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.

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Robo sidekicks, AC for your bed, and more

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the Web this week. You can't buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Photography

Brother’s new laser printers spit out prints with just a tap thanks to NFC

Seven new color laser printers carry the Brother name, as well as new features like NFC to easily print from mobile. The lineup sits between $200 and $400, and boasts faster print speeds and an updated design.
Photography

The best place to print photos online: Seven top photo labs

Have you been looking around for the best place to print out your favorite photos online? Don't fret, we've pored through dozens of options and narrowed it down to the seven best.
Photography

Snap, print, and go: The 8 best portable photo printers

Printing your favorite smartphone pictures on the go is easier than ever with a portable photo printer. They are compact and easy to use, transforming your digital selfies into souvenir.
Photography

From wide angle to telephoto, here are the best lenses for your Nikon DSLR

Looking for the perfect lens to pair with your Nikon DSLR? Here are Nikon's best lenses -- and a few from third-party manufacturers -- from macro to telephoto, from $220 to $2,400.
Photography

The Nixplay Iris might just make digital picture frames cool again

The digital picture frame's popularity has fizzled because of time-consuming updates and low quality -- but can a Wi-Fi connected frame change that? The Nixplay Iris is an 8-inch smart digital picture frame that wireless updates photos.
Photography

A turn for the better: Loupedeck+ adds custom dials, more to Lightroom console

The Loupedeck+ improves on the original Lightroom console by adding welcome customization options and introducing support for Skylum Aurora HDR. What's even better is that it does this all at an even lower price.
Photography

8 easy ways for you to transfer photos from an Android phone to a PC

If you haven't already, you should back up your photos to a computer. Here's how to transfer photos from an Android phone to a PC using third-party services and a wealth of storage devices.
Photography

These are the best camera straps you can get your hands on

Choosing the right camera strap for your needs can be a tough decision. To help sort through the junk, we've rounded up the best camera straps on the market for you to choose from.
Social Media

How to use Adobe Spark Post to spice up your social media images

Images are proven to get more likes than plain text -- but only if those images are good. Adobe Spark post is an AI-powered design program for non-designers. Here's how to use it to take your social media feeds to the next level.
Photography

18 seconds of fame: Giphy’s quirky new GIF film festival has a $10K prize

Have a knack for creating GIFs? Someone is going to win $10,000 for a video that's 18 seconds or less at the Giphy Film Festival. The new contest is set to recognize the top creator for the short micro-films in five different categories.
Mobile

Google One subscriptions offer more cloud storage for low prices, other perks

Can't get enough storage on Google Drive, Photos, or Gmail? Google One is the new way to boost your cloud storage. But it's not just about more space -- Google One comes with a loads of benefits.
Photography

Sorry, DSLR, but Sony mirrorless is now the best-selling full-frame camera

Four out of every ten full-frame cameras sold in the United States during the first-half of 2018 had the Sony name. That makes Sony's mirrorless full-frame cameras the best-selling models.
Emerging Tech

Meet the Mantis Q: A drone you can control by yelling, waving, or even smiling

"Mantis, take a picture." Yuneec's new consumer drone, the Yuneec Mantis Q, responds to voice commands along with gestures and smiles. The 4K drone also integrates several different flight modes and safety features inside a one-pound…