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Brother MFC-9970CDW Performance Review, Tough for Businessman

High performance and features offered by this product suitable for businesses who requires robust print devices all-in-one. Brother MFC-9970CDW offers high performance. These devices claimed capable to print hurried. This device also able to deal with variety of documents in bulk. With a wired and wireless connection, you can share the printer with other users in the same network.

In addition, also included the print function back and forth automatically. This function also applies while this device used as a scanner, copier, and fax through the ADF. Available trays can store up to 350 sheets paper. If still not enough, you can add a tray (optionally) with a capacity up to 500 sheets.

Through the control panel, you can do all configuration without PC. If you want to scanning, you can save the results to a floppy disk, network, and even directly sent to an e-mail. We can print documents via a USB port using a USB flash disk. Unfortunately, we can just print PDF-based documents and image files only.

In addition to Secure Print functionality, an administrator allows to restrict and watch the device usage by their employees/clients through the Control Center 4 app. Admin can configuring as detailed as possible, ranging from the network settings to the device operation.

Judging from device performance based on printing speed, we were quite impressed. This also applies to the copy and scan functionality which able to done with hurried. Text-based printing can properly handled. Black text look precision and sharp even font size 3 can still visible clearly. Nevertheless, when used as a printer and a copier to print the image with black domination, the result looks less concentrated. However, this is not visible when the device is printing text-based documents.

Brother MFC-9970CDW offers a complete feature to meet the user-needs especially for medium-sized offices. Fast performance, able to accommodate papers, and print up hundreds of pieces, is the most of this device advantages. This product can also runs either independently or using wired and wireless connections. This makes it flexible for a busy office activities.

Testing Results

print speed 5 pieces FPOT (1 sheet)
Mono text (rtf) 17 seconds 9 seconds
Color Text (rtf) 14 seconds 7 seconds
Text + graphic (pdf) 20 seconds 13 seconds
A4 images 24 seconds 13 seconds
copy speed
Mono text (rtf) 24 seconds 16 seconds
Color Text (rtf) 24 seconds 16 seconds
Text + graphic (pdf) 22 seconds 15 seconds
Images (jpg) 24 seconds 16 seconds
scan speed resolution
A4 photo 600 x 600 8 seconds
A4 photo 1200×1200 13 seconds

Specification

printing technology laser color
resolution 2400×600 dpi
processor 295 MHz
memory 256/512 MB ​​(standard/maximum)
paper capacity 300/50/500 sheets (standard/multipurpose/optional)
Paper output capacity 150 sheets
as scanner
technology Colour Flatbed CIS, ADF
resolution 1200 x 2400 / 19200 x 19200 dpi (optical / interpolation)
color depth 48-bit
as fax
modem speed 33.6 Kbps
resolution 400×400 dpi (max.)
Fax Facilities Auto fax reduction, fax forward, automatic redial, dual access, fax page memory, duplex, document memory backup
as copier
Zoom-in/Zoom-out 25-400%
resolution Up to 600 x 600 dpi
copy facility ID Card Copy, N in 1, stand alone copying, sorting, duplex, poster
GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS
life cycles 60,000 pages/month
connections USB 2.0, Ethernet 10/100, Wireless 802.11 b/g
operating systems Windows; Mac OS
weight 28.5 kg
Dimensions (LWH) 49 x 52.6 x 53 cm
power consumption 1.8/10/75/615/1200 watts (sleep/WLAN: On/ready/copying/maximum)
completeness Power cable, USB cable, CD driver, Manual
Website http://www.brother.com/
guarantee 3 years
Price (range)* U.S. $ 1040
Toner price* U.S. $ 120/US $ 190 (black/C/M/Y)

Print lots
Although the price per toner quite expensive, the efficiency of this device allows printing documents in bulk.

Via Android

There is a wireless connection allows the user to print or scan directly from Android based phones (using a special application).

Touch-Screen

The front panel using a 5-inch touchscreen. Via this screen, we can set the function and the printer configurations without computer.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Performance hurried;
  • Complete features;
  • Touch-screen based;
  • There are wired and wireless connections;
  • Can serve independently (without PC);
  • Secure Print function;
  • Print over Android devices;
  • Duplex facilities for all functions.

Cons

  • Print quality color images less sharp;
  • Printing from USB only support images and PDF files.
Score Assessment
 - Performance: 3.75
 - Facilities: 4.25
 - Ease: 4
 - Price: 3.5
 - Total Score: 3.9

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