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Brother MFC-9450CDN review

£544.6 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Brother

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Brother's MFC-9450CDN colour laser multifunction printer juggles speed, features, output quality, and design well enough to be a worthy choice for most small offices or small workgroups.

Brother's MFC-9450CDN colour laser multifunction printer juggles speed, features, output quality, and design well enough to be a worthy choice for most small offices or small workgroups.

The only people the Brother MFC-9450CDN is likely to disappoint are those who need sophisticated colour imaging.

The Brother MFC-9450CDN performed capably in our speed tests. Brother claims that the unit can print both black-and-white text and colour images as fast as 21 pages per minute - and it came close to that mark for text (20.4ppm), with perfect-looking output.

Butthe Brother MFC-9450CDN's colour graphics performance was much slower 4.9ppm, and print quality was underwhelming: on plain paper, our test photos looked washed-out and blurry; and on special paper with optimised settings, the colours still had a yellow cast and exhibited moiré patterns. Scans and copies were sometimes a bit too dark but overall they looked good.

The level of colour quality will be adequate for many office users. The Brother MFC-9450CDN has a lot to offer, although we also noticed a few quirks.

Among its pluses are an automatic duplexer and a USB/PictBridge port. Augmenting the unit's 35-sheet automatic document feeder (ADF) for scan and copy input, you get a 250-sheet main input tray and a 50-sheet multipurpose tray. An optional 500-sheet paper tray is also available for the Brother MFC-9450CDN. On the control panel, buttons for fax, scan, and copy functions are not grouped - but everything is clearly labeled, so the arrangement is more annoying than confusing.

At this writing, the Brother MFC-9450CDN's toner cartridges are tolerably priced.

Replacing the Brother MFC-9450CDN's toner, though, is no ice cream sundae in the shade: even with clear instructions, we had to manhandle the cartridge tray release lever to open it. Also, since the bays are not keyed, you might insert the wrong cartridge in the wrong bay - and print bizarrely coloured images. We can't believe that Brother hasn't idiot-proofed this area, though the company says that it has had no complaints and assures us that switching colours won't damage the printer.

Brother MFC-9450CDN Expert Verdict »

Brother MFC-9450CDN Scores 8.5 out of 10 based on 21 reviews
Printer Standard Resolution: 2400x600dpi
Fax Speed: 33.6Kbps
Data Compression Protocol: MH, MR, MMR, JBIG, JPEG
Transmit and Receive Memory: Up to 400 pages
Automatic Redial
Distinctive Ring Detection
One Touch Speed Dials: 16
Speed Dials: 300
Group Dials: 20
Batch Transmission
Automatic Reduction
256 Grey Scale
Error Correction Mode
Fax Forwarding
Fax Retrieval
Dual Access
Duplex Faxing
Colour Copier Resolution: 1200x600dpi
Copier Reduce/Enlarge: 25% to 400% in increments of 1%
Duplex Copying
PC Free Copying
Scanner Optical Resolution: 1200x2400dpi
Enhanced resolution: 19200x19200dpi
Scan to email, OCR, image, file, USB memory stick and FTP, Duplex Scanning
Double Sided Printing (Duplex)
Automatic Document Feeder
250 Sheet Input Tray
50 Sheet Multi-Purpose Tray
300MHz processor
64MB memory
16 Character, 2 lines LCD
Network Ready
10/100 BaseTX
432x487x482mm
33.3kg
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

The Brother MFC-9450CDN offers speed, features, and economy along with tolerable shortcomings. It's well worth considering for a small office that doesn't need high-quality colour graphics.

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