Brother MFC-9840CDN Review

Published: 06th October 2010
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If you need a colour all-in-one laser with all the trimmings, Brother are able to offer you its MFC-9840CDW. This machine is targeted at small workgroups, therefore the specs are strong and, as well as providing colour print, it will put it on both sides of the paper within a pass, manage as many as 300 fax speed dials and copy multipage documents all the way to 50 pages, all wirelessly.

Do not try to pick up the MFC-9840CDW by yourself. It weighs about 38kg and it is a certain two-person machine. It is really bulky, too, having a colour laser engine giving little truck to the more recent, compact styles. The full-size flatbed scanner is a large device and the Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) is fashioned with regard to office use, also.

The control panel extends the full width of the flatbed and includes 40 speed dials at the left-hand end, in addition to a number pad at the right; all to help with fax services. In between these two is a backlit multi-line, mono LCD display, along with three big mode buttons in front for fax, scan and copy. Off to the right of the display are menu navigation controls plus at the right-hand end are buttons with regard to mono and colour start buttons and also one to end a printing job. Specialist copy controls incorporate enlargement as well as reduction, tray select, sorting and also multiple pages per sheet.

Beneath the control panel is a 250-sheet paper tray, a little small we would say for the kind of tasks the appliance is targeted at, however another 500-sheet tray is available as an option. There is a 50-sheet multipurpose tray which folds down from the front panel, too. At the rear are USB as well as Ethernet sockets but possibly the handiest connection is 802.11g wireless.

Brother supplies its wireless setup wizard, that's controlled from the MFC-9840CDW's control panel and hunts out every one of the wireless networks found in range.

Behind the fold-down front panel, a tray glides out in order to take the four Brother MFV-9840CDW toner cartridges. These slip into position easily enough, although the design of the appliance requires a discrete drum, transfer belt plus waste toner box.

The MFC-9840CDW is ranked at up to 20ppm regarding both mono as well as colour print. Our five-page text print required 25 seconds, which in turn is exactly the same as 12ppm, therefore definitely not too fantastic, but when we printed the 20-page document, the speed rose to 17.14ppm, which is actually a great deal closer to the claim. The five-page colour document just returned 8.82ppm, though, therefore in total, the claims really are a little optimistic.

When it comes to duplex printing a 20-side test document took 2mins 54secs to complete, which is comparable to 6.90ppm.

Printing the 15 x 10cm photograph from a Computer needed 29 seconds. Printing from the USB socket upon the front panel of the machine took 1min 26secs, but there's no control over the magnitude of the image, and this ended up being a full A4 print.

The scanner features a resolution of 2,400 x 1,200ppi. Scans came through with fine colour rendition which was reflected in the caliber of colour copies, as well.

Print quality generally is fine, having crisp, black text as well as even block colours in business graphics. Colours are a bit pale and do not hop out at you compared to some of the machine's rivals.

The MFC-9840CDW is a multifunction printer designed for the office, which in turn fulfils the majority of its claims. We do not visualize it conserving significantly in the form of paper costs, and the sluggish duplex print speed might result in you waiting on a regular basis by the water cooler for the print jobs to end.


Brother toner cartridges can be found here.

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