We’ve already looked at a couple of the colour laser printers in Brother’s new range intended for the workgroup, but this is the first multifunction device we’ve seen from the same launch. It’s rated at a relatively quick 24ppm and includes a duplex scanner, which should make it a very useful, general-purpose office machine.
It’s a surprisingly tall device, given its laser engine is an in-line mechanism, which normally enables squatter designs. It's very much one of Brother's new laser printers with a flatbed scanner on top, though some stylistic attempt has been made to meld the two together.
At the top, the 1,200 by 2,400ppi flatbed scanner - a high resolution for an office machine - is topped by a 35-sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF). This is a duplex device with twin scan heads, so that a two-sided original is scanned in a single pass. This is much quicker than devices that have to feed the paper through a single head, twice.
The control panel runs the full width of the printer and is centred around a backlit, bitmapped mono LCD display, which is normally set to show five lines of status and menu text. In front of this display are three illuminated mode buttons for fax, scan and copy.
To the left of the display are function buttons for fax, copy and print and the print options include Secure, which enables you to print only when a PIN has been entered, and Direct, which works with the front panel USB socket to handle graphics and pdf file printing from USB drives. To the right are menu navigation buttons, a numeric pad and Start and Stop buttons for scan and copy functions.
At the bottom of the front panel is a 250-sheet main paper tray along with a slightly flimsy front panel that folds down to reveal a 50-sheet multi-purpose tray. An extra, 500-sheet tray can be fitted underneath, as an option.
The four toner cartridges slide out in a tray from the front and are provided in situ, though you have to remove various packing pieces before running the printer. A separate set of drums, a transfer belt and waste toner box are also consumables, though the last two have long service lives of 50,000 pages.
At the back are sockets for USB and 10/100 Ethernet, though there's no wireless option on the MFC-9465CDN. Drivers are provided for Windows and OS X and Linux drivers are available for download. Windows users have a copy of Nuance PaperPort, as well as Brother's own MFL-Pro Suite.