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Brother MFC-7840W Laser Multifunction Center with Wireless and Ethernet Network Interfaces
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Product Description

The MFC-7840W offers everything you need in a monochrome laser all-in-one for your home office or small sized business. It features an elegant black color scheme while adding a built-in 802.11b/g wireless network interface, PCL6 and BR-Script3 print emulations, a faster fax modem (33.6K bps Super G3), 4-day memory backup and an LCD backlit display for easy viewing. Use the document glass to scan pages directly to your e-mail application or to a single PDF file using the ADF. You can print, scan or send faxes wirelessly, as well as having the option to install the MFC on a wired network or to connect locally to a single computer via USB. A foldout rear output tray allows for a straight-through paper path and is ideal when using the single-sheet bypass slot for printing envelopes or thicker media. USB, Ethernet & 802.11b/g Standard Wireless Interfaces PCL6 & BR-Script3 Emulation 33.6K bps Fax Modem Speed External TAD interface Call Waiting Caller ID Ready Distinctive Ring Detection Ready 208 Total Auto Dial Locations 258 Broadcasting Locations Reduction/Enlargement - 25% - 400% Interpolated Scan Resolution - Up to 19200 x 19200 dpi Optical Scan Resolution - 600x2400 dpi 48-bit Input Color Scan Depth Export TIFF / BMP / MAX / JPG / PDF Formats Scan To Email, Image, OCR, File, and FTP Paper Handling Size - Letter, Legal, Executive, A4, A5, and B5 Wireless Network Security - WEP 64/128, WPA-PSK (TKIP), WPA2-PSK (TKIP & AES), and LEAP (CKIP) ADF Sheet Weight - 17 - 24 pounds ADF Input Paper Tray - 5.8x5.8 to 8.5/14 Sheet Weight - 16 - 28 pounds Machine Noise (Standby/Operating) - 32 dBA / 53 dBA Unit Dimensions - Width 16.9 x Depth 15.6 x Height 12 Unit Weight - 24.5 pounds Manufacturer's One year limited warranty

The Brother MFC-7840W Laser Multi-Function Center with Wireless Networking is an economical, compact device that can handle all your small office printing, copying, scanning, and faxing needs. With crisp, high-quality output and fast print speeds, you won't be waiting around for the MFC-7840N to finish its job. It is compatible with both Macs and Windows, and built-in 802.11b/g wireless networking makes it easy for you to share the device with everyone in your office.

The Brother MFC-7840W Laser Multi-Function Center with Networking offers:
  • Prints and copies at up to 23 pages per minute.
  • Built-in 802.11b/g wireless networking for easy office sharing.
  • Automatic document feeder for easy copying, scanning, and faxing of multiple pages.
  • Full color scanning at 600 x 2400 dpi optical resolution.

Support for wireless networking makes sharing the MFC-7840W a snap. View larger.
Compact, Elegant Design and Multiple Networking Options
The MFC-7840W measures a compact 16.9 x 15.6 x 12 inches (WxDxH) and tips in at just under 25 pounds, taking up minimal space in your office. Featuring an elegant black color scheme, the device won't look out of place in any office. An LCD backlit display keeps you apprised of the device's status.

With USB, Ethernet and 802.11b/g wireless interfaces, setting up this printer for use with a single computer or with a network is simple. Once connected, everyone in your office can print, fax, and scan. The wireless networking supports WEP 64/128, WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK, and LEAP for security so you won't have to worry about your sensitive documents falling into the wrong hands.

Fast Print Speeds and Outstanding Output with High Compatibility
With crisp black output at 2400 x 600 dpi, no one will be straining their eyes to read your latest report. And with the prints coming out at a speedy 23 pages per minute, you won't have to wait for them either. The printer includes 32MB of memory and has a maximum monthly duty cycle of 10,000 pages. Thanks to support for PCL 6 and BR-Script3 print emulations, the printer will work seamlessly with a large variety of computers.

Flexible Paper Handling with 250-Sheet Input Capacity
The MFC-7840N features a 250-sheet paper tray that can be adjusted for both letter and legal size paper. Other media, such as envelopes and labels can be fed through the single-sheet bypass slot. The fold-out rear output tray reduces the possibility of paper jams by allowing for a straight paper path when printing envelopes and other thick media.

Make Copies and Faxes without Turning on the Computer
Using the same components that does the printing, you can make copies at the same fast 23 pages per minute. Thanks to a 35-page auto document feeder, you can copy, fax, and scan multiple pages without standing around manually swapping pages. The copier lets you reduce and enlarge from 25 to 400 percent of the original, and you can put 2 or 4 sheets on one page. The copier also supports a sorting function.

