The Brother Fax-575 is one of the least expensive fax machines on the market. However, its slow print speed and high per-page costs make it a less than ideal choice for heavy users. Its print quality is acceptable, but not as good as a laser fax machine's, and there are some problems with paper jams. Still, its overall ease of use and low price tag make it a great choice for occasional users.
Easy to use. The Brother FAX-575 is one of the most popular fax machines on the market. What owners love most about it, aside from the low price, is how easy it is to set up and use. However, most owners acknowledge that it can't match the speed or performance of a laser fax machine. It takes 15 seconds to transmit a page, compared with 2.5 seconds for the Brother IntelliFax-2840 (Est. $130) , and its images have a significantly lower resolution. Users also complain that it suffers from frequent paper jams, which aren't usually a problem with Brother's higher-end fax machines.
Just the basic fax. The FAX-575 isn't heavy on features. It can do some light copying, but it can't make scans or double as an office printer. Its paper capacity is only 50 pages, its memory can store up to 25 and its auto document feeder can handle no more than 10. However, it does include a handset that can double as a telephone, and it can automatically detect the difference between a phone call and an incoming fax. There's no built-in answering machine, but it has a hookup for one. The small footprint is also a plus for many users.
Only cheap for occasional use. The low upfront cost of this machine is its biggest draw, but owners say that those savings can be eaten up in short order if you do a lot of faxing. The thermal-transfer ribbon cartridges only cost around $18 each, but they're only good for around 150 pages. This works out to 12 cents per page -- more than 10 times as much as the high-end Brother IntelliFax-4100e (Est. $235) . In addition, the fax ships with only a starter ribbon cartridge that's rated for just 30 pages. On the plus side, the FAX-575 is backed by the same one-year warranty as Brother's higher-priced fax machines.
Staples.com has more than 700 reviews for the Brother FAX-575; it earns 4 out of 5 stars overall and just under 90 percent of owners recommend it. Owners praise the machine's speed, efficiency and quietness, but say that it burns through ribbon cartridges quickly and the print quality isn't top-notch.
Review: Brother Personal 575 Plain-Paper Fax, Contributors to Staples.com, As of March 2014
Amazon.com has more than 500 reviews for the Brother FAX-575, with ratings averaging 4.1 stars out of 5. Owners love its low cost, small footprint and easy setup, but critics say that the machine's image quality and frequent paper jams are disappointing.
Review: Brother Fax-575 Personal Fax, Phone, and Copier, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2014
We found more than 200 reviews for the Brother FAX-575 at Walmart.com. It receives 4.2 stars out of 5 overall, with 90 percent of owners recommending it. Users say this machine is a great value that's easy to set up and use. Most complaints center on reliability.
Review: Brother FAX-575 Personal Fax, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of March 2014
There are about 85 reviews for the FAX-575 at Brother's own website, where opinions appear to be uncensored. Most owners find it a good, inexpensive choice for low-volume faxing. However, some complain about frequent paper jams and other errors, as well as pricey consumables.
Review: FAX-575, Contributors to Brother-USA.com, Not Dated
Nearly 50 BestBuy.com users leave reviews of the Brother FAX-575 here. Ratings average 4.3 stars out of 5, with around 92 percent saying that they would recommend the machine. Owners say this budget-priced fax is easy to set up and good for the occasional user.
Review: Brother - Fax/Phone/Copier, Contributors to BestBuy.com, As of March 2014
We found about 25 reviews for the Brother FAX-575 at PriceGrabber.com. Owners give it 4 stars out of 5 overall, saying the fax machine is compact, reliable and priced right. Some users say it's slow and the print quality isn't great, but most find it reasonably good for the price.
Review: Brother Personal FAX-575 Fax Machine, Contributors to PriceGrabber.com, As of March 2014