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Brother MFC-3820CN

alaTest has collected and analyzed 27 reviews of Brother MFC-3820CN. The average rating for this product is 3.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Printers for all reviews. Reviews about the reliability and durability are generally positive. The performance and price are also mentioned favorably, whereas views are divided on the design. There are some less positive reviews about the noise.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Brother MFC-3820CN is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 73/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by : Lisa Cekan (

Brother MFC-3820CN


The feature-rich Brother MFC-3820CN is quick at printing graphics but slow at most other tasks, and its image quality is mediocre.

With an automatic document feeder and built-in fax, the MFC-3820CN is designed for a home office, but busy workers won't appreciate its slow performance.

Aug, 2004

Expert review by : Lisa Cekan (

Brother MFC3820CN All-In-One Printer


Photograph: Rick Rizner

Aug, 2004

Expert review by : M. David Stone (

Brother MFC-3820CN


The Brother MFC-3820CN is one of just two MFPs in this roundup that incorporates every MFP function we list above.

Ultimately, the MFC-3820CN is not the MFP for high-quality scans or the best possible photo output. But for home and small-office users, it's a good choice. More important, it's a good value for the price, especially if you need a full-featured MFP and...

Nov, 2003

Expert review by : Calvin Siew (

Brother MFC-3820CN


The Brother MFC-3820CN is a no-nonsense AIO that offers full functionality at a affordable price.

Feb, 2004

Consumer review (

Be warned


A good looking machine -- a nice ornament in any office

Forget this unit if you have ADSL on your phone line

Nov, 2004

Consumer review (

Well Worth the Money


Networking, Good Print Quality, Extensive Features

Not for non-technical folks

Mar, 2004

Consumer review (

Get the facts before you buy.


Nice features

not compatable with XP

Mar, 2004

Product Specifications

Need a flatbed, color inkjet machine that can print from your computer and work as a stand-alone fax machine? Do you want to send and receive faxes from your computer, make copies of bound documents, scan images or text, print photos from digital media cards and even connect to your existing or future network? This 6-in-1, flatbed color multi-function center comes with a 33.6Kbps fax/modem, large memory, and is compatible with both Windows in Macintosh Operating Systems. The MFC-3820CN connects to your computer using a USB 2.0 interface, or to your network router (wired or wireless) using the Ethernet interface. The built-in networking allows support of multiple PCs for printing, direct network scanning (networked, Windows PCs only), PC Fax send and access to the digital camera media cards over the network.


Energy Star certified: Yes


Copy speed (normal quality, black, A4):12
Copy speed (normal quality, color, A4):10
Max Copying Resolution B/W:1200 x 1200 dpi
Max Copying Resolution Color:1200 x 1200 dpi
Max Copying Speed B/W:12ppm
Max Copying Speed Color:10ppm
Maximum copy resolution:1200 x 1200

Dimensions & Weight


Document & Media Handling

Max Copy Size:Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
Standard Media Capacity:100sheets

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Communication:This model is capable of sending and receiving colour faxes to and from other colour capable fax machines, using the ITU.T-30E colour fax protocol.
Fax speed dialing (max numbers):Speed Dials 100 Speed Dial locations
Fax speed dialing, max numbers:Speed Dials 100 Speed Dial locations
Modem Speed:33.6

Fax Machine

Compatibility:Super G3
Max Transmission Speed:33.6Kbps
PC Faxing: Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Brother MFC

Input Capacity

Maximum input capacity:100


Standard Memory:16MB



Office Machine

Fax Type:Plain paper
Functions:Copier / Fax / Printer / Scanner
Printing Output Type:Color
Printing Technology:Ink-jet
Type:Fax / copier / printer / scanner

Other Features

Acoustic power emissions:Machine Noise Standby 35dB(A). Copying 48dB(A)
Color all-in-one functions:Copy, Fax, Print
Compatible network operating systems:Print / PC-Fax / Scan / PhotoCapture Centre: Win98(SE)/Me/2000/XP.Print / PC-Fax / PhotoCapture Centre: Mac OS 8.6-9.2, 10.2.1 or greater
Compatible operating systems:Windows and Mac compatible
Dimensions (WxDxH):17.6 x 23 x 17.6
Media size (tray 1):A4 / A5 / A6 / EXE / LTR / LGL / JISB5 / Photo 102 x 152mm, 89 x 127mm, 127 x 178mm /Postcard 100 x 148mm, 200 x 148mm / Index card 127 x 203mm / C5 Envelopes / Com 10 /DL / Monarch / JE4 Envelope.
Modem Type:ITU-T G3
Networking features:Ethernet 10/100Base-TX Auto Negotiation. Network functions: Printing, Scanning, PC-Faxing, PhotoCapture,(Network Scanning 2 user license supplied as standard)
Scan speed:3
Scan speed (auto document feed):ADF (Automatic Document Feed) Up to 20 sheets

Output Capacity

Maximum output capacity:50

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:Ethernet 10 Base-T/100 Base-TX / USB/Hi-Speed USB
PC Connection Availability: Yes


Copying:Colour copying
Digital sender:N
Faxing:Colour faxing
Number of print cartridges:4
Print technology:Inkjet
Printing:Colour printing


Max Printing Speed B/W:14ppm
Max Printing Speed B/W (ppm):14ppm
Max Printing Speed Color:12ppm
Max Printing Speed Color (ppm):12ppm
Max Resolution B/W:4800 x 1200 dpi
Max Resolution Color:4800 x 1200 dpi
Print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter):14
Print speed (color, normal quality, A4/US Letter):12


Optical scanning resolution:600 x 2400

System Requirements

Mac compatibility: Yes

Weight & Dimensions