New Brother Business-Class Laser Printers, MFPs Feature ‘Enterprise-Level Security,’ Workflow Solutions

The flagship model of Brother’s new color-laser family, the MFC‐L9570CDW ($1,249.99 MSRP).

Brother International today announced its expanded line of business-class color laser printers and MFP/All‐in‐Ones, which start at $329.99 (estimated street price). The new models are said to feature enterprise‐level security, including document protection and user authentication, and restricting user access. The MFPs also feature scanning speeds of up to 52 images per minute (ipm) in simplex mode and up to 104 ipm in duplex mode, as well as connectivity to cloud-based document-storage and sharing services, and Near Field Connectivity (NFC) for tap-and-print mobile printing from NFC-enabled mobile devices. The new color line‐up is designed for offices, workgroups, and larger‐volume print environments, with print speeds of up to 33 ppm in both color and black-and-white.

In total, Brother released seven new models, all of which appear to be support print and scan on up to 8.5″ x 15″. HL models are standalone-printers, while MFC models are MFPs: the HL‐L8260CDW ($529.99 MSRP), HL‐L8360CDW ($649.99 MSRP), HL‐L8360CDWT ($799.99 MSRP), MFC‐L8610CDW ($849.99 MSRP), and MFC‐L8900CDW  ($949.99 MSRP).  These models are available via online retailers, office superstores and Brother authorized resellers.

The other two models consist of the Workhorse series HL‐L9310CDW ($949.99 MSRP) and MFC‐L9570CDW ($1,249.99 MSRP) for higher print volumes. These Brother Workhorse series models for higher print volumes will be available through the Brother Authorized Partner Program (BAPP) resellers, as well as from direct market resellers, dealers, and office-superstore contract resellers.

The HL Printers will be available at the end of March, and the All-in-Ones will be available in April.

The HL-8260 printer is rated at up to 33 ppm in both color and black-and-white at up to 2,400 x 600 dpi resolution and features built-in wireless 802.11b/g/n and Gigabit Ethernet network connectivity; support for AirPrint, Google Cloud Print 2.0, Mopria, Brother iPrint&Scan, and Wi-Fi Direct connectivity. Iit uses Brother high-yield replacement toner cartridges (4,500 pages for black, and 4,000 pages for each color cyan, magenta, and yellow [CYM] cartridge). Maximum paper capacity is 1,050 sheets.

The HL‐L8360CDW printer is also rated at up to 33 ppm, but adds a 2.7″ touchscreen and maximum paper capacity is 1,300 sheets. Users can print from their accounts at Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, and other sites.

The HL‐L8360CDWT printer adds an additional paper tray for a standard 800-sheet paper capacity that can also be expanded to 1,300 sheets.

More information is not yet available for the MFC‐L8610CDW or MFC‐L8900CDW MFPs.

The new Workhorse series HL‐L9310CDW printer is for mid-size workgroups with demanding print volumes. It features an included 6,500-page-yield toner cartridges, and can be equipped with ultra high-yield 9,000-page-yield replacement toner cartridges. Rated at up to 33 ppm, it features a 2.7″ touchscreen with direct printing from cloud sites such as OneDrive. It can be converted into a floor-standing model with the tower tray option (520 sheets x 4 trays). Security features. Includes an integrated NFC card reader and Active Directory support for network user authentication. Further information is not yet available for the new Workhorse MFC‐L9570CDW MFP.

Security

All of the new models feature offer Secure Function Lock, which enables administrators to restrict usage and limit functions on a group or per user basis, and color printing can be limited to help control costs.

Most of the new models also support user authentication via LDAP, Active Directory, and an integrated NFC user card reader that provides walk‐up authorization for releasing print jobs at the printer, and to access functions using a compatible NFC card or badge.

Enhanced Touchscreen User Interface Enables Streamlined Workflow Solutions

The new models’ touchscreens vary by model, and there’s a 7‐inch tablet‐like touchscreen for the flagship MFC‐L9570CDW. The touchscreens enable users to create up to 64 customizable shortcuts to simplify complex and frequently used tasks. The touchscreen also provides access to Brother Apps, which enable scanning directly to e‐mail, and scanning and digitizing into searchable PDF format and into editable Microsoft Office documents.

The touchscreens also provide access to the Brother Web Connect interface for directly printing documents in user accounts at cloud-based document-storage and sharing services, including Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, and OneDrive. Users may also scan to popular cloud-based sites such as Evernote, OneNote, and more.

Other business‐focused scanning destinations include Microsoft SharePoint, SSH Server (SFTP), network folders (CIFS), and support for the Brother Solutions Interface (BSI), enabling customized business‐specific solutions.

Optional add-on software applications include DocuLex Archive Studio, for  scanning and capturing business documents and organizing them online for immediate access throughout the life cycle of the document; Nuance PaperPort, for viewing, editing, storing, merging, and forwarding scanned documents; and BR-Receipts receipt-management software.

Expandable Paper Capacity

Users can add up to three 250‐sheet optional trays to the HL models and two of the MFC MFP models. For even greater capacity, users can add up to two 500‐sheet optional trays for the HL‐L8360CDW, HL‐L9310CDW, MFC‐L8900CDW, and MFC‐L9570CDW models.

Brother will also be offering a full floor‐standing paper configuration for the HL‐L9310CDW and MFC‐L9570CDW. This optional Tower Tray increases total capacity up to 2,380 sheets.

Brother says its new lineup is suitable for producing color printing of brochures, reports, presentations, and more, and can support a broad range of office environments and industries, especially those that need to meet data privacy, sharing, and storage guidelines, including education, government, healthcare, retail, legal, financial services, and real estate.

The HL‐L8360CDW printer and MFC‐L8900CDW MFP provide all the features of the base models along with NFC connectivity and compatibility with super high‐yield cartridges for low-cost printing.

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