Pros

  • Extremely versitile unit
  • Includes Wi-Fi and ethernet networking

Cons

  • Average performance overall
  • Lacks duplex capabilities

At A Glance

Feature-packed and well priced, the MFC-640CW boasts fax capabilities, an ADF, and ethernet and Wi-Fi networking.

Manufacturer’s Description

The MFC-640CW is the perfect solution to clean up the clutter of machines on your desk. Starting with its built-in 802.11 b/g wireless interface (also includes USB and Ethernet interfaces) this machine offers more in one package than any other all-in-one product. It features up to 6000 x 1200 dpi print resolution, an automatic document feeder, a telephone handset and a digital answering machine. The PhotoCapture Center features built-in digital media card drives which can read CompactFlash, SmartMedia, xD-Picture Card Conventional,xD-Picture Card Type M, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, MultiMediaCard and Secure Digital flash memory cards. The MFC-640CW also includes document viewer software ScanSoft PaperPort for Windows and Presto! PageManager for Mac, as well as OCR software OmniPage OCR for Windows and Presto! PageManager for Mac.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.brother-usa.com/mfc/mfc_detail_AREA=MFC_1&PRODUCTID=MFC640CW.aspx

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number MFC-640cw
Requirements
Operating System Compatibility
  • Linux
  • Microsoft Windows 2000
  • Microsoft Windows 98
  • Microsoft Windows XP
General Information
UPC Code 39281041020
Ports and Connections
Wireless connection 802.11b
Storage Media
SD card SD Card
Memory stick Memory Stick

Performance

PCWorld Test Center (Quality)
Print quality: Text Fair
Print quality: Color photo Good
Copy quality Good
PCWorld Test Center (Speed)
Print speed: Text 3.4   ppm
Performance
Final Scan Time, 4-by-5-Inch Document, 100 dpi 14.46
Output Score, Color Photo, Best Quality Settings (formerly pf-Output-Print-Color-Best) Good
One-Page Grayscale Graphic (secs) 50.42
Two-Page Excel Document (secs) 86.9
Preview Scan, Line Art, Maximum Resolution (formerly pf-MFPs-pvLAmax1-Average) 15.11
Line Art Output Quality Fair
Tested Color Speed (ppm) 1.1
Color Photo (secs) 52.8
Preview Scan, One-Page Word Document, 300 dpi 15.15
Total Scan Time, 2-by-2-Inch Document, Maximum Resolution (formerly pf-MFPs-2x2maxmax-Average) 19.49
Color Output Quality Fair
Three-Page Word Document (secs) 72.51
One-Page Copy (secs) 24.81
Output Score, Text, Default Settings (formerly pf-Output-Print-Text-Default) Fair
Preview Scan, 2-by-2-Inch Document, 600 dpi 17.1
Output Score, Color Graphics, Default Settings (formerly pf-Output-Print-Color-Default) Fair
Final Scan Time, One-Page Word Document, 300 dpi 19.81
Preview Scan, 4-by-5-Inch Document, 100 dpi 17.13
Color Photo, Best Quality Settings 260.72
Preview Scan, 2-by-2-Inch Document, Maximum Resolution (formerly pf-MFPs-pv2x2maxmax-Average) 17.06
Ten-Page Word Document (secs) 177.93
5 x 7 Photo (secs) 260.72
Output Score, Line Art, Default Settings (formerly pf-Output-Print-LineArt-Default) Fair
Color Photo, Normal Settings 52.8
Tested Photo Speed (formerly pf-PCWPhotoSpeed) 0.2
Three-Page PowerPoint Document (secs) 203.01
Tested Glossy Photo Speed (ppm) 0.2
Final Scan Time, 2-by-2-Inch Document, 600 dpi 20.0
Total Scan Time, Line Art, Maximum Resolution (formerly pf-MFPs-LAmax1-Average) 39.25