Printers are a need for every office and an all-in-one functionality printer is preferred because it offers space and power saving features. Brother International has been in the market for a long time now and offers a range of printers varying from inkjet to laser and multifunctional ones. Most printers and MFPs seen in offices offer regular A4-sized printing and scanning, while a few offices are in need of larger A3-sized printers and scanners. Architects and designers find it necessary to employ A3-size printers and scanners for their proofing and documentation works before the final blueprint is sent to a plotter. Brother has A3-sized printers to offer and we did review the MFC-J6710DW a few months ago. Though the J6710DW printer is aimed towards small to large business segments, it is quite huge in size and not economical for those just starting up a relevant business. Here comes a new model from Brother, the MFC-J5910DW, which is a scaled down version of the elder brother – the J6710DW. Let us check out the differences.
The MFC-J5910DW is an A3-sized printer
Design and build
The J5910DW is slightly shorter and less bulky as compared to the J6710DW. Like all other Brother’s printers and MFPs, this one too has a very rugged and great build quality. Though the large size of the MFP can run you out of space on your desk, the product is smartly designed to accommodate all the features in the most compact chassis possible. The shell is made of tough plastic with a matte finished exterior in a good-looking and all-black colour. The control panel is large and spread out completely, which helps in its ergonomic use. Rubberised buttons are large and tactile and do not feel sluggish. The colour display on the control panel is smaller than the one on the J6710DW by almost half the size and features a few touch switches within. Below the control panel is the USB port that functions as a PictBridge and USB host for pen drives. Alongside the port is an MMC card reader for flash cards. The sheet feeder tray is a single unit and can load 250 sheets of paper; the J6710DW had two with double the capacity. The top features the flatbed scanner with an ADF as usual and the connectivity ports for Ethernet and USB are below the scanner department, which is a common location for all Brother printers.
The flatbed scanner with ADF is for A4 and letter size sheets only
The MFC-J5910DW is a multi-functional printer with print, scan, copy and fax functionalities. The product can print at resolutions of 6000 x 1200 dpi and can scan at 19200 x 19200 dpi. The MFP is an inkjet-based printer and uses the usual 4-cartridge ink system. It can print with a maximum borderless print size of 11” x 17” (Ledger or A3). The printer also incorporates a duplex printing mechanism, which can print on both sides of the page to reduce the paper costs. The scanner featured here is a single-head A4-sized flatbed scanner unlike the J6710DW, which has an A3-sized scanner with a dual scanning head and can hold up to a maximum 35 sheets of paper in the ADF. As usual, scanned images can be sent to PC, email, FTP, OCR or saved to media cards and USB flash drives directly. Scanned images can be saved in formats such as TIFF, JPEG, BMP, MAX, HTM, PCX, DCX, PNG, FPX and PDF.
A single 250-sheet input tray is provided
The copier mode can copy a maximum of 99 pages in a single command and allows for both enlarged and reduced copies. The copy mode also features N-in-1 function that can scan and print two or four pages in a single print or print ID copies. Poster printing is also possible using the copier function.
The fax mode is capable of colour faxing using a high-speed 33.6 Kbps built-in modem and can transmit a single page in approximately 3 seconds. It also has a built-in storage, which can hold up to 400 pages when the printer tray runs out of paper. Other features of the fax functions include caller ID, distinctive ring, fax-forwarding and auto-redial.
Regular starter cartridges provided by the manufacturer
The printer has a monthly duty cycle of 7,000 pages. Consumables packaged with the product are four starter cartridges, which can yield around 600 pages. Each cartridge costs around Rs. 435, which calculates the print economy to be at Rs 0.70 for B/W prints and Rs 1.10 for colour prints. You can also opt for high capacity cartridges, which cost almost twice as much but can yield around four times the print volume.
The MFC-J5910DW can be connected to the PC using a USB cable and can alternatively be used by other users over the network using the wired or wireless network interface options. The networking option is future ready with IPV6 compatibility already built-in.
As usual, the USB and network cables are below the scanner section
The manufacturer claims maximum print speeds of 35 ppm in black and 27 ppm in colour. The performance is identical to the MFC-J6710DW and nevertheless, we did our tests on this MFP to find out for ourselves. Our tests with daily office documents gave us print speeds of maximum 17 ppm in black and 15 ppm in colour using fast mode or draft high-speed printing. Normal printing mode gave us a maximum 12 ppm in black and 7 ppm in colour, and best mode gave us maximum 2 ppm in both black and colour. The overall print quality is good, with no smudging or any other issues seen. We also tried a 10-page word document duplex printing, which resulted in back-to-back prints in just about two minutes and forty seconds total. The speed obtained for copy-mode black documents was 20 seconds per page, and a colour document took just 24 seconds to copy. Copy modes resulted in very good print results too. Lastly, a 4 x 6 inch borderless photo test was printed in around 2 minutes and 30 seconds, which is a tad slow. The quality of the photo-print too was not as impressive as we expected, but considering this as a business printer meant for large documents, it does a decent job altogether.
The display is a touch-based 1.9-inch LCD
Verdict and Price in India
To end our entire experience with the MFP, we say that the MFC-J5910DW at Rs. 20000 is a decent and compact all-in-one A3-sized printing unit for architects and professionals. If you are looking for an A3-sized multi-functional printer on a lower budget, the J5910DW is a good option. This MFC is a scaled-down version of the MFC-J6710DW in terms of scanning and paper trays; the connectivity options and printing speeds and quality remain untouched. However, if you need A3-size scanning too, then the Brother MFC-J6710DW is the next option.
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Dec 20, 2014