updated 08:45 am EST, Fri January 9, 2004
Brother MFCs, color laser
Brother's next generation single-pass color printer for workgroups, the HL-4200CN, features 26 ppm print speeds in both color and monochrome, integrated networking, built-in duplex printing, 1200x1200 dpi resolution, 64MB of standard memory (upgradeable to 320MB), 600-sheet standard input tray, and Adobe Postscript 3 emulation. It replaces the HL-400CN, which was introduce in March 2002 and offers faster print speeds and a reduced price of $2,000. It will ship in early September. Options to expand input by either 500 or 1,000 sheets as well additional 20GB of storage will also be available.
Color inkjet MFCs offer networking, digital media slots
Brother this week also announced its color MFCs for home, home office, and small business users. Featuring color inkjet printing, color faxing, color copying, color scanning, and PC fax functions, the new series is expected to ship in October and will include the sheet-fed MFC-3420c ($130) and MFC-3820cn ($180) and two flatbed models: MFC-3420c ($180) and MFC-3820cn ($230). The flagship models offer Ethernet networking ('n' designation) with support for Rendezvous as well as digital camera media slots with support for Memory Stick, Compact Flash, SmartMedia, Secure Digital cards, and a Super G3 33.6K bps modem. Users can preview index page of all photos on an inserted media card without being connected to PC and documents can be scanned directly to media. An integrated PhotoCapture Center offers standard web-browsing of images stored on inserted media.
Other specs include 14 ppm monochrome and 12 ppm color print speeds, 4,800x1,200 dpi printing, USB 2.0 printing (cable not included), 20-page automatic document feeder, and 100-sheet paper input capacity.
Flatbed laser MFC for SOHO and Corporate Workgroups
Brother's series of 5-in-1 laser MFCs offers a flatbed area that accomodates legal size paper. They feature faster print speeds (up to 17 ppm), increased memory, and a new 5-line back-lit LCD display. The MFC-8820D ($650) ads add duplex printing and a 50-sheet multipurpose tray, and the MFC-8820DN ($800) adds built-in networking. The standard config (MFC-8420) will be $550 and offers USB 2.0 connectivity, up to 2400x600 dpi resolution, a 250-sheet paper input tray, support for PCL6 and BR-SCript 3 (Postscript Level 3) emulation, and 32MB of standard memory (upgradeabel to 128MB using a 100-pin DIMM).
The integrated scanner offers 600x2400 opitcal dpi resolution and includes OCR software (Presto! Page Manager), while the digital copier features 17 cpm, reduce/enlarge functions, sorting, and "N-in-1" for condensing multipage documents to 2- or 4- up layouts. They are expected to ship in mid-May.