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brother MFC Series MFC-8840DN MFC / All-In-One Up to 21 ppm Monochrome Laser Network-Ready Laser Flatbed MFC

  • Up to 21 ppm
  • 2400 x 600 dpi Black Print Quality
  • Ethernet 10/100BaseTX (RJ-45)
  • 32 MB Memory, std.
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Ken T.
  • 3/30/2006 12:34:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSmall office multifunction printer

Pros: VERY quick b&w/gray scanning

Network printer/scanner/copier/fax all in one via ethernet. Can output to email or file, with selection of what applications to use for each function.

Easy set up via built in menu options on device

Easy to use software

Cons: Color scanning (24-bit) is slow, but acceptable (100-200 dpi) if you do not use color scanning often.

Other Thoughts: I use this device here for a small office with about 15 people. We use all the features except the fax since we have our own fax machine.

LAN set up was simple, assuming you understand how to configure TCP/IP and software. You need to install the Brother software on each client that will be using the device.

Scanning in color is slow, but acceptable. I did a one page 8.5x11" color scan (24-bit) at 200dpi and it took about 30+ seconds for one page. The quality was great! I would NOT recommend this for heavy color scans. B&W/Gray is fast. It's about 3-5 seconds per page in the feeder and shoots it out in PDF, JPEG, or a Word document.

Printing is also acceptable, but it does take 5-10 seconds to warm up if it is in sleep/idle mode.

Overall I am happy with this device and will be purchasing another one for another office building I am called to work in.

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  • Philip L.
  • 3/15/2006 6:11:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat network printer, slow scanner

Pros: Built in ethernet, great print quality, fast printer, very flexible

Cons: Color scanning is *slow* (think 2+ minutes per page at 300 dpi color!), software install process is cumbersome, and no "scan to memory card" functionality like on other Brother MFCs

Other Thoughts: I have owned an inkjet Brother MFC-3820CN for many years and have been very happy with it, but it was time to upgrade to a faster printer -- and most of my printing was B&W only anyway, so a monochrome laser made sense. I love Brother products because they're flexible (they'll talk to anything, whether it's a Mac, PC, or UNIX box) and they're networked.

I've only had the MFC-8840DN for a few days now but it's a winner, at least as far as printing goes. It's fast, high quality, and flexible printer.

The only gripe I have is that color scanning is just dog slow (I just timed it: 2 minutes, 10 seconds to scan a 8.5"x11" page at 300 dpi color, not counting time to send the scanned image over the network). What puzzles me is that my old MFC-3820CN was much faster than this! What I will probably end up doing is keeping the little guy around for scanning and using the 8840DN for printing.

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  • Sr. E.
  • 3/1/2006 10:29:42 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome MFC unit

Pros: I am Secretary of a volunteer fire department and this unit is just what I've been looking for. I have 2 Win XP, 1 Win 2000 and 1 Mac on a wired/wireless peer to peer network. I also connect my Win XP laptop for meetings. As a non-profit organization, we must be more cost concious than most, and this totally fits the bill. Tons of functionality at a reasonable price. Installation was a breeze with no glitches whatsoever. I've used a Xerox XD100 for years and was going to buy another, but PC World and PC Mag both listed this machine as "Editor's Choice", so I thought I'd take a chance and glad I did. The two sided printing feature is perfect. I don't have to get up to flip the page anymore. We have a member, who is a graphic designer (hence the Mac) that designs our fund raiser calendar, raffle tickets and others. She is most impressed with the high resolution scanner. IMHO, this is a must for non-profit orgs like mine.

Cons: The control panel is somewhat busy, but after some use, I'm sure I'll adjust to it.

Other Thoughts: I haven't used some of the other features yet, like faxing and scanning across the network. I'm most interested on the long term reliability and Brother support if something goes wrong.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/27/2006 3:54:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks with Linux without special drivers

Pros: This printer works out of the box with Linux and any other system that can talk to a networked Postscript printer. It uses "BRScript" which is basically postscript emulation, but it works if you treat it as a real postscript printer.

In order to use the PC fax & network scan functions, you do need the Brother software suite, which works reasonably well on Windows and Mac, but I haven't tried it on linux yet.

It does do a scan-to-email which works pretty well, as well as a "scan over the network to your computer" if your computer has the brother software suite installed and you have "registered" your computer with the device. Very handy so you don't have to run back to your computer.

The email-to-fax function I haven't figured out yet. You are supposed to be able to email to the machine with an attached .tiff file and it will fax it to the number you specify in the email. However so far it has not liked the .tiff files I have sent it. This would allow you to fax from any sys

Cons: It will be automatically detected by Macs as an appleshare type printer. Do not use it this way though because it just prints out an error page.

Either set it up as a networked postscript printer or install the full Brother software suite for Mac, or both.

I have had some trouble installing the full software suite under Windows XP, but it installs as a networked printer just fine.

The button panel is a little busy and the LCD user interface is not quite as smooth and intuitive as similar HP mfc devices. <insert rant about software patents here since I assume they couldn't make it too similar to HP's interface for fear of litigation, even if it mean making it clunky>

Other Thoughts: This is a great printer and featureset for the price. I'm glad that we are starting to see duplex as a somewhat standard feature on lasers, even the lower end ones.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/16/2006 7:51:50 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent MFC unit

Pros: Excellent MFC unit. It does everything advertised for an excellent price. Great for the home office

Cons: None found to date

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/15/2006 8:04:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent MF Unit

Pros: Excellent MF Unit. Can't believe I waited this long to purchase it.

Cons: None

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