Comparing Brother MFC-J880DW and Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550

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Consumer Score
In comparison:
Brother MFC-J880DW ranks #61 out of 159. It is in the top 20%.
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7.8
Good
Consumer Score
In comparison:
Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550 ranks #18 out of 159. It is in the top 20%.
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8.5
Great
Brother MFC-J880DW: Buy | Customer Reviews
Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550: Buy | Customer Reviews

Experts prefer Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550 over Brother MFC-J880DW

On 4 Jan 2023 (27 days ago) we went through 72 Printer expert endorsements .

Currently, Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550 received 2 endorsements from PCMag (18 Mar 2022) and PhotoWorkout (6 Oct 2022). Meanwhile, Brother MFC-J880DW did not receive any endorsements this month.

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Endorsement summary:

  • On 18 Mar 2022 PCMag ranked Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550 as #3
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    #3 out of 10 Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550
    Best Photo and Wide-Format Home Printer / Editors' Choice
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  • On 6 Oct 2022 PhotoWorkout ranked Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550 as #8
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    #8 out of 8 Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550
    Great for high-quality bulk printing
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Critic Consensus Common points from expert reviews summarized.
As can be seen below, Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550 is mentioned by key experts in Jan 2023, while Brother MFC-J880DW is not.
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Brother MFC-J1205W
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Canon Pixma TS8220
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Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850
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Canon Pixma MG3620
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Expert Reviews There are people on the Internet whose job is to review products. Below are their opinions.
No expert reviews linked yet for Brother MFC-J880DW.

Expert reviews [14]

85
Total expert reviews: 14
  • with a score: 4
  • without a score: 10
Highest score by TechRadar
100
Average score based on 14 reviews
85
Lowest score by Expert Reviews
80

Score distribution:

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Brother MFC-J880DW: Buy | Customer Reviews
Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550: Buy | Customer Reviews
From Seller:
  • WORK SMART ALL-IN-ONE: This Work Smart Series Inkjet is an affordable printing solution for home, home office, or personal use
  • MOBILE & CLOUD-BASED PRINTING: Easy to set up, the MFCJ880DW offers mobile(1) and cloud-based(2) connectivity to print and scan with ease
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From Seller:
  • Cartridge-free printing for lab-quality photos, graphics and creative projects — get vibrant colors and sharp text with Epson's high-accuracy printhead and Claria ET Premium 6-color inks; print a 4 x 6" photo in as fast as 15 seconds (4).Product protection you can count on — 2-year limited warranty with registration (10). | Genuine Epson Ink for Genuine Epson Quality― Epson strongly recommends the use of genuine ink to ensure optimal print quality and performance. Use of non-genuine ink could cause damage not covered under the printer’s ltd. warranty.
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Overview

Technical summary

Brother MFC-J880DW is a $647 wireless injket printer with a built-in scanner, copier and fax.

It supports automatic two-sided printing, borderless printing and prints at the speed of 12.0 ppm (10.0 ppm in color). It's recommended montly page volume is 525 and maximum allowed page volume is 2500.

It can scan a stack of up to 20 papers (using Automatic Document Feeder), as well as custom-sized documents (such as passports) with its flatbed scanner. It has a couple of extra perks: sending scans to an email and converting scans to PDFs.

Brother MFC-J880DW allows printing via Wi-Fi, a mobile phone/tablet, AirPrint, a USB cable and an Ethernet cable.

Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550 is a injket printer.

What are they good for?

Are they good for
Occasional Home Use

Not great for Occasional Home Use
If you're looking for a good Home Printer, check out HP DeskJet 3755
Must-haves
  • Wireless Printing
  • Designed to print about 525 pages per month
Important
  • Built-in Scanner & Copier
  • Two-Sided Printing
  • Status Display
Somewhat Important
  • Touch Screen Status Display
  • Flatbed Scanner
  • ADF Scanner
Nice to haves
  • Borderless Printing
  • Scan to Email
  • Scan to PDF
  • Colored Status Display
All listings we're monitoring for Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550 recently went out-of-stock. Without price info we can't reliably rate this Printer.
For reference