A built-in 33.6k bps fax modem lets you fax documents at speeds of up to 2 seconds per page. The device supports Caller ID, out-of-paper reception, external TAD interface, distinctive ring detection, auto fax reduction, fax forwarding, automatic redial, dual access, and fax broadcasting of up to 258 locations at once. Built-in memory allows the device to store up to 600 pages in memory for faxing.

Scan Photographs, Images, and Documents
Scan photographs and pictures at a resolution of up to 19200 x 19200 dpi (600 x 2400 dpi optical) at 48-bit color depth for integrating high-quality images into your documents. With the included OCR software for both Windows and Mac, you can also easily change paper documents into editable digital copies.

The Brother MFC-7840N Laser Multi-Function Center with Networking measures 21.7 x 20.1 x 20.5 inches (WxDxH) and is Energy Star compliant. It is backed by a one-year warranty.

  • Multifunction device prints, copies, scans, and faxes in one compact form factor with built-in wireless networking
  • Prints and copies at 23 pages per minutes; scans at 19200 x 19200 dpi resolution (600 x 2400 dpi optical) at 48-bit color depth
  • Support for 802.11b/g wireless networking
  • 35-page automatic document feeder makes copying, faxing and scanning multiple pages easy
  • Measures 21.7 x 20.1 x 20.5 inches (WxDxH)

Customer Reviews:

  • Quality is a concern
    I bought this and had it at home for a week or so. I was disappointed by the flimsy construction but not overly so. The power issue was a concern - the lights dimmed when the power surged, and the fan was really loud. So the final straw was close examination of the paper on the output side - looked really wrinkled and not smooth. So I sent it back.

    I ended up with a Canon D480 which was a lot more money and just about the same functionality. But the Canon is very quiet, better construction, and less wrinkled paper although that problem is still there a little. So as it turns out, the $5,000 HP printer at work has the same issue, and my old HP at home which I am retiring does not. Sign of the time I guess, but at this point I am very pleased with the Canon, and they have similar models that are competitive price-wise with the Brother. One thing, I think the software with the Brother is better, the Canon software is difficult to use, not intuitive, and overall not especially pleasant to use.

    One last thing, if you are tall like me, the display on the Brother is difficult to see. Standing I am too tall to read it and sitting I was too short, so I had to squat. The Canon display is easy to read from any hight....more info
  • Makes working from home a breeze
    We were looking to replace our old junky ink-jet printer with a high-quality laser printer that would be compatible with our new MAC. We read a number of online reviews which lead us to the Brother MFC-7840W and are extremely satisfied with our choice. The set up is super straight-forward, the print quality is excellent, and the fax and scan functionalities are great additional features to complete our home office. This printer makes working from home a breeze and we would strongly recommend it to others, especially MAC users. ...more info
  • Great Value MFP
    This black and white laser printer does the job. It prints quickly, and scans documents just as expected. I replaced an inkjet MFP with this so I wouldn't have to deal with dried ink clogging up the nozzles anymore.

    I got a great deal on this when it was on sale. The drivers work well, and it's possible to print over terminal services to this printer.

    I'm glad I bought it, and I can see myself buying another Brother printer again should the need arise....more info
  • Need a techie degree to install it as a wireless.
    The Brothers Multipurpose mfc-7840w is a pain in the neck to set up with ones router. they give way too much info. as if we are all geeks. When my husband and I sorted thru all the directions, it still never worked. we plugged directly into the printer scanner and then it worked and printed fast. BUT, we paid more for the wireless and it just doesn't connect and gives us all kinds of messages which we follow, but to no avail. After we spent a day of shopping for a good laser printer/scanner in black and white, we are now going to take this "hummer" back and will start all over again on a search....chees what a waste of time. Maybe we'll try the HPm1522nf as the other reviewer did and seems happy....more info
  • Brother MFC 7840W Laser Multi-Function Printer
    This printer is used at home on a network of one desktop and one laptop computer. We are using the wireless interface but you can connect with wires if you choose. It was very easy to set up and is a great monochrome laser printer which also scans in color, faxes and copies. You can use the machine by direct input or by the control center software loaded to the computers. The print quality is great and after it warms up, its printing is very fast. We are very pleased with this printer and we believe the price from Amazon was very competitive. We have used the printer for about one month and so far no issues. We also purchased a high capacity toner at a good price from Amazon....more info
  • Works well, good speed, good quality, but a bit hard to set up
    I am happy with the quality of the printing and scanning, however, it is supposed to function as a wireless printer, meaning that you can set it up so that you can print from your laptop without connecting it to the printer. My husband, who is generally good with computers has not yet been able to figure out how to set up the wireless part yet. I'm sure if we spend more time on it and call customer service, we'll get it figured out, however, this makes me thing that the average person will have some trouble configuring it. ...more info
  • A good tool for a small group
    Its harder and harder to find a decent black and white laser MFP. It seems the general consumer is moving more and more to color inkjets for photo printing, and the offerings for small offices just aren't as plentiful.

