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No one wants to waste money buying multiple replacement ink cartridges every year. If you are looking for the best ink-efficient printer, the Brother MFC-J805 will serve you well. Also, for one inkjet printer, it comes with many inbuilt features at a very respectable price, making it one of the best printers you can buy today!

Related: In case you doubt this unit, check our Brother Inkvestment MFC-J985DW review

Why We Like It – Brother MFC-J805

The Brother MFC J805 might have a tedious setup process, but once you set it up, it’s all smooth sailing from that point on. And in the box, you get about a year’s worth of super high-yield brother ink cartridges. If you don’t mind a monochrome printer, the Brother HL-L2300D is another good option.

  • Ink & page gauge for eliminating ink cartridge replacement guesswork
  • Two-sided (duplex) printing capability
  • Compatible with Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print
  • No duplex scanning or copying support

Related: If you are shopping for the best duplex printer on a budget, check our Brother MFC-J880DW review


The Brother MFC J805 is actually quite fast. On average, you can expect around 10 seconds per page when it comes to color pages. And it takes half that time to print out monochrome prints. Granted, color printing will be a bit slow, but it’s decent enough. Get the HP OfficeJet 6978 Wireless Printer for faster operation. Although, if you want high picture quality and don’t mind slow speeds, you’ll be more interested in the Canon Selphy CP 1300.

Print Quality

Overall the print quality is fairly decent on this printer. It’s at least good enough for photo printing. And it’s not named the “ Brother MFC J805DW INKvestment Tank” printer for no reason. It does have the Brother INKvestment tank ink system built-in. And you get excellent results, especially when you use Brother genuine tank cartridges. When it comes to the optical scanner, you can select up to 2400 x 1200 DPI from the flatbed and up to 1200 x 600 DPI from the automatic document feeder itself. But, if you need higher print quality, you must spend more on the Canon PIXMA G5020 MegaTank Inkjet Printer.


First things first, it’s a recently launched inkjet printer. So it’s extremely efficient when it comes to power consumption. Also, you’ll be hard-pressed to find something that can compete with it in terms of ink efficiency in this price bracket. The ink toner included in the box lasts up to one year (150 pages per month). And with Brother genuine ink cartridges, you can get some incredibly high yield. For super high yield, go with the following ink cartridges: LC3033BK, LC3033C, LC3033M, and LC3033Y (black ink); and for ultra-high yield, you can get the following ink cartridges: LC3035BK, LC3035C, LC3035M, and LC3035Y.

Advanced Features

It is a wireless printer, so it has multiple wireless network connectivity options, including WiFi. It is also compatible with Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print. And on top of that, if you have cloud services or cloud storage, you can seamlessly connect your account to print content from there. The paper tray can hold up to 8.5 x 14 inches of paper sheets.


Considering everything, the Brother MFC J805 wireless inkjet printer provides good value for the money spent on it. The ink efficiency alone is worth the asking price. But, if you are on a strict budget, you can also check out the Brother INKvestment MFC-J985DW.

Brother MFC-J805 Wrap Up

The Brother MFC-J805 is a superb inkjet printer at an excellent price point. If you like ink-efficient printers, you won’t regret buying this.