Home Reviews Peripherals Print Solutions Brothers Pro MFC-J6x20DW series A3 printers – review

Brother has released a new landscape printing range of multi-function inkjets – that print across the long edge of the paper – producing impressive speeds and near laser quality results.

Last week I reviewed small office/home office – SOHO - printers and my conclusion was that Brother’s A4 - and occasional A3 - MFC-J4710DW was class leading in every respect. SOHO users typically print about 4,000 pages (8 reams per year) so its 8 cents per page print cost coupled with the extraordinary low purchase price of $299 – for a top end, fully featured model - blew the competition out of the water.

Brothers MFC-J6x20 series are part of its professional range designed for typical business use of 12-18,000 pages per annum. Because it uses the same 1200 page colour inks as the J4710 – and has the option of an even larger 2400 page capacity black ink – its print cost is even lower – under 8 cents for colour and 2 cents for mono if using high capacity cartridges.

Attempts to achieve a paperless office has seen multi-function printers become the on-ramp (scanner) and off ramp (hard copy) - the number of pages printed are dropping - but the number of printers are growing.

Business is now more a sophisticated buyer. Inkjets of the past may have suffered in comparison to lasers but now the gap has closed on quality, print cost and speed. If you add the MFC’s functionality - better workflow and productivity - you can see why these printers are selling well and taking over workgroup printing. In Brother’s MFC-J6920DW the advantages – low purchase price, duplex scan, and now lower page costs put it in a winning spot.

The three models MFC-J6520DW, J6570DW and J6970DW (D stands for Duplex and W for wireless) share the same chassis and basic specifications.

  • Print speed: A4 - 35ppm mono and 27ppm colour (fast mode) and around 20ppm quality mode. A3 is about half A4 speed. Duplex is about 10 ppm.
  • Double sided scan and borderless print A3 – includes copy and fax as well
  • Wi-Fi N, USB, and Ethernet IPv4/6 LAN connection, plus Wi-Fi Direct and NFC wireless pairing
  • Print from internet (iPad - AirPrint, Android – Google Cloud Print, Windows Phone – iPrint and Scan), DropBox, SkyDrive, Google Drive as well as from apps including Facebook, Flickr, Picasa and more
  • Print directly from USB flash up to 64GB, SD/MM card and Pictbridge cameras (includes 10 edit options to enhance the photo before printing)
  • Paper from 3.5” wide up to A3 and 220gsm (Duplex 90gsm)
  • Drivers: Windows XP or later including server – Universal driver mode for mixed Brother printer environment. Windows MFL-Pro suite includes Control Centre4, ScanSoft PaperPort 12 SE with OCR. Mac includes similar functionality
  • Size/Weight: 553x433x310mm, 16.5kg for full spec model
  • Monthly duty cycle up to 1500 pages
  • Ink: LC133 C,Y,M,K for 600 pages each. LC135XL for 1200 pages each. LC139XLBK for 2400 pages black only.

Brother’s previous J6x10 professional A3 series printers earned it number one IDC ranking for A3 inkjets in business. Brother’s market share grew by 5.9% in 2012 and it is fourth in market share behind HP, Canon, and Epson. In Australia – probably due to its huge dealer network and distribution via computer stores as well as retailers - it is doing very well. You can always find a bargain online as well.

Read on for the hands on review

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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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