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Brother MFC-5840CN

alaTest has collected and analyzed 117 reviews of Brother MFC-5840CN. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Printers for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the print quality and noise. The design and usability are also appreciated. There are some mixed opinions about the performance, while many are critical about the control panel and size.

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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 77/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Brother MFC-5840CN

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 39 user reviews of Brother MFC-5840CN from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.7/5 for other Printers on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the multifunction and noise. The price and usability also get good feedback. There are some negative opinions about the size and design.

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67% 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

May, 2016

Expert review by: Paul Jasper (pcworld.com)

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...

May, 2005

Expert review by: Paul Jasper (pcworld.com)

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.

May, 2005

Expert review by: Paul Jasper (pcworld.com)

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.

May, 2005

Expert review by: (pcmag.com)

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.

Expert review by: Paul Jasper (goodgearguide.com.au)

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.

May, 2005

Expert review by: Kristina Blachere (cnet.com.au)

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

May, 2005

Expert review by: Kristina Blachere (zdnet.com.au)

Brother MFC-5840cn

 

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

May, 2005

Consumer review by: zolly (newegg.com)

I Guess

 

If i knew that i was going threw this trouble with this printer i should have never had bought it cause of one dumb cartridge that get's low on ink

It prints good times and it's alright when it print paper dosen't get that stuck

Don't like it when it runs out of ink then that's when it really suck cause when one of the inks is low you actually can't print anything cuz of one ink cartridge runs out

Nov, 2006

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

Solid printer

 

If you just want an inexpensive do it all printer for office type duties, this is your printer. If you want a photo printer, look elsewhere.

size is small, you can set stuff on top of the printer!!!(good for me since I'm a clutter bug) ink refils are incredibly cheap(a certain online retailer sells them for three buck a cartridge if you buy a pack of 15). I haven't had the cardstock...

Paper holder doesn't hold that much paper. The memory card reader function is practically useless. You have to print out a copy of every thumbnail picture on your card in order to select a picture to print cuz there is no screen to view and select you...

Sep, 2006

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

Brother MFC-5840CN Up to 20 ppm 1200 x 6000 dpi InkJet MFC / All-In-One Color Printer

 

As usual with anything I've bought from Newegg, delivery was fast and product arrived in perfect condition. I've got to say, this printer impressed me. Shortly after I bought it I brought up the box of photos from the basement that we never got into...

Cheap, lots of functions and features for the price. Seems to work pretty reliably. Network capability as standard is great. I have five computers on a network sharing it with no problems

Feels a bit cheesy - paper trays are a friction fit. Have not been able to use the front panel scan button to scan to a network PC - I have to initiate the scan on the PC

Sep, 2006

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