What is it?
The Brother MFC-420CN is a compact inkjet printer, scanner, copier, fax machine, memory card reader. It has USB2 and RJ-45 network connectivity and it has a document feeder.
The Brother MFC-420cn has been replaced by the Brother MFC-440cn. The MFC-440cn increases print speed to 25ppm b&w and 20ppm color from 20ppm b&w and 15ppm color for the MFC-420cn. It increases memory to 32 MB from 16 MB. In addition, the new model uses different ink cartridges, has a 4×6 photo paper input tray, and sports a flip-up LCD status screen. Finally there are some aesthetic and physical changes, but the size and footprint are very similar. All other observations of the MFC-420 below still apply to the new MFC-44cn.
Compact, built in networking and USB2 connectivity, separate color ink cartridges, built in memory card readers, built in document feeder, easy to use.
Light duty feel, small capacity, it says the ink cartridges are empty when it seems it could suck several more pages out of them.
When I first set up my home office I needed a small, quiet, multi-function printer, scanner, fax machine. The system recommended by the IT department was a huge monstrosity of system, but I wanted something that wouldn’t crowd my already tight space. I took matters into my own hands and found this versatile and compact little system.
My minimum requirements were a printer that was compact, had separate color cartridges and could print scan and fax. My “nice-to-have” features were a document feeder and network connectivity so I could share the printer with my other computers. This printer met those needs plus provided a flash memory card reader that works with a variety of formats.
My experience with the system has been quite good. I must admit that I am not a heavy user. Generally, I print a couple 10-12 page documents a day, but on occasion I have printed out 100-200 page documents and it hasn’t had any problems. The software is useful and easy to use, but I have found that on rare occasions it freaks out and I need to goose the computer to get it working properly again. This isn’t shocking because I generally leave my system on for weeks and only reboot occasionally.
The only problem I have with this device is that it “feels” cheap. I feel like I have to be careful handling it or I might break it. This “feeling” also makes me wonder if it would start to flounder if I tried to work it harder and more often. I don’t know how valid these thoughts are, because so far it has handled everything I have thrown at it with pure utility.
I like the Brother MFC-420CN. It is compact, feature rich, and has performed ably for a year.
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