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Brother MFC 9120CN

alaTest has collected and analyzed 284 reviews of Brother MFC 9120CN. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Printers for all reviews. People are impressed by the design and durability. The price and performance also get good feedback. Views are divided on the reliability. Some have doubts about the paper handling and size.

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noise, size, paper handling

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Brother MFC 9120CN is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Brother MFC 9120CN


alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 user reviews of Brother MFC 9120CN from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Printers on Reviewers are impressed by the usability. The reliability is also mentioned favorably.

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75% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Brother MFC-9120CN Ready Colour High Speed Network All-in-One Printer with FaxBrother MFC-9120CN Ready Colour High Speed Network All-in-One Printer with Fax

May, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Brother MFC 9120CN


alaTest has collected and analyzed 10 user reviews of Brother MFC 9120CN from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.7/5 for other Printers on People are impressed by the noise and performance. The price and print quality are also appreciated, whereas there are some less positive reviews about the reliability.

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90% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Brother MFC-9120CN High Quality Digital Color All-in-One Printer with Fax and NetworkingBrother MFC-9120CN High Quality Digital Color All-in-One Printer with Fax and Networking

May, 2018

Expert review by : Tony Hoffman (

Brother MFC-9120CN


The Brother MFC-9120CN provides good print speed and solid text quality to micro offices looking for a color laser MFP.

Good speed. Solid text printing. Prints, scans, and faxes over network. Sub-par graphics and photos. No thumb-drive or media-card slots. Manual duplexing only.

Sub-par graphics and photos. No thumb-drive or media-card slots. Manual duplexing only.

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May, 2011

Expert review by : Anthony Caruana (

Lab Test: Brother MFC-9120CN


Installation over Ethernet and USB was straightforward using the printer setup utility. The printer was recognised instantly and an up-to-date driver was installed in quick time. There are four toner cartridges to install as the MFC-9120CN is a CYMK...

Very fast

No wireless; noisy

Given the size of the MFC-9120CN, it’s not really suited to being placed on the desk next to a workstation. Also, we found that even when inactive, the MFC-9120CN emitted a low hum, adding to the ambient office noise. We’d suggest that users keep this...

May, 2010

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No more ink!


I have grown to really hate ink jet printers. Great if you use them often but sitting idle the print heads dry out and clog. Ink is not cheap either. I have had zero problems with laser printers but longed for a color one for a decent price. This thing...

I have been on the fence to buy a network color laser printer for home use for a while. I have a B&W Brother laser networked,an HP color ink jet that is always empty or clogged and an old fax machine. My goal was to get a one machine solution to do...

Nothing comes to mind unless you have to replace all the toner cartridges at once. At around $50 a pop it would leave a mark on your wallet. The box it comes in is frigging HUGE. I think they could air drop it to your house and it would land OK. The...

Feb, 2011

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Excellent Printer


As someone else mentioned, you should keep one set of each cartridge available so that when one color runs out, you can immediately replace it, then you have time to purchase a replacement for just that one cartridge (you don't have to keep buying a...

I have generally standardized on HP printers both at home (inkjets for the lower up front cost) and at work (for the reliability). When I needed a new printer at home, I didn't want to continue down the path of ink cartridges, so I researched a lot of...

No major cons. I would like to have been able to get a printer with true duplex printing, but I don't have enough need to pay more for that feature. This printer has a "Duplex" option when printing that prints one side, then prompts you to flip the...

Jan, 2011

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brother MFC Series MFC-9120CN MFC / All-In-One Up to 17 ppm 600 x 2400 dpi Color LED Digital Printer


Home office. Great all around machine. Does it all! Also own a Brother HL-5250DN for couple years now. Love Brother products

Haven't really found any

Jan, 2011

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Great low end printer


My wife keeps opening the access to the toner instead of lifting the scanner adf. It's kinda hard to get upset with Brother for that though.

Very user friendly. Does NOT have a lot of bloatware in the drivers. Even my luddite wife can figure out the controls. I have had no jams or operational problems. Toner costs are low/moderate for a color laser. Excellent value

Does not have duplex

Dec, 2010

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Brother MFC LED


If anyone knows how to fake out the toner sensor on this unit I would love to clued in.

This unit does all that it claims. Print is clear, crisp and relatively fast. Getting away from ink cartridges is nice, but not as advantageous as anticipated. I am on the fence about this purchase - see toner below

My biggest complaint is being held hostage by color toner cartridges. If any cartridge runs out, you cannot print - period. Irrespective of setting printer defaults to B/W or gray scale. For small office environment this will shut you down, AND since...

Nov, 2010

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It's pretty good, but not all that I wanted


It is a heavy piece of machinery! Newegg has been a great vendor.

Easy to set up. Good quality print & color. 2-sided printing takes some work, but it isn't too complicated - good prompts

Fax" seems to be the default mode and that has created some annoyances. Also cannot print or copy "to the edge" which was really something I wanted

Oct, 2010

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Paper jams


Not very reliable. Causes frustrations. Not good for home-office. Scanning over network on Windows Server not available.

