Review: New Brother MFC-9000 Desktop Color MFPs Under $450 with Touch Screens, Wireless Connectivity, and More

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Today Brother International rolled out its next generation of toner-based color desktop MFPs for small businesses, the MFC-9000 series, all of which are priced under $450. In this post, we’ll provide the run-down on pricing, specifications, cost per page, and our overall take on them.

All the models, which incorporate print, copy, scan, and fax, feature a tap-and-swipe 3.7″ color touch screen (below) with Web Connect, are all priced under $450 (estimated street price), and use toner-based LED imaging technology. They feature Brother’s WebConnect – with WebConnect, when the system  is connected to a network with Internet access, from the touch screen, users can print and scan to their cloud-based accounts at Google Drive, Sky Drive, Flickr, Picasa Web albums, Evernote, and Dropbox. JPEG and PDF files can also be downloaded and saved to USB memory drives. Files stored on USB memory drives can also be uploaded to users’ accounts.

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Both the MFC-9330CDW and MFC-9340CDW feature automatic two-sided duplex printing, while the MFC-9340CDW adds single-pass, two-sided scanning of originals. Brother says the new All-in-Ones also feature new high-capacity color toner cartridges, and Secure Function Lock, so that administrators can  limit users’ access to selected functions on a per user basis. With their Secure Print, users enter a PIN in the print driver, and then submit the job for printing; however, they enter their PIN at the control panel in order for the job to actually print. For energy-conservation, there’s a  Deep Sleep Mode under which the units consume less than 2  watts of power when not in use, and an auto-off mode automatically powers off the unit when not in use.

There’s also Wireless Networking support for b/g and now n access points (wireless 802.11b/g/n interface), and wireless mobile printing via support for Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print, as well as via Brother’s iPrint&Scan, a free downloadable app, as well as support for Cortado Workplace mobile printing and W-Fi Direct printing from mobile devices.

Print and copy is on up to 8.5″x14″ (legal-size) paper.

  • The MFC-9130cw ($399.99 estimated street price) is rated at up to 19 ppm in both black and color at up to  600 x 2,400 dpi resolution. It can use Brother’s high-capacity color toner cartridges that yield up to 2,200 pages each. There’s a 250-sheet paper tray, plus a single-sheet manual feed slot for printing on envelopes, thicker media, and custom paper sizes, as well as a 35-page automatic  document feeder. There’s also PCL 6 and a PostScript emulation print drivers. For complete specifications, see below.
  • The MFC-9330CDW ($449.99 estimated street price, and pictured above) is the same as the MFC-9130cw, but is rated faster at up to 23 ppm (black/color), and adds an Ethernet interface for wired network connectivity. It also adds a USB direct interface for printing JPEG, PDF, and XPS  files from USB memory drives, and for sending scanned files to a USB memory drive. For complete specifications, see below.
  • The MFC-9340CDW ($449.99 estimated street price), has all of the same features as the MFC-9330cdw, but adds single-pass two-sided duplex scanning for scan, copy, and fax jobs. Brother hasn’t yet published complete specifications on this unit.

Our Take

Overall, Brother has covered all of the bases with its new MFC-9000 series, including wireless connectivity, cloud connectivity (scan and download to cloud-based document-sharing sites such as Evernote), and mobile print and scan, and the new models are competitively priced. Color cost per page is 17.78 cents, while black cost per page is 4.29 cents, both of which are average-to-high for this segment. (Cost per page is calculated using the highest yield available toner costs and a required imaging drum unit.)

The MFC-9000 series is currently available online and at local office super stores. For more information, visit Brother here.

MFC-9130cw Specifications:

Print

Print Technology Digital Color LED
Consumable Type Toner Cartridge & Drum Unit
Max. Black Print Speed (ppm) 19ppm Black
Max. Color Print Speed (ppm) 19ppm Color
Print Resolution (maximum dpi) Up to 600 x 2400 dpi
Standard Input Paper Capacity (sheets)‡ 250 Sheet Paper Capacity
Multi-purpose Tray Single-sheet manual bypass slot
Standard Interface(s) Wireless 802.11b/g/n and Hi-Speed USB 2.0
Standard Memory (MB) 192MB
Optional Memory (MB) No
Printer Driver Compatibility† Windows® & Mac OS®
Mobile Device Compatibility‡ AirPrint™, Google Cloud Print™, Brother™ iPrint&Scan, Cortado Workplace, and Wi-Fi Direct™
Emulation(s) PCL6 & BR-Script 3‡
Secure Print Function Yes
Maximum Monthly Duty Cycle‡ 30,000 pages
Recommended Monthly Print Volume‡ 300 to 1,500 pages

