16 Multi-Function Inkjet Printers

Brother DCP-130c Color Inkjet All-in-One

Careful shopping around for the DCP-130c produces plenty of prices in the $60-$80 range, which solidly captures the low-end of the MFC market. And indeed, this unit is representative of what that money usually buys for such a printer. In most ways, it's about the same as the more expensive MFC-440CN, except that it lacks an Ethernet interface and an LCD screen for photo previews, and somewhat surprisingly, also lacks fax capability. However, it does support print, scan and copy operations. The scanner supports only one sheet at a time because, perhaps, there is neither fax support nor an automatic document feeder.

The DCP-130c supports a respectable 20 ppm for color, and 25 ppm for monochrome. Copy speeds are the same as for the MFC-440CN, but without an ADF this really translates into "as fast as you can shuttle pages on and off the glass" for scanning anyway. The same software (ScanSoft PaperPort SE with OCR for Windows, and Presto! PageManager for MacOS) is also bundled with this device, and it includes the same memory card handling capabilities as well (Compact Flash, Memory Stick Pro, xD-Picture Card, and Secure Digital).

Black cartridges cost $16 and generally produce up to 500 pages of output. Color cartridges cost $15 but produce up to 400 pages. The unit also supports only the USB 2.0 interface.

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