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Brother DCP-8040 Copier

alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 reviews of Brother DCP-8040 Copier. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Printers for all reviews. Reviews about the multifunction and size are overall positive. The usability and price also get good feedback.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Brother DCP-8040 Copier is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by : Dan Littman (

Brother DCP-8040 review


Intro The Brother DCP-8040 provides most of the features you'd expect in a $400 laser multifunction device, including a 50-page automatic document feeder with a roomy, legal-size flatbed 600-by-2,400dpi color scanner. Its 21-page-per-minute monochrome...

Fast prints and copies; inexpensive; crisp text-print quality; easy to use; plum warranty.

No fax; slow and imperfect scans; nondetachable scanner lid.

The Brother DCP-8040 excels at prints and copies, but it can't handle everything in the multifunction bailiwick.

Oct, 2004

Consumer review (

Easy setup. Easy to Use.


The builtin ethernet interface is priced too high. Lately we've been buying USB and just setting them up as shared printers in OSX.

These are great multifunction printers. I use them with PCs and Macs. They work better with PCs but are not bad with Macs. You can hook up both their ethernet port (if they have one) and the USB simultaneously. They are a boon for teachers

The scanning interface takes a bit getting used to but once mastered is quite powerful. I am worried about the plastic feeder breaking off but it hasn't happened yet

Dec, 2005

Product Specifications

The DCP-8040 is an up to 21 copy per minute digital copier that delivers high quality output. It includes an up to 50-page automatic document feeder, and 250-sheet paper capacity. Coupled with uncompromising, up to 21 page per minute laser printing at up to 2400 x 600 dpi (HQ1200), the DCP-8040 is the right choice at the right price. Also included is a built-in 9600 x 9600 dpi interpolated resolution flatbed color scanner. Both USB and parallel ports are standard allowing the DCP-8040 to work in both Windows and Mac environments.


Copy speed (normal quality, black, A4):20
Max Copying Resolution B/W:1200 x 600 dpi
Max Copying Speed B/W:21ppm

Dimensions & Weight


Document & Media Handling

Max Copy Size:8.66 in x 16 in
Max Media Capacity:501sheets
Standard Media Capacity:250sheets

Energy Management

Power consumption (typical):450


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Brother DCP

Input Capacity

Auto document feeder (ADF) input capacity:50
Maximum input capacity:250


Max Supported Memory:160MB
Standard Memory:32MB


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Office Machine

Copier Type:Digital
Functions:Copier / Printer / Scanner
Printing Output Type:Monochrome
Printing Technology:Laser
Type:Printer / copier / scanner

Other Features

Color all-in-one functions: No
Dimensions (WxDxH):20.9 x 17.5 x 18.5
I/O ports:IEEE1284 Parallel Cable Port\nHi-Speed USB2.0
Standard media sizes:A4/LTR/LGL/B5/A5/B6/A6/EXE

Output Capacity

Standard output capacity:150

Paper Handling

Maximum ISO A-series paper size:A4
Maximum print area:A4 (210 x 297 mm)
Maximum print size:A4 (210 x 297 mm)

PC Connectivity

PC Connection:Hi-Speed USB / Parallel
PC Connection Availability: Yes


Digital sender:N
Print technology:Laser


Power consumption (average operating):450


Max Printing Speed B/W:21ppm
Max Printing Speed B/W (ppm):21ppm
Max Resolution B/W:2400 x 600 dpi
Maximum Resolution:2400 x 600
Print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter):20


Gray scale levels:256
Input color depth:48
Input colour depth:48
Maximum scan resolution:9600 x 9600
Optical scanning resolution:600 x 2400


Internal memory:32
Maximum internal memory:160
Maximum memory:160

System Requirements

Mac compatibility: Yes
Minimum hard disk space:180
Minimum processor:Pentium 75MHz
Minimum RAM:24
Minimum system requirements:MS Windows XP, MS Windows 2000, MS Windows NT 4.0, MS Windows ME, MS Windows 98, Apple MacOS 8.6 or later, Apple Mac OS 9.2, Apple Mac OS X 10.1, Apple MacOS X 10.2.1 or later, Apple Mac OS X 10.3

Weight & Dimensions