"Almost perfect"4.5 starson by emmetfletcher
Pros: Cheap, fully functional, great install, easy use
Cons: none so far
Summary: I can't understand why CNET gave this printer a 5.5 out of 10. Something doesn't add up somewhere.
I've used the HP G85, and R65 all-in-ones before (this Brother printer is replacing the R65) and I'm sorry, but HP really needs to take a lesson from Brother when it comes to ease-of-use and straightforward functionality. The install was extremely smooth (both my computers are connected to the MFC-5840 through a network hum) and the installation software just did everything for me.
Scanning is such a pleasure after the hell that the HP AIOs put me through. No autocropping that always messes up, no "ADF doesn't work with XP problems (as per HP and the R65). The control panel that is supplied with the Brother machine is configurable, sensible and easy to use - you can even set your own custom scanning/copying/faxing jobs to use time and again.
The CNET reviewer's comments didn't really do justice to this little machine. Two paper trays to feed different types of paper, 6000x1400 dpi photo printing, fax machine, network connections, ADF, both WIA and TWAIN support...it works.
The print quality is GOOD. Definitely better than either of the HP machines. Perfect to send to customers. I've even printed photos and they are better than the HP Photosmart that I have there - albeit a little slower to print over the network.
Oh, and individual color print cartridges! That will save a lot when it comes to changing them. No throwing out the whole head and unused ink! Just get the one you need!
If you need an AIO - you can't go wrong with this printer. If you are solely interested in printing speed, get a dedicated printer.