The Brother IntelliFax-1860C is a powerful inkjet-based fax machine that can print and fax in color or monochrome. The modem is fast and is capable of sending a fax page in as little as three seconds. The per-page costs of inkjets is higher than lasers, but the use of independent cartridges for each ink color helps keep them relatively low, and we like that the fax machine ships with full-capacity cartridges. A step-up version, the Brother IntelliFax-1960C adds an expandable cordless phone and a digital answering machine, but faxing performance should be identical. If you don't need color printing or faxing, the black-and-white HP 640 inkjet-based fax machine is a little less capable but also a bit less expensive.
User reviews provide the most useful buying advice for the Brother IntelliFax-1860C. Amazon.com, Staples.com and BestBuy.com don't each have a ton of reviews, but when considered together, a clear picture of how well users like the fax machine emerges.
Although there are not a lot of reviews here, most owners of the Brother IntelliFax-1860C seem pleased. The most negative review says that it's a bad choice if you are interested only in black-and-white printing and faxing but is otherwise complimentary about the machine.
Review: Brother FAX-1860C Color Inkjet Fax, Copier, Phone, Contributors to Amazon.com
Staples.com users give the Brother IntelliFax-1860C more mixed reviews than at other sites. Paper handling and paper tray problems crop up as issues.
Review: Brother IntelliFax-1860C Color Plain-Paper Fax, Contributors to Staples.com
Best Buy users give the Brother IntelliFax-1860C the best reviews overall; it garners nearly perfect scores across the board. Though 100 percent of users say they would recommend the fax machine to a friend, the fax machine has fewer reviews here than elsewhere.
Review: Brother - IntelliFax Fax/ Phone/ Copier Reviews, Contributors to BestBuy.com