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      14.06.2010 14:39
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      a good all-rounder for occassional use

      The Brother Fax T106 is a combined fax machine / telephone answering machine / copier.

      Prices vary but certainly you should be able to find it at well under £100 including VAT - which is reasonable for office equipment (plus remember to claim tax deductible).

      Fax of course is used much less than it used to be, although for business purposes it can still be essential to have the ability to receive them. It's also occasionally useful for sending copies of paper forms back to a supplier when I want to hang on to the original.

      As Fax use becomes less frequent however the more important it is for the equipment to be straightforward and user friendly with no great learning curve. The Brother should present no problems after a quick read of the instruction book.

      The T106 does the job adequately. It uses plain A4 printer paper, but uses thermal-transfer printing requiring supplies from specialist shops - so I can't pick up spares in the local Tesco superstore as I can for the inkjet printer.

      The machine is light and occupies a small footprint on the desktop. The paper tray is unobtrusive. Paper capacity is fairly limited [but no one has the time to send many pages of fax].

      So as a fax machine - probably the principle reason for buying something like this - it's very adequate, transmission and reception speeds are on a par with similar machines from other brands.

      OTHER FUNCTIONS
      The copying function can usefully enlarge or reduce the original to some extent, but with the thermal printing technology you're not going to get photo-quality or colour - if your office has a regular need to copy modern laser-produced documents then a dedicated colour device is probably a better answer.

      As a telephone it will record up to 15 minutes and has a useful loudspeaker function. In fact in my office the telephone answering function gets used a lot more than the fax. Sound quality is acceptable. However one weak point of the design is the insecure seating of the flimsy telephone handset - it falls off its cradle all too easily.

      Overall the T106 a reasonable compromise between it's various functions at a budget price. If you do a lot of regular faxing and copying, have plenty of desk space, and can afford to spend more then you'll probably appreciate the extra convenience and quality of more expensive, dedicated single-function equipment.

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