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Brother MFC-5840CN

alaTest has collected and analyzed 104 reviews of Brother MFC-5840CN. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Printers for all reviews. People are impressed by the connectivity and paper handling. The design and usability also get good feedback. Opinions are divided on the performance, while there are some critical reviews about the multifunction and noise.

price, usability, design, paper handling, connectivity

reliability, durability, size, noise, multifunction

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 75/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Brother MFC-5840CN

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 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 3.6/5 for other Printers on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the usability. The price is also mentioned favorably. Many are negative about the reliability.

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reliability

69% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Aug, 2015

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 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
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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: (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: NELSON30213 (pcworld.com)

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

 

THIS PRODUCT IS PURE JUNK. I AM NOW ON MY 7TH REPLACEMENTALL BROTHERS WANT TO DO IS REPLACE IS WITH MORE JUNK. OFFERED TO PAY FOR UP GRADE THEIR RESPONSE WAS CAN'T DO UNDER THEIR WARRANTY...CALLED CORP. NO RESPONSE." BEWARE OF BROTHER AND THEIR...

NONE

BREAKS DOWN EVERY MONTH

Jun, 2007

Consumer review by: (pcworld.com)

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

 

I bought 3 of these units about 3 months ago and one started printing lines in the photos and text. Cleaning the print head works for one or two pages then back to the lines. I called support and after about 45 min. on the phone they decided to send a...

The machine is very good all of the funtions are very good for the price

Support fom Brother needs alot of improvement

Oct, 2006

Consumer review by: JohnMcGeechan (pcworld.com)

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

 

Bought the Brother MFC 5840CN recently, and I am very pleased. I have started writing reviews when i like something (as I sure as hell write 'em when i don't).First things first. Price. I think you will struggle to get something with this much...

All round good quality

Maybe a little noisy, maybe a little slow at printing

Aug, 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
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