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Brother MFC-845CW

alaTest has collected and analyzed 56 reviews of Brother MFC-845CW. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Printers for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and multifunction. The performance and price are also appreciated. There are some negative reviews about the noise and reliability. Opinions are divided on the connectivity.

usability, price, performance, multifunction, size

reliability, noise

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Brother MFC-845CW is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 20 user reviews of Brother MFC-845CW from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.7/5 for other Printers on Reviewers are impressed by the print quality and durability. The size and performance also get good views, whereas views about the design and multifunction are mixed. Many are critical about the noise and reliability.

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reliability, noise

85% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Brother MFC-845cw Color Photo Inkjet Flatbed All-in-One with 5.8GHz Cordless HandsetBrother MFC-845cw Color Photo Inkjet Flatbed All-in-One with 5.8GHz Cordless Handset

Apr, 2018

Expert review by : Paul Jasper (

Brother MFC-845CW Printer


The Brother MFC-845CW is almost identical to the recently reviewed Brother MFC-665CW, except that it replaces its sibling's wired handset with a 5.8-GHz cordless phone. At $250 (as of June 6, 2007), this model costs $50 more than the MFC-665CW. But if...

Includes faxing capability ; Built-in answering machine

Prints and faxes slowly

The Brother MFC-845CW will appeal to small businesses that are pressed for space. The cordless phone and Wi-Fi networking let you work elsewhere in your home or office without tethering you to a desk. You get many functions at an affordable price, but...

Jun, 2007

Expert review by : PCMag Staff (

Brother MFC-845cw


Preview of the Brother MFC-845cw.

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Jan, 2007

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Expert review by : Denny Atkin (

Brother MFC-845cw


While the MFC-845cw's print speed is slow, its excellent output and well-rounded capabilities make it one of the best multifunction printers we've seen.

Excellent text, photo-print quality; additional paper tray for 4x6 photo paper; easy-to-use menu interface; wired/wireless network support

Slow printing; tray holds only 100 sheets of regular paper; card reader won't read 4GB SD cards; scanner driver has limited options; no backlight on phone keypad

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Feb, 2007

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Brother - MFC-845CW


If you're looking for a multifunction inkjet, then Brother's MFC-845CW has a lot to recommend it. For just under £170 (plus VAT) you get a colour printer, scanner, copier and fax machine all-in-one, with both wired ...

A combined colour inkjet and flatbed colour scanner with automatic document feeder and internal fax modem, the MFC-845CW can be used to print, fax, scan and copy in colour. Wired/wireless interfaces and client software allow for remote operation over...

Jun, 2007

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Very happy. Excellent value.


After reading many reviews of other MF units, this one seemed the way to go. I wasn't wrong. I had to understand my router a bit more to get it to have the unit on a static IP address but that was a good thing. I haven't tried scanning into Linux yet.

Easy to use. Wireless printing from any OS on my network. Just works. Works in Ubunbtu and Puppy Linux

printer ink, as usual, is expensive. Phone handset sounds a bit funky

Dec, 2008

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This printer does just about everything. It's easier to tell you what it doesn't do. It doesn't wash my dishes or my clothes. I really like the MFC Series printers. So far I've had a MFC-440cn, MFC-465cn, MFC-845cw & MFC-9440cn. Just purchased a...

Scans, Prints, Copies, Faxes, Wireless, answering machine, 5.8ghz phone, photo card readers, USB port, etc... What more could you ask for ; I had a MFC-440cn and sold it along with my HL-1440 B&W Laser when I purchased my new MFC-9440cn Color Laser....

Don't like the way I have to move the tray for 4 x 6 photo paper. This is the same on all of the MFC Series inkjet printers I've used. It's just a pain and I'll have to just deal with it

Sep, 2008

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Good Printer


We bought this to replace our HP. The HP was a better built printer and had niceties like auto detect for paper type and size. That being sad, this is a very nice printer for the price.

A lot of features for the money. Wireless works great. Print quality is excellent. Individual color cartridges, so you don't waste expensive ink

We print a lot of photos and this thing is an ink guzzler, we spent more on ink than the cost of the printer. You have to be very carefully on how you load the paper. Initially we got a lot of paper jams. Our 4x6 "override" tray ALWAYS jams, but we can...

Sep, 2008

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Great multifunction printer for a great price


This MFC is truly the best price for all the features and functions it has. I use it for faxing, printing, copying and most of all, printing photos. I use it with the brother cartridges as well as the brother photo paper and it produces phenomenal...

