Brother has launched its latest range of colour laser and inkjet multifunction devices. The company has upgraded its colour inkjet range with 10 multi-function machines that feature print, scan and copy functions and are available with or without fax capability.

The Brother MFDs are aimed mainly at the home user market. All of Brother's new printer, copier scanners are compact models, and Brother claims print speeds of up to 30ppm (pages per minute) for mono and 25ppm for colour printing.

All of Brother’s new inkjet printers use individual ink cartridges which are accessed from the front of the machine, as is the paper tray. As the mains cable is on the side of the Brother MFDs, this also means that it can be backed right up against the wall to conserve space. The USB cable is also rooted inside the machine to reduce clutter.

The entry level inkjet printer, scanner and copier, the Brother DCP-135C starts at £49.99. Some of the models in the new range such as this one feature a white iPod-esque look, a new design approach for Brother.

The step up model from the DCP-135C is the DCP-150C which boasts speeds of up to 27ppm for monochrome printing and 22ppm colour. It also has the ability to print digital images direct from memory cards such as Compact Flash 1 and Memory Stick Pro. The Brother DCP-150C costs £59.99 and will be available in August. In addition to scanning to email, OCR, image or file, as the DCP-135C is capable of, the DCP-150C can also scan to card.

Brother DCP-9040CN

Brother DCP-9040CN

Inkjet printer, scanner and copier

The Brother DCP-350C is a colour inkjet printer, scanner and copier. Where it differs from the DCP-150C is in its 2in colour LCD screen, on which you can perform basic photo edits. It also features a 20-sheet photo paper tray. This model costs £79.99 and will also be available in August. As with all of Brother's new inkjet printer models, the DCP-350C features PictBridge capabilities to directly connect a camera and to a printer, and face-filter software for enhancing and adjusting photographs of people.

Brother’s new network-ready colour inkjet printer, scanner and copier, the DCP-560CN, comes with a 2.0in colour LCD and 10-sheet automatic document feeder. Available in August, the DCP-560CN will cost £99.99. At the top of Brother’s range of multifunction inkjets without fax capabilities is the DCP-770CW, costing £149.99. The DCP-770CW is wired and wireless network ready and includes a 3.3in colour LCD screen.

Brother also announced its range of colour inkjet printers with scanner, copier and fax capabilities. The lowest price all-in-one from this range is the MFC-235C which costs £69.99 and will be available from August. This features easy to use functions, a faster printing speed, PictBridge connection and the ability to print direct from USB memory stick.

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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.