“More new multifunction printers?” we hear you say. Indeed, two more colour multifunction devices from Brother – the MFC-9120CN and MFC-9320CW. It’s been a busy few months all round in the printer world and Brother obviously wants to make sure it’s not left out. With the seemingly endless conveyor belt of new printers being released it can sometimes be difficult to find something interesting to say about them. So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at the new machines and see what, if anything sets them apart from the competition and their predecessors.
At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be great deal to get excited about the 9120CN – does anyone really care if it’s a couple of pages per minute faster or slower than its rivals or £20 cheaper/ more expensive? However, there are a couple of features that are worthy of note on a printer in this price range. Colour Restriction allows administrators to limit the amount of colour printing, making it easier to manage costs and save money, while Secure Print keeps documents confidential by requiring a PIN to be entered before a print job is released. Features like Colour Restriction and Secure print give small workgroups the kind of flexibility that was once only available to large workgroups running powerful and expensive machines.
The MFC-9230CW sits further up the range than the 9120CN and is essentially the same machine but with a high speed wireless connection. Even now, built-in wireless connectivity is the exception rather than the rule with laser printers the so the 9230CW should attract some attention on that basis alone.
Both printers are Energy Star Compliant and have Blue Angel certification which underlines Brother’s commitment to energy efficiency and reducing environmental impact. As an example, the N-up printing feature allows up to 25 pages to be printed on one A4 sheet and Auto Reduction means that any incoming faxes between 297mm and 350mm are automatically printed on a single A4 sheet – all of which saves both paper and energy.
So, two printers which don’t look particularly exciting at first glance actually have a few useful features which should mark them out from the competition. At Printware, we try to look beyond the facts and figures to find you the right printer and it’s worth bearing in mind that the stats don’t always tell the whole story.
by Anthony Morgan