"For a business machine this device has serious limitations"2.0 starson by jimkahnw
Pros: Fast. Great text and half-tone quality
Cons: Can't print envelopes, noisy, horrid MacOS software
Summary: Great print engine, poorly implemented. This device has superb output, but the package needs work. The sheet feeder performed well for basic copying and fax needs. The fax function seemed to perform properly. But, I returned the machine before I could determine long-term longevity and reliability. I was disappointed that the scanner offered only basic controls. Serious work should be left to a stand-alone scanner.
But, the deal breaker for me was paper transport for envelopes. I called Brother to ask a pre-sales question about straight thru paper transport and was told the machine could handle heavy stock and envelopes and had a straight thru manual sheet feeder. But when the equipment arrived, no straight through feed. Sheets fed manually exit via the sasme a cross over as the auto feeder. Opening the back prompts an error message on the control panel. Big disappointment as I occasionally print on card stock and use self-adhesive labels that print better with a straight thru path.
I printed envelopes for bills and pay checks, but the MFC-7820n output every one either crocked or crinkled. Come on, Brother, this is a business machine. Offices print envelopes. Hello? Was this tested?
Also, MacOS network setup documentation had conflicting instructions. PC set up better. I was able to completely configure the machine with a web browser rather than with the control panel. Kudos to Brother for this, but does USB connection offer this same convenience?
Brother includes a suite of file management utilities. But, I didn't have the device long enough to see if it has usefulness. I am reluctant to invest time in yet another poorly implimented software scheme that may prove inadequate to help my workflow.