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Brother MFC-8480DN

alaTest has collected and analyzed 236 reviews of Brother MFC-8480DN. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Printers for all reviews. Reviews about the design and price are on the whole positive. The durability and performance also get good feedback. Reviews about the noise and reliability are mixed.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Brother MFC-8480DN is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Brother MFC-8480DN


Coming up with a winning design for a monochrome laser all-in-one (AIO) for a small office is easy. Start with a fast print engine. Next, make sure the AIO can print, scan, and fax over a network as well as work as a standalone copier and fax machine....

Fast. High-quality output for a mono laser across the board. Prints, scans, faxes over network

Doesn't scan in duplex (both sides of a page)

The Brother MFC-8480DN stands out as a winner, with fast print speed, reasonably high-quality output, and a wealth of all-in-one features.

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Great Printer!


Was tired of buying ink after the cartridges would dry out. This is a much better option. The scans look great, print outs look great, it's on my home network and accessible to all of my PC's and my MBP! Not a bad buy for ~$300

Fast laser printer with great results ; Networked ; Large capacity tray

Setup can be complicated. I ended up mapping a network drive from my WHS to my desktop for "network" scanning. I never figured out the whole FTP to my server. No biggie, we don't scan often and when we do it works great

Mar, 2011

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Great Small Office Machine


First thing I bought was extra RAM. Recommend considering price of RAM when purchasing if more than a small office, collating eats a lot of memory depending on how many pages. Wish it could accept more RAM, but on the positive side it cost me less to...

I run a law office and before purchasing read tons of reviews, almost all good to great. Purchased the 8860DN 5 years ago and which is basically the same machine from what I've seen at the OD store, except toner/drum cartridges and addition of USB port...

When using the MP tray for envelopes it makes creases at one end just about every time and depending on the number or brand of envelope it sometimes jams. But not very often. Make sure to get the large size toner. The toner cartridges appear to be the...

Feb, 2011

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Great Machine


Tru duplex printers dont sell for $400. Minus 1 egg for misleading details. The TN-550 and TN-580 toners work on the MFC-8480dn even though it says they wont.

Last one lasted 3 years at 250 copys/prints a day (MFC-8460N)

Sadly, this is a manual duplex machine (if that makes any sense), which is the same as a simplex printer. In other words, it's NOT duplex capable

Dec, 2010

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Budget Operational Expense


We've had this machine for 2 months now. Our office is about low-medium volume for copying and faxing. We have had to replace the toner cartridge 2x already. First cartridge was probably not

Sep, 2010

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Finally - not a piece of junk!


I have worked from a home office for more than a decade. I have had most rands - most recently was a Canon 5770. I got tired of the Win 7 incompatibility, and being unable to scan via TCP/IP. I had one of the original MFC from Brother many years ago,...

Windows 7 Compatible ; You can do everything via the network ; Remote configuration and monitoring ; Has an on/off switch ; Can scan up to 8.5x14 ; Scanning software does not suck ; Fast printing, but warmup time is a bit long ; Software behaves well -...

Tall for its foot print ; Warmup time for print is longer than other models ; Software needs to run on the PC all the time if you want the features ; Pricing is variable - It can be had for < $300

Jul, 2010

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Solid Printer


I retired all my dells and lexmarks MFC printers for this Brother. This printer is solid. Prints quick. User friendly use controls. Rare paper jams

When out of ink it wont print and no alert when its low. So you must always have a spare toner for emergencies

Jun, 2010

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Best part is that starter & OEM cartridges can be refilled with tonner kits. YOU WILL SAVE MONEY

Have 5 of these units onboard several of our SHIPS and pennies for pennies /print for print this is the most efficient MFC you can buy

Does not come in dual voltage 110V/220V

Apr, 2010

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Good Item for Value


The 1st machine we received did not scan properly (image was blurry and not clear). Our tech worked with Customer Service and was able to get a replacement in which arrived the day after.

Energy Saver, prints quickly and double-sided to save paper, easy to use ; Printing: 5 Eggs, Faxing: 5 Eggs, Copies: 3 Eggs, Scanning: 3 Eggs

Scanning in color is very slow, cannot scan double sided, the scanning software is not the greatest. Also you can copy to create a double-side document but unable to scan a double sided document

Feb, 2010

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Professional Quality


The unit itself is very well made. $ for $, I feel like the money paid for this unit was well spent. It's has the quality, functionality and smoothness of much more expensive units. This thing is in a class of its own in my opinion.

