Most people know Speedy Gonzales from the classic song by Pat Boone but the song itself is after the namesake minor character from the Looney Tunes. The character was typified by his speed but its depiction and graphics were quite simplistic (basic white shirt and trousers combined with a yellow sombrero and a red scarf) even for those times. The nature of Brother MFC9330CDW isn’t all that different from that of Speedy Gonzales i.e. great speed but simple outlook.
In a nutshell, this is a colour laser multifunction printer that offers good speed to workgroups but falls short when it comes to photo and print quality. What this means is that the particular set of capabilities of the Brother MFC9330CDW printer means that it is useful for all basic applications but not for advanced requirements. Therefore, if a business requires even the slightest bit of output quality with respect to graphics and photos, then it should go for devices other than the Brother MFC9330CDW multifunction printer.
Strengths of Brother MFC9330CDW:
As mentioned above, the biggest strength of the Brother MFC9330CDW printer is its speed. Generally speaking, this is a snappy printer. Whether you consider speed of scanning or the swiftness of printing, the Brother MFC9330CDW will stand you in good stead. The official speed of this printer is 22 pages per minute. This speed rating is valid for both monochrome and colour A4 printing.
Scanning speed of the Brother MFC9330CDW printer is also quite impressive. You’ll be able to scan an A4 text document at 300 dots per inch (dpi) over Wi-Fi with this printer in a matter of only 23 seconds. Even if you want to scan a 152.4mm x 101.6mm photo at 600 dpi, you’ll be able to do it in only 24 seconds.
The speed is even faster when it comes to copying a document. When you’ll be copying a single document, the printer will take a maximum of 21 seconds (a monochrome document will take 18 seconds). However, the speed gets better with more prints. For instance, if you copy 10 colour A4 pages, then the print job will be complete in a matter of 54 seconds. Copying 10 monochrome A4 pages is even faster at 43 seconds.
The general set of specifications of the Brother MFC9330CDW multifunction can also be counted as one of its strengths. This device is capable of scanning, printing, copying, and faxing as is the case with all multifunction printers. Furthermore, the Brother MFC9330CDW printer boasts of an Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) for all these functions, which can simplify tasks for small workgroups.
Within the main four capabilities, there are even more options. For example, this printer will allow you to fax documents straight from the device or from your computer. If you’re sending a fax directly, then you can use the touch sensitive keypad on the device. Another positive quality of the Brother MFC9330CDW printer is that it boasts of a front facing USB port that can be used to print PDF and JPEG files directly from a USB thumb drive.
Connectivity, in fact, is one of the areas where the Brother MFC9330CDW printer actually does well. This printer supports direct Wi-Fi connectivity but you’ll also have the option of using conventional connectivity methods such as a USB cable (with a PC) and Ethernet wiring. Mobile printing is also well supported by this printer through multiple avenues such as Cortado WorkPlace, Google Cloud Print, Brother iPrint & Scan, and even Apple AirPrint.
Weaknesses of Brother MFC9330CDW:
While there is a lot to write home about the Brother MFC9330CDW printer, everything isn’t all chocolate and roses. This multifunction printer has some serious flaws as well. For example, for some reason, the designers of this printer model chose to not combine the ADF feature with automatic duplexing. As a result, the ADF on this device only supports one sided (simplex) printing, scanning, copying, and faxing.
The biggest downside of getting the Brother MFC9330CDW printer, however, is its output quality especially in the case of graphics and photo printing. When compared to other laser colour printers falling in the same segment, the Brother MFC9330CDW printer actually perfumed below expectations.
When you print graphics with this printer, you’ll immediately see the difference in the print quality. Graphics will display banding or even striations. Backgrounds will seem splotched or faded. The lack of a decent colour gradient itself will show up when you print something with significant shading. These problems remain with photo prints with even more issues cropping up.
With regard to photo prints, you’ll find the colours to be dull and uninspiring. There will be tinting, dithering, and of course banding. With such limitations, it might be a good idea to look at some other multifunction printer models, if you plan on relying on your device for marketing or even presentational materials.
Key Features of Brother MFC9330CDW:
The Brother MFC9330CDW printer is an LED printer, which means that instead of lasers, this multifunction printer uses LEDs. Even though LED devices are still considered within the laser printer category, they turn out to be more efficient when it comes to energy consumption. Needless to say, this can add up to considerable savings, a quality that almost every small scale business looks for.
This device isn’t all that cumbersome to handle either. It measures only 409mm x 409mm x 485mm approximately. Moreover, it only weighs about 23 kg, which means that it can actually be placed on a desk, if that is what you prefer. The paper capacity of this device reflects the fact that it is designed for smaller businesses. The Brother MFC9330CDW printer can handle up to 250 sheets of paper and there is no additional option that a user can go for.
The ADF on this device itself is capable of handling 35 sheets at one go, which is again suitable for a small scale business. Apart from this, in addition to the touch sensitive keypad that we mentioned above, the Brother MFC9330CDW printer has a colour touchscreen measuring about 94mm. The layout and the menu structure of the touchscreen itself is quite simple even though it requires a firm press from the user.
Unlike most other printer models from other brands in the same segment, the Brother MFC9330CDW printer benefits from the characteristic unique to Brother i.e. separation between cartridges and drum unit. There are four toner cartridges and one drum unit that this printer relies on.
This division of labour combined with lower energy consumption makes this printer one of the more cost effective options in the market. As per rough estimates only involving the cartridges and drum unit, the running cost of this device will be in the range of 21.58 cents per print which is significantly better than most other options. Furthermore, if you add the discounts available on Inkjet Wholesale cartridges for this printer into the mix, you’ll find even more of a reduction in its running cost.