The last few months have been pretty busy for the Printware web team with new printers coming thick and fast. In an ideal world, we’d be able to write about every new printer that is added to the site but, the world being what it is, we usually have to stick to talking about machines that stand out for some reason. It can be fun getting stuck into a pointless or overpriced offering from one of the big manufacturers but we like to pick out the good ones too. As a customer, you’re no doubt looking for a combination of performance and value, which brings us nicely on to the Brother DCP-8070D.
The DCP-8070D is a low- to mid-range mono multifunction printer with a copier, scanner and built-in duplex unit. Designed for small, busy workgroups, the DCP-8070D claims a print speed of 28 pages per minute. As anyone who’s ever put this to the test will know, actual print speeds rarely bear any resemblance to the manufacturer’s claims; however, the DCP-8070D manages to get pretty close.
A three year warranty is included as standard and the DCP-8070D boasts one of the lowest running costs in its class, especially at higher levels of coverage. For those of us who are part Womble and were taught to “waste not, want not”, the Brother’s Energy Star and Blue Angel accreditations will be welcome news. If you’re not familiar with these terms, the Energy Star certificate means that a device meets rigorous standards for energy efficiency and power consumption, while the Blue Angel certificate is awarded to products which minimise environmental impact throughout their life cycle.
The DCP-8070D runs the PCL6 printer language as well as a Postscript 3 emulation which, together with the 1200 x 1200dpi resolution, will ensure clear, crisp text and images. Colour scanning is possible up to 19,200dpi (enhanced) and the DCP-8070D will print directly from a USB stick. The printer driver includes features such as N-up printing to save paper, poster printing, booklet printing and secure printing; this is a sub-£300 printer, though, so the posters are made by enlarging one A4 image to print on up to 25 sheets of A4, which you’ll then have to stick together yourself. Similarly, booklets are created by printing four pages per double-sided sheet and folding the document in the middle.
Overall, the Brother DCP-8070D offers a pretty good combination of performance, value and environmental credentials and compares well with the other printers in it class. Perhaps its main competition will be the OKI MB460 which matches the DCP-8070D for specification, is just over £20 more expensive but cheaper to run.
by Anthony Morgan