Brother Intellifax 4100E Review
The Brother Intellifax 4100E is a version of the 4100 model that remedies the problem of its 14.4 Kbps modem by including a much more up to date 33.6 Kbps modem in its place. For a stand alone fax machine, the upgrade in modem speed is absolutely critical and results in a worthwhile, useful piece of fax hardware as opposed to what was really just a piece of junk.
Thanks to the 33.6 Kbps Super G3 modem, the Brother Intellifax 4100E is capable of transmitting at speeds of about 3 or even 2 seconds per page. The Brother Intellifax 4100’s 14 K modem took 6 seconds to do so, which may not seem like a big difference, but when you’re broadcasting five pages of material to 100 locations, those three seconds add up fast.
The unit is equipped with 8 MBs of on board RAM memory which makes it possible for the Brother Intellifax 4100E to store up to 500 pages of fax memory. Having a fax page memory is absolutely critical in protecting incoming material as it holds the data securely whenever there is a paper outage or paper jam. The page data can then be printed at a later time. Non-digital fax machines do not have this luxury and many faxes are lost when using them.
The fax page memory is also useful when sending outgoing faxes, as the machine can actually scan faxes into memory faster than it can send them over the phone line. This means that the machine can continue working long after the user interaction is complete.
Let’s not forget one of the main benefits of the older style stand alone fax machine: the corded handset. Since the popularization of cell phones, most fax capable machines have stripped their bulky corded handsets, leaving only a standard telephone port for those who wish to connect their own cordless phone. The Brother Intellifax 4100E does not submit to the pressures of trends, however, and wears its awkward handset proudly and prominently.
With the availability of a corded handset, those using the device on their desktop in a home office setting will have one less piece of hardware to manage: their telephone. With the help of automatic switching, the Brother Intellifax 4100E switches back and forth between the fax modem and handset, allowing users to make regular land line phone calls as easily as they would with any other phone.
Despite the fact that the Brother Intellifax 4100E is a fully capable fax machine, the stand alone fax machine in general has kind of gone the way of the dodo. This stubborn device does not even allow users to make a basic copy, though the unit is obviously equipped with scanning and printing elements. Furthermore, the inclusion of USB connectivity could allow the unit to double as a printer. Its print speeds would be quite poor, but it would still be nice to have the option thrown in. In a world of the all powerful MFC multifunctional printer, stand alone fax machines are pretty much extinct, as they should be.