updated 08:05 pm EDT, Fri October 1, 2004
Brother MFCs for business
today introduced four new sub-$200 business-class color inkjet Multi-Function Center (MFC) products targeting home office and small business users. The new USB 2.0-based MFC line includes two traditional sheet-fed based models: the MFC-3240c and MFC-3340cn, and two flatbed models: the MFC-5440cn and MFC-5840cn--each of which is expected to ship later this month. The new MFCs utlize a 4-cartridge ink system, offer 33.6K bps color faxing, up to 6000x1200 dpi color printing, color copying, color scanning and PC Faxing. The MFC-3340cn and MFC-5840cn also include Brother's PhotoCapture Center feature which offers media card slots for CompactFlash, xD-Picture Card, Secure Digital, Memory Stick and SmartMedia cards.
Three of the four new models (MFC-3340cn, MFC-5440cn and MFC-5840cn) also feature a built-in Ethernet interface for connecting to a wired or wireless network today or in the future. Once connected, printing, scanning, sending a PC Fax and accessing the PhotoCapture Center feature are all possible over the network. They 17 ppm color copy speeds and 11 ppm black copy speeds.
Both the MFC-3240c and MFC-3340cn provide fast print speeds up to 20ppm black and up to 15ppm color, high quality 6000x1200 dpi print resolution, higher a 33.6k bps fax modem, and 20-page auto document feeder capacity. In addition, they incorporate a front-loading 100-sheet paper tray capacity and 2400 dpi (interpolated) color scanning. Brother's websit also notes a $30 mail-in rebate on the MFC-3240c.
The MFC-3340cn, as the step-up model, also includes a built-in Ethernet interface, Brother's PhotoCapture Center feature, and 16MB memory (MFC-3240c has 8MB standard memory). Users can easily print a preview index page (thumbnail images of all photos on the media card) or print individual digital photos from the media card: with or without the PC being connected. Both offer 600x1200 dpi scanning resolution and include Presto! PageManager software. The estimated street prices will be $130 for the MFC-3240c and $160 for the MFC-3340cn.
Both the MFC-5440cn and MFC-5840cn, include a versatile flatbed design plus a 35-page automatic document feed capacity. They also feature fast print speeds up to 20ppm black and up to 15ppm color, high quality 6000x1200 dpi resolution, a 33.6k bps fax modem, and a built-in Ethernet interface. As the "step-up model," the MFC-5840cn adds Brother's PhotoCapture Center and "expanded" paper capacity up to 350 pages, making it the first color inkjet all-in-one under $200 with dual paper input trays, according to Brother. The estimated street prices will be $150 for the MFC-5440cn and $200 for the MFC-5840cn.
Brother is also offer a new USB-wireless option for connecting the printers to a wireless network.