Original review called the printer a solid choice, with uninspired photo printing
Editor's Note: today launches our "Living With" series, where periodically we'll revisit products that we've been privileged to live with for a while, and see how they've held up over time.
Printers are funny -- they generally have a much longer lifespan than the computers that they connect to, and a popular model may stick around for a decade or more: we still see Apple LaserWriters on active duty now and again. One of the complaints that was levied against us at the time of our original review of this printer was that we didn't have any significant cost-per-page metrics, or any comment on the longevity of the printer itself. In the limited time we generally spend with a product to assess, reviews don't (and can't) often address this. Electronista has been living with the Brother HL-3170CDW color laser printer for nearly two years now, though, so now we can comment on this.
Brother introduces first label maker with full-color LCD display
Brother has announced its new P-touch label maker this week, featuring a full-color LCD display. Designed for high-volume business use, the PT-D600 includes an easy-type keyboard with display that allows editing in real time. High-resolution barcodes and labels can be created with information stored in an Excel or Access database on the user's computer. Brother's label library includes ready-to-print business labels and pre-programmed with 14 fonts, 11 styles, 99 frames and over 600 symbols. The PT-D600 works with other 60 TZe tape cartridges in a variety of colors and sizes as well as specialty tapes. Up to 99 labels can be stored in internal memory for quick reprinting. Priced at $100, more information can be found through Brother's website.
Three new multifunction printers, plus three stand-alone printers added
Printer manufacturer Brother today introduced a new line of monochrome laser printers and all-in-ones for the Small Office and Home Office (SOHO) market. Debuting today are the HL-L2320D, HL-L2360DW, and HL-L2380DW stand-alone black and white laser printers. New multifunction devices include the MFC-L2700DW, MFC-L2720DW, and MFC-L2740DW laser printers.
New models feature 11x17 printing, wide mobile compatibility
Printer manufacturer Brother today announced the MFC-J5620DW and the MFC-J5720DW, the first two models from its new line of color inkjet all-in-ones for small businesses, the Business Smart Plus Series. The new model offers printing up to 11x17, with print speeds of up to 22ppm black and 20ppm color.
PureGear announces Folio case for tablets and e-readers
PureGear has announced its new offer of a versatile folio case for tablets and e-readers. The new Universal Tablet Folio can protect, prop, and provide multiple viewing angles for any seven- to eight-inch, or nine- to 10-inch tablet. Its flexible bands can hold virtually any tablet in place, and it utilizes built-in props for hands-free viewing and typing. The Folio has a magnetic closure for folding back while the tablet is in use. Pricing starts at $40, with the Universal Tablet Folio available for purchase online.
New printer capable of 6000x1200 11.5x17-inch duplex printing
Printing technology company Brother today announced the launch of the MFC-J6920dw, the flagship model of its new Business Smart Pro series of inkjet all-in-one devices for small- to medium-sized businesses. The MFC-J6920dw offers dual paper trays for a larger paper capacity, as well as higher ink capacity and print speeds of up to 22 pages per minute in black and 20 pages per minute in color.
Combination devices can print from cloud storage, connect over Wi-Fi
Brother has rolled out a new range of digital color all-in-one devices aimed at small business users. The MFC-9000 series of printers all use a 3.7-inch color touchscreen display with WebConnect and offer Wi-Fi connectivity, with the MFC-9340CDW flagship model providing a print rate of 22 pages per minute for both mono and color documents.
SOHO Printing line boosted by Brother
We've mentioned before that we are far from a paperless society. For now, at least, there are tasks that require a piece of paper for confirmation, proof of purchase, or a litany of other needs. Laser printers have existed since the first practical commercial model in 1984, and have since been known as one of the best products for high-quality text and printing at a consumer or business price point. One name present in printing for decades at this point is Brother -- the lineage grew this year with the LED Brother HL-3170CDW color printer with duplexer. Electronista has been living with one for a few months now, see what we think of this new printer!
Sale pending regulatory, bankruptcy approval; could get a better offer
Eastman Kodak has reached a preliminary agreement with Brother Industries for the sale of certain assets of its document image scanning business, for a cash purchase price of approximately $210 million. Kodak’s Document Imaging business provides a comprehensive portfolio of scanners, capture software and services to enterprise customers, and the resultant IP transfer and customer database supplements Brother's existing product lineup.
