While some printers out there will wow you with huge power and storage capacities, some buyers are interested in another feature; size. If space is a true commodity in your work area, be it a home office with limited space, or an overcrowded growing business, sometimes those extra few inches are a few too many. If this is the case, take a glance at the Brother MFC-7420, a flatbed printer/ all in one unit that squeezes in at 17 x 15.6 x 11.6 inches in dimension, and a nice and fit 20.8 pounds. While other lesser equipped units can compete with the MFC-7420’s size, you would be hard pressed to find one with true flatbed copy and scan hardware.
The benefit of a flatbed is simple, instead of auto or manually feeding a document or image through a thin slot, the top of the printer opens up and allows you to place your media directly onto a printing glass. This makes copying and scanning not only easier, faster, and sometimes simpler, it also allows for the option of scanning things other than two dimensional sheets of paper. A book or magazine can be opened along the spine and pressed directly onto the printing glass, producing digital material from an otherwise strictly B & M source, and, if you use your imagination, you can see that the possibilities are endless.
What good are killer scans if you can’t produce reproductions at decent speeds? The MFC-7420 keeps pace with its peers, bringing on a swift 20 pages per minute print or copy speed and, with 2400 X 600 dot per inch print resolution, your text and graphics will come out clean, and professional looking. The industry standard 250 sheet paper tray will suit most light to medium usage demands, with the help of a rather large 35 page automatic document feeder that will keep even a hefty project running smoothly. Plus, there is a single sheet manual bypass slot that allows for types of media other than letter and legal sized pages, such as envelopes or labels.
In the interest of bulkiness, Brother has ditched the phone headset that is available on some of its other models so, while you can still fax, you can’t make a call. The 16 MB of standard memory will keep your faxes safe, however, providing a storage capacity of up to 500 pages. This allows not only for safe backup in case of paper emergencies and whatnot, but also for multiple and simultaneous print or copy jobs so members of your team will spend less time waiting in line and more time conducting business.
The Brother MFC-7420 really doesn’t make any noticeable sacrifices in the interest of size, other than the lack of expandability options (no additional memory or paper trays can be added), and maybe the lack of a phone, which seems to suit the trend in the current market anyway. Brother simply seems to have cleverly packaged a fully functional all in one machine that can print, fax, copy, scan, and even PC fax into a reasonably sized unit.
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