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Brother has been busy creating a new range of eight new printers aimed at the small office, home office (SOHO) market.

There are four 4 in 1 – scan, print, copy and fax and four 3 in 1 – no fax. All share the same overall look and feel, similar print speeds, and some have added features like duplex print, auto document feeder or Near Field Communication.

Ink costs remain the Achilles heel of inkjets. Brother use four separate cartridges so you only replace empty ones.

This range uses the same four separate ink LC-131 series (300 pages) – cyan, magenta, yellow and black inks. If you pay full price the page cost is 20 cents per page. However if, like most SOHO users you print just 6 reams (3000 pages) per year bulk buying a 5 pack of the high capacity 600 page LC133 cartridges will reduce this to around 13 cents per page – less if you know how to shop around.

Brother has also improved its applications including:

  • Outline&Copy: Allows you to crop/erase only the required segment of a document. Simply circle the segment to be cropped/erased in red, copy the physical document, and the selected segment will be cropped/erased.
  • Outline&Scan: Allows you to crop only the required segment of a document and save in a digital format. Simply circle the segment in red, scan the physical document, and the selected segment will be cropped.
  • NoteScan: Scan and convert handwritten notes into JPEG. Upload and store the JPEG in cloud based services or storage media
  • Web connectivity and mobile connectivity in most models to support Cloud and mobile printing.

3-in-1 inkjet Multi-Function Centres
 

 Model

   RRP    

 Print

Speed

Duplex

printing

Mobile Print

Wireless
  Web connectivity

 Other features

 DCP-J152W

 $99

 11/6 ipm+

 No

 Yes to all

 • 4.6cm TFT
   • Up to 100 Sheet Tray
   • Brother’s Apps

 DCP-J172W

 $109

 11/6 ipm+

 No

 Yes to all

 • 6.9cm LCD   Touch Panel
   • Up to 100 Sheet Tray
   • Brother’s Apps

 DCP-J552DW

 $129

12/10 ipm+

 Yes

 Yes to all

 • 6.9cm LCD Touch Panel
   • Media Card Slot
   • Up to 100 Sheet Tray
   • Brother’s Apps

 DCP-J752DW

 $169

12/10 ipm+

 Yes

 Yes to all

 • 6.9cm LCD   Touch Panel
   • Up to 20 Sheet ADF
   • Pictbridge / USB  Flash / Media Card Slot
   • Up to 100 Sheet Tray
   • Brother’s Apps


4-in-1 inkjet Multi-Function Centres
 

 Model

   RRP    

 Print

Speed

Duplex

printing

 Mobile Print

Wireless
  Web connectivity

 Other features

 MFC-J245

$99

 11/6 ipm+

 No

 No to all

 • 1 line LCD
   • 14.4 Kbps Fax
   • Up to 20 Sheet ADF
   • Up to 100 Sheet Tray

 MFC-J470DW

 $109

 12/10 ipm+

 Yes

 Yes to all

 • 4.6cm TFT
   • 14.4 Kbps Fax
   • Up to 20 Sheet ADF
   • Up to 100 Sheet Tray
   • Brother’s Apps

 MFC-J650DW

 $169

 12/10 ipm+

 Yes

 Yes to all

 • 6.9cm Touch   Panel
   • 14.4 Kbps Fax
   • Up to 20 Sheet ADF
   • Pictbridge / USB  Flash / Media Card Slot
   • Up to 100 Sheet Tray
   • Brother’s Apps

 MFC-J870DW

 $199

 12/10 ipm+

 Yes

 Yes to all
   Wired LAN

 • 6.9cm Touch   Panel
   • 14.4 Kbps Fax
   • Up to 20 Sheet ADF
   • Disc Print
   • Pictbridge / USB  Flash / Media Card Slot
   • Up to 100 Sheet Tray
   • Near Field Communication
   • Brother’s Apps

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Ray Shaw

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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