The first few times it was great. The document feeder handled 21 pages without any problems. Network fax, print, and scan from XP and 7

Document feeder jams or pulls too many sheets at once. Single sheet feeder jams. No scan or fax from Windows Server

Jul, 2010

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Great MFP for home use


I have really grown to like Brother products over the last few years, I have yet to be disappointed by one.

Great print quality, scanner produces decent scans and the software package is quite good for home use

Had something jammed near the paper feeder that was not allowing it to feed, but once we popped it loose everything started working great. Probably just got knocked around in shipping

May, 2010

Product Specifications

The MFC-9120CN is a compact and affordable digital color all-in-one solution which combines printing, copying, scanning and faxing into one powerful space-saving device. Delivering brilliant color output, you can produce impact presentations, flyers, brochures and other critical business documents. Enjoy the convenience of stand-alone copying and copy reduction or enlargement from 25-400%. With faxing, you have the flexibility of stand-alone faxing or sending faxes from your PC.


Energy Star certified: Yes


Copier resize:25 - 400
Copy speed (normal quality, black, A4):16
Copy speed (normal quality, color, A4):16
Max Copying Resolution B/W:600 x 600 dpi
Max Copying Resolution Color:600 x 600 dpi
Max Copying Speed B/W:17ppm
Max Copying Speed Color:17ppm
Maximum copy resolution:600 x 600
N-in-1 copy function (N=):2
N-in-1 copy function (N=):2
N-in-1 function (N=):2
PC free copying: Yes
Time to first copy (black, normal):19
Time to first copy (color, normal):24

Dimensions & Weight



Built-in display:Y
Character display:16
Display number of characters:16
Display number of lines:2

Document & Media Handling

Max Copy Size:8.66 in x 16 in
Standard Media Capacity:250sheets

Energy Management

AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:220 - 240
Input frequency:50/60
Input Voltage:220 - 240
Power consumption (active):480
Power consumption (off):11
Power consumption (standby):75
Power consumption (typical):480

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes


Auto reduction: Yes
Caller ID: Yes
Error Correction Mode (ECM): Yes
Fax broadcasting:258
Fax dual access: Yes
Fax forwarding: Yes
Fax memory:500
Fax Speed:2
Fax speed dialing (max numbers):200
Fax speed dialing, max numbers:200
Fax transmission speed:2
Group dial:20
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:35
Paper input type:Paper tray
Standard input capacity:250


Max Supported Memory:576MB
Standard Memory:64MB


Microsoft Certification:Compatible with Windows 7


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

Office Machine

Copier Type:Digital
Fax Type:Plain paper
Functions:Scanner / Printer / Fax / Copier
Monthly Duty Cycle (max):25000impressions
Printing Output Type:Color
Printing Technology:LED
Type:Fax / copier / printer / scanner

Other Features

All-in-One Functions:Copy, Fax, Print, Scan
Color all-in-one functions:Copy, Fax, Print, Scan
Dimensions (WxDxH):19.3 x 16.9 x 15.8
Network ready: Yes
Package dimensions (WxDxH):29.3 x 23.3 x 22.6

Output Capacity

Standard output capacity:100

Paper Handling

Auto Document Feeder (ADF) media weight:64 - 90
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:Letter
Standard tray media types:Bond paper, Plain paper, Recycled paper
Standard tray media weight:60 - 105

PC Connectivity

PC Connection:Ethernet 10 Base-T/100 Base-TX / Hi-Speed USB
PC Connection Availability: Yes


All-In-One-multitasking: Yes
Copying:Colour copying
Digital sender:N
Duplex functions: No
Economical printing: Yes
Faxing:Colour faxing
Print technology:LED
Printing:Colour printing
Processor frequency:300
Scanning:Colour scanning

Ports & interfaces

PictBridge: No
Standard interfaces:Ethernet, USB 2.0
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:220 - 240
Power consumption (average operating):480
Power consumption (off):11
Power consumption (standby):75


Max Printing Speed B/W (ppm):17ppm
Max Printing Speed Color (ppm):17ppm
Max Resolution B/W:600 x 2400 dpi
Max Resolution Color:600 x 2400 dpi
Maximum Resolution:600 x 2400
Print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter):16
Print speed (color, normal quality, A4/US Letter):16
Standard printer languages:BR-Script 3, PCL 6
Time to first page (black, normal):15
Time to first page (color, normal):16
Warm-up time:27


Gray scale levels:256
Image formats supported:BMP, PNG
Input color depth:48
Input colour depth:48
Maximum scan area:8.5 x 14
Maximum scan resolution:19200 x 19200
Optical scanning resolution:1200 x 2400
Output color depth:24
Output colour depth:24
Scan technology:CIS
Scan to:E-mail, e-mail, FTP, Image, OCR
Scan type:Flatbed & ADF
Scanner Type:Flatbed & ADF


Linux operating systems supported: Yes
Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.3 Panther, Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
Windows operating systems supported:Windows 2000, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Professional x64, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Starter x64, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Business x64, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Basic x64, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Home Premium x64, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Ultimate x64, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Home x64, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Professional x64

Sound Emission

Noise level (idle):30
Print noise level:53
Printing noise level:53


Card reader integrated: No
Internal memory:64
Maximum internal memory:576
Maximum memory:576
Memory slots:1

System Requirements

Mac compatibility: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Package weight:1022.9