New Brother printers target volume users

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New Brother printers target volume users

Brother's latest monochrome laser printers and MFDs are aimed at businesses churning out at least 1000 pages per month.

You probably don't keep track of how many pages get printed or copied in your business, but it shouldn't be too hard to find out how much paper you're buying.

If that's one ream (500 sheets) a month or less, you're most likely best served by a SOHO model where the low purchase price outweighs the higher running costs, according to Luke Howard, commercial channel manager at Brother Australia.

Between one and two reams a month is a grey area, he said, but once you reach 1000 pages a month the lower running cost of business-grade printers outweighs the initial investment required.

Brother's new L5000 and L600 series are in the latter category, rated at up to 10,000 pages a month with more robust moving parts and casings than their predecessors. Each is "a solid, reliable piece of equipment," said Howard.

Features include AirPrint, Mopria and Google Cloud 2.0 mobile printing support; integration with cloud services including Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive and OneDrive; and toner yield of up to 20,000 pages per cartridge.

The new printers (NB the new models hadn't been added to Brother's web site at the time of writing) start at $299 for the 40ppm HL-L5100DN (Ethernet only, 8000-page toner cartridge) and $329 for the HL-L-5200DW (which adds Wi-Fi). 

The range tops out at the $1099 HL-L6400DW rated at 50ppm and up to 20,000 pages per toner cartridge. Other features include Gigabit Ethernet, support for up to four input trays and an optional output stacker/sorter.

New MFDs range from the $749 MFC-L5755 (similar features to the low-end printers, plus duplex scanning with a 50-page automatic document feeder) to the MFC-L6900DW (similar features to the high-end printers, plus duplex scanning with an 80-page ADF.

The HL-L6400DW and the MFC-L6900DW are optimal for businesses producing more than 2500 pages per month, Howard suggested, adding that customers using at least two printers to output at least 2000 pages per month are likely to benefit from using one of Brother's managed print services (MPS; see Why you're probably spending too much on printing) partners rather than buying the devices outright.

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