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3.0 out of 5 stars You get what you pay for. Be warned., January 2, 2006
This review is from: Brother FAX-575 Personal Fax, Phone, and Copier (Office Product)
I actually picked this fax machine up at a local retailer when I saw it in a weekly advertisement. It was 30 bucks after rebate. I thought it would be a great value since I occasionally (but not often) need to fax for the business I run out of my home.

I'm very technical, so I was pleasantly surprised by all of the features backed into this inexpensive unit.

I'm highly skeptical of any inexpensive printing device, since manufacturers usually get your money on the replacement ink cartridges. I had no intention of using this machine for printing anything -- only SENDING faxes.

I was aware that fax resolution is always low compared to resolution of scanning a document or photo copying it. But, I figured all fax machines would be equally "low resolution". How tough can it be to hit a low standard?

The first thing I did was to send myself a fax by directing it to an incoming fax service I use (j2.com). I was disappointed. Upon digging into the specs of several fax machines I noticed that most decent fax machines provide 300x300 resolution (that seems to be the max...but is also very common). This fax machine provides less (note fax and copy resolutions are different).

I also noticed fax speeds are different: This fax machine advertises 15 sec per page. HPs I've looked at range from 3-6 seconds per page. HPs also handle color faxes. Entry-level HPs seem to run about $99 retail.

I also noticed that when I picked up the chinsy plastic handset I had static/noise in the background. Not obnoxious, but noticeable.

All in all, I'll pay a little more for something better. But if you don't care about fax resolution or speed, this may be fine for you.
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Initial post: Feb 21, 2008 12:52:08 PM PST
1 ROMEO says:
MORE$$$ DOSN'T MEAN BETTER SAD 2 SAY

Posted on Apr 14, 2008 8:10:25 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 15, 2008 10:55:54 AM PDT
Actually, the maximum resolution of MOST fax machines is 203 x 392, which this machine is capable of producing. The higher end machines, such as laser capable fax machines, can get resolutions from 300 x 300 on up to 406 x 391. But those machines use the Super G3 Fax protocol, which is mostly in demand for large business offices. (These machines are also VERY expensive!) Unless the machine on the other end is using the same high-end Fax protocol, it doesn't make sense to put that kind of money into a machine when what you send or receive is most likely being downgraded to the 203 x 392 resolution. The HP 640 that you mention has confusing documentation. On the Amazon website, it first states the resolution is "up to 600 x 300" dpi, but further down the page, it states that it has "Up to 200x200 dpi Grayscale Levels". On the Hewlett Packard website, it says that the max resolution is "400 x 200" on the main page, but then the PDF stats sheet goes back to "600 x 300" with a scan resolution of "200 x 200". Confusing.

Posted on Oct 29, 2010 10:22:44 AM PDT
I also noticed the static. It is annoying enough for me not to use the unit as a phone but as a fax it seems just fine.

Posted on Oct 15, 2012 1:29:05 PM PDT
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Posted on Feb 10, 2014 4:34:47 AM PST
Great review. thanx for taking the time to write all that info.

Posted on Mar 13, 2015 5:08:01 PM PDT
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