Fax

Faxing Capability B/W Faxing
Fax Modem Speed 33.6K bps Super G3 Fax Modem
Best Transmission Speed (sec)‡ Approx. 2 seconds per page
Out-of-Paper Reception Yes
External TAD Interface Yes
Call Waiting/ Caller ID/ Distinctive Ring Ready‡ No/No/Yes
Total Auto Dial Locations 200 locations
Broadcasting (# of locations) Yes (250 locations)‡
Quick Scan (Memory Transmission)‡ Approx. 2.5 sec/page
Auto Fax Reduction (for fax receiving) Yes
Fax Forwarding Yes
Automatic Redial Yes
Dual Access Yes
Fax/Telephone Switch Yes
Fax Gray Scale 256
Fax Coding Method MH/MR/MMR/JBIG/JPEG
PC Fax Capability (send/receive)† Yes‡
Fax Page Memory‡ Up to 500 page fax memory
Auto Fax Receive Date/Time Header Yes
Document Memory Backup Yes

Copy

Copying Capability B/W & Color Copying
Design Style Flatbed
Max. Automatic Document Feeder Capacity‡ 35-Page ADF
Max. Black Copy Speed (cpm) 19cpm Black
Max. Color Copy Speed (cpm) 19cpm Color
Stand-alone Copying No PC Required
Reduction/Enlargement 25% – 400%
Sorting Function Yes
N in 1 Function 2in1 / 4in1
Poster Function Yes
Document Glass Size Letter / A4
ID Copy Yes

Scan

Scanning Capability B/W & Color Scanning
Max. Interpolated Scan Resolution (dpi)† 19200 x 19200 dpi
Optical Scan Resolution (dpi) 1200 x 2400 dpi
Input Color Scan Bit Depth 48-bit
Scanner Driver Compatibility† Windows®/Mac OS®
Mobile Device Scanning App‡ Brother™ iPrint&Scan free app download for wireless printing from and scanning to your mobile device. For more information, pleaseclick here
Document Viewer Software† Includes Scansoft PaperPort® 12SE with OCR for Windows® and Presto!® PageManager®9 for Mac®
OCR Software† Includes Scansoft PaperPort® 12SE with OCR for Windows® and Presto!® PageManager®9 for Mac®
Formats (Export) TIFF/BMP/MAX/JPG/PDF
“Scan To” Feature† E-mail, Image, OCR, File, FTP, Network Folder/CIFS (Windows® only), E-mail Server (download only)

Other

Standard Network Features† Printing, Scanning, PC Fax Send / Receive
Supported Network Protocols (IPv4) ARP, RARP, BOOTP, DHCP, APIPA(Auto IP), WINS/NetBIOS name resolution, DNS Resolver, mDNS, LLMNR responder, LPR/LPD, Custom Raw Port/Port9100, IPP/IPPS, FTP Client and ServerTELNET Server, HTTP/HTTPS server, TFTP client and server, SMTP Client, APOP, POP before SMTP, SMTP-AUTH, SNMPv1/v2c/v3, ICMP, LLTD responder, WebServicesPrint/Scan, CIFS Client, SNTP, SSL/TLS
Supported Network Protocols (IPv6) NDP, RA, DNS resolver, mDNS, LLMNR responder, LPR/LPD, Custom Raw Port/Port9100, IPP/IPPS, FTP Client and Server,TELNET Server, HTTP/HTTPS server, TFTP client and server, SMTP Client, APOP, POP before SMTP, SMTP-AUTH, SNMPv1/v2c/v3, ICMPv6, LLTD responder, WebServicesPrint/Scan, CIFS Client, SNTP, SSL/TLS
Wireless Network Security WEP 64/128bit, WPA-PSK (TKIP/AES), WPA2-PSK (AES), 802.1x, (LEAP(CKIP), EAP-FAST(TKIP/AES), PEAP, EAP-TLS, EAP-TTLS
One-Push Wireless Setup AOSS™ or Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ capable routers
Standard Network Interface 802.11b/g/n Wireless I/F
Security Functions Secure Function Lock, Setting Lock, Secure Print
Recommended Paper Brands Plain Paper: Xerox 4200DP 20 lb., Hammermill Laser Paper 24 lb., Recycled Paper: Xerox Recycled Supreme, Transparency: 3M CG 3300, Labels: Avery Laser Label #5160
Media Type Plain Paper, Bond Paper, Recycled Paper, Label, Envelope
Paper Handling Size – Paper Tray Letter, Legal, Executive, A4, A5, B5
Paper Handling Size – Manual Feed Width 3.0″ to 8.66″; Length 4.57″ to 16″
Sheet Weight – Paper Tray (max/min) 16-28 lbs.
Sheet Weight – Manual Feed (max/min) 16-43 lbs.
Minimum Input for ADF (Width/Height) 5.8″/5.8″
Max Input of ADF (Width/Height) 8.5″/14″
Sheet Weight – ADF (max/min) 17-24 lbs.
Output Paper Capacity (sheets) 100 sheets
LCD Display Yes, 3.7″ Color TouchScreen
LCD Back-lit Yes
Power Source AC 110 – 120V 50/60Hz
Power Consumption – Deep Sleep / Ready / Printing / Copying 1.8W / 70W / 365W / 380W
EPA ENERGY STAR® TEC Value 1.8 kWh / Week
ENERGY STAR® Qualified Yes
Operating Environment: Temperature 50-91° F
Operating Environment: Humidity 20-80% (w/out condensation)
Machine Noise (Ready/Copying) 30 dB/53 dB
Carton Dimensions (W”xD”xH”) 23.7″ x 21.0″ x 22.2″
Carton Weight (lbs) 57.8 lbs.
Unit Dimensions (W”xD”xH”) 16.1″ x 19.0″ x 16.1″
Unit Weight (lbs) 49.6 lbs.
UPC Code 0 12502 63479 9
“In-box” Consumables/Yield‡ (1) Starter Toner Cartridges (BK/C/M/Y) (1,000 pgs)
(1) DR221CL Drum Unit Set (15,000 pgs)
Carton Contents (1) Starter Toner Cartridges (BK/C/M/Y) (1,000 pgs)
(1) DR221CL Drum Unit Set (15,000 pgs)
Quick Set Up Guide
Software CD-ROM for Windows®
Software CD-ROM for Mac®
Warranty 1 Year Limited

