Pros It is a 6-in-1 machine. It is easy to install and all functions work very well.
Cons not found so far. May be scan speed is a little slow, but it is fast enough for me.
Summary I check the comments from cnet before I bought one from office depot. Among several similar machines, this machine get the lowest score from "editor rating" but it got the highest score from "user rating". I decide to try highest score from users. I bought one with less than $200 and try it and found it is really worth it. It is very easy to install both hardware and software. All functions work very well and quality is good. I use it at home. I think this machine has all I what for copy, scan, fax, print.
1, fax: auto feeding is very useful
2, copy: I tried copy photo to normal paper and glossy photo paper. It is good.
3, scan: I tried scan photo and normal document with high resolution and lower resolution. It is Good enough.
4, print: print a photo on glossy paper. I take a while and it 1200X6000 dpi is pretty good. most all-in-one have 1200X4800.
5, photo capture function: good.
6, pc-fax function: good.
This machine worth more than the price I paid.
Pros media card reader, dual paper trays, fast printing, good photo printing even on plain paper.
Cons slow coping on the highest setting, no color LCD, problem with installing the ink
Pros Price, features, networkable!
Cons A little ugly, scan to PC not perfect
Summary Cnet's rating are VERY skewed towards HP and other crappy manufacturers. This product far outperforms my HP OfficeJet which is going on Ebay to some poor sucker. The manual is Crystal Clear. The support site is smart. Everything makes sense. It is made in the US so everything is in English. There is just a real polish to Brother when it comes to making sure you know how to operate your machine.
I still can't get my scanner to scan to my PC without turning off my firewall but that is my ONLY issue. Unlke my Dell -- which is a nightmare.
Thank you Brother!!
"SOLID ALL-IN-ONE"on by MAJKDR
Pros Good functionality; paper capacity
Cons Ink cost (normal); size
Summary For me, the document feeder was a necessity and the LAN connection worked well with my home network. Print quality is good to excellent - better than the Epson C84 I was using; the four ink cartridges are easy to install but will set you back $50-65 dollars, though they last a long time. Copying is easy; faxing is standard. The software interface could use some streamlining but it is still very easy to use. I have not used the CF/etc card readers but I plan to. LAN or USB connections are explained well by the manual/start guide and it only took about 20 minutes to completely setup.
"If you are looking for a really inexpensive MFC that can network (scan/print) to all your computers"on by edanastas
Pros Excellent network capabilities, great software, easy to setup and use, very convenient multi-document feeder.
Cons Not designed for great quality high resolution photo printing (go with Canon) but not bad.
Summary This printer represents the culmination of years of waiting, attempts at setting up print server network adapters, expensive networked laser printers, OS print sharing, etc. I have been waiting for years for something just like this and it has finally arrived. This is the second time Brother has come through for me while other companies seem to have always left the consumer behind.
The network software drivers that come with this are very easy to use and just plain work (unlike HP's and Epson's outsourced software that has always caused me problems in the past). Not to mention network scanning! Each computer can set a series of their own preferred scan settings and scan from their computers or directly from the device. I have been using the Mac OS X version of the Brother software, but I imagine that the Windows version is very similar.
I have not fully tested the quality of the high res photo printing, although I did not buy it for that reason (I recommend using Canon for photo printing). For me it is basically a workhorse networked printer, scanner, etc. all in one. It has been a life saver with multiple desktop and wireless laptop computers floating around.
Because of its network connectivity, print files with large images (data) take a little longer than a regular USB connected printer, but the difference is negligible for typical webpages and text documents. A small price to pay for network capabilities and much better than having to unplug the USB from my desktop and then replug into my laptop everytime I have to scan or print.
Other MFCs in the past would only allow one directional printing for OS X mostly networked through print sharing, but the MFC-5840CN allows printing and scanning to any networked computer and it is very easy to setup.
If you need a workhorse Multi Functional Printer, Scanner, Copier and Fax that can really do everything an MFC is supposed to do, and do it over a network. I highly recommend Brother's MFC-5840CN.
Just one more thing... For a device you can get for $150 that does all the MFC functions, in addition it can scan multiple page documents straight to a single PDF file via the multi page document feeder, something that would have taken me many times longer with a regular scanner. In fact the last multi document feeder attachment I bought for my scanner by itself cost more than this whole Device.
this device is similar to the MFC-5440CN (without the 250 page tray)