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Brother MFC-3820CN

alaTest has collected and analyzed 127 reviews of Brother MFC-3820CN. The average rating for this product is 2.5/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other Printers for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the multifunction and durability. The performance and price also get good feedback. There are some mixed comments about the reliability, while many are negative about the design and noise.

usability, price, performance, durability, multifunction

noise, design

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 68/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 93 user reviews of Brother MFC-3820CN from The average user rating for this product is 2.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.6/5 for other Printers on Views about the reliability and durability are overall positive. The performance and price also get good opinions, but many are less positive about the design and noise.

usability, price, performance, durability, reliability

noise, design

35% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Brother MFC-3820CN Color Inkjet Multifunction

Jul, 2015

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: (

Brother MFC-3820CN


The Brother MFC-3820CN is one of just two MFPs in this roundup that incorporates every MFP function we list above. (The other is the Canon MultiPass MP730.) The Brother printer is also one of two that have built-in Ethernet connectivity in addition to...

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 by: fearmor (

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 by: Rathmore (

Well Worth the Money


Networking, Good Print Quality, Extensive Features

Not for non-technical folks

Mar, 2004

Consumer review by: RayRay (

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.


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

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

Fax Machine

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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Brother MFC


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

PC Connectivity

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


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