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Brother DCP-9010CN review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £321
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

The DCN-9010CN’s scan interface is a no-frills affair that has just a few extra features to tweak your scans, but it covers the basics. Scan times are quick up to 600dpi, but a 1,200dpi photo scan took over a minute to complete. More importantly, the quality was good, having sharp detail and accurate colour, although some areas of delicate shading weren’t rendered with complete accuracy. Photocopy quality proved less inspiring, though, with our mono copies appearing very dark, even at maximum brightness. This effect was less marked on colour copies, fortunately.

We have no complaints about this laser’s overall print quality. Although its colour prints lack the glossy sheen produced by some laser printers, the colours were accurate and text was sharp. Print speeds were also good, being 15.3ppm for mono text and 10.4ppm for a page of mixed colour and mono printing. Unfortunately, high toner costs and a massive number of consumables make the DCN-9010CN incredibly expensive to run. Although mono costs 2.4p per page, a page of mixed black and colour printing costs a wince-inducing 18.8p. The price of separate drum kits also adds to the running costs, making this one of the most expensive MFPs to run for medium or heavy users, and it doesn’t stand out as one of the cheapest for light users either.

The DCN-9010CN does well in some areas, but struggles in others. Its mixed colour printing and consumable costs are a bit high too, so compare your expected long-term running costs with other printers before buying. Consider the HP LaserJet Pro CM1415fn instead.

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Basic Specifications

Rating **
Maximum native print resolution 2,400x600dpi
Max optical resolution 1,200×2,400dpi
Output bit depth 24-bit

Quoted Speeds

Quoted speed, mono A4 16ppm
Quoted speed, colour A4 16ppm

Tested Print Speeds

Time for two 10x8in photos 1.0 27s
Time for six 6x4in photos 1.0 32s

Physical and Environmental

Standard printer interfaces USB, 10/100 Ethernet
Optional printer interfaces none
Size 401x428x491mm
Weight 22.7kg
Noise (in normal use) 52dB(A)
Duty cycle one-time maximum not disclosed; 1,500 pages recommended

Paper Handling

Maximum paper size up to A4
Maximum paper weight 163gsm
Standard paper inputs 2
Standard paper input capacity 300
Maximum paper inputs 2
Maximum paper input capacity 300
Duplex (code, cost if option) No


Printer technology single-pass colour laser
Language(s) PCL6 and BR-Script 3 emulation
Supported operating systems Windows XP/Vista/7, Mac OS X 10.3.9+, Linux
Maximum printer memory 576MB
Other laser features and options £72 each

Buying Information

Price £321
Price per colour A4 page 16.4p
Price of 2nd paper cassette N/A
Warranty one year onsite

Tested Scan Speeds

Full scan area preview 14s
A4 document at 150dpi 15s
A4 document at 300dpi 20s
6x4in photo at 600dpi 18s
6x4in photo at 1200dpi 1m 6s
Single 35mm negative at 2400dpi N/A

Tested Copy Speeds

Time for single A4 mono copy 1.0 13s
Time for single A4 colour copy 1.0 17s
Time for 10 A4 copies using feeder 2.0 45s

Copy Features

Maximum number of copies 99
Copier zoom range 25-400%
Max mono copy resolution 600x600dpi
Max colour copy resolution 600x600dpi

Fax Features

Fax modem speed N/A
Max mono fax resolution N/A
Fax memory (maximum mono pages) N/A