Brother MFC-9970 CDW Laser Toner Printer Review

27-08-2014 by

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Brother laser printers have always been perfect for small to medium offices and the Brother MFC-9970 CDW is no exception. We take a look at some of the printer’s best features.

The Brother MFC-9970 CDW tackles a variety of small office needs from scanning and copying to faxing and printing. Combined with fairly cheap replacement toner cartridges, the ease of use and a variety of features, the Brother MFC-9970 CDW is well worth its average selling price of R8 500. The touchscreen is what really sets this printer apart from the crowd.

Aside from printing and faxing from your PC, the wealth of commands available allow you to print directly from USB, scan to USB or email, fax and copy, all without having to find those commands on your printer. The printer also comes with a junk fax filter to cut down on unnecessary printing by scanning direct to your PC.

The Brother MFC-9970 CDW also comes with a 50 page Automatic Document Feeder for unattended scanning and copying. The printer also has automatic duplexing in the scanner, meaning it reads both sides of the page at once and doesn’t slow down to read both sides of the page.

This, combined with automatic duplex printing, allows you to make single and double sided copies. The Brother MFC-9970 CDW has a print speed of 28 pages per minute for both colour and black and white prints and can handle 300 sheets of paper (250 sheets in the standard drawer and 50 sheets in the multi-purpose tray).

The printer supports wireless printing as well as direct USB printing. It is quite heavy at 28.5kg and is also quite large at 490mm x 526mm x 530mm, so it’s not ideal as a desktop printer. The Brother MFC-9970 CDW has excellent print quality for text, but the quality of graphics is a bit below par.

The MFC-9970 CDW is Energy Star rated and the new Deep Sleep Mode saves more power than ordinary sleep mode.

The printer uses the following Brother toner cartridges:

- Brother TN-348BK black toner cartridge
- Brother TN-348C cyan toner cartridge
- Brother TN-348M magenta toner cartridge
- Brother TN-348Y yellow toner cartridge

All in all, the Brother MFC-9970 CDW is a great multi-function printer and far outdoes its competitors in terms of speed and features. The printer is available from Makro for R8 999, but you can shop around and find it for less elsewhere.

Nic Venter

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Nic Venter+

 is the founder and director of He started the business in 2009 with the idea to sell ink and toner cartridges online and to provide you with a quality product, value for money and convenience. He regularly blogs on about printing and technology. Part of his philosophy is having fun and making sure that he and his team think everything ink, so you don't have to.

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