Brother MFC-9325CW Review
It is not a particularly fast print speed or high resolution that makes the Brother MFC-9325CW stand out, it is its low price tag that provides buyers with an affordable option for adding color laser multifunctionality to a small office without spending thousands of dollars. The unit offers all the comprehensive functions that one would expect to find in a Brother MFC and converts them into full, living color, resulting in a unique and versatile package.
While 19 pages per minute is a fairly poor print speed, it is an appropriate one when the cost of the Brother MFC-9325CW is taken into consideration. Priced at less than five hundred dollars, this MFC is an affordable way to incorporate color faxing, copying, printing, and scanning into one’s hardware set and, unfortunately, speed must be sacrificed to keep costs down as units that operate at 30 pages per minute and above in color can often cost thousands of dollars.
The Brother MFC-9325CW’s print resolution is not exactly stunning for a color printer, but at 600 x 2400 dots per inch, color imagery will look at least professional, though not comparable to photo quality. Its scan resolution can be adjusted up to 19200 x 19200 dots per inch which means that at least scanned images can be done in ultra fine quality.
Built in networkability allows the Brother MFC-9325CW to be shared and with wifi connectivity, setting up this printer in the office couldn’t be easier. With a wireless connection, the printer helps to keeps costs down even more by giving the entire office access to color document handling abilities from a single piece of hardware.
The Brother MFC-9325CW’s attempt to keep up with the current trends in technology comes in the form of Brother’s iPrint & Scan software that is a free downloadable app for iPhones, iPads, Android devices, and Windows phones. Though Windows phones are limited to using the app for printing JPEG images, the Apple and Android devices can print JPEG and PDF files and also receive scan data from the machine in these formats.
As using color laser printing can be quite costly, it only makes sense to choose laser over inkjet technology when high volumes of output are required, and the Brother MFC-9325CW accounts for this with its 25,000 page maximum monthly duty cycle. Brother’s recommended duty cycle is only 300 to 1,500 pages per month and when printing at this volume the device will certainly achieve its maximum lifespan, but it is still always good to know that when a heavy volume job does come along, the 9325 can take the abuse without falling apart.
Though the Brother MFC-9325CW is Brother’s best effort to provide an affordable solution to the problem of expensive color laser printing, the cost per page for color prints and copies is still quite high when using this device. Users who require only occasional color print or copy capabilities should, without a doubt, stick to the far less expensive inkjet machines as they are much better suited for light duty use.