3 Best Printers for Occasional Home Use

Currently, median printer for Occasional Home Use will cost you $441.33. Budget options start at $69.99 and go up to $784.99 .
Ranking is updated every hour
Must-haves
  • Wireless Printing
  • Designed to print about 125 pages per month
Important
  • Built-in Scanner & Copier
  • Two-Sided Printing not supported
  • Status Display
Somewhat Important
  • Touch Screen Status Display
  • No flatbed scanner
  • No ADF Scanner
Nice to haves
  • Scan to PDF
  • Scan to Searchable PDFs
Must-haves
  • Wireless Printing
  • Designed to print about 250 pages per month
Important
  • Built-in Scanner & Copier
  • Two-Sided Printing
  • Status Display
Somewhat Important
  • Touch Screen Status Display
  • Flatbed Scanner
  • ADF Scanner
Nice to haves
  • Borderless Printing
  • Scan to PDF
  • Colored Status Display
Must-haves
  • Wireless Printing
  • Designed to print about 175 pages per month
Important
  • Built-in Scanner & Copier
  • Two-Sided Printing not supported
  • Status Display
Somewhat Important
  • Touch Screen Status Display
  • Flatbed Scanner
  • No ADF Scanner
Nice to haves
  • Scan to PDF

Are they good for
Small Office Use

Works for Small Office Use
Must-haves
  • Wireless Printing
  • Designed to print about 525 pages per month
  • Two-Sided Printing
  • Status Display
  • Automatic Document Feeder (ADF)
Important
  • Scan-To-Email
  • Scan to PDF
  • TouchScreen
Somewhat Important
  • Flatbed Scanner
  • Fax
  • Ethernet
Nice to haves
  • Colored Status Display
All listings we're monitoring for Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550 recently went out-of-stock. Without price info we can't reliably rate this Printer.
For reference

3 Best Printers for Small Office Use

Currently, median printer for Small Office Use will cost you $359.89. Budget options start at $59.33 and go up to $500 .
Ranking is updated every hour
Must-haves
  • Wireless Printing
  • Designed to print about 800 pages per month
  • Two-Sided Printing
  • Status Display
  • Automatic Document Feeder (ADF)
Important
  • Scan-To-Email
  • Scan to PDF
  • TouchScreen
Somewhat Important
  • Flatbed Scanner
  • Fax
  • Ethernet
Nice to haves
  • Colored Status Display
Must-haves
  • Wireless Printing
  • Designed to print about 800 pages per month
  • Two-Sided Printing
  • Status Display
  • Automatic Document Feeder (ADF)
Important
  • Can't scan to email
  • Can't scan to PDFs
  • TouchScreen
Somewhat Important
  • Flatbed Scanner
  • Fax
  • Ethernet
Nice to haves
  • Colored Status Display
Must-haves
  • Wireless Printing
  • Designed to print about 875 pages per month
  • Two-Sided Printing
  • Status Display
  • Automatic Document Feeder (ADF)
Important
  • Scan-To-Email
  • Scan to PDF
  • TouchScreen
Somewhat Important
  • Flatbed Scanner
  • Fax
  • Ethernet
Nice to haves
  • Scan to Searchable PDFs
  • Colored Status Display

Are they good for
Heavy Office Use

Not great for Heavy Office Use
If you're looking for a good Heavy-Usage Printer, check out Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4720
Must-haves
  • Wireless Printing
  • Designed to print about 525 pages per month
  • Two-Sided Printing
  • Status Display
  • Automatic Document Feeder (ADF)
  • Print speed is 12 pages per minute
  • Scan-To-Email
  • TouchScreen
  • Scan to PDF
Somewhat Important
  • Flatbed Scanner
  • Fax
  • Ethernet
Nice to haves
  • Colored Status Display
All listings we're monitoring for Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550 recently went out-of-stock. Without price info we can't reliably rate this Printer.
For reference

