For many years OKI was the one company pioneering LED printers, as opposed to laser-based ones, but at the beginning of 2010 brother launched its own range and we reviewed the HL-3070CW in April. Now the company has added all-in-ones to the mix and the DCP-9010CN is a mid-range machine, designed to work in a small office or workgroup for general purpose printing, copying and scanning.
Brother has taken the same printer engine as in the HL-3070CW and its stable-mates and built on a flatbed scanner, complete with 35-sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF). Both feed and output trays from the ADF are horizontal, so adding little to the overall height of the machine. Its diagonal front face also provides plenty of room for the control panel and for pages to output from the printer to a position where they can be easily removed.
The control panel itself is well laid out, with a backlit, 2-line by 16-character LCD display and a square of navigation keys to its right, together with a numeric pad – slightly odd, as there are no fax facilities – print and copy option keys and large, coloured buttons to start and stop print jobs. The keypad is included so you can add a security pin code to a job and print it only when you reach the machine.
There's a 250-sheet paper tray with a single-sheet, multi-purpose feed just above. We still feel any printer aimed at servicing a group of people deserves a larger tray, as it doesn't take long to get through half a ream of paper in a busy office.
At the back are sockets for USB and Ethernet and, as you might expect, networking is standard on this model. Drivers are provided for Windows and OS X and are downloadable for Linux. The machine also comes with a copy of Nuance PaperPort 11SE – combined document management and OCR software – as well as Brother's own MFL-Suite Pro.
Setting the device up physically involves inserting four combined drum and toner cartridges, one for each colour, diagonally inside the machine, having lifted the top section until it clicks reassuringly in the open position.