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December 09, 2011

Brother MFC-9970CDW – the high-performance wireless color laser All-In-One for busy workgroups

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The Brother MFC-9970CDW was announced in the fall of 2010. This high-performance color laser wireless multifunction printer has a monthly duty cycle of 60,000 pages and at print speeds of up to 30 ppm, it is ideal for busy work groups and small businesses.

This printer includes a number of productivity features like the 300-sheet input paper tray, 50-sheet multi-purpose paper tray, 50-sheet automatic document feeder and duplex print, scan, copy and fax functions. You get crisp professional color prints with resolutions up to 2400 x 600 dpi. The high yield toner cartridges ensure that you spend less time replenishing supplies.

The control panel consists of a 5” back-lit color LCD display with intuitive menus, easy to use alphanumeric keypad and special function keys. The convenient USB port at the front allows you to scan to as well as print, fax from a USB device. The scan feature gives you the ability to scan a document directly into an E-mail attachment, OCR document, or media card, making it simpler to share your scanned files with others. This model includes Scansoft PaperPort® SE with OCR for Windows® and Presto!® PageManager® for Mac®.

With the Brother™ iPrint&Scan free app download for wireless printing (JPEG & PDF) and scanning you can easily print from and scan to your Apple®, Android™ or Windows® Phone 7 mobile devices.

The efficient fax features of the MFC-9970CDW include auto fax reduction, fax forwarding, automatic redial with up to 340 auto dial fax locations, a 500-page fax memory and PC fax sending and receiving.

Summary

The Brother MFC-9970CDW is a powerful wireless color laser All-in-One that is ideal for busy work groups.
MSRP: $699.99

Manufacturer

Brother
Product Page
Brother MFC-9970CDW

Supplies

Specs that matter

Notable Features:30 ppm print speed; 300-sheet input tray, 50-sheet multi-purpose tray, 50-sheet Automatic Document Feeder; Duplex print, copy, scan and fax; 500-page fax memory; Copy sorting function; 340 Auto-dial fax locations; Brother™ iPrint&Scan free app download for wireless printing (JPEG & PDF) from and scanning to your Apple®, Android™ or Windows® Phone 7 (JPEG only and scanning not available) mobile device.
Printer Resolution:Up to 2400 x 600 dpi
Max. Monthly Duty Cycle:60,000 printed pages
Paper Size:Letter, Legal, Executive, Folio, A4, A5, B6
Scanner Resolution:Max. Interpolated Scan Resolution 19,200 dpi x 19,200 dpi; Optical Scan Resolution Up to 1200 x 2400 dpi
Copier Reduction / Enlargement:25% - 400%
Standard Interface:Wireless 802.11b/g, 10/100 Base-TX Ethernet and Hi-Speed USB 2.0
OS Compatibility:Windows® 2000 Professional, Windows® XP Home, Windows® XP Professional, Windows® XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows Vista® , Windows® 7, Windows Server® 2003, Windows Server® 2003 x64 Edition, Windows Server® 2008, Windows Server® 2008 R2, Mac OS® X 10.4.11, 10.5.x, Mac OS® X 10.6.x and Higher
Warranty:1 year on-site limited warranty

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September 30, 2011

Brother Printers – for your Home and Small Office use

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Brother International’s lineup of printers for home and small office use are compact, fast and ideal for printing brochures, presentations and other business documents. The HL-3000 series and MFC-9000 series come in a compact design and fit in beautifully in any office environment with perfect ease.

The print speed of up to 17ppm in both color and monochrome ensures faster and superior quality output. The paper tray has a capacity of up to 250 sheets. It is adjustable and can handle up to legal size papers and also has a manual feed slot for printing envelopes and letterhead.

Brother’s Digital LED printing technology is used to produce high quality output with a resolution of up to 600 x 2400 dpi. These printers have built-in Ethernet network interface which allows you to conveniently share the printer across a network. You can also set the printer in Toner Save Mode to reduce toner usage.

