Like the MFC-685cw, the MFC-5890CN just can't get a handle on output quality. All of our test subjects, including pages of text, graphics, photos and presentations, appeared fuzzy and hard to read, even after several print-head adjustments and troubleshooting attempts. All of the characters, especially those in smaller font sizes, suffered from jagged and distorted edges, as if the nozzle wasn't properly aligning with the paper.
Coloured graphic prints looked even worse, with heavy line weights and blotchy colour blends that transition so abruptly you can see white blocks between them. We also tried to print graphics and photos with the driver's 'vivid colour' and True2Life settings, but neither offered a significant improvement. Finally, we also noticed a pale white haze blanketing all the prints in our test.
We expected to see much better output quality from the Brother MFC-5890CN, given its price. We advise that you avoid this model and check out the Canon Pixma MX330 instead.
Additional editing by Charles Kloet