Brother INKvestment Review

INKvestment is a new lineup of high-yield printers created by French Canadian home office maker Brother. The budget-friendly printers claim to print up to 2400 black pages (1200 color pages) on a single cartridge. Here’s our review.


What Is INKvestment?

INKvestment is a lineup of budget-friendly printers created by Brother. There are two printers in the lineup, including the MFC-J985DW and the MFC-J985DW XL.

The printers have made headlines online in recent weeks by solving one of the biggest problems in the printer industry: the need for frequent refills and the cost of ink.

True to its name, INKvestment promises to present you with an “investment” where you pay more for the printer upfront, but get significantly more long-term value. The printers start at $199 ($299 for the XL version, which prints more pages).

Let’s take a closer look at the tech specs and features on both INKvestment printers.

INKvestment Tech Specs

The MFC-J985DW and J985DW XL both come with the following features:



-Includes 4 INKvestment cartridges in the box

-Provides approximately 2400 black pages and 1200 color pages (total ink yield in the box)

-Print/copy/color scan/fax

-12 black/10 color pages per minute max speed

-2.7” touchscreen

-6000×1200 dpi

-Up to 100 sheet tray / 1-sheet bypass for printing no envelopes and cardstock / 20-sheet automatic document feeder



-Up to 2 years of ink included (12 INKvestment cartridges in the box)

-Approximately 7200 black pages and 300 color pages total ink yield in the box

-Print/copy/color scan/fax

-12 black/10 color pages per minute

-2.7” touchscreen

-6000×1200 dpi

-Up to 100 sheet tray / 1-sheet bypass for printing no envelopes and cardstock / 20-sheet automatic document feeder

The main difference between the two printers is that one comes with 4 INKvestment cartridges, while the other comes with 12 INKvestment cartridges.

These cartridges use a special technology where you insert four cartridges at one time. One is a black cartridge while the other three are multi-color cartridges.

In any case, these cartridges promise to help you print for less than one cent per page for black and white printing and less than five cents per page in color.

The touchscreen on the printers let you control all of the printer’s functions.

Both printers also come with Wi-Fi Direct technology, which means you don’t even need a router (it just connects directly to other Wi-Fi-connected electronics.

How to Buy INKvestment Printers

Brother’s lineup of INKvestment printers are currently available online through Amazon. You can also buy them in-store at certain retailers, including Staples, Best Buy, Walmart, Brother USA, and Zones. The prices above ($199 and $299) are the MSRP, so the actual in-store prices may be higher or lower.

About Brother International Corporation

Brother International Corporation created the INKvestment lineup of printers. Brother sells a wide variety of home office producers, including fax machines, labelling systems, mobile printers, scanners, typewriters, and machine tools.

Brother is a French Canadian company located in Montreal. You can contact the company using the contact information found here.

Brother’s printers are generally well-reviewed online. They were chosen as #1 in satisfaction and reliability 3 years in a row by, and 7 years in a row by the readers of

Ultimately, Brother’s INKvestment lineup of printers promises to be an ideal solution if you’re tired of running out of printer ink when you need it most. You can purchase the printers online through Amazon or other electronics retailers.