Brother's new range of multifunction inkjet printers for the second half of 2014 includes two models for home office users (the DCP-J4120DW and MFC-J4620DW), as well as two models for small business users that need a bit more oomph (the MFC-J5320DW and MFC-J5720DW). It's Brother's first foray into the inkjet business market, a market that's for business users who don't have a need for high-volume printing. For very busy offices, a laser printer is still a better choice.
All of the new multifunction centres come with Brother's Cloud-connected features, which allow you to print from services such as Dropbox and Google, and they can also be used to print from mobile devices (Apple and Android) via an app (Brother's iPrint&Scan). A3 paper is supported, yet all of the printers are designed to be compact and unobtrusive.
But what other features do they have and how can you differentiate between these multifunction printers? Here's a rundown of the new devices so you can see which one might best suit your needs.
The DCP-J4120DW is the simplest and smallest of the devices that has been released, and it's aimed at the home user who wants a basic unit for printing, scanning and copying. It can be controlled via a 2.6in touchscreen, and it has stated speeds of 20 pages per minute (ppm) for black, and 18ppm for colour.
Its running cost is comprised of four individual (and chipped) cartridges (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black), which cost about $32 each and have a high yield of 1200 pages each. The cartridges (model LC235 for the colours and LC237BK for black) are easy to install via the front of the machine, with capillary tubes taking the ink to the print head (the same principle used in all the printers here).
Paper handling for printing is 150 A4 sheets at a time, which is fed through the bottom of the printer in a landscape orientation (again, the same for all the printers here), and there is a manual feed at the back that can accommodate one A3 sheet at a time. Up to 50 A4 sheets can be held in the output tray. Two-sided printing is automatic, the resolution is up to 1200x6000 dots per inch (dpi), and there is also a quiet mode that can be used to stifle some of the printer's racket (which comes mostly from the tracks moving the paper and the print head going back and forth).
Scanning and copying can be undertaken from the flatbed at the top of the printer, which can do up to 1200x600dpi colour reproductions, and scans can be sent to email or an SD card, and optical character recognition (OCR) is supported.
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