The Good Mid-price for its feature set. Inexpensive toner refills.
The Bad Middling print speeds. No in-built duplexing. Poor-quality colour.
The Bottom Line Brother's MFC 9125CN offers a budget SOHO printing centre that lacks frills, speed or particularly good quality printing. The trade-offs are worth it if you only intermittently print colour, and have plenty of patience.
Brother MFC 9125CN
The side of the box for the Brother MFC 9125CN describes it as a "Digital Colour Multi-Function Centre", which rather makes it sound as though, along with printing, scanning and faxing, you might be able to host a wedding reception within its off-white plastic body. Sadly, that's not so; like many of Brother's other printer designs, the accent is largely on the functional, rather than the aesthetic.
The Brother MFC 9125CN is compact enough to fit onto a desk, but at 428x491x401mm and a carrying weight of 22.9kg, you're well advised to get two people to lift it into place. Controls are what you'd expect on a workmanlike SOHO printer, with a simple two-line LED showing current status, flanked by controls for fax, copy and print functions. The flat plate scanner has an automatic document feeder at the top, but there's no provision for automatic duplexing, and there's only a single 250-sheet paper tray at the base of the printer.
Technically speaking, the MFC 9125CN isn't a laser printer, according to the strict definition; it's an LED printer, but that's an under-the-hood distinction that doesn't make much difference in the end text documents you throw out there, whether it's an electrostatic laser or pixel LED printing process. Brother rates the MFC 9125CN as being capable of printing "up to" 18 pages per minute, but, as we've seen with plenty of other printers, those figures can be incredibly rubbery. Its multi-function base covers copying, scanning and, for those who just can't escape the 1990s, faxing with an in-built 33.6Kbps modem.