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Brother Revamps Home, SO/HO Lines

New York
Brother International has introduced three inkjet all-in-one printers and a
new family of LED-based color and all-in-one printers.

The eight new models all feature space- and ink-saving designs
and are expected to ship in mid-September.

The inkjet models, the MFC-295CN MFC-495CW and the MFC-795CW,
range in price from $99 to $179. These feature a new low-profile look thanks to
a new ink-delivery system that places the four-ink cartridge system in front
of, instead of above, the print head, said Marie Le, Brother’s inkjet products
senior marketing manager.

The entry-level MFC-295CN, $99, prints at 33 ppm black, 27 ppm
color, and is networked via Ethernet.

The step-up $129 MFC-495CW adds a 3.3-inch LCD, Wi-Fi capability
and the ability to simultaneously scan several documents or photos. An ink-saving
technology prints a scaled-down outline of the document with limited color.

The MFC-795CW has a built-in answering machine and phone along
with a larger, 5-inch LCD.

A smaller desktop footprint was also a key design feature with
the LED-based small- and home-office products, said Jeff Sandler, Brother’s laser
products marketing director.

Utilizing the LED engine enabled Brother to reduce the footprint
of the five new models yet deliver the same performance as a laser-based
printer, he said.

The HL-3040CN, $299, prints at 17 ppm for color and monochrome at
a 600 by 2,400 dpi resolution. It has an adjustable 250-sheet paper capacity
and Ethernet and USB 2.0 connectivity. The HL-3070CW, $349, adds built-in Wi-Fi
and a USB direct interface, allowing direct printing from a USB drive.

The all-in-one MFC-9010CN, $399, has the same printing
specifications as the above models, but adds scanning and copying features.  The $449 MFC-9120CN adds Super G3 fax

The top-end MFC-9320CW adds Wi-Fi capability and carries a $499
price tag.