Brother Corp, the manufacturer of DCP 9020CDW printer with easy cartridge maintenance and has the feature of printing from Android and iOS devices. It is aimed at the small office, and contains duplex print as standard and can be set up as a USB, network or wireless device. Even though it is quite a substantial printer, most of the bulk is in its depth. Its front looks comparatively small, helped by the white and dark grey paneling.
Cartridges & Connectivity
There is also a separate photo-conductor drum and transfer belt, but these need replacing only at 15,000 and 50,000 page intervals, respectively. Software bundled with the machine includes Brother’s Creative Center and Web Connect utilities, as well as both PCL and PostScript drivers in emulation.
Even though you can connect the printer via both USB and Ethernet, using the wireless connection opens up the internet and direct printing from mobile devices. It is straightforward with WPS setup.
A 15 x 10cm photo printed in high-quality mode in 24 seconds and a full A4 photo print from a Samsung Galaxy smartphone completed in 46 seconds. In our short, five-page documents, we saw 8.3ppm for mono text and 8.1ppm for text and colour graphics. The 20-page document gave a higher rate of 14.1ppm, but this is still some way short of the Brother’s stated rates.
We include processing time in our print-speed measurements. A single-page colour copy took just 20 seconds and a five-page, mono copy from the ADF took 30 seconds both very reasonable speeds.
Characteristics & Design
There’s in fact a 93mm full-color touch panel for all the major controls, alongside a number of touch buttons that illuminate when their functions are available. The touch panel is generally quite sensitive, even though we did have some trouble getting it to register finger-taps around its edge.
This means that with the correct authentication you can scan directly to many online storage servers, including Dropbox, OneNote and even Facebook. LED print engines are much simpler than lasers, with a matrix of bright LEDs playing over the photoconductor drum, rather than having a laser beam scanned over it using moving mirrors. Here there are no moving parts, other than the paper feed itself.
Brother’s DCP-9020CD is a good, toner-based page printer, offering characteristics such as duplex print and a color touchscreen that others in the same price range do not offer.