At a press event held earlier today, Brother International Singapore unveiled 11 new products for its laser printer, laser fax device, and document scanner lineups. The new printers and multifunction devices target business and heavy fax users, while two of the new scanners target mobile warriors who need to scan documents while on the move. Here are some highlights of the new products.
Of the three scanners launched today, the DS-600 and DS-700D are mobile document scanners. The DS-700D is the bigger and heavier of the two (603g vs. 315g), but it has the added advantage of being able to scan both sides of a page at once. It also scans faster, 10ppm (pages per minute) compared to DS-600's 5ppm for mono. For color scanning, both are neck-to-neck at 3ppm. Optical scan resolution for both is also tied at 600 x 600 dpi. In addition to paper documents, both scanners are able to scan business cards, as well as thicker laminated material such as ID cards. And since power is drawn over a USB cable, there’s no extra power brick to deal with. The OCR software of choice for both scanners is the NewSoft Presto! PageManager.
The third scanner is the ADS-2100. At first glance, this all-black desktop scanner reminded us of an inkjet printer or a fax machine with its top sheet-loading tray and bottom output tray (both rated at 50 sheets). It’s also capable of duplex scanning in a single pass at a rate of 24ppm. Another key feature is its ability to scan directly to a USB drive. Bundled software include Nuance PDF Converter Professional 7, Nuance Paper PortTM 12 SE, BizCard, and PageManager 9 SE.
The DS-600 and DS-700D mobile scanners are priced at S$218 and S$328 respectively; the ADS–2100 desktop scanner at S$588. All three come with 1-year carry-in warranty.
If you’re a heavy fax user, take a look at either the Brother FAX-2840 or the MFC-7290. Both are equipped with a 33.6kbps modem, built-in handset, and up to 500-page fax memory (MFC-7290; 400 pages for FAX-2840) for fast and efficient fax communication. Both machines also tout 22 one-touch speed dials and 200 speed dial locations.
The FAX-2840 is also a 20ppm monochrome laser printer (up to 2,400 x 600 dpi resolution) and monochrome copier (up to 300 x 600 dpi). The MFC-7290 on the other hand prints faster at 24ppm. It’s also slightly more versatile, as it can also double up as a standalone black-and-white scanner (up to 600 x 600 dpi optical resolution). Another tick in the check box for the MFC-7290 is its ability to send a file on your PC as a standard fax (i.e., PC-Fax).
Both the FAX-2840 and MFC-7290 are USB-only devices. They’re priced at S$268 and S$378 respectively, and both come with 3-year on-site warranty.
Brother has also introduced six new models in its laser range that include four monochrome laser printers (HL-6180DW, HL-5470DW, HL-5450DN, and HL-5440D) and two monochrome laser multifunction centers (MFC-8910DW and MFC-8510DN). Their print speeds range from 36 to 40ppm.
Double-sided printing comes as standard for all six printers, and to keep up with the times, with the exception of HL-5440D, the new devices allows you to print from your mobile devices, either through Brother’s iPrint&Scan app (Apple App Store link, Google Play store link), or via Google Cloud Print and Apple AirPrint. For the HL-6180DW, HL-5470DW, and MFC-8910DW that come with wireless connectivity, you can also print via Wi-Fi Direct.
The flagship of the single-function laser printers is the HL-6180DW. It boosts a top speed of 40ppm and built-in 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi support. It’s also the only printer to come with a gigabit Ethernet connection, and a standard 500-sheet input tray. Used in conjunction with the 50-sheet multi-purpose tray and the optional 500-sheet add-on tray, it can load up to 1,050 sheets of paper.
If for some reason you need parallel port connectivity, then check out the 38ppm HL-5440D.
Here's a quick summary of how the four laser printers stack up against one another:
|Key Functions||Duplex print||Duplex print, Network||Duplex print, Wireless||Duplex print, Wireless|
|Print Resolution||1,200 x 1,200 dpi||1,200 x 1,200 dpi||1,200 x 1,200 dpi||1,200 x 1,200 dpi|
|Input Tray||250 sheets||250 sheets||250 sheets||500 sheets|
|Multi-purpose Tray||50 sheets||50 sheets||50 sheets||50 sheets|
|Optional Tray||Yes, 500 sheets||Yes, 500 sheets||Yes, 500 sheets||Yes, 500 sheets|
|Memory (Std/Max)||64MB||64MB / 320MB||128MB / 384MB||128MB / 384MB|
|Connectivity/Networking||USB 2.0, Parallel||USB 2.0, Fast Ethernet||USB 2.0, Fast Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct||USB 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct|
|Warranty||3-year on-site||3-year on-site||3-year on-site||3-year on-site|
Between the MFC-8510DN and MFC-8910DW, the latter is the higher-end of the two multifunction printers. On top of Ethernet connectivity, it comes with 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi support, and is thus able to take advantage of Wi-Fi Direct. It also prints faster (40 vs. 36ppm) and has a bigger automatic document feeder (50-sheet vs. 35-sheet). We were also pleasantly surprised to find that it has a duplexing ADF. In other words, it can do single-pass two-sided scanning, copying, and faxing.
Here's a quick summary of how the two MFCs stack up against each other:
|Key Functions||Duplex print, Simplex scan/copy/fax, Network||Duplex print/scan/copy/fax, Wireless|
|Print Resolution||1,200 x 1,200 dpi||1,200 x 1,200 dpi|
|Input Tray||250 sheets||250 sheets|
|Multi-purpose Tray||50 sheets||50 sheets|
|Optional Tray||Yes, 500 sheets||Yes, 500 sheets|
|ADF||35 sheets||50 sheets|
|Memory (Std/Max)||64MB / 320MB||128MB / 384MB|
|Connectivity/Networking||USB 2.0, Fast Ethernet, USB Direct Print||USB 2.0, Fast Ethernet, USB Direct Print, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct|
|Warranty||3-year on-site||3-year on-site|
Apart from the usual 3,000-page standard-yield toner (S$97) and 8,000-page high-yield toner (S$158) options, the three 'DW' models also allow the use of a super high-yield 12,000-page toner (S$188).
All the new devices can now be purchased through Brother International Singapore's authorized resellers and superstores, and are supported by the Brother Customer Service Center, located at the ground level of Gateway East at Beach Road.