Brother MFC 9840cdw

Brother MFC 9840cdw PrinterBrother is one of my favorite brands. As many of these articles are focused on home user and small business printers, Brother’s name keeps coming up. The reason is that they cater very strongly for that market with affordable printers and multi function printers.

In this instance they are catering for the larger business user. If there was one word to describe the 9840, it would be ‘beast.’ It’s a color laser multifunction printer that has a recommended monthly duty cycle of 35,000 sheets. This makes the 9840cdw one of the few models in the Brother MFC series that can handle small and large office environments.

The list price for the Brother MFC-9840CDW Laser Multifunction Center can be found on Amazon for under $700. At the present time, that’s around $300 less than the list price. There are used and refurbished models also but at that price I would just buy new.

Value for Money

A stat that’s just as important as price is customer satisfaction, which in this case is 82%. This is high. The Brother MFC 9840cdw is capable of laser printing, copying, scanning, and faxing. You will have an option between 802.11b/g wireless, wired Ethernet, USB 2.0 and USB Direct interfaces. This is a great machine for network sharing.

Just keep in mind that its dimensions are 20.9 x 20.5 x 21 inches and it weighs 83 lbs. Therefore, it takes up a decent amount of space. For a machine that has 64MB of memory and an optional 576MB of memory to add on, it’s a worthwhile sacrifice.

In addition to that, there’s also an LCD display and 16 one-touch keys for easy operation. The 9840cdw is capable of duplexing for every function and it can handle documents as large as 8.5 x 14 inches. It can also handle oddly shaped business documents with ease. A 35-page ADF will allow you more time to work. Finally, a dual paper tray is capable of holding up to 300 sheets, and there is also an optional 500-sheet paper tray.

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Performance

The 9840cdw can print up to 21 pages per minute black and color. Resolution for prints can reach as high as 2400 x 600 dots per inch. These numbers might sound sub-par, but they’re actually good for a high volume printer. The copier can produce up to 17 pages per minute black and color. Scans can reach optical resolution as high as 1200 x 1200 dpi at 48-bit color depth. The fax machine operates at 33.6Kbps Super 3G speed. It can store up to 500 pages.

If you’re not sold yet, you’re not going to be sold on any high volume printer on the market. I’ve reviewed them all, and this is by far your best option. That said, like most models, there are a few negatives. One is that the print quality is below average. Most people who need high volume don’t care much about the quality of prints, but it’s important to mention.

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Based on reviews it has been very well received and no real consistent complaints. This is a great all in one printer from brother and well worth the money.

Brother All in Ones

If an all in one multifunction printer is what you’re set on, then brother is definitely the right place to look. Other models of similar abilities include the Brother MFC-9440CN Color Laser All-in-One Printer with Built-in Ethernet Network Interface is a terrific addition to any fairly large business.

You can find this model under $750 which isn’t bad for the ability it has. All rather similar to the 9840 with built in Ethernet but with a different resolution of 2400 x 600dpi color.

Bringing down the price again without losing any quality would be the Brother MFC-9450CDN Color Laser Multifunction Center with Duplex Printing and Ethernet Interface probably the best value of all at around $650. It also has 2400 x 600 dpi resolution prints at 21ppm both black and color. The scanner has 1200 x 2400 dpi and interpolated resolutions up to 19,200 dpi.

It can auto duplex a built in Ethernet interface and an input capacity of 300 sheets. Prints are clear and rich and the copier is a decent 17cpm speed. It’s easy to use and again brother delivers with a great machine at a price worth considering for a printer all rounder of this ability.

The final choice is the Brother HL-4040cdn Color Laser Printer with Duplex and Networking would be an ideal choice. Not an all in one this time as not everyone needs one. You can find it for around $480. Same speed same resolution less cost on the printing side.

It has built in duplexing and can be used as a work group printer with built in Ethernet interface. This is a good buy at this price.

Whether home use or business use when it comes to multi function then Brother is always affordable. Some complain about the ink prices but that’s how they make their money. They don’t look for much profit on the machine they make their money back over the years on ink sales. But Brother is no guiltier than other manufacturers on that front really.

I don’t imagine anyone would be disappointed with any of these selections. other printers to see that are not multi function is the Brother HL4150CDN Color Laser Printer with Duplex and Networking. More star quality at around $325. For best value, check Brother every time.

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About James Wikkee

James Wikkee has held several positions at two of the largest printer and scanner manufactures in the world. He knows the in and out of these devices through his +13 years of experience in the field.

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