Fully functional duplex network all-in-one unit. This is a true network device. There are too many "pros" to list, so I'll try to get to the meat of what many people may be interested in knowing

No cons to list really, so I'll explain a few things to be aware of when considering this printer

Oct, 2009

Product Specifications

The MFC-8480DN offers great value for your business. Its automatic duplex feature for two-sided printing helps save paper and an optional high yield toner cartridge is available to help lower your operating costs. Its legal-size document glass allows for ample room for scanning and copying one document at a time. Use the 50-sheet capacity auto document feeder for copying, scanning or faxing multi-page documents. It also has a USB direct interface to print PDF or JPEG files from or scan PDF or JPEG files to your USB flash memory drive.


Energy Star certified: Yes


Automatic Duplexing: Yes
Copier resize:25 - 400
Copy speed (normal quality, black, A4):32
Max Copying Resolution B/W:1200 x 600 dpi
Max Copying Speed B/W:32ppm
Maximum number of copies:99
PC free copying: No

Dimensions & Weight

Weight:0.6oz/40.3lbs/40.3lbs / 0.6oz


Built-in display:Y

Document & Media Handling

Max Copy Size:Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
Max Media Capacity:550sheets
Standard Media Capacity:300sheets

Energy Management

Power consumption (standby):18
Power consumption (typical):680

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Auto reduction: Yes
Auto-redialing: Yes
Fax broadcasting:390
Fax forwarding: Yes
Fax memory:600
Fax speed (A4):2
Modem Speed:33.6

Fax Machine

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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Brother MFC

Input Capacity

Auto document feeder (ADF) input capacity:50
Multi-Purpose Tray capacity:50
Standard input capacity:250


Max Supported Memory:576MB
Standard Memory:64MB


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


Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Wi-Fi: No

Office Machine

Copier Type:Digital
Fax Type:Plain paper
Functions:Copier / Fax / Printer / Scanner
Monthly Duty Cycle (max):30000impressions
Printing Output Type:Monochrome
Printing Technology:Laser
Type:Fax / copier / printer / scanner

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):20 - 80
Operating relative humidity range:20 - 80
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 32.2
Operating temperature range (T-T):10 - 32.2

Other Features

All-in-One Functions:Copy, Fax, Scan
Color all-in-one functions:scan, No
Compatible operating systems:Windows OS\nMac OS
Dimensions (WxDxH):20.9 x 17.7 x 18.7
Emulations:PCL6, BR-Script3
Image scaling/enlargement range:25 - 400%
Maximum internal memory:0.576
Maximum media width:8.5''
Modem Type:G3
Package dimensions (W x D x H):24.7 x 22.3 x 22.6
Package dimensions (WxDxH):24.7 x 22.3 x 22.6
Power Requirements:110 - 240V, 50/60 Hz
Power supply type:AC
Standard media sizes:2.75'' - 8.5"\n4.57'' - 14"
Weight (imperial):40.3

Output Capacity

Standard output capacity:150

Paper Handling

ISO A-series sizes (A0...A9):A4, A5, A6
ISO B-series sizes (B0...B9):B5, B6
Maximum ISO A-series paper size:A4
Maximum print area:Legal (216 x 356 mm)
Maximum print size:Legal (216 x 356 mm)
Non-ISO print media sizes:Executive, Legal, Letter
Standard tray media types:Bond paper, Envelopes, Plain paper, Recycled paper, Transparencies

PC Connectivity

PC Connection:Ethernet 10 Base-T / Hi-Speed USB / Parallel / USB host
PC Connection Availability: Yes


Copying:Mono copying
Digital sender:N
Duplex functions:Print
Economical printing: Yes
Faxing:Mono faxing
Maximum duty cycle:30000
Print technology:Laser
Recommended duty cycle:3500
Scanning:Colour scanning

Ports & interfaces

Direct printing: Yes
PictBridge: No
Standard interfaces:USB 2.0
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Power consumption (average operating):680
Power consumption (standby):18


Max Printing Speed B/W:32ppm
Max Printing Speed B/W (ppm):32ppm
Max Resolution B/W:1200 x 1200 dpi
Maximum Resolution:1200 x 1200
Print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter):32


Gray scale levels:256
Image formats supported:BMP, JPG, TIF
Input color depth:48
Input colour depth:48
Maximum scan resolution:19200 x 19200
Optical scanning resolution:600 x 2400

Sound Emission

Copying noise level:56
Print noise level:30
Printing noise level:30


Card reader integrated: No
Internal memory:64

System Requirements

Mac compatibility: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Package weight:763.5