Update improves printing for 10.6 through 10.8 users
On Thursday, Apple updated its set of drivers for various HP and Brother models for users of OS X from 10.6 up to the present 10.8.2. The updates, available through the Software Update mechanism or through a direct update from Apple's support pages, provides the latest drivers and bring in support for new and existing models for printers, scanners and all-in-one units from the two companies. Both require a minimum of OS X 10.6.1.
RadSleevz for Retina MacBook Pros
RadTech has announced the availability of its new ScreenSavrz and RadSleevz protective accessories for Retina MacBook Pros. RadTech ScreenSavrz are designed to protect displays from abrasions and serve as a non-abrasive cleaning device. ScreenSavrz are made from Optex fabric, a non-woven, thin polishing fabric developed for LCD panel care and cleaning. ScreenSavrz are available in an array of colors, and customers can have them inscribed with a custom logo.
AiRScouter head mounted display due in August
Brother is making an upgraded version of its AiRScouter head mounted display glasses. The WD-100G with lenses and WD-100A without lenses offers USB connectivity and an updated design compared to the previous model.
AirPrint now with several printer manufacturers
Brother has expanded the number of its printers supporting Apple's AirPrint standard. Now included are a handful of all-in-one color inkjets: the MFC-J280w, MFC-J430w, MFC-J625dw, MFC-J825dw, and MFC-J5910dw. AirPrint allows an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to send content directly to a printer over Wi-Fi, rather than rely on a custom app, a card transfer, or sync with a computer.
Driver update comes in small package
Apple last night released a driver update for Brother printers, v2.8.1. As with most such updates, Apple isn't identifying exact changes; the code does, however, include the latest Brother printing and scanning software. The download requires OS X 10.6.1 or later, and measures 149.61MB, making it comparatively small for a printer update package.
Brings Logic Express up to par with Pro
Apple on late Tuesday released a trio of software updates. Among these is Logic Express 9.1.6, a patch for the company's mid-range audio editor. The code brings Express up to par with Logic Pro, which recently migrated to the Mac App Store. Numerous compatibility, performance, control, and instrumentation problems have been fixed. The update measures 140.58MB, and requires OS X 10.6.8 or later.
Deals on printers, speaker packages, and more
Today's deals from DealNN include price breaks on printers, speaker packages, and more. Tigerdirect.com this week has lowered the price of the refurbished Brother All-in-One Color Inkjet Printer, complete with print speeds of up to 35 papers-per-minute black or 28 ppm colored, a 3.3-inch color LCD display, and maximum resolution of 6000 x 1200 dpi. Currently featured at DealNN, this item has dropped to $54.97 in price and offers savings of up to $85.
HP drivers also updated for Lion
Apple has issued updates to the printer drivers for Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Lion for customers using HP, Brother and Samsung printers, as well as Lion users with HP printers. The HP drivers require at least OS X 10.6.1, while the Brother and Samsung drivers require only 10.6.0 or higher. The Brother and HP drivers are mostly updates for existing supported printers, while the Samsung drivers expand the number of supported devices.
Apple and ASUS lead reliabilty and service ranks
Apple and ASUS lead the way in computer reliability and support while Dell and HP are often the worst, according to a reader study published today by PCWorld that also included smartphones. Macs took the top spot in both desktops and notebooks as they almost always rated above average both in how few needed repair and in the quality of their over-the-phone support. ASUS came next closest with very high reliability for notebooks but mostly average desktops and phone help.
Brother develops AA-, AAA-shaped generators
Brother Industries has developed tiny generators that can take the place of AA and AAA batteries and create electricity from vibrations. Dubbed the Vibration-powered Generating Battery, the invention can generate power by being shaken, even when installed in the gadget it's meant to power. This development will slow down the need to replace and dispose of toxic batteries in everyday devices such as remote controls or wireless computer peripherals.
Aperture SlideShow support also updated
Apple has released several drivers for Samsung and Brother printers connected to Snow Leopard systems, along with an Aperture SlideShow support update. Snow Leopard printer and scanner support has been extended to include a variety of models in Samsung's CLP-, CLX-, ML-, QL-, and SCX-series devices.The Brother drivers cover a wide range of DCP-, FAX-, HL-, MFC-, and QL-series printers and multi-function devices.