3 Best Printers for Heavy Office Use

Currently, median printer for Heavy Office Use will cost you $726.51. Budget options start at $275.75 and go up to $1759 .
Ranking is updated every hour
Must-haves
  • Wireless Printing
  • Designed to print about 1500 pages per month
  • Two-Sided Printing
  • Status Display
  • Automatic Document Feeder (ADF)
  • Print speed is 20 pages per minute
  • Scan-To-Email
  • TouchScreen
  • Scan to PDF
Somewhat Important
  • Flatbed Scanner
  • Fax
  • Ethernet
Nice to haves
  • Colored Status Display
Must-haves
  • Wireless Printing
  • Designed to print about 1500 pages per month
  • Two-Sided Printing
  • Status Display
  • Automatic Document Feeder (ADF)
  • Print speed is 20 pages per minute
  • Scan-To-Email
  • TouchScreen
  • Scan to PDF
Somewhat Important
  • Flatbed Scanner
  • Fax
  • Ethernet
Nice to haves
  • Colored Status Display
Must-haves
  • Wireless Printing
  • Designed to print about 1300 pages per month
  • Two-Sided Printing
  • Status Display
  • Automatic Document Feeder (ADF)
  • Print speed is 19 pages per minute
  • Scan-To-Email
  • TouchScreen
  • Scan to PDF
Somewhat Important
  • Flatbed Scanner
  • Fax
  • Ethernet
Nice to haves
  • Colored Status Display
Brother MFC-J880DW: Buy | Customer Reviews
Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550: Buy | Customer Reviews
From Manufacturer Manufacturer-provided product description, urls and documents.
No manufacturer information linked for Brother MFC-J880DW.
EAN Numbers: 0010343952492
UPC Numbers: 010343952492
Model Numbers: ET-8550
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print Printing
Auto-Duplex Printing Duplex printing refers to the printer’s ability to print on both sides of a sheet of paper, or double-sided. When a printer is auto-duplex capable, it can print double-sided automatically. Manual dupl ... Show more
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Borderless Printing Border-less printing (aka edgeless printing, bleed printing) is an ability to print without no margins. This is most commonly used to print posters, leaflets and, of course, photographs. Borderless pr ... Show more
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Print Speed - Black Print speed measures how many pages a printer can print in one minute—in pages per minute, or PPM. This is a manufacturer reported number, so keep in mind that it’s in their best interest to report th ... Show more
12 pages per minute
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Print Speed - Color
10 pages per minute
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Print Resolution (DPI, Black) DPI (dots-per-inch) is the simplest way to measure quality of print. Dots per inch quite literally means the number of dots of ink in one square inch of print area. Higher DPI means better print quali ... Show more
6000 x 1200
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Print Resolution (DPI, Color) When printing in Color, DPI of 600 is good for simple graphics and DPI of 1200 is good for photos.
6000 x 1200
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Maximum Monthly Page Volume Duty cycle measures the maximum number of pages a device can print per month. It can range from 5,000 pages for low end, personal printers to 100,000 or more for high-tech office printers. If you prin ... Show more
2,500 pages
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scanner Scan, Fax, and Photocopy

The four main functions of printers are: printing, scanning, photocopying, and faxing. Either your device will be print only, print/scan/copy, or an all-in-one printer that does printing, scanning, copying, and faxing. Note that scanning and copying almost always come together, since the hardware for these features overlaps significantly. Generally speaking, all-in-one printers are larger, so those with space constraints may find this to be an inconvenience. Additionally, printers with a fax feature are typically more expensive. It would be wise to only consider this feature if you plan to fax often. If not, you’ll be satisfied with a print/scan/copy device.

Scanning Does this printer include a scanner?
Yes
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Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) The automatic document feeder, or ADF, is a tray that automatically feeds paper into the printer usually for scanning, copying, and sometimes faxing (if the printer has the fax feature). Once a job is ... Show more
Yes
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Duplex ADF Scanner A printer with Duplex ADF Scanner allows you to scan both sides of paper without having to manually flip it.
No
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ADF Capacity Maximum number of pages that can fit into ADF tray for scanning/copying
20 pages
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Flatbed Scanner
Yes
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Scan Resolution Measured in DPI (dots per inch). Higher resolution means better scan quality.
1200 x 2400
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Scan to Email Can this printer send scan results to an email?
Yes
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Scan to PDF Does this printer allow combining multiple scanned pages into a PDF?
Yes
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Photocopying Can this printer be used as a photocopier?
Yes
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Copy Speed (Black) Measured in Pages per Minute
6 PPM
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Copy Speed (Color) Measured in Pages per Minute (PPM).
6 PPM
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Copy Resolution (Black)
1200 x 2400
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Copy Resolution (Color)
1200 x 2400
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Max number of Copies When using the copier function, what is the maximum number of copies that the printer allows you to set in one go?
99 pages
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Faxing Does this printer include the ability to send/receive faxes?
Yes
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Color Fax Does the printer allow sending/receiving faxes in color?
Yes
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Fax Memory If printer runs out of pages or ink, it will hold received fax messages in memory. This number indicates how many pages printer can hold.
200 pages
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wifi_tethering Connectivity

Network printers can be wired or wireless. A printer with a wired network connection uses an Ethernet cord that connects directly to your router. A wireless printer connects to your home or office Wi-Fi network. Any computer also connected to your network can use your printer, whether it’s wired or wireless. You will have to install software, or printer drivers, on the computer before you can print. Also, there is a setup process for the printer to get it on the network. If your printer is not wireless, you’ll need to connect it directly to your computer via USB cable, which is not ideal if you have multiple users that need the printer simultaneously.

