If you’ve been shopping for a color laser printer, take a look at the Brother MFC-9840CDW Color Laser Multi-Function Center with Wireless Networking. This model includes duplex color printing, scanning, copying, and faxing plus Ethernet and wireless 802.11b/g and USB interfaces. The scanner works with paper sizes up to legal paper, unlike most low-cost all-in-one devices. Buy.com is currently selling it for $549.99* including free shipping, about $100 to $150 less than typical prices.
We previously reviewed the Brother MFC-9840CDW a year ago. See that review for more information. Customers of Buy.com rated this model with a 4.5 out of 5.0 score for all four categories of value, performance, ease of use, and overall satisfaction.
Especially notable features:
- duplex printing
- duplex scanning
- built-in 802.11b/g wireless and wired 10/100Mbps Ethernet interfaces
As color laser printers have dropped in price, they have become very common in small businesses and even homes. We’re particularly enamored by the all-in-one variety which combines the laser printer with a scanner and copier and fax features in one space-saving unit. That’s FOUR different machines rolled into ONE!
(July 2010 update: While stocks last – Brother MFC-9840CDW Color Laser Multi-Function Center with Wireless Networking – $549.99 plus free shipping from Buy.com)
One of the most feature-rich and price-competitive manufacturers of such color laser all-in-ones is Brother. Here at angiemedia, we’ve been using our Brother MFC-9840CDW for over a year. We’ve been very pleased with the print speed, quality, and flexibility of the device. We primarily use it for scanning and color printing, using monochrome laser printers for our more common black and white print jobs as they generally have cheaper toner cartridges for a lower operational cost.