MFC-9330CDW

Print

Print Technology Digital Color LED
Consumable Type Toner Cartridge & Drum Unit
Max. Black Print Speed (ppm) 23ppm Black
Max. Color Print Speed (ppm) 23ppm Color
Print Resolution (maximum dpi) Up to 600 x 2400 dpi
Standard Input Paper Capacity (sheets)‡ 250 Sheet Paper Capacity
Multi-purpose Tray Single-sheet manual bypass slot
Duplex Printing Capability Yes
Standard Interface(s) Wireless 802.11b/g/n, Ethernet and Hi-Speed USB 2.0
USB Direct Interface/PictBridge‡ Yes/No
Standard Memory (MB) 192MB
Optional Memory (MB) No
Printer Driver Compatibility† Windows® & Mac OS®
Mobile Device Compatibility‡ AirPrint™, Google Cloud Print™, Brother™ iPrint&Scan, Cortado Workplace, and Wi-Fi Direct™
Emulation(s) PCL6 & BR-Script 3‡
Secure Print Function Yes
Maximum Monthly Duty Cycle‡ 30,000 pages
Recommended Monthly Print Volume‡ 300 to 1,500 pages

Fax

Faxing Capability B/W Faxing
Fax Modem Speed 33.6K bps Super G3 Fax Modem
Best Transmission Speed (sec)‡ Approx. 2 seconds per page
Out-of-Paper Reception Yes
External TAD Interface Yes
Call Waiting/ Caller ID/ Distinctive Ring Ready‡ No/No/Yes
Total Auto Dial Locations 200 locations
Broadcasting (# of locations) Yes (250 locations)‡
Quick Scan (Memory Transmission)‡ Approx. 2.5 sec/page
Auto Fax Reduction (for fax receiving) Yes
Fax Forwarding Yes
Automatic Redial Yes
Dual Access Yes
Fax/Telephone Switch Yes
Fax Gray Scale 256
Fax Coding Method MH/MR/MMR/JBIG/JPEG
PC Fax Capability (send/receive)† Yes‡
Fax Page Memory‡ Up to 500 page fax memory
Auto Fax Receive Date/Time Header Yes
Document Memory Backup Yes

Copy

Copying Capability B/W & Color Copying
Design Style Flatbed
Max. Automatic Document Feeder Capacity‡ 35-Page ADF
Max. Black Copy Speed (cpm) 23cpm Black
Max. Color Copy Speed (cpm) 23cpm Color
Stand-alone Copying No PC Required
Reduction/Enlargement 25% – 400%
Sorting Function Yes
N in 1 Function 2in1 / 4in1
Poster Function Yes
Document Glass Size Letter / A4
ID Copy Yes

