Business Smart X-Series printers of Brother aim to deliver the most affordable A3 printing to SMBs on a very tight budget. The MFC-J6945DW on review shows the Brother printer is not kidding around, this A3 color inkjet MFP printer only costs just over a price of £300 and sweetens the deal a bit further with running costs that are laser-trouncing.
No half-empty cartridge trickery starter here either, this particular printer ships with the standard high-yield ink cartridges of Brother. Once you have completely used these up, replace them with the super high yield versions and you will pay 0.9p for an A4 mono page and only 3.6p for colour page costs no MFP laser in this price bracket can particularly match.
The MFC-J6945DW Brother printer is also well-connected, it offers 10/100 Ethernet, 11n wireless, USB 2 and NFC, WiFi Direct plus AirPrint are correct and present, it supports extensive range Brother’s mobile apps and it works with a heap of providers of cloud storage.
Installation on the wired network of the lab was swift and the printer also checked for brand new firmware and upgraded itself with a few couple of button presses. Desktop tools include ControlCenter4 (CC4) scan management utility of Brother printer, its Windows iPrint&Scan workflow applications and PaperPort 14 SE document management software of Nuance. We also used the iPrint&Scan iOS application to scan several documents to our iPad, browse our storage of cloud accounts and choose multiple files to print.
Web Connect portal of Brother makes light work of setting up direct scanning to the cloud storage. Choose from the respected eight supported providers, add all the details of your account and enter the unique 11-digit code provided at the panel of the printer.
The Secure Print service of the Cloud allows you to print Office, PDF and various different graphics files over the internet using a particular web browser. Bookmark and enter the Brother printer’s ID URL shown in its colour touchscreen, select a local file, send it and enter the unique six-digit password at the printer to completely release it.
Brother printer claims A4 mono and colour print speeds of 20ppm and 22ppm but these are only achievable with the Standard setting of the driver. Our 22-page Word document was printed at a speed of 22ppm in Standard mode but speed reduced to 5ppm for Fine mode and 2.3ppm in Best mode available.
A 24-page colour DTP print returned 17ppm speed in Standard and a pedestrian 2ppm in Best mode available. A3 colour posters took 22s for Standard print and just over 6m for Best while borderless A4 colour photos on glossy paper arrived in the time span of 3m 44s.
Duplexing our 22-page document print in Normal mode returned 13ppm while 10-page copies using the duplex ADF of the scanner were timed at 5ppm and 13ppm for duplex-to-duplex and single-sided modes. Sound levels during the testing phase were not excessive as printing produced about 66dB from one meter and copying 68dB.
Text quality depends completely on resolution and paperweight with 75gsm paper and Normal mode revealing smearing that is quite significant and dusting on fonts that are quite smaller than 12pts. This cleared slightly at Best mode with paper of 100gsm producing noticeably cleaner results.
No such issues with colour printing, our file reports, photos and A3 posters at Best mode exhibited quite excellent levels of detail and information. They completely stood out with punchy, bold colours while large areas of single colours like skies were as smooth as silk with no banding evident.
If you have any query regarding the Brother printer then you can contact Brother printer support or Brother printer customer support. You can also dial Brother printer support number which is available on our website.
Alexander Paul is a software engineer living in USA. He has over 10 year of experience in hardware and software technology .