The Brother Fax-575 is one of the least expensive fax machines on the market. Reviewers say it is fine for occasional use, but those that fax frequently will be better served by other fax machines.
A small, simple fax. The Brother Fax-575 is one of the least expensive fax machines on the market and is also one of the most popular, generating hundreds of reviews at user-review sites. On the upside, users say the Fax-575 is easy to set up and reliable; it's also compact and lightweight. However, the low upfront cost comes at a price. The Brother Fax-575 is slow compared to other well-regarded fax machines, such as the Brother IntelliFax-2840 (Est. $145) , with a per-page transmission speed of 15 seconds.
It also uses thermal-transfer technology. While that means that it can print on plain paper, printouts aren't as long-lasting as with laser fax machines, and consumable costs can mount up if you fax a lot. That makes the Brother Fax-575 thermal fax machine most suitable for businesses and homes that only fax on occasion.
What you see is what you get. There aren't a lot of extras with the Brother Fax-575. It can do some light copying, and there's a handset that can be used for making regular phone calls. It has a 50-page tray (for both letter and legal), a 10-page auto document feeder and a 25-page fax memory.
Cheap for occasional use, otherwise, not-so-much. The low upfront cost of this machine is its biggest allure, but owners say that those savings can be eaten up in short order if you do a lot of faxing. The thermal-transfer ribbon cartridge only costs around $25, but it is only good for around 150 pages. The high-capacity cartridge for the Brother IntelliFax-2840 will set you back around $55 but is rated for 2,600 pages.
In addition, the Fax-575 ships with only a starter ribbon cartridge, which is rated for just 30 pages. Still, the price of the Brother Fax-575 is unbeatable, and the performance of this thermal-transfer fax machine is better than anything at or near its price point.
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Amazon.com has over 370 reviews for the Brother Fax-575 and earns 4.1 out of 5 stars. About half of the users give it 5 stars for its low cost and good efficiency, but critics say that the machine's fax quality and higher consumables costs disappointed them.
Review: Brother Fax-575 Personal Fax, Phone, and Copier, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of June 2013
Staples.com has over 570 reviews for the Brother Fax-575, the most of any retail site; the thermal-transfer fax machine gets 4 out of 5 stars, and just under 90 percent say that they would recommend it to a friend. Reviewers praise the Fax-575 for being efficient and quiet but say it burns through ribbon cartridges quickly and that the quality isn't top-notch.
Review: Brother Personal 575 Plain-Paper Fax, Contributors to Staples.com, As of June 2013
At Brother's own website, most users report that they are happy with the Fax-575, saying it works well for low-volume faxing and is priced right. However, some other owners report that fax quality could be better. It earns a score of 4.1 stars following around 80 reviews.
Review: Fax-575, Contributors to Brother-USA.com, As of June 2013
More than 40 BestBuy.com users leave reviews of the Brother Fax-575 here. It earns a rating of 4.2 stars, with just over 90 percent saying that they would recommend this cheap fax machine to a friend. The Fax-575 is efficient and good for the budget-conscious or occasional user, reviewers say.
Review: Brother - Fax/ Phone/ Copier, Contributors to BestBuy.com, As of June 2013
More than 90 reviewers rate the Brother Fax-575 at OfficeMax.com, and it earns a rating of 4.2 stars. Reviewers say the fax can be a bit slow but is easy to use and performs decently for the price.
Review: Brother 575 Thermal Fax Machine, Contributors to OfficeMax.com, As of June 2013