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Brother Multifunction Inkjets: Cloud-connected business printers with A3 capability

Elias Plastiras | Nov. 10, 2014
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.

Brother MFC-J5320DW
Brother MFC-J5320DW.

While the previous two models are more for the home/home office user, this model (and the MFC-J5720DW after this) is better suited for slightly busier small office environments. The MFC-J5320DW is bigger than the previous models, and that's because it has beefed up paper handling and also an ability to house super-high yield ink cartridges.

The paper handling capacity is boosted to 250 sheets via the internal paper tray, which is more convenient if you want a device for printing and copying documents more frequently, and 2-sided printing is supported. The output tray is still 50 sheets, though, and A3 prints are still possible one at a time from the manual feed at the rear. There is a 35-sheet ADF for copying and scanning multi-page documents automatically.

In terms of speed, the MFC-J5320DW does 20ppm in colour and 22ppm in black, and it can use a super-high yield black ink that can put the cost per monochrome print to about 2.3 cents per page. Of course, the yield will vary depending on the types of prints you do, but the rating for the super-high yield black cartridge (LC239XLBK) is 2400 pages, and it's slightly thicker than the standard black cartridge. The colour cartridges are high yield (LC235 C/M/Y) and rated for 1200 pages each.

You get Ethernet, Wi-Fi, a 2.6in touchscreen, Cloud functions, and mobile apps for printing from phones and tablets. It costs $229. Total ink cost is $151 (including the super-high yield black).

Get this multifunction device if you need scanning, copying, faxing, and printing functions, and especially if you need a higher paper and ink capacity for more frequent usage than a more entry level printer can provide. You can print on A4 and A3 (single-sheet only), and can connect to the printer via USB, Ethernet or Wi-Fi.

Brother MFC-J5720DW
Brother MFC-J5720DW.

This is the biggest and most comprehensive model of the lot. It can accommodate a lot more paper thanks to the inclusion of two standard paper trays at the bottom, which can each hold 250 sheets, and there is also a multi-purpose tray at the back that can hold a further 80 A4 sheets or up to 5 A3 sheets.

It still has a one-sheet manual feed slot, the output tray will spill over after 50 sheets, but the ADF is boosted to 50 sheets for scanning and copying. Two-sided printing is automatic for printing, and the speed of the printer is 22ppm for monochrome jobs and 20ppm for colour jobs. Two-sided, single-pass scanning is also present.

Consumables are the same as the ones used in the MFC-J5320DW, meaning it can handle super-high yield black (LC239XLBK), in addition to high yield cyan, magenta, and yellow cartridges (LC235). The cost of a black print can be as low as 2.3 cents, and a colour print as low as 10.3 cents.

 

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