Lab Test: Brother MFC-9120CN

Anthony Caruana
18 May, 2010
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Those looking for a business-ready, multifunction colour laser would do well to consider the Brother MFC-9120CN.

Installation over Ethernet and USB was straightforward using the printer setup utility. The printer was recognised instantly and an up-to-date driver was installed in quick time. There are four toner cartridges to install as the MFC-9120CN is a CYMK printer. It can also send and receive faxes.

Once we were up and running the printer was quick to react and print over our network. However, one glitch we encountered was that the printer sometimes paused after a job, so the  next job would be held until we un-paused it.

In addition to printing over Ethernet, scanning using Preview and Image Capture worked well using both the flatbed and document feeder. Jobs could also be scanned and directed to a computer. It should be noted that the MFC-9120CN is designed for a small- to medium-sized office. Photo printing to special papers is not supported.

Print jobs were processed very quickly over Ethernet and USB and quality was very good. The printer was so fast that in one of tests we thought it had ejected a blank page as it came out print side down in only a second or two.

Pages of text and complex document from Pages with blocks of colour, text and images printed very clearly. Paper handling was covered by the large main bin and a second feed – handy for feeding envelopes or labels when required.

Given the size of the MFC-9120CN, it’s not really suited to being placed on the desk next to a workstation. Also, we found that even when inactive, the MFC-9120CN emitted a low hum, adding to the ambient office noise. We’d suggest that users keep this printer on a table away from the desk.

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Brother MFC-9120CN

Rating 3.5
RRP Printer, $899; Replacement cartridges, $400
Cons No wireless; noisy
Pros Very fast

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