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Brother MFC-8520DN

alaTest has collected and analyzed 55 reviews of Brother MFC-8520DN. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Printers for all reviews. People really like the reliability and size. The price and usability also get good comments. Some have doubts about the paper handling and noise.

performance, usability, price, size, reliability

noise, paper handling

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Brother MFC-8520DN is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 user reviews of Brother MFC-8520DN from The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Printers on Views about the multifunction and size are generally positive. The performance and usability are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the paper handling.

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100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Brother MFC 8520DN A4 Multifunction Mono Laser Printer + Extra Original BrotherTN3330 Toner (Black 3000 Pages)Brother MFC 8520DN A4 Multifunction Mono Laser Printer + Extra Original BrotherTN3330 Toner (Black 3000 Pages)

May, 2018

Expert review by : Martyn Clayden (

Brother MFC-8520DN review


The Brother MFC-8520DN is the top-of-the-range model for smaller businesses and as with all of this current crop of Brother mono laser printers, it has a solid build (a weighty 16kg out the box) whilst still managing to be relatively compact, at 405 x...

Brother’s MFC-8520DN is fast, prints good quality text documents, is cost efficient and offers auto duplex for all four modes. Only its lack of Wi-Fi and touchscreen control keeps it from the must-have list.

Sep, 2012

Consumer review (

Brother MFC-8520DN mono 4-In-1 laser printer


an excellent all round office machine

a little complex to set up the network side

Apr, 2013

Product Specifications


Energy Star certified: Yes


Copier resize:25 - 400
Copy speed (normal quality, black, A4):36
Maximum copy resolution:1200 x 600
Maximum number of copies:99
N-in-1 copy function (N=):2, 4, 9, 16, 25
N-in-1 copy function (N=):2, 4, 9, 16, 25
N-in-1 function (N=):2, 4, 9, 16, 25
PC free copying: Yes
Time to first copy (black, normal):10.5


Built-in display:Y
Character display:22
Display number of characters:22
Display number of lines:5

Energy Management

AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:220 - 240
Energy saving mode: Yes
Power consumption (off):1.2
Power consumption (PowerSave):336
Power consumption (standby):8.1


Auto reduction: Yes
Caller ID: No
Error Correction Mode (ECM): Yes
Fax broadcasting:366
Fax coding methods:JBIG, JPEG, MH, MMR, MR
Fax dual access: Yes
Fax forwarding: Yes
Fax memory:500
Fax speed dialing (max numbers):300
Fax speed dialing, max numbers:300
Group dial:20
Modem Speed:33.6

Input Capacity

Auto document feeder (ADF) input capacity:35
Maximum input capacity:850
Maximum number of paper inputs:2
Maximum number of paper trays:2
Multi-Purpose Tray capacity:50
Number of standard paper trays:1
Paper input type:Paper tray
Standard input capacity:250


Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Security algorithms:802.1x RADIUS, EAP, EAP-TLS, EAP-TTLS, MD5, PEAP
Wi-Fi: No

Other Features

All-in-One Functions:Copy, Fax, Print, Scan
Color all-in-one functions:Scan
Dimensions (WxDxH):15.9 x 16.3 x 16.7
Package dimensions (WxDxH):21 x 20.3 x 23.7
Scan speed:2.68
Web-based management: Yes

Output Capacity

Standard output capacity:150

Paper Handling

Auto Document Feeder (ADF) media weight:64 - 90
Custom media length:5 - 14
Custom media width:3 - 8.5
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)
Multi-purpose Tray media types:Bond paper, Envelopes, Heavyweight paper, Labels, Plain paper, Recycled paper
Multi-Purpose Tray media weight:60 - 163
Non-ISO print media sizes:Legal, Letter
Standard tray media types:Bond paper, Plain paper, Pre-Printed, Recycled paper, Thin paper
Standard tray media weight:60 - 105


All-In-One-multitasking: Yes
Copying:Mono copying
Digital sender:N
Duplex functions:Copy, Fax, Print, Scan
Duplex printing modes:Auto
Economical printing: Yes
Faxing:Mono faxing
Number of print cartridges:1
Print technology:Laser
Printing:Mono printing
Printing colors:Black
Processor family:Star Sapphire
Processor frequency:400
Recommended duty cycle:500 - 3500
Scanning:Colour scanning

Ports & interfaces

Direct printing: Yes
PictBridge: No
Standard interfaces:Ethernet, USB 2.0


AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:220 - 240
Energy saving mode:Y
Power consumption (average operating):651
Power consumption (off):1.2
Power consumption (PowerSave):336
Power consumption (standby):8.1


Duplex print speed (Black, normal quality, A4/US Letter):9
Maximum Resolution:1200 x 1200
Print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter):36
Secure printing: Yes
Standard printer languages:BR-Script 3, Epson FX, IBM ProPrinter, PCL 6
Time to first page (black, normal):8.5
Warm-up time:3


Document formats supported:PDF
Gray scale levels:256
Image formats supported:BMP, JPG
Input color depth:48
Input colour depth:48
Maximum scan area:Legal (216 x 356)
Maximum scan resolution:19200 x 19200
Optical scanning resolution:1200 x 1200
Output color depth:24
Output colour depth:24
Scan drivers:ICA, ISIS, TWAIN
Scan technology:Dual CIS
Scan to:E-mail, E-mail Server, File, FTP, Image, OCR, USB
Scan type:Flatbed & ADF
Scanner Type:Flatbed & ADF


Drivers included: Yes

Sound Emission

Noise level (idle):37
Noise level (quiet mode):54
Print noise level:59
Printing noise level:59


Card reader integrated: No
Internal memory:128
Maximum internal memory:384
Maximum memory:384
Memory slots:1

System Requirements

Mac compatibility: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Package weight:0.709