Summary: After trying three different Multifunction machines, (2 HP's and 1 Epson) and returning them, I've finally found one that does what it is supposed to do. I currently have a Compaq laptop and Powerbook G4. This printer was a breeze to set up on both. The scanning feature is wonderful.
Summary: There are many color print/copy/scan/fax machines out there, but surprisingly few that are easily networkable. This one is. It's easy to set up the PC software on networked machines, easy to get the Brother working the network, and even easy to scan to networked computers. Easy easy easy.
Summary: I bought this to replace an HP OfficeJet G85 with DirectJet printserver, which never had good drivers for Mac OS X or Windows XP. The Brother 5840 is as slow as the reviews say and slower than I expected, but the print quality is roughly as good as the officejet's.
Summary: For a Mac user, this is a fine mulit-function machine. The software drivers for the printer's less-used preferences are a little off, but the fax is fast, the scanner communicates with every application to which I've linked it, the printer is as good as any I've seen for the money (or more).
Ink replacement too fast and no print when one cartridge is empty
A. D'Ambrosio, Amazon
13 May 2005
Summary: The only complaint that I have on this model is that whether or not you use the color ink or not it empties fast and then the printer won't work until you replace one color that may be out. I only use black and white right now, I've used no color copies or faxes or scans at all.