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Brother MFC 9420CN

alaTest has collected and analyzed 52 reviews of Brother MFC 9420CN. The average rating for this product is 2.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Printers for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the paper handling and multifunction. The usability and performance are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some negative reviews about the control panel and size.

performance, usability, multifunction, paper handling

price, noise, reliability, size, control panel

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Brother MFC 9420CN is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by : Melissa Riofrio (

Brother MFC-9420CN


Fast ; Copious fax features ; Includes automatic document feeder

Confusing control panel ; Potentially annoying network software ; Mediocre quality printing graphics ; Inadequate documentation ; No duplex capability

Jan, 2007

Expert review by : M. David Stone (

Brother MFC-9420CN


The Brother MFC-9420CN color laser AIO offers a full set of print, scan, copy, and fax features.

Fast performance for the price. Prints, scans, and faxes over network. Includes 35-page automatic document feeder.

Actual monochrome print speed is a bit slower than we'd expect from the rated speed.

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Feb, 2006

Expert review by : Melissa Riofrio (

Brother MFC-9420CN (3mice)


The Brother MFC-9420CN offers most of the functions you'd want in an all-in-one, but its design often gets in the way. We'd trade some of its admirable speed for better print quality and ease of use.

Fast ; copious fax features ; includes automatic document feeder

Confusing control panel ; mediocre quality printing graphics ; potentially annoying network software ; no duplex capability ; inadequate documentation

Smaller offices, take note: the MFC-9420CN cannot be tucked discreetly into a corner. It's big, heavy (76.7 pounds), and loud, emitting distinct clunking noises during power-up and printing. You'll need nearly three feet of height clearance to raise...

Jan, 2007

Expert review by : Good Gear (

Expert Review


The Brother MFC-9420CN offers most of the functions you'd want in an all-in-one, but its design often gets in the way. We'd trade some of its admirable speed for better print quality and ease of use.

Fast performance, crisp text output

Bulky design, hard to set up

Nov, 2007

Consumer review (

Don't buy this junk!!!!!!



this thing is always malfunctioning!!!

Aug, 2007

Consumer review (

Bigger does not mean better


Once it finally gets going, it prints a steady stream and does ok. It has a few printing problems though, depending on what program you print from. I would not buy another, nor would I recommend this to anyone.

Decent color for regular paper. Wouldn't use it for photos or anything

SLOW!! I mean dead slow. We have two of these and they both act the same way. It takes 90 seconds for this thing to warm up and print one page...we timed it. If not used for 10 minutes, you have to wait for it to warm up again. It's also REALLY loud....

Dec, 2008

Consumer review (

Questionable purchase...


The major question I have about this product is the incredibly high cost of consumables used in the printing process (~500$ OPC belt and ~500$ fuser,) which, according a number of other sources, require somewhat quick replacement (60,000 images on OPC,...

Initially out of the box, having worked with other Brother MFC's before, as I am a computer consultant by trade, setup was rather simple and straightforward, both by USB and network interface. The initial speed is great, spitting out b/w prints...

Roughly 3 weeks after owning the printer, and using primarily to print out a large number of color prints from a vacation, the problems began. The coloration of the printer began to shift to represent a completely different color set in comparison to...

Jul, 2007

Consumer review (

brother MFC Series MFC-9420CN MFC / All-In-One Up to 31 ppm Color Laser Printer


This is an update to earlier.

It is a good copier for sure. Good speed. It's friggin cheap. When it works, it works fantastic

I've had 2 of these for over a month now at different locations and both are having same issues. When printing, scanning, faxing, anything that requires data to/from computer sometimes they get stupid. A power-reset is required to get it to print some...

Jul, 2007

Consumer review (

Good cheap allinone


It scans, faxes, prints in color quickly.

Makes a lot of racket while warming up.

Apr, 2007

Consumer review (

brother MFC series MFC-9420CN 31ppm 2400 x 600 dpi Laser MFC / All-In-One Color Printer - Retail


Great machine, all in one.

Makes typical noise when printing, copying and receiving faxes.

