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Brother MFC-420cn

alaTest has collected and analyzed 14 reviews of Brother MFC-420cn. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Comments about the multifunction and size are on the whole positive. The performance and usability also get good feedback. There are some less positive opinions about the control panel and durability, and comments about the noise and reliability are mixed.

price, usability, performance, size, multifunction

durability, control panel

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Brother MFC-420cn is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by : M. David Stone (

Brother MFC-420cn


The Brother MFC-420cn is a full-function all-in-one that's priced and sized for light-duty use.

Small size. Rich feature set. Network port. Automatic document feeder. Prints directly from memory cards. High-quality photos. Scans and faxes over network.

Slow performance. Limited paper capacity, at 100 sheets standard and maximum.

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Aug, 2005

Expert review by : Jeffrey Fuchs (

Brother MFC-420cn review


Intro The Brother MFC-420cn is a diminutive inkjet all-in-one with features worthy of a much more expensive product. It prints, scans, copies, faxes, and delivers photos directly from its set of built-in media-card readers. Just in case that's not...

Low price; compact space-saving design; good-quality text, photo, and color graphics output.

Limited paper supply; flimsy plastic parts.

The Brother MFC-420cn is a good multifunction for easy digital photo printing, but it's too limited for heavy workloads.

Nov, 2004

Consumer review (

Poor Text Quality


It's a shame that the printer with everything I needed had poor quality performance on all of those things. I ended up giving it away.

Excellent idea to add 10/100 network support to home printers. Printer has everything I needed

VERY poor text quality and not very good color image quality

Nov, 2006

Consumer review (

worth the price


I would recommend that you keep the status monitor running, as it will maintain a connection with the printer. However, it may sometimes not see the printer. In that case you can run the Install Diagnostics, which will reestablish the connection.

This printer does it all. Scan quality is great. Copier is good too. Can't comment on the fax since i use a different fax machine. Tech support was very helpful. Didn't take them long to find the problem. They even did a followup a week later

I had to reinstall the software a few times because it wouldn't see the printer. I think it was because i turned the monitoring program off

Oct, 2006

Consumer review (

Easy Setup


Just had setup one day so other problems have not been seen. Replaced HP PCS2210 AIO which crapped out.

Easy setup, seems to print OK. Used Linksys wireless router WRT55AG and two laptops setups without problems (do what the lit say and disable firewall/antivirus. Wired Desktop also setup easily

Flimsy feeling plastic parts

Jul, 2006

Consumer review (

Not too bad


Pros include ; cheap third party ink, one cartridge per color ; better print quality for text and small graphics than my other epson and hp ; lots of features, fax/copy/print etc ; handsome look, with relativly small space taken up

very poor scan quality. dark scans with too much blue ; fairly poor and slow photo print quality, grainy

Apr, 2006

Consumer review (

Has network FAX limitations


I believe that the scan-in fuction (to PC) has also been cobbled up to use USB only. So if you want full network functionality of paperless FAX and scan then U R forced to go for the bigger buck MFC-640CW.

Nice features if you understand it's limitations. Would be a 5+ if Brother didn't limit what it can do

I purchased the MFC-640CW (wired and wireless version of this same machine) and told a few business friends about what a great small office multi-function device it was. So a friend purchased this non-wireless version figuring that all he was losing...

Apr, 2006

Consumer review (

Brother MFC-420CN


very nice full featured printer at a good price. very compact for a flat-bed scanner.

Compact, network ready, automatic document feeder, flatbed copy/scan

Only real con is the software the comes with the printer. My HP all-in-one printer/copy/scan/fax saves images of faxes being sent. This printer does not. If that isn't important to you, its a good printer

Mar, 2006

Consumer review (

Brother MFC-420CN 20 ppm 6000 x 1200 DPI InkJet MFC / All-In-One Color Printer


Great for light home office use. Not meant for corporate use.

Compact. Good looking. Easy to setup. Good documentation. Good print quality. Multiple ink cartridges a plus

Doesn't hold a lot of paper

Jan, 2006

Consumer review (

Great All-Around


Some people really bash this printer, but I have to give it 5 out of 5. Pros: Small - takes up no room at all. The paper is hidded below and prints out in the same space. Network - Works fantastic with my Linksys router. I print to it from a laptop...

Small - takes up no room at all. The paper is hidded below and prints out in the same space ; Network - Works fantastic with my Linksys router. I print to it from a laptop with no problems ; Small in cartridges - replacements are $8-$15, much lower...

Network setup was a little tricky. When you set it up in Windows, have Windows look for the device NAME and not the IP ADDRESS. You also have to set the printer IP Address Boot to DHCP. Then it works great ; This printer is really not a photo printer...

Jun, 2005

Product Specifications

This product offers a unique low-profile design, without sacrificing an up to 10-page automatic document feeder. It's ideal for a space-conscious home environment. It combines a convenient front-loading paper tray and an Ethernet interface so it's network ready. The MFC420CN offers Color Ink-jet Printing (up to 20ppm Black, 15ppm Color with resolutions up to 6000 x 1200 dpi), Color Copying, Color Scanning, Color Faxing and PC Faxing.


Max Copying Resolution B/W:1200 x 600 dpi
Max Copying Resolution Color:1200 x 600 dpi
Max Copying Speed B/W:17ppm
Max Copying Speed Color:11ppm

Dimensions & Weight


Document & Media Handling

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

Fax Machine

Max Transmission Speed:14.4Kbps
PC Faxing: Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Brother MFC


Standard Memory:16MB



Office Machine

Copier Type:Digital
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
PC Connection Availability: Yes


Max Printing Speed B/W:20ppm
Max Printing Speed B/W (ppm):20ppm
Max Printing Speed Color:15ppm
Max Printing Speed Color (ppm):15ppm
Max Resolution B/W:6000 x 1200 dpi
Max Resolution Color:6000 x 1200 dpi