Brother's family tree grew a bit bigger today with the announcement of two color laser all-in-one printers. The new arrivals, officially dubbed MFC-9000 Series Color Laser Multi-Function Centers, provide color laser printing, copying, faxing and scanning for less than $850.
|The Ethernet-ready Brother MFC-9440CN.|
First up, the network-ready MFC-9440CN is priced at $699 and available later this month. Second, the MFC-9840CDW, which debuts in September with an $849 street price. According to a statement release by Brother, both models are built with single-pass technology and are "fast, powerful, flexible machines" designed to provide professional quality color and performance.
Both machines share an extensive feature set, with the higher-end MFC-9840CDW providing additional functionality. Here's how the shared feature set breaks down: The all-in-one is designed to print up to 21 pages per minute (ppm) in both color and black and white and to copy up to 17 ppm also in color or black and white. Brother rates the print resolution at up to 2,400 x 600 dots per inch (dpi) and an optical color scanning resolution of up to 1,200 x 2,400 dpi.
Both devices include Ethernet, a USB 2.0 interface and a 33.6Kbps modem for faxing. The USB Direct Interface is designed to let you print and scan PDF and JPG files directly from a USB flash drive no PC required. PictBridge support lets you print directly from PictBridge compatible digital cameras.
Paper handling features include 300-sheet input capacity, which expands to a total of 800 sheets with the purchase of an optional 500-sheet paper tray. The base model (MFC-9440CN) comes standard with a 35-page document feeder, 16 One-Touch and 300-speed dial memory locations and 64MB of memory.
Brother set its sights for the MFC-9840CDW on SMBs and small workgroups looking for wireless networking. It's expanded features include:
- Built-in 802.11b/g wireless interface
- Built-in duplex for two-sided print/copy/scan/fax capabilities
- 50-sheet auto document feeder capacity
- Legal size platen for scanning and copying legal size documents
- Large 5-line LCD display
- 40 One-Touch and 300-speed dial memory locations
- 128MB memory
Brother also offers both standard and high-yield replacement toners for the MFC-9000 Series. A standard black toner cartridge yields 2,500 pages and costs $59.99. The high-yield version runs 5,000 pages for $92.99.
The color toners (you need three) in the standard yield of 1,500 pages, cost $69.99 each. If you want the high-yield cartridges 4,000 pages they'll set you back $129.99 each.
Lauren Simonds is the managing editor of SmallBusinessComputing.com
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