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The brother mfc (or mulitfunction machine) is an desktop home or office machine that faxes, scans, copies and prints. I aquired this machine as a hand me down so I do not know the initial cost but I have seen it about for around £100 or £50ish second hand).
Everything you need!
I love this printer. I sit in my office and have had all of sales bring in their photos, memory sticks or phones, either to scan to email dirctly or to print onto photopaper. One of the 1st things i noticed was the proper resizable printer tray which actually keeps your paper in the middle and in line. This is a really good bit of kit and is so versatile. The control centre is fantastic and you can scan or copy individually or scan in bulk with a bulk tray, that only photocopiers used to have, while you go make a cup of tea. It is a really reliable printer.
The cheapest i have seen this is on amazon using one of the marketplace sellers and thats another good thing about it. Its not going to break the bank. Ease of use is really an understatement.
The printer also has individual inks (LC1000) of which you can find compatibles really cheap and the originals arent exactly expensive. The only problem i have found is that if you leave it on for too long it will automatically clean the inks so they might not last long. But everyone should be saving the environment anyways!
All in all a great multifunction that does everything and does it well!