    I've used multiple Brothers, as have my friends. Brother has a sadly poor customer service reputation, a high toner cartridge replacement cost, and used to be a bit annoying to deal with software wise. This is compensated for by good cost for features and print quality.

    This printer is replacing another Brother which recently broke (only a small part broken, but given Brother's service, no real hope of getting it fixed at reasonable cost, so bought a new one.)

    The new printer has some nice features. It is Bonjour capable for Mac users, has wireless as well as ethernet if you want a direct connection, is more compact than my last Brother which is nice (though also giving a more flimsy feel). Initial tests show what I'd expect with decent quality of printing. Its scanning isn't exceptionally fast, but its good enough.

    Overall, I consider the Brother to be a good buy, and its why I've come back despite the known drawbacks. As long as you go into your purchase with eyes open, the Brother is a purchase I can easily recommend. ...more info
  • Must-have wireless printer/scanner!
    This is the best-value multi-function that prints and scans wirelessly from and to your computer. Fast and high quality laser printouts. The only drawback is if you want color prints, but it can scan in color in PDF or other formats.

    This is a must-have printer/scanner for laptop and wireless users. It is relatively easy to setup within 30-45 minutes if you know how to setup a wireless router or network.

    I had HP and Canon ink-jet printers previously but always ended up replacing their cartridges when they dry out for occasional use. Laser is much more cost effective and higher quality....more info
  • Nice product, documentation is lacking, no auto switching between wired and wireless connections
    This is being used in a public library setting where we have over 30 computers on a wired LAN. The operating systems include Windows 2000, XP, and Vista. There are several methods of installation in the print and CD-ROM instructions, but the only method that seemed to consistently work on all of our computers was the Internet Printing Protocol (IPP). The instructions for this are found in the Network User's Guide, which is included in the HTML documents on the CD-ROM. Response time from clicking Print to receiving the printout is very fast. It's quiet. It's easy to print envelopes. We've only had one paper jam, and it was easy to remove--you can do everything from the front of the machine, unlike our previous HP LaserJet. Copying is straightforward; we haven't tried the scan or fax features.

    Edited to update with Brother's instructions...

    We have several computers on a separate wireless network, and we were hoping that we could set up the printer to switch back and forth, accepting jobs from both networks. However, we hadn't been able to get it to work so I contacted Brother. Here are their instructions:

    "The MFC7840W has the ability to manually switch between network interfaces as long as both devices have been set up and the option to allow this type of connection is enabled. The machine will require the Ethernet cable to be removed in order for wireless to work, you cannot have the Ethernet cable connected and access the device through the wireless port. Simply open a browser and specify the IP address of the machine to access the machine's web page. Click on network Configuration and type Admin for the user and Access as the password. At this point you can click on the Configure Interface link... Select Auto Switching and you should be good to go."...more info
  • Brother MFC-784W
    Setup was easy except to get the scanner to work. I have Windows XP and could not get the scanner to work, despite going to the website and scouring it for information. Called Cust Serv and got the typical, read-from-the-script questions. Nevertheless, Cust Serv realized this had to be elevated to the next higher technical level. Within 2 days, the problem was resolved; changing a setting from a "0" to a "1" deep inside the operating system. I'm definitely above average in my computer abilities, but this fix was beyond my abilities.

    In the end, Customer Service was very helpful and professional. However, Brother should investigate this scanning quirk and provide a fix on their website.

