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Network-ready having both USB and also LAN interfaces, the Brother MFC-9440CN brings together a fax, copier as well as scanner plus a colour laser printer as one unit weighing-in at a significant 33kg not to mention measuring 43x49x48mm. Therefore, it is not one of the biggest MFPs in the marketplace, however it really does occupy some room.
The MFC-9440CN's panel offers 16 fax number presets, in addition to controls with regard to copy, fax as well as print capabilities. A dialling keypad is also included, and another feature we really liked were the two start buttons with regard to the copier, one in order to copy in black and white, and the second in colour. This is a useful function regarding companies looking to manage their colour printing charges. One down side is the dialog display on the panel, which is two lines and text only. This hinders a few of the MFC-9440CN's walk-up operations.
Brother has decided to use single-pass laser technology. This brings about speedier printing compared to conventional laser systems; with Brother proclaiming the MFC-9440CN can perform rates as high as 22 pages per minute (ppm) in non colored documents and also 17ppm in colour. Which means four separate Brother MF9440CN toner cartridges, one each meant for black, magenta, cyan as well as yellow. New cartridges for the MFC-9440CN are simple to install and replace. High-yield cartridges can be found at a higher price point, and an ecology function in the printer menu enables more toner conservation.
We thought the MFC-9440CN's 300-page capacity of the print tray to be to the small side, and with regard to the usual small to medium business customer buying the extra lower tray could well be worth taking into consideration.
In regards to the printing part we were really impressed with the top quality and also speed of the MFC-9440CN's output in black and white, and colour. There are a number of distinct quality configurations to select from, plus both text as well as photographs printed beautifully.
For the scanning aspect the MFC-9440CN provides two alternatives: from the appliance alone or from the desktop computer. We made the majority of scanning through the desktop computer using the bundled scanning software. While easy to use, we found the scanning engine somewhat low in functionality. You may also scan directly from the MFC-9440CN, however this merely takes a scan of the complete scanner bed and sends it to a file on your computer, leaving certain editing to be completed.
Image quality of scanned photos was superb. However, we found the results of the MFC-9440CN's optical character recognition (OCR) engine to be disapointing. It recognised all the characters, however they were fairly jumbled. Copying speed is a touch slow in comparison to a dedicated copier, however very well inside the range for an MFP. Quality again was outstanding.
The front of the MFC-9440CN contains a USB port for you to plug-in a memory stick or digital camera, permitting the printing of images directly from the memory card. This is a good function, however the lack of an Liquid crystal display wounds, since you must know the actual file name to be able to print it. To get around this, a contact sheet may be printed with file names and also picture thumbnails. A USB port additionally supports the direct printing of PDF files.
At its price point we really feel an Liquid crystal interface really should have been included. Nonetheless, the Brother MFC-9440CN is a sturdy and resilient device which provides high quality output at great speeds.
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