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MFC-J985DWXL All-in-One A4 inkjet

With up to 2 years of ink included*. Available exclusively through Amazon.

At a glance

  • iPrint and Scan
  • Nordic Swan Ecolabel

This product has been discontinued. Our nearest equivalent is the MFC-J1300DW.

Fast, compact and affordable to run. Using individual high capacity ink cartridges the MFC-J985DWXL delivers yields of up to 2,400 mono and 1,200 colour pages, to provide a cost effective and low maintenance printing solution.

The MFC-J985DWXL includes in the box - 12 Super High-yield ink cartridges that provide approximately 7,200 black pages / 3,600 colour pages total ink yield.

Tap to print from or scan straight to your smartphone or tablet using Near Field Communication (NFC) with the Brother iPrint&Scan app or wirelessly using Apple Airprint or Google Cloud Print™. You can also connect directly to the web from your printer in order to scan to or print from Google Docs™, Facebook™, Dropbox, and EVERNOTE™ on the 6.8cm colour touchscreen.

Use wired LAN for fast and secure file sharing and allow multiple users to connect to the printer using your wireless network with the push of a button using WiFi Protected Setup (WPS).

With print, copy, scan and fax capabilities, as well as a wide variety of features including two-sided printing and photo enhancing functions, the MFC-J985DWXL is an ideal device to meet any home or home office needs.

*Up to 2 Years of Ink : Based on average monthly print volumes of approximately 300 pages (70% black pages / 30% colour pages) and approximate page yield in accordance with ISO/IEC 24711 using 12 cartridges provided. For more page yield information, see

Key Features

  • Up to 2 years of ink included in the box* Super High-yield cartridges for cost effective printing.
  • 12ipm mono & 10ipm colour print speeds.
  • Automatic Document Feeder for easy multi-paged copy, scan and fax.
  • NFC, LAN and Wireless network connectivity.
  • Large 6.8cm LCD touchscreen.
  • Manual bypass slot for advanced paper handling.



Cost Effective Printing

Cost-effective Printing

Reduce your total cost of ownership with the MFC-J985DWXL, using super high yield individual cartridges to deliver up to 2,400 mono and 1,200 colour print yields. Additional cost saving features including automatic 2-sided printing and ink save mode ensures the MFC-J985DWXL delivers low maintenance, cost effective printing.
(Approx. cartridge yield is declared in accordance with ISO/IEC 24711)

Enhanced Connectivity

Enhanced Connectivity

The MFC-J985DWXL comes with NFC, wired LAN and wireless connectivity options for easy connecting to and from the machine from multiple devices. Print from and scan straight to your smartphone or tablet using the iPrint&Scan app, Apple AirPrint or Google Cloud Print. Connect directly to the web in order to scan to or print from Google Docs, Dropbox, and EVERNOTE using the 6.8cm colour touchscreen.

Time-saving Print Speeds

Time-saving Print Speeds

With print speeds of up to 12 mono or 10 colour ipm (based on ISO/IEC 24734), it means faster printing to suit all your needs, while maintaining professional looking documents.

Copy and Scan Multiple Pages Easily

Copy, Scan and Fax Multiple Pages Easily

Copy, scan or fax multiple-paged documents with ease through the Automatic Document Feeder (ADF). This frees you up to spend more time on other tasks rather than waiting to flip pages at the printer.

Compact Size

Compact Size

Designed with space-saving in mind, the MFC-J985DWXL is a sleek and compact machine that combines print, copy, scan and fax capabilities.Packed with a wide variety of connectivity and paper handling features the MFC-J985DWXL has a functionality to suit your every need.

Print from and Scan direct to USB and Memory Card

Print from and Scan direct to USB and Memory Card

Scan documents straight to your USB memory drive without having to connect to your computer. Enhance and edit your images using Photo Capture Centre straight from the control panel to print quality borderless photos direct from your digital camera or memory card.



Economic and environmentally friendly too. Compliance with the strict German Blue Angel environmental standards means that the MFC-J985DWXL is recognised as particularly energy efficient.

