Brother International on Tuesday unveiled three new
Multi Function Centers
— all-in-one printers designed for small offices and home use. Prices range from $99.99 to $179.99, and two of them incorporate Ethernet networking.
The MFC-5460cn and MFC-5860cn are both color inkjet printers with scanning and copying capabilities, and they feature built-in networking capabilities as well. They go on sale in October. The MFC-5460cn costs $149.99 and the MFC-5680cn costs $179.99.
Both printers can output up to 30 pages per minute in black and 25 pages per minute in color. They include media card slots for digital camera memory cards and a PictBridge interface — helpful for printing digital pictures without using a computer first. Automatic Document Feeders (ADFs) hold up to 36 pages and can scan legal-size documents. They have built-in Ethernet networking and 33.6 Kbps fax modems. They feature up to 6000 x 1200 dot per inch printing resolution. Users who don’t need a networkable printer can connect using USB instead.
The MFC-5860cn adds a dual-paper tray for a total capacity of 350 sheets.
Also announced today is the MFC-3360c, a $99.99 non-networkable model with color printing, faxing, copying and scanning capability that also includes a telephone handset.
System requirements call for Mac OS X v10.2.4 or later. The printers also support various versions of Windows.
Brother’s Web site hadn’t been updated with information about the new MFC models as
posted this article.