Brother has a very wide range of multifunction machines, both inkjet and laser, and the DCP-8070D comes from the middle of the mono laser range. It's rated at 28ppm and includes direct print from USB drives and duplex output.
The machine has a conventional, if rather busy design and quite a large footprint for a mono printer. The automatic document Feeder (ADF), replete with instruction labels on its use, takes up to 20 sheets of paper in a lower feeder and feeds them out to a top tray, which folds closed over the top of the ADF, when not in use. This is the opposite way round to most ADF mechanisms, but is just as effective.
The control panel is well laid out, with a 2-line by 16-character, backlit LCD display in the centre. To the left of this are buttons for the Copy and Print functions and to the right is a cross of navigation buttons, a number pad and the Start and Stop buttons. The number pad can be used to type in a four-digit PIN for secure printing.
Below the control panel on the left is a USB socket and, unlike the last two colour multifunction machines we've covered, it handles both scanning to a USB drive and walk-up printing. The DCP-8070D can handle PDF, JPEG, TIFF and PRN files, among others, and will work with PictBridge cameras, too.
The print engine itself is a pretty standard mono laser, which is used in several other Brother printers and multifunctions. The machine has a 250-sheet paper tray - more generous than some - and there's an optional second tray with the same capacity that fits underneath. A 50-sheetmulti-purpose tray folds down from above the main tray, to handle special media.
At the back are sockets for USB and Ethernet, though there's no wireless option on this machine.
The two-part drum and toner cartridge is supplied ready assembled and needs only to be slid into the machine from the front, once the front cover has been folded down. Software installation is straightforward and includes Brother’s multifunction suite as well as printer and scanner drivers. Drivers for Windows, OS X and Linux, via CUPS, are available.
We've learnt to take print speed specifications with a substantial quantity of salt, so were pleasantly surprised when we saw a real-world print speed of 24ppm from the DCP-8070D. Although a short way off the quoted figure of 28ppm – and then only on a long run – it's a healthy speed, which means the machine should cope well with use in a small office or workgroup.