Summary

Brother’s color All-In-Ones and printers are ideally suited to home office and small offices as they deliver good quality output at affordable costs.
MSRP: HL-3000 Series from $299 to $349

Manufacturer

Brother International
Product Page
Brother HL3040CN

Supplies

Specs that matter

Notable Features:fast color printing, built-in networking, digital LED technology for high resolution, generous paper input capacity, compact design
Green Features:Energy star qualified, Toner Save Mode to reduce toner usage
Pages Per Minute:17 ppm color and monochrome
Resolution:600 x 2400 dpi
Paper Trays:one input tray
Paper Capacity:250 sheet input capacity
Interface:Ethernet, Hi-Speed USB 2.0
Compatibility:Windows, Mac and Linux
Dimensions:16.1 x 18.3 x 9.8 inches
Weight:41.9 pounds
Warranty:1 year limited

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Article Filed Under: Brother Laser Toner Printers
September 16, 2011

New Brother AIO inkjet printers – Truly All-In-One

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Brother International introduced a new series of All-In-One Inkjet printers to cater to the printing needs of the Small Office-Home Office markets at a very affordable price. Four new models have been introduced - MFC-J280w, MFC-J430w, MFC- J625dw and MFC-J825dw, with prices ranging from $99 to $149. All the key features of an MFC like built-in wireless connectivity, front loading four ink cartridge system, mobile device connectivity etc., are available.

As in every other MFC, you can print, copy and scan using this compact printer. The print speeds are at 33 ppm in black and 26 ppm in color. These printers offers high quality print output as the droplet size is as small as 1.5 picoliters.

MFC-J430w and MFC- J625dw come with a 20 sheet Automatic Document Feeder option and also offer faster print speeds and automatic duplexing facility. MFC-J825dw is a 4-in-1 device with print, scan, copy and fax facility and is priced at $149.99. In addition to all the above mentioned features, MFC-J825dw also offers CD/DVD/Blu-ray printing, web connected applications and a built-in memory card reader.

Multiple computers can be connected to printers of this series using wireless network connection. They are also compatible with Brother iPrint&Scan – a free download app which enables you to print images from and scan to Apple, Android or Windows Phone 7 mobile devices.

The MFC-J825dw will be available in the market from September 2011 while the others in the series will be available from October 2011.

Summary

The new AIO inkjet printers from Brother come at an affordable price and offer high quality print output, printing, scanning and faxing facilities. Truly All-In-One.
MSRP: $99 to $149.99

Manufacturer

Brother International

Supplies

Ink
LC-71 (Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow), LC-75 (Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow)

Specs that matter

Release Date:August 16, 2011
Notable Features:print,copy,scan and fax features, Duplex printing, 3.3’’ touchscreen, Web Connect Touchscreen, Mobile Printing, 4-Cartridge Ink System.
Green Features:Energy Star Qualified
Pages Per Minute:35 ppm (Black), 27 ppm(color)
Resolution:6000 x 1200 dpi
Paper Trays:1 input tray
Paper Capacity:up to 100 sheet input capacity
Interface:Hi Speed USB 2.0, Ethernet, Wireless, PictBridge Interfaces Media Card Slots and USB flash memory drive
Compatibility:Windows and MAC
Dimensions:15.9 x 14.9 x 7.1 inches
Weight:20.5 pounds
Warranty:2-year limited

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August 24, 2011

Printing labels? Look for Brother QL-570!

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Brother International’s QL-570 Label Printer has introduced an efficient solution to the label printing needs of one and all. Be it labels for envelopes or labels with graphics or logos; QL-570 does it all, making it an ideal choice for office as well as personal use.

Use of drop-in label rolls and industrial automatic cutter gives a professional touch to every label that is cut from this printer. QL-570 has an easy to install Label creation software and driver. The CD with installation instructions needs to be placed in the PC and you just have to follow the user prompts. The printer can be easily connected to the PC using the inbuilt USB cord feature.

This printer is compatible with applications such as MS Word, Excel and Outlook so that labels can be printed directly from these applications. Or you have the option to use the simple but powerful P-Touch Editor v.5 label creation software. This software allows you to unleash your creativity and design customized labels. This editor has 3 input modes: Snap function – allows you to print the screenshot as a label, Express Mode – for printing labels quickly or for beginners, and Professional Mode - to create customized and sophisticated label designs.

The high resolution of up to 300 x 600 dpi allows for perfect printing of pictures, text and graphics on the label. You can print up to 68 labels per minute. A wide range of labels in various sizes (up to 2.4” wide) can be printed with ease. This also has a variety of bar code types to choose from and to integrate on to your labels.

So, if you have a label to print, Brother QL-570 Label Printer is just the gadget you might want to look for!

