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There's no real competition for this printer
on 15 September 2009
All-in-one A3 printers are rare beasts so find one below £300 and one is prepared to accept a few compromises.
It's true that the black may not be as intense as some other printers but apart from that it is difficult to criticise this printer.
For me A3 copying is perhaps the most important feature since I justified buying the Brother purely on the basis of what I spend at copy shops. Here the Brother excels at producing fast, accurately scaled copies in black and white as well as colour. Printing at A3 size is also surprisingly fast.
The fact that the printer has a tray for A4 as well means it could easily serve as a single office printer/copier.
Installation was child's play including configuring wi-fi networking and at no time during the process did the printer need to be cable-connected to a computer. All computers on the network could be configured to use the Brother simply by installing the Brother software.
I can't vouch for any of the Brother-supplied utilities because I don't need them but everything on the driver-side works perfectly.
Finally the on-printer touch screen is very user-friendly and allows several favourite copy and scan settings to be stored.
The printer is surprisingly compact considering what is does and its design is very pleasing to the eye.
Reliability may be an issue in the future but so far it has worked perfectly.
Well I've been using this printer for nearly 6 months now and, if anything, I am even more impressed than I was. Remarkably, I am still on the original cartridges, the black has 25% remaining and the others have 50%. In 6 months my Lexmark would be on its 3rd cartridges by now.
I have used the scanner extensively over the last couple of months and it is both rapid and capable of phenomenal resolution. The software is quickly configured and it's easy to use supporting jpg, bmp, tif, png and pdf formats.
I keep the printer loaded with A4 and A3 and use it as my main printer, my Lexmark is now relegated to printing envelopes and cheques; the Brother not being very easy to adjust for special stationery.
Reliability has been excellent, no loss of wi-fi connection, no ADF jams, no printer snarl-ups and no lost printing jobs.