At the top of Brother’s MFC-L
series of all-in-one (print, scan, copy, and fax) printers, the MFC-L9570CDW
($1,899.99) is a medium- to high-volume color laser designed for
enterprises, fleets, and busy midsize offices and workgroups. Like our Summer 2019 Editors’ Choice the Lexmark MC2535adwe, this Brother’s paper capacity is
expandable, and its maximum and suggested monthly print and copy volume ratings
are relatively high. Both machines print well at respectable speed and are loaded with convenience and productivity features. The differences between
these two AIOs are significant, though. The MFC-L9570CDW’s potential paper-input capacity, for instance, is nearly twice that of the Lexmark. Its automatic document feeder (ADF) holds close to double the number of pages, and
its security features are better suited for enterprise and fleet deployment.
This Brother model also has a list price more than triple the MC2535adwe’s, but as
I wrote this, I found it all over the web for well under half its MSRP, making
it a terrific value for most environments that print and copy thousands of
pages each month.
Out of the Box, But Poised to Grow
At 21.6 by 19.5 by 20.7 inches
(HWD) and weighing 65.4 pounds, the Brother’s footprint and girth is about
average for a high-volume color laser AIO. The Lexmark MC2535adwe isn’t quite as wide and weighs 5.4 pounds less; the Canon imageClass
MF746Cdw is slightly smaller all the way around and weighs about a pound and a
half less; and the comparable (in size and features) OKI MC573dn tips the
scales at a few pounds more.
Finally, Epson’s WorkForce
Pro WF-C5790 Color MFP Supertank Printer, a fleet-ready alternative that uses inkjet
technology, is trivially smaller and weighs about 24 pounds
less than the MFC-L9570CDW, but even it—like all the others
mentioned above—requires far too much space to share your
desktop. Plan on giving one of these AIOs its own counter space or dedicated printer stand.
To turn printers into all-in-ones, you must add a scanner. To make your multifunction printer reasonably productive, to the scanner you add an automatic document feeder—in this case, a
whopping 80-sheet, single-pass, auto-duplexing ADF that according to Brother scans one-sided (simplex) pages at the rate of 52 pages per minute (ppm) and
two-sided pages at 104 images per minute (or ipm, where each page side is an
“Single-pass” means, of course,
that the scanner has two sensors, one for each page side, allowing it to
capture both sides simultaneously. That beats the older, slower, and less
efficient reversing auto-duplexer that scans one side, pulls the sheet back
into the mechanism, flips it, and then scans the other side. (There’s also manual duplexing, where you, the printer operator, must flip the
two-sided originals and place them back into the ADF to scan the second sides.)
Of the other workhorses
mentioned above, the Canon MF746Cdw and Epson WF-C5790 come with single-pass ADFs, and the OKI MC573dn and Lexmark MC2535adwe come with reversing feeders. But all four of these
otherwise high-volume color laser machines’ ADFs hold 30 pages less than the Brother’s.
The MFC-L9570CDW’s massive
control panel is made up of a handful of buttons for facilitating walk-up tasks (such as making copies, or scanning to a USB thumb drive or the cloud),
plus a number pad. You use the latter for, among other things, dialing fax numbers. On the left side of the panel, these controls are anchored by a spacious, customizable 7-inch touch display.
By customizable, I mean
that you can create separate tabs or home screens containing icon shortcuts
to functions used most often by the individuals and/or departments in your
organization. You (or your IT person) can also create or modify up to 64 custom
workflow profiles, such as for scanning to a network drive, to a specific cloud site, or to an email address. Your profiles can contain multiple tasks—such as, say, scanning to a specific program, converting the scan to searchable PDF, and then saving the
file to a folder within your organization’s document-management system.
As with most business-oriented
printers, you can also configure settings, monitor consumables, set security options,
generate usage and other reports, and do much more from the MFC-L9570CDW’s built-in
web portal, accessible from virtually any browser.
Also available to owners of
Brother’s fleet-compatible models is the company’s BRAdmin Professional
software for administering network and all-in-one functions for not only the
MFC-L9570CDW, but also most other Brother devices on your network.
Major Paper Handling
Out of the box, the printer’s paper input capacity of 300 sheets—split between a 250-sheet
cassette and a 50-sheet multipurpose tray—is, given this AIO’s brute strength,
somewhat underwhelming. If 300 sheets from two sources is not enough, though, your expansion options are extensive.
You can add up to three
250-sheet drawers ($173.99 each); two 500-sheet cassettes ($236.99 each); or a
stand and stabilizer that comes with up to four 520-sheet drawers ($1,099) for
a maximum capacity of 2,380 sheets. Also available is a combination
cabinet/printer stand and a Near Field Communication (NFC) card reader.
Among the other machines
mentioned here, the Lexmark’s 251-sheet capacity is the smallest, though
you can expand it to 1,451 sheets. The Canon holds 300 sheets, which you can expand to 850, while the OKI’s default capacity is 350 sheets,
expandable to 1,410. The Epson inkjet holds 330 sheets,
which you can increase to 830.
