Ink cartridges lasting for a year — that’s what Brother’s new MFC-J995DW multifunction inkjet printer proposes. It’s the first model to use the company’s new INKvestment Tank system that provides a year’s worth of ink before needing replacement.
According to Brother, the INKvestment Tank is the successor to the INKvestment series, which was developed based on how people were using printers. Replacing ink, and frequency and cost of doing it were the main things causing pain to consumers, and INKvestment Tank series take addressing adresses these points to another level.
With a white colored exterior instead of the traditional black, the J995DW looks like a typical all-in-one inkjet printer, until you notice the protrusion on the right side of the machine. The design is to accommodate four, newly developed high-yield ink cartridges (black, cyan, magenta, and yellow) that don’t have traditional mechanisms, like levers and springs.
The one-year claim is based on average monthly print volumes of 150 pages, at 60-percent black and 40-percent color. If you print occasionally or you print mostly in draft mode, you’re likely to hit the one-year mark or possibly longer, But if you print a lot of colorful documents, chances are you’ll have to replace the ink before the year is up.
The J995DW adds new features to the INKvestment series, including fax; support for additional connectivity services; has a higher max monthly duty cycle; and a larger-capacity paper tray. Like its predecessors, there’s a 2.7-inch color touchscreen, support for popular cloud services (Google Drive, Dropbox, and Evernote) and mobile printing (AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Mopria, NFC), duplex printing, and other features designed for small or home office use.
The J995DW isn’t positioned as a photo printer, but does do a very good job with printing color on photo paper.