4 separately replaceable ink cartridges allow you to help protect the environment whilst lowering your printing costs at the same time.

Specification Details

Features and Specifications

Printer type Colour
Function Print, Copy and Scan, Fax
Display size 6.8cm Touchscreen LCD
Max paper size A4
Memory 128MB
Technology Inkjet
Creative Center Yes
Folding Notes Yes
Note Scan Yes
Office Doc Creator Yes
Outline and Copy Yes
Outline and Scan Yes
Connectivity Wired Network, Wireless, USB
Local interface Hi-Speed USB 2.0, 10/100 Base TX (LAN), Wireless 802.11b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC
Supported AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, iPrint&Scan, Mopria, Print Service Plugin for Android
Resolution Up to 1200 x 1200dpi (colour and mono)
Speed Up to 6ipm Mono and Colour
With carton 457(H) x 497(W) x 249(D) mm
With carton 10.5 kg
Without carton 420(W) x 341(D) x 172(H)mm
Weight 8.5 kg
Blue Angel environmental accreditation Yes
Nordic Swan environmental accreditation Yes
Power consumption (Watts) Operating:19W, Ready mode: 3.5W, Sleep: 1.3W, Off: 0.2W
Sound pressure 50dBA (Maximum)
Fax modem 14.4 kbps
Contents Power supply cord, Fax cord, Product safety guide, Software disc, Ink cartridges, User guide, Warranty card, Quick setup guide
Types and sizes Standard Tray: 64-220g/m2. Photo Tray: 64-220g/m2. Manual Feed Slot: 64-300g/m2.
Weights Standard Tray: A4, LTR, EXE, A5, A6, Photo(10x15cm), Indexcard, Photo-2L, C5 Envelope, Com-10, DL Envelope, Monarch. Photo Tray: Photo(10x15cm), Photo-L. Manual Feed Slot: A4, LTR, EXE, A5, A6, Photo(10x15cm), Indexcard, Photo-L, Photo-2L, C5 Envelope, Com-10, DL Envelope, Monarch - Plain, Inkjet, Glossy(cast/resin), Recycled.
Wired network Ethernet 10/100BASE-TX
Wireless network 802.11b/g/n
Wireless network security WEP 64/128bit, WPA-PSK(TKIP/AES), WPA2-PSK(AES)
Software supplied - Mac Brother ControlCenter2
Software supplied - Windows Brother ControlCenter4, Nuance® Paperport® 14 SE with OCR
Supported Windows® 8 / 8.1 (32bit(x86) & 64bit(x64) editions), Windows® 7 (32bit(x86) & 64bit(x64) editions), Windows Vista® (32bit(x86) & 64bit(x64) editions), Windows® XP Professional (32bit(x86) & 64bit(x64) editions), Windows® XP Home, Windows Server® 2003 & 2008 (32bit(x86) & 64bit(x64) editions), Windows Server® 2008 R2 & 2012 (64bit(x64) edition), Mac OS X v10.7.5 / 10.8.x / 10.9.x / 10.10.x
Paper input 100 sheet standard tray, 20 sheet photo tray, 20 sheet ADF
Paper output 50 sheets
Resolution Up to 6,000 x 1,200 dpi (Vertical x Horizontal)
Speed - fast mode Up to 27ppm mono & 23ppm colour
Speed - laser comparable Up to 12ipm mono & 10ipm colour
Automatic 2 sided print Yes
Resolution Optical: Up to 1,200 x 2,400dpi, Interpolated: Up to 19,200dpi.
Scan to Email / Image / File / OCR / Card / USB flash drive / Web services
Speed From 3.35 seconds Mono / 4.12 seconds Colour (A4 size. 100 x100dpi)
Brother paper BP71GLA: A4 glossy photo paper, 20 sheets, BP71GLP: 10x15cm glossy photo paper, 20/50 sheets, BP60MA: A4 Matte inkjet paper, 25 sheets, BP60PA: A4 inkjet paper, 250 sheets
Super high-yield ink cartridges Black / Cyan / Magenta / Yellow: LC22U. BK - Approx 2400* A4 pages, C/M/Y - Approx 1200* A4 pages
Print from PictBridge, USB Flash Memory Drive, Memory Stick Duo/ Pro Duo/Micro, Secure Digitial(SD), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Multimedia Card, Multimedia Card Plus, Multimedia Card Mobile
Warranty 12 months