Brother says the MFC-L9570CDW’s
maximum monthly duty cycle is 80,000 pages, with a suggested monthly volume of 6,000 prints. Lexmark’s MC2535adwe tops that with an 85,000-page
maximum and a suggested volume of 8,500 prints monthly; the MC573dn’s duty cycle is 20,000 pages less than the MFC-L9570CDW’s. Epson’s
inkjet alternative, with a maximum of 45,000 prints and a suggested volume
of 2,500, is somewhat anemic compared to these powerhouse
Connections and Security for
The MFC-L9570CDW’s standard interfaces
are USB 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and the peer-to-peer
protocols Wi-Fi Direct and NFC. Those last two, of
course, connect your Android or iOS handheld wirelessly to the MFC-L9570CDW sans
a local area network.
Other mobility and cloud
features include Brother iPrint&Scan, Brother
Office Print, Brother Print CreateCenter Templates, Apple AirPrint, Cortado
Workplace, Google Apps for Business, Google Cloud Print, and Mopria. The iPrint&Scan
app (for Windows, macOS, iOS, or Android) allows you to print from most PCs and handhelds,
and Office Print facilitates connecting to Microsoft Office mobile apps, such
as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, as well as OneDrive.
Brother’s Web Connect cloud apps
connect the printer to both personal and business versions of most popular cloud
sites, and you can print from or scan to thumb drives via a USB port located
just beneath the control panel. Finally, the MFC-L9570CDW
is Cerner Certified for use with electronic medical records (EMR), as well as Citrix
Ready for remote computing applications.
Security features include Secure
Print to require PIN access to sensitive documents; Secure Function Lock restricts
specific features like printing in color (to help control running costs) by user
or department. You also get Active Directory to require credentials to allow
access to the printer, and an NFC card reader secures the printer against
access without a compatible card or badge.
Above-Average Speeds, Great-Looking Output
Brother rates the MFC-L9570CDW
at 33 pages per minute (ppm), which is faster than most midrange color laser
AIOs. I tested it over a Gigabit Ethernet connection from our standard Intel
Core i5 testbed running Windows 10 Pro.
The MFC-L9570CDW churned out
our 12-page Microsoft Word text document at the rate of 36.7ppm, beating the
Canon by 8ppm, the Epson by 10.3ppm, and the OKI by 5.3ppm. It trailed the Lexmark by 3.1ppm.
For the next portion of my
tests, I timed the Brother AIO as it printed our collection of colorful and complex
PDFs, Microsoft Excel charts and graphs, and PowerPoint handouts. Then I
combined these scores with the results from printing the 12-page text document to come up with a score of 12.5ppm for printing our entire collection
of test files. This was about 5ppm slower than the other machines discussed here, except for the OKI, which outpaced the MFC-L9570CDW by just
While the Brother may
crank out color business documents a little slower than the competition, the
Excel charts and graphs and PowerPoint handouts it printed were worth waiting
for. It also printed good-looking photos, with bright, vibrant, accurate colors
and good detail. The monochrome text documents I printed looked great, too—as
good as or better than most of the laser printers I’ve tested lately.
High-Volume Running Costs
The MFC-L9570CDW’s running
costs of 1.2 cents apiece for monochrome prints and 7.5 cents for color pages is about
average for a color laser in this class. If you shop around, though, or
buy the 9,000-page toner cartridges in sets, you can lower those costs some.
The other high-volume laser printers
mentioned here all have running costs of over 2 cents per black-and-white page. The Epson
WF-C5790 inkjet alternative will cost you about 1.6 cents for monochrome pages
and 6.4 cents for color.
Consider that for every 100,000
pages you print, a 1-cent difference in the per-page cost adds up to $1,000,
which is why calculating a high-volume printer’s running costs prior to purchase is often much more important than how much you pay for the
High Marks for Value…If You Shop Around
With its multiple expansion
options, extra-large single-pass ADF, and 6,000-page suggested monthly print
volume, everything about the Brother MFC-L9570CDW (even its steep list
price) says “high-volume enterprise.” But a quick look around the internet at sites that sell
Brother products will demonstrate that this machine doesn’t actually sell anywhere for its exorbitant MSRP…except at the manufacturer’s own online store! I
found it everywhere for about $100 more than our current favorite, Lexmark’s MC2535adwe, and around $200 less than our inkjet alternative, Epson’s WF-C5790.
As long as that continues, the Brother MFC-L9570CDW will stand out as a terrific color laser AIO for midsize offices, workgroups, and other organizations that need
to print and copy 3,000 to 6,000 pages each month.
Brother MFC-L9570CDW Specs
|Product Category||All-in-One Printers, Laser|
|Color or Monochrome||Color|
|Connection Type||Ethernet, USB, Wireless|
|Maximum Standard Paper Size||Legal|
|Number of Ink Colors||4|
|Number of ink cartridges/tanks||4|
|Direct Printing from Cameras||No|
|Direct printing from media cards||No|
|Direct printing from USB thumb drives||Yes|
|Rated Speed at Default Settings (Color)||33 ppm|
|Rated Speed at Default Settings (Mono)||33 ppm|
|Monthly Duty Cycle (Recommended)||6000|
|Monthly Duty Cycle (Maximum)||80,000 pages per month|
|LCD Preview Screen||Yes|
|Printer input capacity||300 expandable to 2380|
|Cost per page (monochrome)||1.2 cents|
|Cost Per Page (Color)||7.5 cents|
|Automatic Document Feeder||Yes|
|Scanner Type||Flatbed with ADF (Standard or Optional)|
|Maximum Scan Area||8.5 by 14 inches|
|Scanner Optical Resolution||1200 x 2400 pixels per inch|
|Standalone Copier and Fax||Copier, Fax|