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Brother MFC-8500 Laser Multifunction Center

alaTest has collected and analyzed 100 reviews of Brother MFC-8500 Laser Multifunction Center. The average rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other Printers for all reviews. Reviewers really like the print quality and noise. The price and usability also get good views, whereas there are some critical reviews about the durability and multifunction.

performance, usability, price, noise, print quality

reliability, multifunction, durability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Brother MFC-8500 Laser Multifunction Center is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 67/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 98 user reviews of Brother MFC-8500 Laser Multifunction Center from The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.5/5 for other Printers on Reviewers really like the paper handling and noise. The usability and price are also appreciated. There are some critical comments about the multifunction and reliability, and there are some mixed reviews about the durability.

performance, price, usability, noise, paper handling

reliability, multifunction

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

This summary is based on the products: Brother MFC-8500 Laser Multifunction CenterBrother MFC-8500 Laser Multifunction Center

Jun, 2015

Consumer review by: shooter2001 (

Great product


The 8500 is an great office tool. Easy to set up and easy to use.

Fast, easy to use

Only black and white, not a flatbed scanner

Oct, 2007

Consumer review by: (

Good alla-round unit for the money


large memory, big paper supply, fast scanning and printing

Bundled software is limited, expensive consumables

Jul, 2004

Product Specifications

The MFC-8500 is a 5-in-1 commercial laser multifunction center that combines performance, connectivity, and reliability. This full-feature fax, laser printer, and convenience copier is also equipped with a 9600x9600 dpi (interpolated) resolution scanner that has three easy "Scan-to" buttons directly on the front panel, allowing the user to scan directly into their application seamlessly. PC Fax capabilities allow you to send and broadcast faxes directly. MFC-8500 can work in most Windows and Apple applications.


Automatic Duplexing: None
Max Copying Resolution B/W:600 x 600 dpi
Max Copying Speed B/W:15ppm

Dimensions & Weight


Document & Media Handling

Max Copy Size:Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
Max Media Capacity:500sheets
Standard Media Capacity:250sheets

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes

Fax Machine

Max Transmission Speed:14.4Kbps
PC Faxing: Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Brother MFC


Standard Memory:8MB



Office Machine

Copier Type:Digital
Fax Type:Plain paper
Functions:Copier / Fax / Printer / Scanner
Printing Output Type:Monochrome
Printing Technology:Laser
Type:Fax / copier / printer / scanner

PC Connectivity

PC Connection:Parallel / USB
PC Connection Availability: Yes


Max Printing Speed B/W:15ppm
Max Printing Speed B/W (ppm):15ppm
Max Resolution B/W:600 x 600 dpi