Outside of Wi-Fi, there are a number of ways a device can connect to a printer. If the printer is not wireless, you’ll have to connect to your printer via USB cable. Some people prefer using the wired connection because it allows for faster data transfers and quicker printing. Depending on the speed of your Wi-Fi and how strong the signal is, it can take time for the document to send from computer to printer over the network. Using a wired connection eliminates this issue. Other connections you may have are: Ethernet for wired connection to your network; Airprint or Google Cloud Print for quick direct printing over the cloud/internet; USB hard drive or memory card to print directly from storage devices; or PictBridge to print directly from cameras.

Can Print Over Wi-Fi
Yes
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Can Connect with an Ethernet Cable Ethernet cable is that long cable you plug in your router.
Yes
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Can connect with a USB cable
Yes
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Can Print from Mobile You may also be able to print directly from your smartphone or tablet through features like AirPrint and Google Cloud Print, or from a brand-specific mobile app like Brother’s iPrint&Scan app. If you ... Show more
Yes
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Supports AirPrint AirPrint allows you to print directly from certain Apple devices, such as an iPhone/iPad.
Yes
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Supports HP ePrint Certain HP printers support a useful function called "ePrint" - it allows the user to send an email directly to the printer. This makes printing easier.
No
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Wifi Direct Wi-Fi direct allows your Wi-Fi-enabled devices, such as your smartphone, computer, or tablet, to connect to your printer without using a wireless router or network. You can connect to your printer dir ... Show more
Yes
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NFC NFC (Near-Field Communication) is a printer feature that allows you to print from a smartphone by "tapping" your smartphone on the printer.
Yes
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video_label LCD

Printers with an LCD screen/display give you the option to control some settings directly on the printer, such as a one-touch print, scan, copy, or fax. You may also be able to adjust print quality, preview the print job, and/or view connection settings. Some screens are programmed to offer setup instructions for easy installation. For those who are not particularly tech savvy, this could be helpful.

LCD Screen Display Does the printer have an LCD display screen to preview the print job and settings?
Yes
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Colored Display
Yes
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LCD Screen Size If the printer has an LCD screen, what is the size of that screen?
2.7 inches
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Touch Screen Commands Does the printer feature a touch screen for easy command input?
Yes
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Software Platform
Memory Capacity Internal memory, storage, or memory capacity in a printer will all mean the same thing—the amount of print data the printer can store in the print queue. When you send multiple documents to the printe ... Show more
128 MB
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Physical Features
Weight

17 lbs
 
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Dimensions
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Noise Level How loud a printer can be is measured in the standard sound unit called decibels, or dB. The higher the dB rating, the louder the machine is. Also, the closer you are to the machine, the louder it wil ... Show more
50 dB
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Paper
Supported Paper Sizes Not all printers can handle all sizes of paper. If you plan to print photos, envelopes, labels, or other variations from the typical 8.5x11" letter paper, you’ll need a printer that has settings to su ... Show more
  • A4
  • Letter
  • Legal
  • Executive
  • A5
  • A6
  • Photo (4" x 6")
  • Index Card (5" x 8")
  • Photo (5" x 7")
  • Photo (3.5" x 5")
  • Envelope (C5)
  • Envelope (Com-10)
  • Envelope (DL)
  • Envelope (Monarch)
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Number of Trays How many paper trays does the printer have?
2
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Paper Tray Capacity Paper tray capacity indicates the maximum number of sheets of paper that fit in the tray or document feeder. The main tray will likely hold the most paper; the printer may also have one or more backup ... Show more
100 sheets
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Output Paper Tray Capacity Number of pages that fit in printer's output tray.
50 pages
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Other Info
Power Consumption For the energy conscious, or those looking to cut down their power bill, the amount of power your printer consumes may be a concern to you. At different stages, such as in standby mode, while actively ... Show more
  • Operational 20 Watt
  • Standby 3.5 Watt
  • Sleep 1.3 Wat
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Energy Star Qualified Energy Star is a set of standards that aims to reduce energy consumption of various devices. If a device is Energy Star qualified, it will consumer less energy to operate and is more environmentally f ... Show more
Yes
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Brother MFC-J880DW is a very popular and one of the more expensive options. It's in the top 3 bestselling printers and has dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as Canon Pixma MG6620 or Epson SureColor T3170 .

Brother MFC-J880DW is $297.01 more expensive than an average printer ($349.99).

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