Thursday, October 10, 2013

Brother MFC 7220

Space is often precious when working from home or in a small office. That’s why multifunction devices are so popular. You can get the features of four different office machines into one reasonably sized chassis, saving space, money, power and time.

The Brother MFC-7220 is one such device, it is a monochrome printer, copier, scanner and fax all in one. It is ideal for the sole trader, small office or workgroup and performs admirably in all situations.

The printing function is one of quality. It can produce prints up to a resolution of 1200 x 600 dpi at a rate of 20 pages per minute. The first page is delivered within 10 seconds of pressing print too, which is impressive. The print quality is excellent, with text showing as sharp, with crisp, clean edges and good fill. Images are accurate and clear, with the shading even and without any obvious bleeding.

Scanning can be done at a native 200 x 400 dpi, with interpolated taking it up to 1200 x 1200 dpi. There is an inbuilt document viewer, to enable you to check and edit before scanning and the software package includes tools to scan straight to document, pdf or email.

Copying reproduction is as accurate as printing and at the same speed. There are also the usual resizing, sorting and stacking functions, and it can copy up to 99 duplicates at a time.

The fax is fully featured, producing clear faxes each time. There is a 20 page document feeder on the top and enough memory to store up to 500 pages of transmissions if you run out of paper. There is also the function to send faxes to and from the desktop if the MFC-7220 is networked.

The starter toner is good for 1500 pages, and replacements will go to 2500. A new drum will cost around $58 but will easily last for 20000 pages or more. Seeing as this is aimed at the lower volume user, running costs should be minimal, even for a laser printer. All consumables are readily available from online retailers like who offer much better prices than the manufacturer.

As a multifunction device, the MFC-7220 is a winner. It delivers on every level, is cheap to own and run, with a reasonable cost per page. It doesn’t take up too much office real estate and is pretty quiet when working. This is one device that a home worker would find easy to live with.