan at 1200 x 2400 dpi, with originals sized up to 11 x 17 inches. It can also print, copy and fax at that size. The maximum duty cycle is 5000 pages, but Brother recommends it be used for just 500 to 2000 pages a month for best printer life and performance. If you are going to be printing in color most of the time, plan on usage closer to 500 pages a month, since color prints require four passes from the print head.
Copying can be done at 23 cpm black, 20 cpm color, directly at the printer. It can reduce down to 25%, and enlarge to 400 %, although some users said the quality started to deteriorate with higher enlargements.
It has two paper trays, the bottom one able to hold 250 sheets of letter through ledger sized paper, while the upper tray is adjustable from 3 x 5 inch photo paper up to ledger size (A3) and holds up to 150 sheets. It cannot tell what size paper is in the tray automatically - frustrating when you don't remember and need to check. It also has no automatic duplexing - although at this price, the lack of that feature is not surprising.
The manufacturer's specs say it can print 35ppm black, 28 ppm color, but that is really only in draft mode. In actuality, printing is much slower, especially in color. It uses a four color cartridge system, and you can get large capacity cartridges for a little more than a third higher price that can print twice the pages. Multi-color cartridges are a real savings when my daughter goes through blue or green phases in her drawings. Our old printer would often be out of one color and have more than half full capacity in the other colors, but because it used a single color cartridge, we had to toss it and buy another. It is capable of print resolution of 6000 x 1200.
It also does photo printing, at about the same quality that you'd get from your corner drugstore. The printer allows enhancing of photos directly at the printer with the LCD screen, fixing skin tones, red eye, and changing colors to monochrome or sepia.
It comes with a license for two computers to use proprietary software and a site hosted by Brother with a number of special printing features for templates and decorative materials. Except for the limit on using the special print software, multiple computers can be connected to the network and share the printer.