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Brother MFC-5840CN

alaTest has collected and analyzed 187 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the build quality and paper handling. The print quality and usability are also mentioned favorably, but the reliability and control panel get negative reviews. The noise and size get mixed comments.

value for money, usability, print quality, paper handling, build quality

control panel, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Brother MFC-5840CN is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Brother MFC-5840CN

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 75 user reviews of Brother MFC-5840CN from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.5/5 for other Printers on Amazon.com.

performance, value for money, usability, print quality, multifunction

reliability

65% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Brother MFC-5840CN Network Color Inkjet Multifunction Printer with Photo Capture CenterBrother LC41HYBK High-Yield Black Ink Cartridge - Retail Packaging

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Brother MFC-5840CN Printer

 

Priced at a modest $200, the Brother MFC-5840CN offers a host of features perfect for office tasks. Besides offering built-in networking, the unit lets you drop 35 sheets into its automatic document feeder or lift the cover to scan larger documents,...

Good value overall

Slow speeds

The Brother ran slow across the board. Text printed at a sluggish 3.4 pages per minute--far below the 6.2 ppm average for the nine MFPs we tested for the June 2005 chart. Color graphics emerged at a snail's pace of 1.1 ppm, slower than any other model...

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Brother MFC-5840CN

 

The MFC-5840CN's built-in networking lets you share it as a printer, scanner, fax, and memory card reader.

The Brother MFC-5840CN is a good value for a networked MFP, but slow speeds and middling print quality limit its usefulness in an office setting.

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Brother MFC-5840CN All-In-One Printer (20 PPM, 6000x1200 DPI, Color, 16MB, PC/Mac)

 

Photograph: Rick Rizner

Good value overall

Slow speeds

This unit offers networking, but text printing and scan speeds are slow. Copy speed is below average.

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Brother MFC-5840cn

 

Roomy, dual-input paper trays; automatic document feeder (ADF); Ethernet port; media-card slots; bargain price.

Crummy output quality; slow print and scan speeds; ugly design.

We love this all-in-one's low price and office-appropriate features, but we can't overlook its poor performance and dismal output quality.

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Brother MFC-5840cn

 

At $200 (street), the Brother MFC-5840cn offers just about everything you might want in a home or small office all-in-one printer: a network port; a 35-page automatic document feeder; the ability to print from memory cards; a 350-sheet capacity; the...

Lots of features for the price. Built-in network port. ADF. Prints directly from memory cards. Works as a printer, scanner, standalone fax, and copier

Relatively low output quality for an ink jet AIO. Slow performance, particularly over a network, both for its price and for ink jets in general

The Brother MFC-5840cn offers a long list of features, including a network port, memory card slots, and the ability to work as a printer, scanner, and fax machine and copier. Unfortunately, it's weak in quality and performance.

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Brother MFC-5840CN

 

Priced quite modestly, the Brother MFC-5840CN offers a host of features perfect for office tasks. Besides offering built-in networking, the unit allow...

Great feature set

Disappointing text quality, poor photo printing, slow printing

The Brother MFC-5840CN is good value for a networked MFP, but slow speeds and middling print quality limit its usefulness in an office setting.

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Brother MFC-5840cn

 

This network-ready multifunction is easy to use and feature packed, but it won't please print-quality purists.

Roomy, dual-input paper trays ; Automatic document feeder (ADF) ; Ethernet port ; Media-card slots ; Bargain price

Crummy output quality ; Slow print and scan speeds ; Ugly design

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Brother MFC-5840cn

 

This network-ready multifunction is easy to use and feature packed, but it won't please print-quality purists.

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"Great printer, low cost, and built to last"

 

Bottom-line this is a good printer that has been in use for 5 years and still works great. No problems with photo printing and the scanner is amazing. If you want a cheap printer you can get this printer cheap used online but like I said they are build...

I love the fact that that the ink is extremely cheap,and that the printer is built to last. Networking is also amazing.

Slow printing and with the media card reader you can not print pictures if they are in a folder.

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"This machine makes me want to cry"

 

I dislike the product because it is a printer/fax/scanner that can do none of the mentioned jobs efficiently.

Good paper weight

Printing more than 2 pages of text turns into a time consuming project

Product Specifications

Never again print a fax accidentally on glossy paper. The MFC-5840cn includes dual paper trays - one for specialty inkjet paper, the other for plain paper. The MFC-5840cn is designed to give the small office or home office user flexibility. It includes a USB interface to directly connect to your computer and an Ethernet interface to connect to your network router to share printing, scanning, sending faxes as well as access to the PhotoCapture Center feature.

Copying

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

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:19.1in
Height:13.4in
Weight:21.8lbs
Width:18.1in

Document & Media Handling

Standard Media Capacity:350sheets

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes

Fax Machine

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

Header

Manufacturer:Brother
Model:5840CN
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Brother MFC

Memory

Standard Memory:16MB

Office Machine

Fax Type:Plain paper
Functions:Copier / Fax / Printer / Scanner
Monthly Duty Cycle (max):3000impressions
Printing Output Type:Color
Printing Technology:Ink-jet
Type:Fax / copier / printer / scanner

PC Connectivity

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

Printing

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 Color:6000 x 1200 dpi
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