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Brother announces new A3 printer

September 28, 2012

MFC-J6510DW A3 MFP released by OEM, targeted at SMBs.

Tech Central provides an overview of Brother’s latest A3 multi-functional printer, the MFC-J6510DW, which is targeted at smaller businesses looking for flexibility at a low cost.

The article lists the pros and cons of Brother’s new printer model, stating that “the only obvious downside […] is that one has to change the entire contents of the 250-sheet paper tray when changing the paper sizes as it can’t hold A3 and A4 paper simultaneously”, but asserts the printer’s low price makes up for it.

Features of the printer include a high resolution LCD display, Wi-Fi connectivity, duplex printing on both large and small formats and direct photo printing from flash drives or memory cards. It is able to reach print speeds of approximately eight pages per minute for one-sided black-and white printing or 16 pages per minute when printing both sides of a page, and A3 photos can be printed “in less than four minutes” unless printing at the highest quality, which takes double the time.

The scanning function, which the article deems “excellent”, produces images of 1,200 dpi resolution at A3 and is able to detect separate items and save them individually.

While the article agrees that the printer is relatively cheap at R2,999 ($364/€282), it points out that the cost of replacing a full set of consumables would come to “almost half the price of the machine”, with the printer using four separate cartridges boasting print yields of 2,400 pages for black and 1,200 for colour.

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