Summary

With its high print speed, excellent resolution and user friendly applications, Brother QL-570 is an ideal choice for your label printing needs.
MSRP: $99.99

Manufacturer

Brother International
Product Page
Brother QL570

Supplies

Standard address Labels, 25 feet of paper tape, power supply cord, USB cable, label tray

Specs that matter

Notable Features:High print speed( 68 labels per minute), high print resolution, Easy to connect to PC, compatible with MAC and PC OS, easy to use drop-in tape rolls, Automatic cutter
Print Speed:up to 68 labels per minute
Operation Modes:PC Connected only
Display:3 color LED
Maximum Tape width:up to 2.4 inches
Multiple Copies:Up to 9999 copies
Interface:USB
Software:P-touch® Editor 5.0 for Windows, P-touch® Editor 5.0 for Mac
Operation System:Windows® 2000, XP Home/Pro, Windows Vista®, Windows® 7; Mac OS X 10.6.x
Warranty:2 Year Limited Warranty & Replacement Service

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August 19, 2011

Brother MFC-9560CDW – An ideal solution for your printing needs

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MFC-9560CDW

Brother International introduces the new truly All-In-One printer which prints, scans and even faxes. Moderately priced at $650, it offers a wide range of features such as wireless connectivity, Ethernet and USB interfaces and an inexpensive toner. An ideal choice for small workgroups, this printer comes with detailed installation instructions and a CD to take you through the installation process.

This printer has a 250-sheet main input tray, 150 sheet output tray and a 50 sheet multi-purpose tray. Printing and scanning is done in duplex. This printer also has the added advantage of having a 35 – sheet automatic document feeder through which scanning is done. The document feeder can copy, scan and fax even legal –size documents. MFC-9560CDW can easily be installed in a wired network. Print, scan and fax commands can be given wirelessly. The print speed is at 15 pages per minute on the PC and MAC.

One outstanding feature of this printer is the very affordable price of the toner in comparison to similar printers. Thus Brother MFC-9560CDW offers a very desirable combination of good speed, wireless features and affordability, ideal for a small business firm.

Summary

Brother MFC-9560CDW proves to be a good investment offering print solutions in more than one way at very affordable costs.
MSRP: $650

Manufacturer

Brother International
Product Page
BrotherMFC9560CDW

Supplies

Specs that matter

Notable Features:faster color output, duplex printing and scanning, Automatic document feeder, expandable paper capacity, wireless connectivity, affordable toner, USB direct interface, Brother iPrint&Scan
Green Features:Energy Star partner, Duplex printing saves paper and costs
Pages Per Minute:25 ppm (monochrome & color)
Resolution:2400 x 600 dpi
Paper Trays:2 input trays
Paper Capacity:300 sheets
Interface:USB, Ethernet
Compatibility:Windows, Mac
Dimensions:16.1 x 19.8 x 19.4 inches
Weight:58.4 pounds
Warranty:1 year

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August 17, 2011

Multi Function Printers: Features and functionalities

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Multifunctions

Printers are no longer machines that just print documents and images. Multi Function Printers, popularly known as MFPs, can also perform various other related functions such as scan, copy, and in some cases even fax. Renowned tech products magazine, pcworld, recently conducted a test drive to find out the printing needs of offices from various fields. Six popular inkjet MFPs were installed in three very different office to test their performance in the real world.

Each of the offices was given two MFPs which would suit their specific print needs. These printers were tested for a week. The printers used for the research were:

Here are the features that you can look forward to in an MFP as found from the pcworld test drive.

Printer cum scanner: Most MFPs combine the features of printing and scanning for both A4 size and wide documents. Lexmark Genesis printers have an additional FlashScan feature which uses a camera to take a photograph of the image to be scanned resulting in a scanned output almost instantaneously.

Touchscreens: Touchscreens have become a very common feature in printers nowadays. Each brand of printers comes up with its own unique features for the touchscreen. Among printers used for the pcword’s research initiative, Brother MFC-J6710DW lacks a touchscreen.

Web based Apps for Printers: HP and Lexmark are the only brands which offer web-based applications for their MFPs. HP, in partnership with Disney and Dreamworks, delivers features such as printable games, posters, puzzles and so on. MSNBC and yahoo offer news feeds while Bing, Google and MapQuest provide help with maps.

Lexmark’s Genesis on the other hand, has an app called ePrint that allows you to send print jobs to the printer from any device with an internet connection, from anywhere in the world through the printer’s unique email address.

Cloud printing: An amazing feature that has just found its entry into the printer market. You can now print documents and images from your android-enabled phones without driver or connectivity issues.

Automatic double sided printing and automatic document feeder are other features that you might want to look out for. While duplex printing is definitely more environment friendly, it also consumes more time. If your work involves a great amount of faxing then buying a printer with in built features for fax might be a good idea. Ink costs, too, are one of the most important features that you have to consider while choosing an MFP. Most of the printers used in the pcworld test initiative are reasonably priced as far as ink costs are concerned.

