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  How to Choose the Right All-in-One for Your Needs
A Brother Multi-Function Center® machine provides "all-in-one" functionality - such as printing, scanning, copying and faxing, and often other advanced capabilities - into a single integrated unit. Brother™ offers one of the widest assortments of all-in-ones, based on either laser or inkjet printing technology. You can choose the right machine with the functions and features you need to best address your particular requirements.

Color Inkjet All-in-One

A Brother Color Inkjet All-in-One may be best ...
  • If you would like to print "photo quality" glossy photos, business documents and graphics in color...
  • If you need a device that won't take up a lot of space in your home or office...
  • If you would like to print color photos from media cards, USB flash memory drives or PictBridge-enabled digital cameras...
  • If you need occasional color copying, color fax and color scanning capabilities
Color Inkjet All-in-Ones

Widescreen LCD

The widescreen color LCD provides the ability to view, enhance and print your photos directly from your digital camera media card or USB flash memory drive. Plus you can review "before and after" photo editing, and preview incoming faxes before printing - eliminating the needless printing of "junk" faxes.
Color Inkjet All-in-Ones

Color print resolution (dpi)

Print resolution is always expressed in dots-per-inch (dpi). Resolution indicates the quality of the printed output. The higher the dpi, the better the output quality for text, graphics and photos.
Color Inkjet All-in-Ones

Built-in Message Center

Some color inkjet models come equipped with a built-in Message Center® feature that includes a telephone handset, full-duplex speakerphone for hands-free operation, and a digital answering machine that can record up to 29 total minutes. You save additional workspace since the phone and answering machine are built-in, plus you don't have the additional expense of purchasing these items separately.
Color Inkjet All-in-Ones

Borderless printing

Primarily for printing photos, this enables you to get the edge-to-edge output typically on heavier glossy or matte "photo" paper up to 8 1/2 X 11 inches.
Color Inkjet All-in-Ones

PhotoCapture Center® for digital camera users

Found on many of our color inkjet models, this feature provides built-in slots so you can transfer images directly from media cards to your PC or Mac®. You can also use this feature to print images directly from media cards, USB flash memory drive (select models) or from a PictBridge-enabled camera without turning on your computer.
Color Inkjet All-in-Ones

Photo Paper Tray

The photo paper tray holds up to 20 sheets of 4x6 glossy paper without removing the standard paper from the tray. To use the 4x6 paper just engage the photo tray - or disengage to use the regular paper. This feature is available on all color inkjet models with a color LCD display.

Monochrome Laser All-in-One

A Brother monochrome laser all-in-one may be best...
  • If your output is mostly text-based...
  • If you need to quickly print office documents...
  • If color output is not required...
  • If you are trying to reduce your overall printing costs

Color Laser / LED All-in-One

A Brother color laser / LED all-in-one may be best...
  • If you need to print and copy both color and monochrome documents...
  • If you have higher volume color output requirements...
  • If you prefer color laser or LED technology to produce business documents, including presentations and reports...
  • If obtaining the fastest color print and copy speeds are important to you
Laser All-in-Ones

Automatic Duplexing (2-Sided)

If you would like automatic 2-sided printing, copying and faxing, and even scanning 2-sided originals into your PC, then you should consider one of the Brother laser models with automatic duplexing.
Laser All-in-Ones

Paper capacity and expandability

In addition to an up to 250-sheet letter/legal paper tray, all Brother laser all-in-ones have either a single-sheet bypass tray or a multi-purpose tray for printing envelopes, labels or letterhead. Also, some laser all-in-ones offer an optional 2nd paper tray to increase your total input paper capacity.
Laser All-in-Ones

Print emulations

Most Brother laser all-in-ones offer PCL emulation that is generally used for everyday office document printing. If you are printing graphics, photos, special fonts and charts, consider a model with PostScript® compatibility, found on many Brother laser products with BR-Script 3^ support. If you have legacy applications that require printing from DOS, choose a model with PCL emulation.
Laser All-in-Ones

Password-protected printing & faxing

If you will be in an environment where you receive highly confidential faxes or print highly confidential documents and would not like anyone other than yourself to view these documents, you should consider a Brother laser with Secure Print/Fax functionality.
Laser All-in-Ones

USB Direct Interface

Brother color laser printers offer an easy access built-in USB Direct Interface for convenient "PC free" printing. With this feature, users can print from - or scan to - a USB flash memory drive. The USB Direct Interface also provides PictBridge support. Simply connect your PictBridge enabled digital camera to print pictures directly, without first downloading them to a PC.
Laser All-in-Ones

Secure Function Lock

If you want to manage user access to walk up features such as copying, scanning and faxing, as well as keep printing and operating costs under control, then Secure Function Lock is a feature any system administrator will appreciate. Only certain models offer this advanced feature, including the MFC-8460n, MFC-8860dn, MFC-8870dw and MFC-9840cdw.
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Sheetfed or flatbed

Choose a flatbed model if you need to copy, fax, or scan images from bound documents, or if you simply prefer the "office copier style" convenience of placing documents face-down for copying, faxing or scanning.
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Auto document feeder (ADF)

An automatic document feeder (ADF) is ideal if you frequently fax, copy or scan multi-page documents. In addition, you can print, copy, scan or fax up to legal size pages using the ADF on some Brother all-in-one products. Depending upon the model you choose, the ADF capacity can range from 10 pages up to 50 pages.
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Paper Capacity

All of the current models offer an adjustable paper tray that can easily accommodate up to legal-size paper. Most Brother laser all-in-ones also offer a manual feed slot or fold-down multi-purpose tray for printing letterhead, envelopes, labels, custom paper sizes and heavier media. Some of our laser models can accept an optional lower paper tray, allowing you to expand your maximum paper capacity.
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Every Brother all-in-one arrives with a USB interface; most Brother laser models add a Parallel interface. Many Brother models also include a built-in Ethernet interface and some include a wireless (802.11b/g) interface.
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Paperless Fax (PC Fax)

Brother PC Fax software is included with every model. It provides the convenience to send faxes right from your computer. To also receive incoming faxes to your desktop, consider a model with both PC Fax send and receive capabilities (PC Fax send only for Mac® users).

* Requires additional purchase
Media cards, USB drives, and camera not included
^ PostScript®3 compatible

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