28 March, 2010
Firstly, sorry for the month-late delay. I should've posted this in mid February, however, I was extremely busy to do the write up.
Don might remember that I asked his recommendation about a laser printer last year. As mentioned before, we've been printing really a lot. We've been using the colour laser printer (Epson AcuLaser C1100N) for our daily printing needs, although we've switched a lot of printing to monochrome mode (mainly to speed up the printing as well as to save some colour toners).
After some calculation, it makes sense (to Don: this means saving) for us to get a multi-function monochrome laser printer. One of the reason was that Laurent's bulky Sharp photocopier (from the 80s) was dead time long ago, and using the scanner to do the photocopying is a very stupid idea for high volume as the scanning speed is extremely slow. Furthermore, the running cost (per page) for this new machine is less than half of the same monochrome printing on the Epson colour laser printer. I factored in both high capacity black toners as well as drum/photoconductor.
So the decision was made. We got a Brother MFC-8890DW, it's a scanner, copier, fax machine, and best of all, a wireless device and comes with very handy duplex units (for both scanning and printing).
The ADF (automatic document feeder) with duplex scanning/copying/printing is a very useful feature. A printer without duplex feature built-in simply makes people less willing to print on both sides. We can't agree less that getting a printer that has a duplex built-in is an important step to conserve the environment.
A built-in wireless networking is also very handy, giving the multi-function printer a freedom to be located anywhere where there's a power point (socket) and covered by the wireless network. Of course is a designed for networking, you don't need to have a special computer just for the printer to function.
Other features? Although it is only black and white, it has a much higher resolution and faster printing than the Epson colour laser. The outputs are clearly noticeably sharper.
We also decided to use this Brother MFC-8890DW as a fax machine, which means the 2007's Brother MFC-240C has to go. I appreciate Rev. Dr. Wu Yi kindly accept the MFC-240C.
I have a feeling that Don would be interested in knowing exactly how many printers Laurent and I have. I will list below to save Don time.
I also apologise for the messiness in the room. Like I said, I've been unusually busy. Those photos were taken on the day we received the machine.
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