Aug, 2008

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I'm happy with my purchase. I wasn't looking for the highest quality, but for decent quality for a low price. And it's small for a multi-functin machine, which is good in my space. I don't need a fax, so I don't use that function. This review insisted...

Good price

A bit slow

Dec, 2007

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Brother MFC-845CW


I was very skeptical, as I have never owned a Brother item and I did have my doubts. However, a friend from an online forum suggested this all-in-one, and I did some research, and everyone was right. This thing is awesome. Very easy to setup, wireless...

Very good print.


Sep, 2007

Product Specifications

Setting a new standard for all-in-ones. Truly a wireless machine, the MFC845cw features a 5.8GHz cordless handset (expands to a total of 4 handsets), digital telephone answering machine, wireless (802.11b/g) and wired (Ethernet) interfaces. The user-friendly color LCD menus enable you to preview faxes or images from your digital camera media cards before printing. Fully featured photo capabilities, including a Pictbridge interface and a dedicated 4" x 6" photo bypass tray make for convenient photo printing.


Automatic Duplexing: None
Copier resize:25 - 400
Copy resolution (color text and graphics):600
Copy speed (normal quality, black, A4):20
Copy speed (normal quality, color, A4):18
Max Copying Resolution B/W:1200 x 1200 dpi
Max Copying Resolution Color:600 x 1200 dpi
Max Copying Speed B/W:20ppm
Max Copying Speed Color:18ppm
Maximum copy resolution:1200 x 1200
Maximum number of copies:99
PC free copying: Yes

Dimensions & Weight



Display Diagonal:2.5

Document & Media Handling

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


Auto reduction: Yes
Auto-redialing: Yes
Fax broadcasting:100
Fax coding methods:JPEG, MH, MMR, MR
Fax memory:400
Fax speed dialing (max numbers):100
Fax speed dialing, max numbers:100
Modem Speed:14.4

Fax Machine

Max Transmission Speed:14.4Kbps
PC Faxing: Yes


Country Kits:Germany
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Brother MFC

Input Capacity

Auto document feeder (ADF) input capacity:10
Standard input capacity:100


Standard Memory:32MB


Microsoft Certification:Compatible with Windows 7
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista


Wi-Fi: Yes

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

Other Features

All-in-One Functions:Fax, Scan
Color all-in-one functions:Copy, Fax, Print, Scan
Dimensions (WxDxH):15.7 x 14.6 x 7.09
Network ready: Yes
Networking features:Fast Ethernet
Package dimensions (WxDxH):18.7 x 14.6 x 7.09
Scan file formats:BMP, PDF, PNG, TIFF
Scan speed:5
Wireless Technology:IEEE 802.11b/g

Output Capacity

Standard output capacity:50

Paper Handling

Envelopes sizes:10, C5, DL
ISO A-series sizes (A0...A9):A4, A5, A6
Maximum ISO A-series paper size:A4
Maximum print area:A4 (210 x 297 mm)
Maximum print size:A4 (210 x 297 mm)
Non-ISO print media sizes:Executive, Legal, Letter
Standard tray media types:Envelopes, Glossy paper, Photo paper, Plain paper, Transparencies

PC Connectivity

PC Connection:Ethernet 10 Base-T/100 Base-TX / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / USB
PC Connection Availability: Yes


Copying:Colour copying
Digital sender:N
Faxing:Colour faxing
Number of print cartridges:4
Print technology:Inkjet
Printing:Colour printing
Scanning:Colour scanning

Ports & interfaces

PictBridge: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Max Printing Speed B/W:27ppm
Max Printing Speed B/W (ppm):27ppm
Max Printing Speed Color:22ppm
Max Printing Speed Color (ppm):22ppm
Max Resolution B/W:1200 x 6000 dpi/6000 x 1200 dpi
Max Resolution Color:1200 x 6000 dpi/6000 x 1200 dpi
Maximum Resolution:6000 x 1200
Print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter):27
Print speed (color, normal quality, A4/US Letter):22


Gray scale levels:256
Maximum scan resolution:19200 x 19200
Optical scanning resolution:600 x 2400
Scan type:Flatbed
Scanner Type:Flatbed


Bundled software:Brother MFL-Pro Suite\nBrother ControlCentre 3\nScanSoft Paperport SE + OCR\nBrother ControlCentre 2 (Mac)\nNewSoft Presto! PageManager 7 (Mac)


Compatible memory cards:CF, MMC, MS Pro, SD, xD
Internal memory:32

System Requirements

Mac compatibility: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Package weight:18.5