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4.5 out of 10

Brother MFC-5840CN

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Reviews and Problems with Brother MFC-5840CN

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Overall 4
4.0

Not a good long term investment.

Vinh, Amazon
26 June 2010
  • Summary: Sure, when you first open it up and use it it feels like the best thing in the world, but this machine and perhaps all Brother MFCs have secret flaws that unveil overtime. First of all, it will not print B/W if you don't have ALL the color ink install (maybe all printers behave like this, I don't know but its unfair to the user).
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Overall 4
4.0

Multifunction? Malfunction!

Ramon A. Branchcomb "ramonb13", Amazon
11 February 2009
  • Summary: I would strongly recommend that the buyer truely beware of refurbished products. The company that refurbishes them "Doesn't" test them thoroughly. Copy/Scan/photo works great but the fax is locked up. That was my main purpose of purchasing this device so I don't have to go out and fax. I'm stuck with a real piece now until I can budget for something that works.
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Overall 4
4.0

Be aware of ink costs

rakedonn, Amazon
2 January 2006
  • Summary: Don't waste your precious time and money on any brother products. I did - learn from my mistake. Purchased a Borther MFC from staples. In 13 months, the printerhead malfunctioned. Called Brother to see course of action - said nothing I can do. Further research revealled that Brother new of defective printer heads but hid it from public.
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Overall 4
4.0

Don't buy unless you are swimming in ink ...

Mary P., Amazon
11 November 2005
  • Summary: I bought this printer back in February 2005 and it has been the biggest ink hog ever. I buy a lot of printers for my business, but I really needed an all in one that had a good automatic scanner and would print photos from my memory card. Out of the box, it is a super thrill - it works great, it looks good, it prints great pictures and it scans fast and trouble free. The biggest down side to this printer is the way it senses the ink levels in the cartridges.
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Overall 4
4.0
Ease of use 4
4.0

Not So Great

chrobo42, epinions.com
24 May 2005
  • Excerpt: My previous experience with a printer was an HP DeskJet 932C and it was fantastic.
  • Pros: The copy and scanner functions
  • Cons: Print quality is poor
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Overall 4
4.0

Brother MFC 5840CN: Multi-Function Printer With Multi-Problems!

Gladallover, Dooyoo
3 January 2008
  • Summary: After owning this the Brother MFC 5840CN inkjet all-in-one printer for over 2 years, I have decided now is the time to upgrade to another model. Whilst this printer coped well as not only my printer, but my photo-copier and scanner aswell, it was plagued with problems from day one. I ordered this all-in-one printer from a home shopping channel after being tempted by the promise of an item that was going to revolutionise my life!
  • Pros: Good quailty printing. No need for PC. Good range of features.
  • Cons: Very large. Very noisy. Occasional use causes problems.
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Overall 3
3.0

User Review

jdowling, CNET
19 June 2005
  • Summary: I wish I knew about the printerhead problem before I bought it.
  • Pros: Worked fairly well until after a few ink cartridge changes.
  • Cons: Didn't have anywhere near the life length I would expect.
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Overall 3
3.0

User Review

Dave, CNET
19 June 2005
  • Summary: My Brother MFC 5840 lasted 18 months. Slow. Gobbled up expensive ink. Broke down.
  • Pros: Absolutely very little pros. The FAX worked OK. The scanner worked OK
  • Cons: Expensive ink Ink cleaning gobbles up this precious fluid. Print head problems. Poor quality printing Slow, ponderous. unreliable.
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