The Good Fast, good-quality text printing.
The Bad Expensive; lackluster design; poor scan quality; tiny control-panel LCD.
The Bottom Line A small home office with light faxing, scanning, and copying needs could make do with this product.
The Brother MFC-9700 is a no-frills, laser-based multifunction that prints, copies, scans, and faxes. While it is convenient to have all of these functions in one device, the scanning and faxing are weaker than we'd expect for the price. Given the low cost of inkjet multifunction printers these days, smart shoppers should consider their options, including the .
The Brother MFC-9700 looks exactly like a beige-gray stack of home-office appliances. At the core is a flatbed scanner with a laser printer on the bottom and an automatic document feeder (ADF) on the top. The MFC-9700 is 19.5 inches wide by 18 inches deep by 16.8 inches high--large compared to a standalone printer but average size for a multifunction device. The 9700's main control panel angles down from the scanner lid at a comfortable fingertip height. The control panel is a simple affair, with a number keypad and fax buttons on the left side and print, copy, and scan buttons on the right.
The printer's main paper tray lies at the base of the unit. Just above the base is a bypass slot for hand-feeding envelopes, legal-size paper, or heavy media directly into the printer.