Brother DCP-9010CN review

Kat Orphanides
1 Apr 2012
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
inc VAT

High consumable costs make this otherwise decent MFP an expensive proposition to run



single-pass colour laser, 16ppm print speed, USB, 10/100 Ethernet, 401x428x491mm

Brother’s DCN-9010CN doesn’t have any fax capabilities, but it does have everything else you’d expect from a small business MFP. It even comes with Nuance’s PaperPort 11 SE document management suite to help you organise and collate your scanned documents. It’s worth noting, however, that this is a heavily cut-down version and many options simply prompt you to upgrade to the full version.

Brother’s installer simplifies the process of setting up the printer’s full driver and software suite (with or without PaperPort), which means you can go away and let it do its thing. It also offers to change your Windows firewall settings automatically if necessary and detects the MFP on your network.

Brother DCP-9010CN

The printer’s built-in control panel interface works well enough and the menus are clearly laid out, but the buttons are widely spread and oddly positioned. The OK button, for instance, is located below the directional buttons, rather than the middle of them. Plus, the arrow keys act as both Confirmation and Back buttons, and this makes it a little difficult to tell what they'll be doing at any particular point in time. We also found it particularly hard to retain changes made to settings such as copy brightness. There are separate banks of additional buttons to control scan, copy and print settings, but these can be a little confusing. The Scan to PC option is clear and easy to use, however.

There's also a HTML interface through which you can adjust the printer's default paper settings and set the default brightness, colour and contrast of the copier with ease. You can also use it to control the printer’s network presence.

Brother DCP-9010CN

The printer’s fairly well built, but its automatic document feeder feels a little flimsy and tends to pick up multiple pages unless you riffle and stack them very carefully before scanning. A pull-out special media tray lets you print on envelopes or card, but the default paper source doesn’t switch automatically when you open it, so we had to open the printer's properties to select the manual tray to do this. Unfortunately, our envelope test print came out curled and somewhat crumpled at one corner.