Brother MFC-9320CW review

The MFC-9320CW multifunction is Brother’s top-of-the-range colour LED printer, offering integrated WiFi and the ability to directly print from and scan to USB flash drives.

It may look like a laser printer, but the technology behind the 9320CW is slightly different. Instead of a single laser it uses an array of LED lights – similar to those used to backlight LCD TVs. This allegedly makes LED printers smaller, cheaper, quieter and more durable than their laser counterparts, and able to produce more accurate text. Though we can’t test its durability, the MFC-9320CW certainly matches the other claims when tested against Brother’s own laser printers.

The 9320CW connects over USB, Ethernet and 802.11b/g WiFi, and includes a 33.6Kbps fax. You can set up the multifunction’s integrated wireless directly from the control panel, either by inputting your network’s password or initiating WPS if your router supports it.

The front-mounted USB port supports flash drives and PictBridge-compatible devices. It will save scans as PDFs or images to these devices, and can print JPG, PRN, TIFF, XPS and PDFs from them.

The 9320CW control panel has three quick access buttons for scanning, copying and faxing, but these can only be used when in the root menu. If you’re in the setup menu, say, you’ll have to return to the main interface before trying to use another function. A web-based interface provides access to most of the same settings, and the ability to configure an FTP scan destination.

The 9320CW prints reasonably quickly for its price range, thanks to a single-pass print engine that only feeds paper through the printer once. This also means that each toner has its own drum, cutting down on consumables you’ll need to purchase.

Text documents are accurate, though small font sizes can be hard to read. Enabling some of the 9320CW’s print enhancement options remedied this. In some cases text appeared skewed when on coloured backgrounds. Colour is generally good when printing basic graphics, but we noticed streaks when printing full pictures. Scans offer resolution of up to 600dpi. The resulting quality is sufficient for OCR scans of text documents, as well as the odd photo.

OUR VERDICT

Although the Brother MFC-9320CW’s LED technology isn’t a selling point in and of itself, the lower initial price point and good text quality make this colour multifunction a good option.

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