MFPs are most suited for small and medium sized offices that look for printers which offer features like scanning and faxing in addition to printing. With the wide range of MFPs now available in the market, you can always find one which suits your needs perfectly.

Keywords:MFPs, Scanning, MFP and cloud printing, web apps for MFPs, duplexing features in MFPs, touchscreens in MFPs

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August 04, 2011

Latest range of color and monochrome multifunction printers from Brother

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Brother International, one of the leading printer-makers in the market, announced its latest range of color and monochrome multifunction printers recently. Features such as ID Copy mode, wireless capabilities and direct printing from any IOS or Android based device are available to boost one’s business prospects.

This easy to set up wireless or wired Ethernet Network with embedded web support printer connects to any network. Brother’s free iPrint&Scan App can be used by iPad, iPhone and android users to access the AIOs through wireless and thus print directly from their device. Making use of the app’s connectivity to the hilt is the ability to send scans of images and documents from the printers to a smartphone or a tablet.

The ID copy functionality allows users to copy cards on a single A4 sheet. This was earlier meant to be a firmware upgrade, which was customized for a local bank. Now it has been included as an additional feature in all its A3 color AIOs and a select few of the monochrome printers. The interactive 3.3’’ Touchscreen color LCD provides an easy to use menu navigation and help information.

Summary

The latest range with its unique features such as ID copy mode, iPrint&Scan app and ability to print from any IOS or android proves to be an efficient solution to a business’s printing needs.
MSRP: $349.99

Manufacturer

Product Page
Brother MFCJ6910DW

Supplies

Specs that matter

Release Date:April, 2011
Notable Features:ID Copy mode, wireless capabilities, iPrint&Scan App, direct printing from any IOS or android-based device, interactive touchscreen color LCD display
Green Features:Energy Star partner, Power consumption(Sleep/Ready/Copying) of 4/8/28 W
Pages Per Minute:35 ppm (monochrome), up to 27 ppm (color)
Resolution:6000 x 1200 dpi
Paper Trays:Dual paper trays
Paper Capacity:500 sheets
Interface:Hi-Speed USB 2.0, Pictbridge, Wireless (802.11b/g/n), Ethernet, Media Card Slots and USB Flash Memory Drive
Compatibility:Windows, Mac
Dimensions:21.3 x 19.3 x 13.0 inches
Weight:40.8 pounds
Warranty:3 years

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December 28, 2010

Brother Means Business With Its MFC-9460CDN Color Laser Printer

By Sean Doherty

Printer News: Brother MFC-9460CDN Offers Business Bang for the Buck

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Brother recently added three new multifunction printers to its color laser printer MFC 9000 series, including the MFC-9460CDN. This entry-level model costs $599, and prints up to 25 pages per minute in color and black and white. Other business-friendly features include Ethernet, duplex printing, faxing, flatbed and sheet-fed scanning, and a 35-page automatic document feeder. The MFC-9460CDN can print up to 40,000 pages per month without breaking a sweat (and without breaking). You can print from USB memory sticks.

Summary

Multifunction color laser printer best for small businesses with high-volume color printing needs
MSRP: $599

Manufacturer

Product Page
MFC-9460CDN

Supplies

Toner
Standard Black (TN310BK), Cyan (TN310C), Magenta (TN310M), Yellow (TN310Y), Drum Unit (DR310CL); High Yield Black (TN315BK), Cyan (TN315C), Magenta (TN315M), Yellow (TN315Y)

Specs that matter

Release Date:September 28, 2010
Notable Features:Fast color and monochrome printing, automatic two-sided printing, print from USB memory stick
Green Features:Energy Star, duplex printing, N-Up printing, four-cartridge ink system and drum, cartridge recycling
Pages Per Minute:25
Resolution:2400 x 600
Paper Trays:2
Paper Capacity:350
Interface:Ethernet, USB 2.0
Compatibility:Windows, Mac
Dimensions:16.1 x 19.8 x 19.4 inches
Weight:58.4 pounds
Warranty:One Year

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December 02, 2010

How Can I Print Greeting Cards Like a Pro?

By Sean Doherty

PrinTip: The Right Tools to Print Gorgeous Greetings

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'Tis the season… for season's greetings. And thanks to advances in home printer technology, you can print professional-grade greeting cards using your own photographs and text. The secret? Pulling together the right templates included in licensed software like Microsoft Word, along with software supplied online from companies like Brother, Canon, HP and standby greeting-card suppliers like Hallmark.

