Printer Terminology Revealed

Ever wonder what all those letters at the end of the printer models mean? We now will reveal the simple glossary below.

MFP, MFC, ALL-in-ONE: These common acronyms stand for Multi-Function Printer, Muti-Function Center, and more literally “All in one”. These terms signify that besides printing, these machines can scan, copy, and some of  the more expensive models even fax. Some MFPs and MFCs have phones built in. These “All-in-Ones” come handy in offices where space is at a premium and you want to get everything done in one place. Some examples of printer models that take MFP ink cartridges are: Canon PIXMA MX850, Brother MFC-210C, HP OfficeJet J4580 All-in-One

W, D, or N: You often find any one or combination of these three letters at the end of a printer’s name, usually right after the model number in either uppercase or lowercase. W generally stands for wireless network connectivity which means you can connect your printer to a network without having to plug in an Ethernet cable. Usually this is done with a built in Wi-Fi card or you can add one from here. D stands for auto-duplex. This feature helps you save paper by printing on both sides of a sheet. This is generally more convenient than manual duplex, where you have to print on one side, then flip the page over and load it back into the paper tray to print on the other side. Duplex printers are a little more expensive but yoiu save on the long run on paper. N stands for network connectivity, which refers to connecting to a network with an Ethernet cable. When you see any combination of these letters at the end of the printer name, expect the associated features to come standard.

So there you have it, this is the basic terminology used to describe the printer’s function. If you come across some of these printer’s at the store you’ll now know what they mean and you won’t be fooled by any salesman. Once you buy the printer, you know where to get ink cartridges….right here at InkCloners.com

Brother’s New Line of Printers

Brother International Corporation, added to its product line-up a new family of compact color products including two new color printers (HL-3000 Series from $299 to $349) and three new color all-in-ones (MFC-9000 Series from $399 to $499). The new printer models deliver powerful features including fast color and monochrome print speeds in a compact design, making them ideal choices for small businesses and home-based office professionals.

The new machines also set a new performance benchmark by delivering professional quality color or monochrome printing at up to 17 pages per minute which is the fastest single pass color print speed within each of their respective market segments. Now sporting an extensive array of color line-ups (25 products including inkjets), Brother can address virtually every possible user need. In addition, Brother’s newest family of printers and all-in-ones use LED (Light Emitting Diode) technology, enabling its new family of compact color machines to feature a significantly smaller footprint than its existing color laser products.

The HL-3000 Series printers will be available in September 2009, and the MFC-9000 Series all-in-ones will be available in October 2009.
New HL-3000 Series Printer models
New Models: HL-3040CN, HL-3070CW
HL-3040CN key features:
– Up to 17ppm print speed in color or monochrome
– Up to 600×2400 dpi resolution using Brother’s LED print technology
– Adjustable, 250-sheet paper capacity
– Ethernet and Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interfaces
– Includes two-piece toner/drum set1
– One-year exchange limited warranty
– Estimated Street Price: $299
HL-3070CW key features:
All the features of the HL-3040CN, plus:
– Built-in wireless network interface
– USB direct interface, allows users to print from their USB Flash memory drive (PDF and JPEG)
– PCL6 and BR-Script3 emulations
– Estimated Street Price: $349

New MFC-9000 Series All-in-One models
New Models: MFC-9010CN, MFC-9120CN & MFC-9320CW
MFC-9010CN key features:
– Offers print/scan/copy capabilities
– Up to 17ppm print speed in color or monochrome
– Up to 600 x 2400 dpi resolution using Brother’s LED print technology
– Adjustable, 250-sheet paper capacity
– Ethernet and Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Interfaces
– Includes two-piece toner/drum set1
– One-year exchange limited warranty
– Estimated Street Price: $399
MFC-9120CN key features:
All the features of the MFC-9010CN, plus:
– Super G3 fax
– Estimated Street Price: $449
MFC-9320CW key features:
All the features of the MFC-9120CN, plus:
– Built-in wireless network interface
– USB Direct Interface, allows users to print from or scan to their USB Flash memory drive (PDF and JPEG)
– Estimated Street Price: $499

InkCloners.com has an array of brother toner cartridges. We will keep an eye out for our compatible brand for these new printers.