The next step up is the MFC-260C, costing £89.99, which features faster printing speeds still of 27ppm monochrome and 22ppm colour, a 10-sheet automatic document feeder and the ability to print digital images direct from a variety of media cards.
Above the £100 mark was the Brother MFC-465CN, a compact unit which can colour fax, print, scan and copy. Brother claims it can print at speeds of 30ppm monochrome and 25ppm colour. At £129.99, the MFC-465CN is network ready, with a dedicated 20-sheet photo paper tray, 80 speed dials and a 2in colour LCD.
At £169.99, the MFC-680CN includes all of the same features as the 465CN with the added bonuses of a 3.3in wide colour LCD screen, telephone handset and telephone answering machine with duplex speakerphone. At the top end of the range is the MFC-885CW which has an even bigger LCD screen measuring 4.2in, 100 speed dials and DECT telephone handset. This model costs £199.99 and will be available from November.
Wide LCD screen
Brother’s wide LCD screen is available on the DCP-770CW, MFC-680CN and MFC-885CW models. The range also features one of the cheapest wireless machines available, the DCP-770CW, and one of the cheapest models on the market with PictBridge, the DCP-135C.
On the laser printer side, Brother's new range of printers start from £299 ex VAT with all-in-ones starting at £429 ex VAT. These are driven by Brother claims print speeds of up to 20ppm.
Brother's colour-laser range includes the only colour laser all-in-one to print double-sided and the only colour laser machines with built-in wireless technology. Both the laser and inkjet machines are equipped with a new print from USB feature which allows a wide variety of file formats to be printed without needing a PC. The new models will also be the only colour lasers on the market to feature PictBridge.
The Brother HL-4040CN is network ready, prints directly from PictBridge or USB and uses individual toner cartridges. This model will be available in August for £299. The next model up, the Brother HL-4050CDN includes all the same features and also has an automatic duplex function. This will also be available in August, costing £399.