Brother claims the MFC-7360N is capable of speeds up to 24ppm and we got reasonably close to this with our 20-page document, which printed at 19.4ppm. The shorter, 5-page text document – a more typical length in a small office – only managed 13.6ppm. The equivalent 5-page text and graphics document ran at 11.5ppm.
These speeds are more than acceptable from a machine in this class and copy times – 10s from a single page on the flatbed and 34s for five pages from the ADF – are also good.
Print quality on text pages is very good; clean edges and no signs of jaggies on curves and diagonals. It gives a very professional appearance to documents and in toner save mode, where print is noticeably lighter, it’s still very readable and perfectly suitable for internal documents.
Greyscale graphics are less successful and some fills are noticeably banded. This is also visible in our test photo print, even at the highest, 1,200dpi-like, resolution. There's noticeable loss of detail from darker areas of the image too. A photocopy of the greyscale original is very blotchy and text over greyscale fills can be lost.
There are only two consumables, the 12,000 page drum unit and the toner cartridges, which are available in capacities of 1,200 and 2,600 pages. Prices have come down slightly since we reviewed the DCP-7070DW, giving a cost per page of 3.3p. This is very similar to other machines in the same price bracket.
This is a good, robust multifunction machine for the SOHO market. For under £150 you're getting a machine that can do all the basics: print, copy, scan and fax. It prints and copies quickly and produces good text, though greyscale print quality could be a lot better and greyscale copies, along with those from other machines using similar scanners, can be really horrible.