Brother MFC-9840CDW Review
If you’re interested in a full color laser multifunctional unit with all the trimmings, look no further than the Brother MFC-9840CDW. The unit is one of Brother’s most well equipped and extensive piece of hardware; incorporating almost all of its product features into one unit that can handle almost any print, copy, scan, or fax job..
Be prepared to pay a pretty penny for the Brother MFC-9840CDW, as this unit does not come at a bargain. It does, however, include an impressive amount of functionality in a single device. This full color printer is not the fastest on the market, not by a long shot, but it is certainly one of the most extensive.
The unit is network ready, which is almost a must for a device of this nature that is best suited for adding the full range of color document processing possibilities to an entire office. It also includes USB connectivity for those who desire a simpler single PC hosting option. It can even operate as a stand alone copy machine or copy/fax combo.
On top of the USB 2.0 connection port, an additional USB port is included in the hardware for direct interfacing. This allows for another form of stand alone functionality by accepting USB storage devices that can be browsed and printed from. PDF and JPEG files can be printed from USB sticks and users can also scan directly to a USB storage device into either one of these formats.
Copies can be done using the legal sized flip top flatbed and document glass or with the help of the large 50 page automatic document feeder. The unit provides simple copy manipulation functions such as reduction and enlargement in ratios of 25% to 400% and 2 in 1 and 4 in 1 copying. There is sadly no poster function when copying, but the device has a built in duplexor that makes double sided printing and copying possible. Basic sorting can also be done by the machine.
Faxing and scanning hardware is included as well; both with top of the line specifications such as a 1200 x 2400 dot per inch optical scan resolution and a 33.6 Kbps fax modem speed that can transmit a page in about 2 seconds.
As is the case with many color laser print devices, the Brother MFC-9840CDW’s real major down side is its sluggish print speed. Interestingly, this device copies and prints at different speeds, neither of which are very impressive. Color prints can be executed at a maximum speed of 21 pages per minute. Additionally, and also unfortunately, black and white prints receive no boost in speed. The same is true with monochrome copies that, like color ones, can only be done at a speed of 17 pages per minute.
The Brother MFC-9840CDW is not a discontinued model, though its price has come down considerably, but the fact that it is starting to become dated remains. Multifunctional color laser devices are being released at similar price points with prints speeds upwards of 30 pages per minute, which should make buyers cautious of buying a device that is far from the latest in a rapidly changing market.