Bridgewater, N.J.-based peripheral and office equipment maker
Brother International Corp.
today unveiled its new MFC-5200c, a multi function device developed to replace its MFC-9200c series.
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MFC stands for Multi-Function Center, and the device combines color printing, fax, copying, scanner and PC fax together in one box. The new MFC-5200c adds a sixth capability, too — it can print color photos directly from digital media, including Sony Memory Stick, CompactFlash and SmartMedia cards.
The MFC-5200c can output up to 20 pages per minute in monochrome or 16 pages per minute in color. It can print at up to 2400 x 1200 dots per inch and sports Brother’s proprietary True2Life color enhancement technology.
The device also incorporates a SuperG3 33.6Kbps fax modem that can send and receive color faxes between other units that support the ITU-T30E standard. It sports both USB and Parallel interfaces, so you can hook it up to a Mac or a PC. The MFC-5200c also uses individual ink tanks and sports four color output.
Color copying can be done without using a computer — it can duplicate at up to 1200 x 1200 dots per inch, with reduction and enlargement ratios from 25 to 400 percent. It can also scan at up to 9600 dots per inch interpolated resolution (600 x 2400 DPI is its optical resolution) at 36-bit color depth.
The MFC-5200c’s new PhotoCapture Center — which lets it store scanned data directly to a flash media card — also supports networking printing, Internet fax and “Scan-to-LAN” features when used with an optional network print/fax server. Users can also view and download files stored on a card from any computer on the LAN through a Web browser.
What’s more, Brother took the wraps off the less expensive MFC-3200c, a step-up model to its MFC-3100c model featuring color print, fax, copy, scan and PC fax. It also includes a telephone headset. The MFC-3200c is rated for 10 pages per minute black and 8 pages per minute color output, and can scan at 300 x 600 DPI at 30 bit color depth. Look for it to ship in October for US$229.99, along with a $30 mail-in rebate.
Both printers are capable of printing in color on Mac OS 8.6 or higher, including Mac OS X. Color scan capabilities are limited to Mac OS 8.6 – 9.2, while PC Fax capabilities are not presently supported by the MFC systems’ Mac OS drivers at all, according to Brother.