Brother intros $1,100 e-book reader for Japan
Brother introduced a new business-oriented e-book reader for the Japanese market on Thursday in the form of the SV-70. The 9.7-inch screen is its centerpiece with a resolution of 1,200x825 despite the SV-70 itself being just 15.5mm (0.6in) thick. Internal memory is just 100MB but should be enough to handle 500 pages; a microSD slot provides extra room.
New offerings for Canon, Brother, HP, Lexmark
Apple on Monday released a wide range of new printer drivers for Mac OS X Snow Leopard. The drivers add compatibility for many printers and scanners manufactured by Canon, Brother, HP and Lexmark. Users with devices not supported by the drivers included on the original v10.6 installation DVD can use Software Update to automatically check for new drivers after the printer or scanner is connected to the Mac.
New Brother printers geared for small office use
Brother on Thursday introduced several new printers in its HL-3000 series and MFC-9000 lineup. The HL-3040CN features print speeds of up to 17 ppm in color or monochrome, with 600x2400 dpi resolution. Users can place up to 250 sheets of paper into the feeder and connect the printer via Ethernet or USB 2.0 interfaces.
Brother e-paper viewer
Brother Japan on Thursday introduced its SV-100B document viewer which, despite appearances, is not meant to compete with e-book readers such as Amazon's Kindle 2. Instead, the is more advanced, featuring a 9.7-inch electronic paper display with a 1200x825 resolution at 150dpi. Unlike the Kindle 2 or other dedicated e-book readers, the SV-100B can also display the screen of a PC, smartphone or PDA connected via Bluetooth.
DealNN: Brother printer
Today's foremost deal of the day from DealNN is on the Brother wireless multi-function work center. The device is capable of printing, copying, scanning and faxing in full color and can be used as a wireless network printer. Other features include a 2.5-inch flip-up color LCD display, answering machine and speakerphone. For today only this printer is priced at $99.99, which is $130 off the original price of $229.99 and the lowest price we saw on this printer by roughly the same price margin.
New Brother laser printers
Brother on Tuesday announced the release of two new laser printers, the HL-4040CDN and the MFC-9450CDN all-in-one. Both use an automatic duplex printing feature for reduced paper use that will print on both sides of a page. The HL-4040CDN directly replaces Brother's existing HL-4040CN, sharing many of its features, including 21ppm print speeds for black and white and color pages as well as maximum print quality of 2400x600dpi. What it adds is the duplex printing feature.
Brother MFC 6490CW
Brother finished the week with news of an update to its MFC series all-in-one color inkjet printers with the MFC-6490CW. The device is billed as one of the first at its $300 price to build color printing, faxing, and scanning into one printer while also adding extra-large printing. The tabletop printer is large enough to capture and produce 11-by-17 inch ledger prints, and can potentially save an expensive run to a custom printing location, Brother claims. The extra size similarly allows books and other texts larger than letter size to be scanned in.
Brother Printer Driver 1.1
Apple on Thursday used its Software Update to push out updated printer drivers for both Canon and Brother's line of printers. Users with the software installed were prompted for a software update called "Brother Printer Driver Update 1.1". The update was released Thursday afternoon as a 23MB download. Brother printers drivers for Mac OS X 10.5 are currently located on the original CD and the company did not specify the changes in the current driver, except to say "The Brother Printer Driver Update includes the latest drivers for printers you have used on your system." Update: The Brother driver added new models and fixed a minor Memory leak with their ICA module, while the Canon drivers, noted below, have minor improvements related to wireless printing. [Correction: Apple has used the Software Update to deliver third-party printer updates for sometime]
Brother color MFC lasers
Brother on Tuesday unveiled its first line of digital color laser copier-printers, with the introduction of the DCP-9040CN and DCP-9045CDN. Targeted at small offices and workgroups, the DCP-9000 series uses the same single-pass print engine that is resident in the HL-4000 and MFC-9000 series devices that were introduced earlier this year. The new line of all-in-ones feature up to 21 pages-per-minute print speeds in both color and monochrome, producing up to 2400 x 600 DPI prints. The units connect through Ethernet and USB 2.0, and the upper model features compatibility with USB Direct Interface electronics, such as USB flash drives and PictBridge-enabled cameras. Brother is selling the DCP-9040CN for $600, while the DCP-9045CDN will be available for $700 in December.