MFPs, i.e. multi-function printers have continued to dominate the market due to a wide spectrum of reasons. One of these reasons is that IT and system consolidation have continued unabated. These printers are known as all-in-ones. They present midsize and small offices features pertaining to multiple devices. The price is, however, low and footprints are smaller. SMBs can be let to attain identical consolidation advantages, in several cases, due to bigger enterprises. This is, of course, applicable only on the smaller scale.
Off late, CRN test Center had a look at Brother International Corp. MFC-9840CDW that goes on to combine functions of fax machine, scanner, copier, and printer- all in ‘color’. Having measured 20.9″ by 21″ by 20.5″ and having weighed just above 83 pounds, having unboxed and installed the unit isn’t the job of a person. However, once having seated in setup, location, and configuration, they’re pretty intuitive.
Connections are inclusive of Ethernet and USB ports, along with RJ-11 jacks with respect to fax usage. 9840 also goes on to support 802.11 b/g wirelesses. Reviewers turned unit on after having loaded 4 toner cartridges, followed by having connected network and power cables. This resulted in having configured the network connections by making use of DHCP.
Drivers as well as the other included utilities can easily get installed on Mac computers and Windows with wizard launching from CD. The applications included within install
are Brother’s Control Center 3 and Nuance’s ScanSoft PaperPort 11.
Getting connected to ‘wireless network’ is a bit trickier. This software goes on to suggest having connected to a computer on the direct basis, that too, temporarily to device through Ethernet to configure. However, if such a thing isn’t possible, it would take you via every individual step. Moreover, anyone who is confident enough for having configured their router mustn’t have trouble in making it work. ‘SecureEasySetup’ has also been supported for the ones with ‘capable routers’.
Reviewers have found quality of print ‘above average’, with various text documents well-defined. Even though not as vibrant and bright as certain color lasers tested so far, images and photos were found to be quite sharp. The colors were also found to be accurate. A thing noticed, although was that if one of the documents gets placed on the direct basis on glass to scan or copy, the centering should take place along left edge. Such a thing would make it a bit more time-consuming. However, a document feeder operating on the automatic basis completely eliminates this issue.
Brother’s ‘Control Center 2′ can be referred to as an exceptionally handy program which permits the users to have remotely customized and launched device’s every function. With the help of such an easy-to-use interface, scanning to an OCR-generated file, a file, an e-mail, or an image can be done. Options are also available with regards to configuration and utilization of PC-fax and copy features, along with 4 programmable ‘copy’ buttons relating to special configurations. Besides, simpler faxing can be facilitated by introduction of an ‘address book’.