Brother Printer Does So Much, But Isn't Easy
It's not enough that such small-biz printing giants as H-P(HPQ) , Canon(CAJ) and Epson can't seem to get a media word in edgewise with Apple(AAPL) hyping this or that version of the iPad, Google(GOOG) getting into business laptops and Research In Motion(RIMM) finally taking the wraps off its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, coming in a few weeks to Best Buy(BBY) . These days, printer heavies also face a brutal commoditization wave. Low-end imaging companies just keeping baking once one big-company-only features, such as Wi-Fi, Web access and PC-less printing, into ever cheaper printers.
|Brother International's MFC-9970CDW multifunction small-business laser printer is flawed, but does so much right that buying a business desktop printer may never be the same.|
Take Brother International's MFC-9970CDW multifunction small-business laser printer, $579 via Amazon.com(AMZN) . While far from perfect, this scanner/printer/faxer/copier does so much right that buying a business desktop printer will probably never be the same.
What you get
This is a simply ridiculous printer at a simply ridiculous price.
The 9970 is so feature packed it's hard to get your brain around the thing. The 9970 is not a low-cost inkjet, nor a midpriced laser jet. This thing is a full on, in-your-face laser printer, like what you see in FedEx(FDX) Office -- except that it is the size of a biggish microwave oven and costs less than some phone bills. And as you would expect, lots of big-machine imaging features are in full effect: Not just 30-page-per-minute printing for both color and black and white. Oh no. This sucker boots up to print in less than six seconds, has a document feeder that can process 20 pages in less than 30 seconds and smokes just about every faxing, scanning and printing test I assigned it. The thing supports sophisticated wired and wireless network printing, direct imaging, slick instant duplex printing and a ton more. And check out the scanner: 50 pages in one job. Wooh!