Brother INKvestment MFC-J985DW Review

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Updated November 10, 2022
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The Brother INKvestment MFC-J985DW is the best ink-efficient printer and all-in-one printer for budget shoppers. You might even think the kind of ink efficiency and performance this printer offers is not possible at $150, but that’s exactly what the Brother INKvestment MFC-J985DW achieves. It is also the best printer for screen printing below $200. And if you are a teacher and need an affordable, easy-to-use printer, check out our list of the top printers for teachers.

Related: For those who prefer to use monochrome printers, check the Brother HL-L2300D review

Why We Like It – Brother INKvestment MFC-J985DW

The Brother MFC J985DW is a “buy once and forget about it” kind of printer. On other printers, running out of ink, replacing ink cartridges, setting up, all that can feel like such a chore sometimes. But not on this printer.  The HP Envy 5055 is another option if you want to save money on ink.

  • 20-sheet automatic document feeder included
  • 100-sheet paper tray capacity
  • No router is required with Wi-Fi Direct
  • Ink dries out quicker than other printers


The Brother MFC J985DW is relatively fast and can print out up to 6 pages per minute. And that print speed is pretty much the same for both monochrome and color prints. For a faster printing experience, the HP Laserjet 4PA41A prints at 30 pages per minute, albeit monochrome only. Some might think that’s a bit too low. But this printer is made while keeping the low cost per page in mind. The printing cost per color page is actually below 5 cents. When it comes to monochrome prints, the cost is even lower, under 2 cents per page. So the print speed is pretty great for what it is. Now, if you don’t care about low cost per page and only need higher print speed, get the HP OfficeJet 6978 Wireless Printer instead.

Related: If you want a faster printer, check the Brother Mfc J805 review

Print Quality

Even though it doesn’t cost much, the print quality is actually very good. You can select up to 6000 x 1200 DPI print resolution from the settings. It’s good enough for printing on photo paper. And the optical scanner is capable of 1200 x 2400 DPI (flatbed) and 1200 x 600 (automatic document feeder). Do note that this printer does support two-sided printing (duplex printing). However, the optical scanner doesn’t support two-sided scanning. If you need that, the Canon PIXMA G5020 MegaTank Inkjet Printer might just be a better option.


We already gave you the cost per page numbers. So it should come as no one’s surprise when we say this printer is incredibly ink efficient. And if you buy any of Brother’s genuine super high-yield ink cartridges, you can get up to six months of printing out of them.

Advanced Features

It is a Wi-Fi printer and supports Wi-Fi direct. Basically, you can connect your mobile device to the printer even if you don’t have a wireless router. It also has NFC. If your phone has NFC built-in, you can seamlessly pair it with just one tap.


All in all, at just $150, the Brother MFC J985DW is incredible value for money. Duplex printing, low cost per page, Wi-Fi direct, all these add-ons are just a few bonuses on top of an already amazingly priced inkjet printer. But, if you have a bit more to spend, you can also go with Brother MFC-J805.

Brother INKvestment MFC-J985DW Wrap Up

The Brother INKvestment MFC-J985DW provides a lot of flexibility to its users, no matter their use case. Seeing such a superb printer at such a low price is really quite surprising.

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