Brother Debuts Four Multifunction Printers

All the more amazing is that 3 of the 4 models include a standard network (Ethernet) interface(2). The new line-up includes two traditional sheet-fed based models: the MFC-3240c and MFC-3340cn, andtwo flatbed models: the MFC-5440cn and MFC-5840cn. All are scheduled to be available in October 2004.

“Although the home/consumer market is currently the most explosive area of the color inkjet all-in-one market, the SOHO user continues to be a constant for driving functionality and performance,” says Don Cummins, Vice President of Marketing at Brother. “Our newest line color inkjet MFCs set key standards for value and performance for the SOHO business environment.”

Each model in the line-up provides a home office or small office with 33.6K bps color faxing, up to 6000×1200 dpi* color printing, color copying, color scanning and PC Faxing. Specifically the MFC-3340cn and MFC-5840cn also include Brother’s PhotoCapture Center(R) feature which offers media card slots for CompactFlash(R), xD-Picture Card(TM), Secure Digital(TM), Memory Stick(R) and SmartMedia(R) cards(1). Users can easily print a preview index page (thumbnail images of all photos on the media card) or print individual digital photos from the media card: with or without the PC being connected.

One of the key values to a SOHO user will be the built-in Ethernet interface(2) found on the MFC-3340cn, MFC-5440cn and MFC-5840cn for connecting to a wired or wireless network today or in the future. Today’s technology has made it much easier for small and home businesses to install a network. This makes it possible to purchase one Multi-function product to share with multiple users in a network environment. Once connected, printing, scanning(3), sending a PC Fax and accessing the PhotoCapture Center(R) feature are all possible over the network.

MFC-3240c & MFC-3340cn… Traditional Sheet-fed Models

For those users who require a low cost color inkjet solution in a traditional sheet-fed design, these new models provide significant features over the competition. Both the MFC-3240c and MFC-3340cn provide fast print speeds up to 20ppm black and up to 15ppm color, high quality 6000×1200 dpi* resolution, a 33.6k bps fax modem, and 20-page auto document feeder capacity. In addition, they incorporate a front-loading 100-sheet paper tray capacity and 2400 dpi (interpolated) color scanning.

The MFC-3340cn, as the step-up model, also includes a built-in (Ethernet) interface(2)., Brother’s PhotoCapture Center(R) feature which offers media card slots for the most popular digital camera media(1), and 16MB memory (MFC-3240c has 8MB standard memory).

The estimated street prices will be $129.99+ for the MFC-3240c and $159.99+ for the MFC-3340cn.

MFC-5440cn & MFC-5840cn………Flatbed Models with Auto Document Feeding

Both the MFC-5440cn and MFC-5840cn, include a versatile flatbed design plus a robust 35-page automatic document feed capacity to handle the demanding and variable copying, faxing and scanning requirements in the small business environment. Also, both models include the key standards that Brother has set for this new line-up….fast print speeds up to 20ppm black and up to 15ppm color, high quality 6000×1200 dpi* resolution, a 33.6k bps fax modem, and a built-in (Ethernet) interface(2).

As the step-up model, the MFC-5840cn adds Brother’s PhotoCapture Center(R) feature which offers media card slots for the most popular digital camera media(1) and “expanded” paper capacity up to 350 pages. This expanded paper capacity makes the first color inkjet all-in-one under $200 with dual paper input trays.

The MFC-5840cn’s dual paper trays consist of one paper tray with 100-sheet capacity, and the 2nd paper tray with 250-sheet capacity. The top 100-sheet paper tray allows the user to use either premium inkjet paper or high-quality photo paper, while the lower 250-sheet tray can then be dedicated to 250-sheets of plain paper. The MFC-5840cn can be set up to print all incoming faxes on the plain paper – and the high-quality color photos on the glossy photo paper. Perfect for an office environment, since now there is no need to switch paper back and forth from plain paper to photo paper as the application changes.

The estimated street prices will be $149.99+ for the MFC-5440cn and $199.99+ for the MFC-5840cn, both outstanding values.

Consumables & Wireless Option

Each of these models feature a 4-cartridge ink system that uses a separate cartridge for each color. The user only needs to replace the color that is empty, therefore reducing the amount of ink that is wasted.

The standard cartridges are LC-41BK (up to 500 pages @ 5% pages coverage), LC-41Y (Yellow), LC-41M (Magenta), and LC-41C (Cyan)…. each of the color cartridges provide a yield of up to 400 pages each @ 5% page coverage). In addition, the MFC-3240c, 3340cn, 5440cn, and 5840cn are also compatible with a high yield black cartridge, LC-41HYBK (up to 900 pages @ 5% page coverage).

Also each new model has an external wireless network option available (NC-2200W), that can be connected via the USB 2.0 Full Speed interface.