Conclusion

February 16, 2012 by Sarah Meyer Reads (19,070)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service & Support
    • 6
    • Print Quality
    • 8
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 8
    • Performance / Print Speed
    • 7
    • Features
    • 7
    • Operational Costs
    • 8
    • Total Score:
    • 7.33
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Energy Use Tests

The Brother MFC-9325cw uses a decent amount of energy when warming up or printing as do most laser printers, especially color. I saw spikes as high as 900W during warm up, but usually performed in a more normal range of 600-200 W when printing documents.

The MFC-9325cw uses about 14-15W in ready mode with the backlit screen on and ready to print. It falls into sleep mode after five minutes but that can be changed through the control panel Ecology menu. In sleep mode, the MFC-9325cw uses 10 W with the backlit screen off.

When performing a non print function, such as scanning or sending a fax, energy use was low in the 20-30W range. When receiving a fax or copying, the printer used about the same amount of energy as when it was printing.

The Brother MFC-9325cw is Energy Star qualified and I was impressed that Brother had dropped the overall energy consumption from the previous generation MFC-9320cw.

MFC-9325cw Specifications:

  • 4-in-1 LED device: Print, scan, copy and fax
  • Print speeds: up to 19 ppm
  • Print resolution: up to 600 x 2400 dpi
  • 2-line LCD
  • 35-sheet ADF
  • Front side USB port
  • Monthly duty cycle: up to 25,000 pages
  • Paper capacity: 250-sheet tray, single sheet manual feed
  • Connectivity: Ethernet, Hi-Speed USB 2.0, Wi-Fi
  • Operating systems: Windows, Mac OS
  • Energy Star qualified
  • 1-year limited warranty

Conclusion
I gave the Brother MFC-9320cw a favorable review back in 2009 because it mixed a compact design, quick print speeds, quality output and high-end features into a fairly affordable package.

And while wireless connectivity and front side USB ports might be slightly more standard in 2012, all of the above still rings true on the MFC-9325cw. Faster print speeds at 19 ppm but still offers the quality output and business centric features that a small office can thrive with.

It’s not a perfect device and offices with higher print volumes might miss standard features such as automatic duplexing or the ability to add a second paper drawer. And the initial cost and long run consumables might seem less affordable to a home office with one individual working, but overall I believe the Brother MFC-9325cw to be a reliable, affordable color laser-class all-in-one for a small business.

Pricing and Availability
The Brother MFC-9325cw is available now through authorized vendors for the suggested retail price of $449.99.

Supplies and accessories are also available via retailers. Office Depot had a set of CMYK toner cartridges for $290.46. Staples and OfficeMax also sold the toner cartridges for a similar price.

Brother offers a 1-year limited warranty with the MFC-9325cw Digital Color All-in-One.


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