Rating and Reviews

Customer reviews

MFC-J985DW is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 914.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect I already knew Brother was a great product. I am even more happy now because my printer does everything and saves me money on paper and ink.
Date published: 2020-07-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good inexpensive print, poor interface Ink price is great. Print quality is excellent. The software sucks - the steps required to scan from the pc are moronic. Download time from PC is slow.
Date published: 2020-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reliable Machine for the Money I have used this machine for 4 years. Pros: Good color, reasonable ink replacement cartridge cost, Fax works well, feeder works well, slow printing (not for big jobs. just a copy here and there). Cons: I never got the scanner to work. Must hook the printer up to a cable from my Mac. Rarely ever worked wirelessly. Conclusion: It's $150. If you need a color copier and fax machine that you don't mind hooking up to a cable, it seems to work year after year without fail. BUT!! You Must use Brother Ink. Do Not try and use substitutes.. it has some sort of sensor and will not print.
Date published: 2020-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome printer, and amazing ink management I got this to replace an Epson Workforce 610. I liked that printer, but like all Epson products the ink system fails after a couple of years by spreading black stains on the printouts. Also, Epson ink was never efficient. The Brother MFC-J985DW-XL was a life saver! It came with three packs of ink. EACH of these packs lasted a year!! I bought the MFC-J985DW-XL in the Summer of 2018, and am just about to use the last of the third pack. I did A LOT of printing! The Workforce 610 was a joke compared to this. I should have switched to Brother years ago!! The quality is amazing, and it has little webapps you can download to the printer. They include templates for arts and crafts. Though the actual template doesn't look like the image on the screen. The LCD screen is small, but colorful, touch enabled, and easy to navigate. The only feature that I could not get to work at all was the NFC print feature. My Note 9 would connect, and the printer would acknowledge it, but it never printed anything. The paper tray is just awesome, so many ways to load the paper!! This is a great printer with a great value!! PaulJC April2020
Date published: 2020-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to use! Lots of easy to use features that make life easier. All my devices work with it well over WiFi. The ink lasts a long time. When the ink is out it reorders it for me and is delivered to my home!
Date published: 2020-03-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Beware of use with ASUS router! Printing from my windows PC works well. Scanning does not, as the Brother software reports that it cannot find the scanner, despite being connected to tne WIFI network and printing well using my Windows PC. I also have issues printing from both Android and iOS devices, as they also have intermittent issues finding the unit as an available printer. Brother support worked on the problem, and indicated this is a knows issue with ASUS routers. They suggested 4 setting changes to my ASUS AC3100 router, but these caused other instability issues with the android and iOS devices, so went back to original settings. I am left with a printer that is great for my Windows PC, but only sometimes available for my mobile devices. Also with a scanner that is almost useless.
Date published: 2020-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from printer is awsome I love this printer over my other Brother #MFC-6490cw which keeps loosing its wi fi connection and a def pain esp when needing to print and its not on line .. I still use it but as a back up (wired) to print or scan .
Date published: 2020-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great copies This product makes great copies and has features that everyone can use without too much trouble.
Date published: 2020-01-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The worst printer I 've ever bought I bought this printer in Netherlands where I live. Although, at the site and at the manual it says that it is possible to change the language to english that's not possible, so I am stuck with dutch menu. But the worst is that the color inks are finishing very quick although, I always select the grayscale (It is not possible to select black only). And to become even worst you cannot print if the blank ink is full but only one of the color inks is empty. I bought this printer to save some money from printing but I ended to buy continously expensive color inks.
Date published: 2019-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best all in one printer This has been one of the best all in one printers that we have ever owned. I'm just now changing the ink cartridges for the 2nd time today and we have it it for 3 years this Dec. No complaints at all. It has a wired fax which is great. No more having to buy new printers because the company does not support efax anymore.
Date published: 2019-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great! Works everytime flawless! Ink goes a long way. Super print quality.
Date published: 2019-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EASY TO USE, SIMPLE TO SETUP, AND COMPACT I found this perfect for what I needed as a compact printer, I use in a camper for when I am working on the move. Was very easy to setup and use. Presently only using Print and Scan features. So far the most economical Printer for an ink printer.
