- Fast colour print
- Good software bundle
- Options for up to 800-page paper handling
- No duplex scan or copy
- No USB drive socket
- No draft print mode
- Review Price: £416.00
- Bitmapped mono LCD display
- Ethernet connection
- PIN-protected secure printing
- 35-sheet ADF
- Energy Star, Blue Angel and Nordic Swan compliant
This is a big black and off-white machine, which sits high off the desk. The 35-sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) is neat and has a folding feed tray, which completes the lines of the machine’s top, when closed.
The control panel sits at a steep angle in front of the ADF and has a right-hand heavy look. Although the backlit, bitmapped LCD display, which can show up to five lines of text, is set into the centre of the panel, the copy and print buttons to the left are slightly over-balanced by a navigation diamond, a numeric pad and Start and Stop keys, to the right.
Despite what was said on the web page for this product, there is no USB host port, so direct printing from or scanning to a USB drive isn’t possible. Brother has now corrected the page.
Below the control panel is the top of the colour laser engine, where printed pages end up, and below that, the pull-down front panel reveals a, slightly flimsy, 50-sheet special-purpose tray. Under this is the main 250-sheet paper tray and an optional 500-sheet one can be fitted under the printer.
The printer has no wireless connection, but both USB and 10/100 Ethernet ports are available at the back. The front panel of the machine pulls down to reveal a pull-out tray containing the four toner cartridges. The tray lifts out to provide access to the transfer belt and drum. Even non-technical users should be able to service the machine easily.
Software provided with the printer includes a copy of Nuance PaperPort 11SE and Brother’s own MFL-Pro suite. Arivers for both PCL and Postscript, in emulation, are also included.
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