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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Brother MFC Or Canon PIXMA - Which is the Better Multifunction Printer

By John C. Arkin

People with home devices often prefer to use multifunction printers simply because these devices conserve space and have many features that home offices need compacted in just one device. Most leading printer manufacturers have multi-function printers as part of their product line.

Among the all printers available in the market today, those created by Brother and Canon are some of the best. The question is this: Which is the better line of multi function printer, the Brother MFC or the Canon PIXMA?

Brother MFC Multifunction Printers

Most Brother MFC printers have advanced features that really define what the printers are. They are small and lightweight, but certainly compact.

They can work as a decent phone and fax machine. Messages can be recorded on these Brother MFC printers, making them double as answering machines. They can be operated as speaker phones.

They can work as scanners, with the option to scan to email, scan to file, scan to image or scan to OCR. The Brother MFC printers are also fitted with widescreen LCD control panels that allow for previews of scans, prints and faxes.

Most of all, they are versatile printers with the ability to print in monochrome or in color, depending on the model. They can even function as photo printers with photo ink cartridges. Also, they can print from USB flash drives and other memory cards, and they are Ethernet-ready.

Canon PIXMA Multifunction printers

On the other hand, Canon PIXMA printers do not have the advanced features that the Brother MFC printers have. They are as versatile as can be expected from multifunction printers, but the features that Canon PIXMA printers possess are just basic, good for small working environments.
For one, many models only have basic fax functions. Some cannot print from or even read USB flash drives. Some cannot function as photo printers.

Eventually, what it all comes down to is what exactly do people with home offices need in multifunction printers. If they want multifarious functions and features in a printer, and if their printing needs demand versatility in a printer, they should go for Brother MFC models. However, if they are not that big on features and functions and are more focused on printing output quality, a Canon PIXMA model would be a better choice for them.

This Article is written by John C. Arkin from, the contributor of printer ink cartridges. More information on the subject is at, and related resources can be found at Brother Ink Cartridges.

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