Brother launches ‘Tandem’ printers

The company's new colour laser printers, designed for the competitive SMB sector use Brother's first in-house developed ‘Tandem' print engine.

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By  Jason Saundalkar Published  September 10, 2007

Brother's newly launched colour laser printers are the first models to use the firm's very own print system, known as the ‘Tandem engine'. Brother's older colour laser models used engines from various third party suppliers.

The MFC-9840CDW, DCP-9040CN, HL-4040CN and MFC-9440CN, officially launched yesterday at the Fairmont in Dubai, all use the new engine and are designed with SMBs (Small Medium Business) in mind.

"The new engine is designed for high-speed, full-colour printing and compared to our older models, our customers will find the new engine less noisy, especially when switching colours," says Ranjit Gurkar, general manager at Brother Gulf. "The Tandem engine is designed to create colours in a single pass, rather than multi-pass and so provides fast colour printing performance."

In terms of monochrome printing, Brother will continue to sell its existing models, which are based on the firm's own in-house engines.

"We want to give our customers the option to meet their printing requirements without compromising on speed. At the moment our existing monochrome laser models are already performing very well, so we don't want to disturb that market," explains Gurkar.

Gurkar also says the colour laser market is important to the firm because it is expected to grow at an even faster rate than the market for monochrome laser models.

"One of the factors holding back the adoption of colour laser models today is price, once we bring that down, we expect to see demand increase," concludes Gurkar.

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