Brother MFC-4300 Printer Review
The Brother MFC-4300 is a multifunction laser printer that can also copy and fax. It is designed for the home or small office environment, but can still handle a fairly large volume of printing when needed. Brother MFC-4300 toner costs are low, making it easy on the wallet. It is a monochrome device, so if color printing is desired, look towards the Brother HL-3040 toner printer. Print speeds are a bit slow at only 6 pages per minute.
Buyers with very tight spaces may not have room for the Brother MFC-4300. Although it isn't necessarily bulky, it takes up a larger footprint than most laser printers. The machine measures 18 inches by 13.2 inches by 9.9 inches and weighs 18.7 pounds. Printing resolution is 600 dpi for sharp print quality. Fax speeds are limited to 14.4 kbps, but for a basic fax machine, it gets the job done. Copying and faxing are a bit limited by the lack of a flatbed scanning surface, so users can only scan and fax pages that will go through its sheet-fed scanner. The amount of functionality packed into a single, affordable machine tends to balance out its few shortcomings, however.
Brother MFC-4300 toner cartridges have a capacity of 2,200 pages, so they won't have to be replaced often. The Brother MFC-4300 toner cartridge that comes with the unit is only a "starter" cartridge; however, its capacity is 1,000 pages. The fact that it shares its model of laser toner cartridges with other machines keeps the cost of toners minimal.
Compared to dedicated printers and fax machines in Brother's line, the MFC-4300 offers the best of both in a single machine, at only a slightly higher price. In fact, buyers looking for a dedicated fax may want to spend a bit more for this model, even if they don't have a need for the printing capabilities at the moment.
Overall, the Brother MFC-4300 is an affordable solution for a small office's printing and faxing needs and has the bonus of being a capable copy machine. The low price and high capacity of Brother MFC-4300 toner makes it an even better value.