Brother MFC-9970cdw Review: First Look

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Brother unveiled their MFC-9000 series last fall with the release of each model in the series staggered over a four month period beginning in October.

The flagship MFC-9970cdw was the final release of the series and offered the most interesting features including a 5-inch color touchscreen display, a legal sized scan flatbed with duplex capability, a 50-page ADF and wireless connectivity.

Today, we’ll be taking a hands-on first look at the MFC-9970cdw with build, design and pricing information as well as plenty of photos from our lab.

And don’t forget to check back soon for our full review!


  • 4-in-1 color laser: print, scan, copy and fax
  • Print speeds: up to 30 ppm in both black and color
  • Print resolution: up to 2400 x 600 dpi
  • Front side USB port
  • Automatic duplexing
  • 256MB memory standard
  • 50-page automatic document feeder
  • Monthly duty cycle: up to 60,000 pages
  • Paper capacity: 250-sheet paper drawer, 50-sheet multi-purpose tray
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0, Ethernet, Wi-Fi
  • Energy Star qualified
  • 1-year on-site limited warranty

The MFC-9970cdw is a multifunction color laser printer with high end features so its box is decent sized with approximate dimensions of 19 x 21 x 21-inches and weighing in less than 63 lbs. without consumables.

Brother includes a large 50-sheet automatic document feeder with duplexing capability so that users can easily copy, scan and fax single sided or double sided jobs hands free. Both the ADF and 48-bit flatbed scanner can accommodate documents or images up to legal size with a maximum optical scan resolution up to 1200 x 2400 dpi.

The 5-inch color touchscreen display is the center of the control panel with only a few external quick keys scattered around the screen. The touchscreen allows users to skim through the four major device menus as well as system settings, network settings, maintenance, etc.

The front side USB port is located directly below the control panel allowing for direct PDF and JPEG prints from or scans to your flash drive.



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