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Brother MFC-4820C

alaTest has collected and analyzed 27 reviews of Brother MFC-4820C. The average rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People really like the multifunction and usability. The size and design are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the noise and performance.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Brother MFC-4820C is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 user reviews of Brother MFC-4820C from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other products in the same category on People really like the performance and multifunction. The size and design also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the noise.

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

This summary is based on the products: Brother MFC 4820c - Multifunction ( fax / copier / printer / scanner ) - color - ink-jet - copying (up to): 10 ppm (mono) / 6 ppm (color) - printing Brother MFC 4820c - Multifunction ( fax / copier / printer / scanner ) - color - ink-jet - copying (up to): 10 ppm (mono) / 6 ppm (color) - printing

Dec, 2018

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Brother - MFC-4820C


Brother has a lot of expertise in the design of office equipment, especially fax machines and telephony gadgets. This new multi-function device takes advantage of this and really is an all-in-one, incorporating faxing and telephone answering, ...

This is a neat, well-designed multi-function machine, with fax and telephone answering facilities built in. Brother's new print engine is easy to use, capable of reasonable print quality and comparatively cheap to run.

Oct, 2003

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Terrible quality of print, terrible for photos and SLOW!


I still cannot believe the experience I went through with this Brother printer. When I arrived at Staples, the clerk recommended this printer (I shake my head and wonder if she should be fired?!?). I was looking for a 3 in 1 for my home business, and ...

3 in 1 printer/scanner/fax and cheap!

Terrible quality, ink expensive does not last long enough. Envelopes suck! Horrible printer!

Sep, 2004

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Great Home Office Tool


My husband got a new job and needed to have a fax in our home office. We already had a great printer but didn?t have a lot of space to put a stand alone fax machine. We also didn?t have a scanner and thought that it might be beneficial to be able to...

Compact 3-in-1 design

You don't get photo quality prints

Sep, 2004

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Small footprint for many functions -- light duty only!


A scanner, fax, printer, media reader, and answering machine would take up about 4x the space at 3x the cost... this is a nice, compact product with a sleek, appealing product design and tons of features for home or office. I have had satisfactory ...

Nice ($190) price, nice design, many good features, works well on Mac and PC

Caller ID does NOT work. Stopped feeding envelopes after 9 months. Costly ink?

Jun, 2004

Product Specifications

Brother MFC-4820c unique, low-profile color flatbed multi-function center is ideal for the home or home office. This machine offers color Inkjet Printing (up to 11 ppm color, 13 ppm black), Color Copying and Color Scanning, Stand-alone Color Faxing, PC Faxing, PhotoCapture Center and Digital Message Center. The PhotoCapture Center feature allows you to print high quality color images from most digital camera media (Memory Stick, CompactFlash, and SmartMedia cards) with or without a PC. The built-in Message Center acts as a digital answering machine, holds up to 99 messages and includes a handset and full-duplex speakerphone.


Copy speed (normal quality, black, A4):10
Copy speed (normal quality, color, A4):6
Max Copying Resolution B/W:1200 x 1200 dpi
Max Copying Resolution Color:1200 x 1200 dpi
Max Copying Speed B/W:10ppm
Max Copying Speed Color:6ppm
Maximum copy resolution:1200 x 1200

Dimensions & Weight


Document & Media Handling

Max Copy Size:Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
Standard Media Capacity:100sheets


Communication:Send, receive and memory receive. (Memory send black and white only).
Fax speed dialing (max numbers):80
Fax speed dialing, max numbers:80
Modem Speed:14.4

Fax Machine

Max Transmission Speed:14.4Kbps
PC Faxing: Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Brother MFC

Input Capacity

Maximum input capacity:100


Standard Memory:16MB

Office Machine

Copier Type:Digital
Fax Type:Plain paper
Functions:Copier / Fax / Printer / Scanner
Printing Output Type:Color
Printing Technology:Ink-jet
Type:Fax / copier / printer / scanner

Other Features

Acoustic power emissions:Machine Noise Level Standby 35dBA. Peak Printing 45dBA
Color all-in-one functions:Copy, Fax, Print, Scan
Compatible operating systems:Windows 98(SE)/Me/2000/XP, Mac OS 8.6 – 9.2, OSX 10.1, 10.2.1 or greater (Includes auto installer program)
Dimensions (WxDxH):15.4 x 18.2 x 5.16
I/O ports:3 slots for SmartMedia, Compact Flash,\nMemoryStick removable disk drive function – read / write files\nscan-to-media card with pdf/jpeg (colour), tiff (black and white) format
Media size (tray 1):A4 / A5 / EXE / LTR / LGL / Postcard / Index card / C5 Envelopes / Com 10 / DL / Monarch
Modem Type:ITU-T G3
Scan speed:3

Output Capacity

Maximum output capacity:30

Paper Handling

Maximum ISO A-series paper size:A4
Maximum print area:A4 (210 x 297 mm)
Maximum print size:A4 (210 x 297 mm)

PC Connectivity

PC Connection:USB
PC Connection Availability: Yes


Copying:Colour copying
Digital sender:N
Faxing:Colour faxing
Number of print cartridges:4
Print technology:Inkjet
Printing:Colour printing
Processor frequency:100
Scanning:Colour scanning


Max Printing Speed B/W:13ppm
Max Printing Speed B/W (ppm):13ppm
Max Printing Speed Color:11ppm
Max Printing Speed Color (ppm):11ppm
Max Resolution Color:2400 x 1200 dpi
Maximum Resolution:9600 x 9600
Print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter):13
Print speed (color, normal quality, A4/US Letter):11


Gray scale levels:256
Maximum scan resolution:9600 x 9600
Optical scanning resolution:600 x 2400
TWAIN version:The MFC-4820c is TWAIN and WIA compliant for Windows


Internal memory:16

System Requirements

Mac compatibility: Yes

Weight & Dimensions