Nov, 2006

Product Specifications

Brother brings you its first color laser multifunction machine. Whether its color printing, faxing, copying or scanning, the MFC-9420CN does it all in one reliable, space saving solution! Professional print, fax, copy and scan functions all in one machine and all in color. The ideal choice for small and medium sized businesses, the MFC-9420CN will maximize productivity and office efficiency by handling the many demands from multiple users. This all-in-one comes with a built-in 10/100 Base-TX Ethernet, making it simple for your workgroup to print, fax, copy and scan across the network. Whether printing a simple text document or a complex color presentation, the MFC-9420CN brings high quality printing to your workgroup. You can also send and receive color or mono fax messages at impressive speeds, thanks to the Super G3 fax modem. The MFC-9420CN comes with both an automatic document feeder and a flatbed, allowing you to fax, copy and scan from a variety of document types. Backlit function keys also enable you to easily identify and switch between these functions.


Energy Star certified: Yes


Copier resize:25 - 400
Copy speed (normal quality, black, A4):31
Copy speed (normal quality, color, A4):8
Maximum copy resolution:600 x 600
Maximum number of copies:99
N-in-1 copy function (N=):4
N-in-1 copy function (N=):4
N-in-1 function (N=):4
PC free copying: Yes

Energy Management

Power consumption (PowerSave):16
Power consumption (standby):155 / 85


Fax broadcasting:200
Fax memory:400 / 500
Fax speed (A4):16
Fax speed dialing (max numbers):200 / 266
Fax speed dialing, max numbers:200 / 266
Modem Speed:33.6

Input Capacity

Auto document feeder (ADF) input capacity:35
Maximum input capacity:250 / 530
Standard input capacity:250 / 750



Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):20 - 80
Operating relative humidity range:20 - 80
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 32
Operating temperature range (T-T):10 - 32

Other Features

All-in-One Functions:Copy, Fax, Scan / Fax, Scan
Color all-in-one functions:Copy, Fax, Print, Scan
Compatible operating systems:Windows 98(SE)/ Me/ NT WorkStation 4.0/ 2000 Professional/ XP,\nMac OS 9.1 - 9.2, Mac OS X 10.2.4+ / Windows 98(SE)/ Me/ NT WorkStation 4.0/ 2000 Professional/ XP\nMac OS 9.1 - 9.2, Mac OS X 10.2.4+
Dimensions (WxDxH):19 x 17.2 x 27.9 / 19 x 20.2 x 20.9 / 20.9 x 17.5 x 22.4
Emulations:PCL5C, PCL6, PS 3
I/O ports:IEEE-1284\nUSB 2.0
Maximum internal memory:0.576
Network ready: Yes
Networking features:10Base-T/100Base-TX

Paper Handling

ISO A-series sizes (A0...A9):A4
ISO B-series sizes (B0...B9):B5
Maximum ISO A-series paper size:A4
Maximum print area:Legal (216 x 356 mm)
Maximum print size:Legal (216 x 356 mm)
Media weight (tray 1):60-210 gsm
Multi-Purpose Tray media weight:60 - 105
Non-ISO print media sizes:Executive, Letter


Copying:Colour copying
Digital sender:N
Economical printing: Yes
Faxing:Colour faxing
Number of print cartridges:4
Print technology:Laser
Printer management:BRAdmin Professional, MIB-II / BRAdmin, MIB-II
Printing:Colour printing
Processor frequency:266
Scanning:Colour scanning

Ports & interfaces

Direct printing: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
Standard interfaces:USB 2.0
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Power consumption (average operating):1090 / 615
Power consumption (PowerSave):16
Power consumption (standby):155 / 85


Maximum Resolution:1200 x 2400 / 2400 x 1200 / 600 x 600
Print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter):31
Print speed (color, normal quality, A4/US Letter):8
Time to first page (black, normal):13
Time to first page (color, normal):19


Gray scale levels:256
Input color depth:48
Input colour depth:48
Optical scanning resolution:1200 x 2400
Scan to:E-mail, File, Image, OCR
Scan type:Flatbed
Scanner features:Scan to: e-mail, image, OCR, file
Scanner Type:Flatbed


Bundled software:ScanSoft PaperPort\nPresto! PageManager

Sound Emission

Noise level (idle):54
Print noise level:66
Printing noise level:66


Internal memory:320 / 64
Maximum internal memory:576
Maximum memory:576

System Requirements

Mac compatibility: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Weight:40.8 / 74.5 / 88.4