Brother MFC-9840CDN Cartridge Review

Published: 17th February 2011
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If you prefer a colour all-in-one laser with all the current extras, Brother are able to offer you its MFC-9840CDW. This device is geared towards small workgroups, so the specs are strong and, as well as providing colour print, it can place it on both sides of the paper in one pass, manage as many as 300 fax speed dials as well as copy multipage documents all the way to 50 pages, all wirelessly.

Never make an effort to raise the MFC-9840CDW by yourself. It weighs about 38kg which is a certain two-person unit. It's bulky, too, using a colour laser engine giving little truck to the more recent, condensed designs. The full-size flatbed scanner is really a substantial device and the Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) is designed for workplace use, too.

The control panel runs the entire width of the flatbed and includes 40 speed dials on the left-hand end, and a number pad at the right; all to help with fax services. Among these two is a backlit multi-line, mono LCD display, along with three substantial mode buttons right in front for fax, scan as well as copy. Right of the display are menu navigation controls while at the right-hand end are buttons for mono and also colour start buttons as well as one to halt a printing job. Specialist copy controls contain enlargement and reduction, tray select, sorting and also multiple pages per sheet.

Under the control panel is a 250-sheet paper tray, a little small we would say considering the type of duties the appliance is aimed at, although another 500-sheet tray is available as an option. There's a 50-sheet multipurpose tray which folds down from the front panel, also. Behind are USB and also Ethernet sockets however 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 looks for every one of the wireless networks within range.

Behind the fold-down front panel, a tray glides out in order to take the four Brother MFV-9840CDW toner printer cartridges. They slip in to position readily enough, though the design of the device demands a standalone drum, transfer belt plus waste toner box.

The MFC-9840CDW is graded at as much as 20ppm with regard to both mono and colour print. Our five-page text print required 25 seconds, which in turn is exactly the same as 12ppm, so not too good, however when we printed our 20-page document, the speed rose to 17.14ppm, which is actually a lot closer to the claim. The five-page colour document merely delivered 8.82ppm, though, so overall, the claims certainly are a bit optimistic.

In terms of duplex printing a 20-side test document required 2mins 54secs to finish, which is comparable to 6.90ppm.

Printing the 15 x 10cm photo from a Personal computer took 29 seconds. Printing from the USB socket upon the front panel of the printer took 1min 26secs, however, there is no control over the magnitude of the image, which means this turned into a full A4 print.

The scanner features a resolution of 2,400 x 1,200ppi. Scans emerged with very good colour rendition which was reflected within the quality of colour copies, too.

Prints were typically is good, having sharp, black text as well as sleek block colours in business graphics. Colours can be a tad pale and don't jump out at you compared to a number of the machine's rivals.

The MFC-9840CDW is a multifunction printer designed for the office, which in turn fulfils the majority of its promises. Unfortunately we cannot see it cutting down a lot when it comes to paper expenses, and the sluggish duplex print speed might leave you hanging around regularly by the water cooler for the print jobs to finish.

Brother MFC 9840CDW toner cartridges can be found here.

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