Scan

Scanning Capability B/W & Color Scanning
Max. Interpolated Scan Resolution (dpi)† 19200 x 19200 dpi
Optical Scan Resolution (dpi) 1200 x 2400 dpi
Input Color Scan Bit Depth 48-bit
Scanner Driver Compatibility† Windows®/Mac OS®
Mobile Device Scanning App‡ Brother™ iPrint&Scan free app download for wireless printing from and scanning to your mobile device. For more information, pleaseclick here
Document Viewer Software† Includes Scansoft PaperPort® 12SE with OCR for Windows® and Presto!® PageManager®9 for Mac®
OCR Software† Includes Scansoft PaperPort® 12SE with OCR for Windows® and Presto!® PageManager®9 for Mac®
Formats (Export) TIFF/BMP/MAX/JPG/PDF
“Scan To” Feature† E-mail, Image, OCR, File, FTP, Network Folder/CIFS (Windows® only), E-mail Server (download only)

Other

Standard Network Features† Printing, Scanning, PC Fax Send / Receive
Supported Network Protocols (IPv4) ARP, RARP, BOOTP, DHCP, APIPA(Auto IP), WINS/NetBIOS name resolution, DNS Resolver, mDNS, LLMNR responder, LPR/LPD, Custom Raw Port/Port9100, IPP/IPPS, FTP Client and ServerTELNET Server, HTTP/HTTPS server, TFTP client and server, SMTP Client, APOP, POP before SMTP, SMTP-AUTH, SNMPv1/v2c/v3, ICMP, LLTD responder, WebServicesPrint/Scan, CIFS Client, SNTP, SSL/TLS
Supported Network Protocols (IPv6) NDP, RA, DNS resolver, mDNS, LLMNR responder, LPR/LPD, Custom Raw Port/Port9100, IPP/IPPS, FTP Client and Server,TELNET Server, HTTP/HTTPS server, TFTP client and server, SMTP Client, APOP, POP before SMTP, SMTP-AUTH, SNMPv1/v2c/v3, ICMPv6, LLTD responder, WebServicesPrint/Scan, CIFS Client, SNTP, SSL/TLS
Wireless Network Security WEP 64/128bit, WPA-PSK (TKIP/AES), WPA2-PSK (AES), 802.1x, (LEAP(CKIP), EAP-FAST(TKIP/AES), PEAP, EAP-TLS, EAP-TTLS
One-Push Wireless Setup AOSS™ or Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ capable routers
Standard Network Interface Network (Ethernet) and 802.11b/g/n Wireless I/F
Security Functions Secure Function Lock, Setting Lock, Secure Print
Recommended Paper Brands Plain Paper: Xerox 4200DP 20 lb., Hammermill Laser Paper 24 lb., Recycled Paper: Xerox Recycled Supreme, Transparency: 3M CG 3300, Labels: Avery Laser Label #5160
Media Type Plain Paper, Bond Paper, Recycled Paper, Label, Envelope
Paper Handling Size – Paper Tray Letter, Legal, Executive, A4, A5, B5
Paper Handling Size – Manual Feed Width 3.0″ to 8.66″; Length 4.57″ to 16″
Sheet Weight – Paper Tray (max/min) 16-28 lbs.
Sheet Weight – Manual Feed (max/min) 16-43 lbs.
Minimum Input for ADF (Width/Height) 5.8″/5.8″
Max Input of ADF (Width/Height) 8.5″/14″
Sheet Weight – ADF (max/min) 17-24 lbs.
Output Paper Capacity (sheets) 100 sheets
LCD Display Yes, 3.7″ Color TouchScreen
LCD Back-lit Yes
Power Source AC 110 – 120V 50/60Hz
Power Consumption – Deep Sleep / Ready / Printing / Copying 1.8W / 70W / 375W / 380W
EPA ENERGY STAR® TEC Value 2.1 kWh / Week
ENERGY STAR® Qualified Yes
Operating Environment: Temperature 50-91° F
Operating Environment: Humidity 20-80% (w/out condensation)
Machine Noise (Ready/Copying) 30 dB/53 dB
Carton Dimensions (W”xD”xH”) 23.7″ x 21.0″ x 22.2″
Carton Weight (lbs) 59.3 lbs.
Unit Dimensions (W”xD”xH”) 16.1″ x 19.0″ x 16.1″
Unit Weight (lbs) 51.1 lbs.
UPC Code 0 12502 63480 5
“In-box” Consumables/Yield‡ (1) Starter Toner Cartridges (BK/C/M/Y) (1,000 pgs)
(1) DR221CL Drum Unit Set (15,000 pgs)
Carton Contents (1) Starter Toner Cartridges (BK/C/M/Y) (1,000 pgs)
(1) DR221CL Drum Unit Set (15,000 pgs)
Quick Set Up Guide
Software CD-ROM for Windows®
Software CD-ROM for Mac®
Warranty 1 Year Limited

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