- Easily send print jobs wirelessly from smartphones, tablets, and laptops no need for a router or network connection.
- Enable touch-to-print convenience from mobile devices.
- Send scans directly to email, network folders, or the cloud.
- Finish faster with single-pass, dual-head scanning.
- This HP Printer is compatible with Windows 10 (printer driver update may be required).
- Up to 21 ppm black.
- Up to 21 ppm color.
- 25 to 400% copy reduce/enlarge.
- Print/Scan resolution: 600 dpi/1200 dpi.
- Designed for work teams with 3-10 users.
- Print speed black: Up to 21 ppm
- Print speed color: Up to 21 ppm.
- Recommended monthly page volume: 1,000 to 2,500 pages.
- Paper handling input, standard: 250-sheet input tray, 50-sheet multipurpose tray, 50-sheet automatic document feeder.
- Paper handling output, standard: 150-sheet output tray.
- Media sizes supported: Paper (bond, brochure, colored, glossy, letterhead, photo, plain, preprinted, prepunched, recycled, rough), postcards, transparencies, labels, envelopes.
- Scan resolution, optical: Up to 1200 dpi.
- Copy reduce/enlarge settings: 25 to 400%.
- Warranty: One-year limited warranty.
- Easily print how you want, where you want. Across the office or on the go, printing to this MFP is simple and direct-even without a network-using Ethernet, wireless options, or touch-to-print technology.
- Capture scans in a single pass and send them quickly to their next destination-email, network folders, or the cloud. Help boost productivity with fast, secure sign-on and advanced processing, routing, and retrieval tools.
- Make copying and scanning more hands free, with a 50-page automatic document feeder and automatic two-sided printing. Let your fingers fly through tasks at the touchscreen. The easy-access USB makes it simple to walk up and print.
- Downtime can have serious consequences, so HP provides support beyond the standard warranty. You benefit from reduced risk, maximized uptime, predictable service delivery and no unbudgeted repair costs.
- This HP Printer is compatible with Windows 10 (printer driver update may be required)
With the driver installation on the Brother your PC is automatically registered with the multifunction for scan to PC from the MFC console. A small service listens for the scanner to initiate a scan and does not require setting up windows file sharing on the destination, but the Brother can use a network share if you want. Initiating a scan from the MFC-L8850CDW is simple and it is easy to select the destination. The photograph that gave me headaches on the HP scanned perfectly on the Brother.
Both the M476dw and MFC-L8850CDW have auto-duplexing automatic document feeder (ADF) scanners which can feed up to 50 sheets. These can scan both sides of a sheet of paper automagically. Both seem to just work really well and I noticed no big difference so far. Duplex scanning is one of those things I didn't appreciate until I had it. If you scan your bills this is a big timesaver!
The M476dw has a letter size scanner glass (8.5X11) while the MFC-L8850CDW has a legal size scanner glass (8.5X14). While this may not affect the ADF size limits it will limit scanning one page of a legal pad on the HP. Both have comparable optical resolution of 1200x1200 for the HP and 1200x2400 for the Brother.
The M476dw and MFC-L8850CDW both provide speedy duplex color printing. Both provide outstanding paper handling. The output hopper for both holds up to 150 sheets and the "special tray" (fold-out) holds up to 50 sheets. Fewer thick media like envelopes. The HP main tray will hold half a ream at 250 sheets and the Brother will top out at 300 sheets.
The HP M476dw prints up to 21ppm in both color and B&W. First page out is spec'd at 16.5 seconds. I find it's closer to 20 seconds most of the time from standby. It's duty cycle rated at 40,000 pages a month. Appropriate for a 20 to 50 person workgroup.
The Brother is rated at 31ppm - about 50% faster than the HP and that relative difference seems close to real-world. The time to first print is rated at 15 seconds, but again seems longer to me - more like 18 seconds. The monthly duty cycle is rated at 60,000 pages/month - 50% more than the HP.
Output quality of both is very good indeed. Both are quite good in my opinion, but I think the HP has an edge with photo printing. If you are a real estate agent or in a business where laser printer photo quality is very important the HP will probably be a better choice.
Copying and FAXing:
Copying is pretty much just a built-in scan to print. The copier is easy and intuitive on both. We don't do a lot of copying but it's nice to have that available.
Fax setup and operation looks intuitive and straightforward with both but we do not send or receive faxes. I've setup other recent model HP and Brother multifunction units with FAX capability and on both it was easy. I've no reason to expect different here, but have not had that experience with the M476dw.
Control Panel and Use:
The HP M476dw has a straightforward and intuitive and relatively large LCD touchscreen control panel. I found it simple to use and responsive. The Brother is comparable and also intuitive and easy to use.
Both the HP M476dw and the Brother MFC-L8850CDW have a plethora of connectivity options. I tried setting up the wireless on both and which was very easy and worked well with our wireless N network and AES2 encryption. We mainly use wired networking here so after trying out the wifi we shut it off and use wired connections also flawless.