Date published: 2019-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lives up to the hype (so far) 2 sided works like a dream; photo and normal printing and scanning all work great! fast easy system integration (Mac). [too few pages to PERSONALLY verify low ink claims, but they seem believable!..will update after changing cartridges ... could be a year or so]
Date published: 2019-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great best printer ever !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2019-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very responsive the printer was very easy to setup on my mac and was very responsive to all print commands from my mac desktop. the brother status monitor also works well with this mac---thanks, brother...
Date published: 2019-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does It All In my opinion none compare to the Brother MFC-J985DW. It is easy to hook up, and the numerous things I can do with it keep me thinking of what I want to do next. It's easy to fine tune the outcome of what you want to print. The ink cartridges can be ordered and sent to your home as many times a year as you need so you never run out. I'm sold on the quiet operation, quality of print, document and photo scanning and printing.
Date published: 2019-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great printer excellent machine, quality and functions are great
Date published: 2019-08-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Always gets stuck "offline" I have had this for three years. the first two it worked great, but now it gets "offline" every day and you have to reconnect it to the wifi, entering password and all. It makes the routine task of printing painful.
Date published: 2019-08-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good printer software not so much. As an IT Consultant i spec looks of printers, brothers are good printers but reliable printing from phones or computer on wifi network has never been their strong suit.
Date published: 2019-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Does the job well! It does everything you ask it to do well. Major complaint is the size of the paper tray which requires you to keep on putting paper very often.
Date published: 2019-07-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Stopped working after a while stopped working after a while. Didn't use much. printed only almost 7 to 8 times. and now stopped working. only printing blue color. and that's also not complete. that's it.
Date published: 2019-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great all in one for the price Easy to setup and use. Works well. I am able to fax from home and I like the scanning feature too.
Date published: 2019-07-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from InkVestment fails its promise This printer is average quality for a home printer. It's pretty fast and easy and I have no complaints about the performance. The promise of 1200 pages of color printing that it says right on the printer itself is laughable, though. If you specifically upgrade your purchase because of this promise, like me, you'll be disappointed. I've owned the same 2 packs of paper that I bought with the printer, and I've gone through about 700 sheets with mostly light b&w printing, and the yellow ink is out already.
Date published: 2019-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Recently just started a business and decided to upgrade my printer. Best investment ever. Love this bad boy. :)
Date published: 2019-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to use, reliable, excellent quality Easy to use, reliable, excellent quality, affordable.
Date published: 2019-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so far so good... I haven't had that many printers before, but this one is surely the best I've ever used. The photographic printing is quite nice, and the black and white printing is faster than that of my previous machines.
Date published: 2019-06-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I like this printer Printer seems good and the features so far have been nice and intuitive to use. I am a bit concerned regarding the durability of the paper tray and other parts. Some construction seems cheap. The plasitc pieces construction of it seem like long term use could be hard on the light plastic, particularly the mechanics of the paper tray. Time will tell.
Date published: 2019-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product ! Great features, economical, and easy to use. Best printer I’ve ever owned.
Date published: 2019-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product Compact size product that competes with larger units. Not the heavy duty workhorse you may need for office work but an excellent product for home use. Easy to set up, including wi-fi operation. Prints amazingly well and scans great! Have yet to use the sheet feeder and will never use the fax but it's a great choice for light to medium home use.
Date published: 2019-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works Great Two months of usage as a home printer. Installation was easy. Photo and regular text printing is very good. It has a lot of features that I have yet to use. Ink usage is respectably good and should last me a long time. I don't print a lot. Its a bit noisy while printing.
Date published: 2019-06-08
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