Whether or not your cards will look like they were professionally printed depends on the capability of your printer and the texture of paper you select. If you only have a monochrome printer, your options are pretty, well, black and white. To print greeting cards like a pro, you first need a color inkjet printer capable of printing high-resolution images such as photographs and stock images in vibrant colors surrounded by clear, sharp text. A printer with a color resolution of 9600 x 2400 dots per inch and 600 x 600 dpi in black and white should do the job. The printer should also support 8.5 x 11-inch media because you'll need to print out and fold cards to the appropriate size.

To get you started, look at color inkjet printers from Brother and Epson, Canon PIXMA printers and HP Photosmart printers. Color inkjet printers capable of quality greeting cards are between $100 and $200. If you send a lot of cards over the holidays, you'll see your return on your investment pretty much right away. In the meantime, here are a few more tips to help you spread the holiday cheer.

Use the Manufacturer's Ink

You can save money by using ink from third party manufacturers, but if professional results are what you seek, use the ink supplied by the printer manufacturer. Name brand ink is designed to work with the manufacturer's printer nozzles to supply the highest quality of output for the printer of your choice. Proprietary ink is also designed to work with special, glossy paper to help make your photographs and images stand out.

Use Premium Paper

You don't have to use paper supplied by your printer manufacturer. As long as it the paper in question features a glossy wax coating to reduce ink absorption and allow ink to dry quickly on the page, your output will honor your printer's high resolution. Of course, your printer manufacturer knows exactly how much ink is sprayed onto a sheet to determine the optimal amount of gloss to add to paper, so if you're concerned about quality, you can always compare and contrast.

And remember, envelopes are the first part of the greeting-card experience, so unless you have a knack for origami, buy them pre-made. A beautiful card wrapped in toilet paper will be remembered, but not for the message inside.

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Article Filed Under: Brother Canon Epson HP Printers PrinTips
October 19, 2010

The Perfect Printer for Road Warriors

By Sean Doherty

A Buyer's Guide to the Best Portable Printers for Professionals

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If your job keeps you on the go and away from your desk, then you need a printer that supports your road warrior lifestyle. At a glance, a lot of printers on the market may appear as if they could do the trick — but don't let first impressions fool you. While some single-purpose inkjet printers boast a lighter weight and a smaller footprint than your average desktop machine, they may still be too clunky to lug around with you on the job. And while plenty of photo printers were designed for maximum mobility, few feature the professional appearance you desire.

As a professional road warrior, you want a printer that fits in your bag and packs a punch: printing 8.5 x 11-inch documents in black ink with at least 1200 dots per inch; supporting a variety of connectivity options including Bluetooth, USB and WiFi; and powering up from your car's electronics, your laptop's USB port, or a built-in battery.

Note that the size of a portable printer will often dictate its price, speed and resolution. The smaller the device, the higher the cost, and the less likely the printer will provide speedy, high resolution output in black. This class of printers also suffers from small input and output trays and rollers not equipped to handle paper loads exceeding 20 pounds.

The Short List

After combing the market for printers that fit the criteria outlined above, I devised this short list of contenders. I excluded thermal printers like the Brother PocketJet 3 because they require thermochromic paper more suitable for specialized industries like law enforcement.

While you may find some used portable printers like Canon's BJC-85 and HP's Deskjet 460c on the market, note that the rollers to input paper on these small printers do not wear well and may cause frequent paper jams.

Canon i80 Series
"Designed for road warriors who print both text and photos, the Canon i80 Color Bubble Jet Printer is quiet, versatile, and trouble-free. At 4 pounds and 2.0 by 12.1 by 6.8 inches, this stylish sidekick is a formidable executive tool that offers big-printer output quality in a small package and works well on the road with your laptop, PDA, digital camera, camcorder, and even cell phone." — PC Mag

Canon PIXMA iP100
"It isn't cheap compared to standard printers, but the Canon Pixma iP100 has the highest resolution available in the mobile printer market and prints at an impressive speed to boot. If you simply must have a printer with you at all times, the iP100 should be the do-it-all at your side." — CNet

HP Officejet H470 Series
"The H470 offers lots of print capability in a small package. It's a little bigger and heavier than some notebook computers, but far smaller and lighter than most desktop ink jet printers, at 3.3 by 13.4 by 6.5 inches. It weighs 4.5 pounds, or 5.3 pounds with the AC adapter. More important, it's comparable with desktop printers in speed and quality, although you can find those much bigger printers at a much lower price." — PC Mag

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