    I would purchase this item again....more info
  • Best Friend in the Office...
    I now own two of the Brother MCF-7840W Laser MUltifunction Units.
    I have a home office and my wife and I each own one. Great scanner, good quality print and faxes too. Good value and gets good toner life. ...more info
  • MFC 7840 - Great Printer with a Horrid Software Interface
    I purchased this wireless printer to make one printer available to everyone on my whole-house Mac-based network. The wireless setup was near-automatic [as usual on a Mac] and the printer works fine from all network stations. But then there is the Control software to configure the FAX, Scanner and Copier. It is the most unintuitive and clumsy user interface I've seen since the days of single-tasking DOS software over 20 years ago. On my other USB-connected Brother MFC 7020 I could use the MAC Image Capture software. It presents a preview window on the left with a long panel on the right allowing the user to select all necessary scan functions - flatbed or feeder, Bits, color or B&W, resolution, destination, file name [and even some other special functions. In that way the settings appropriate for each document are instantly adjustable: If I'm scanning a document into my medical file at 100dpi and then a photo into my genealogy file at 600dpi it takes about 10 seconds to reset the scanner. Not so with the Brother control panel with the 7840 printer. Each scan using a different setting requires leaving its uninformative tiny preview panel, going 3 layers deep into the control panel window and changing the settings. There is an option to preset settings for up to 4 document types, fine for a workgroup with specific and limited functions, but inadequate for a home user who scans every document that has anything to do with a multitude of things that affect life. I requested Brother to modify its interface to use a convenient sidebar with the necessary settings. For a view of a practical user interface look at the preview panel of the MAC image capture application - which, however does not work with this wireless printer, or I would use it instead.
    Don't buy this printer if your intent is to easily scan or fax from a variety of networked computers. As a pure networked printer it is fine....more info
  • Everything works
    Easy to set up wireless, witch I did and the accompanied software was very good. not one problem. a great machine ...more info
  • Versatility, Quality, Ease of Operation
    The machine is easy to use and gives me the versatility I need in making copies of different enlargements or reductions. Scanning goes easily, and printing function is great. I use this machine for b/w printing, reserving my Epson printer for activities needing color; switching from one printer to other is a piece of cake....more info
  • Great printer!
    Love this printer. It has a nice crisp print quality. Easy to set up. I had a little trouble setting up my network, but I called customer service and they had me up and running in less than 10 minutes. We are a small office and use this machine for fax, copying, and printing. Great multi-purpose machine. I would definately recommend this product....more info
  • Great product I found for a steal.
    This is a great printer and fax machine. I had no trouble setting up as a default printer on my home wireless network. I was up and running within minutes. I have a complex network, with two macs and two PCs on the Network. All it takes is inserting the disk and following the instructions. Print quality is great, the refils are cheaper than most HP printer cartridges. Great product I found at a great price at Office Max for 229.00 dollars.... Amazon price was higher and hence I bought it in the store and paid the tax and still came out ahead....more info
  • Brother MFC7840W Laser Multi Function Center
    This unit met all my expectations at a very good price. I wanted a wireless and wired networkable Multi-function laser printer-scanner-fax-copier for home office use. I wanted a multi-function unit that would provide quality scanning, copying, and faxing while having the printing speed and crispness of a laser printer. About the only thing this unit doen't have is a duplex printing capability. Most of my printing is black and white and a laser printer has the speed and reduced per page printing costs compared to an ink jet. My color printing is so rare that the ink ject cartridges tend to dry out and a color laserprinter still has a relatively high per page cost. I still have an inkjet for photo printing, but this printer is to be my workhorse printer and I can also have my digital picture printed at Costco or Walgreens on a photo printer that prints water resistent photos. The scanning and faxing capabilities gives me an all in one solution in a small footprint and I can print from my laptop in my living room to this printer in another room through the network capability. I'm satisfied with this unit....more info
  • Quiet, fairly fast, cheap plastic, flimsy, slow scan, bad manual feed
    I replaced a Samsung multi-function laser with very similar specs with this one (Samsung was pretty buggy and the scanner feed gave out after 4 years).

    I've been using this printer for about a month.

    GOOD: Fast (printing), Quiet. Fast to print first page. Wireless is nice (easy to configure). Easy installation (on Windows XP). Small compared to other MFCs. Flexible scanning options with customizable presets.

    BAD: Manual feeding is TERRIBLE. I print checks and envelopes and manual feeding is the pits. It's easy for the paper to go in wrong, so you have to futz with it to get it to feed. Even if you feed it in straight, it often comes out printed askew. The manual feeder has a plastic cover that just snapped off after a couple weeks. Very flimsy.

    Scanning is slow. I think it's about half the speed of my Samsung. Even at black and white 200dpi it's slower than a $40 fax machine. I don't know if that's because I'm going wireless instead of wired or ??. Forget about full color scans (even smaller ones). We're talking half an hour or more. I scan most stuff to black and white (not even gray scale) because of the slow scanning speed. I'll have to try it wired. (Of course, there's a cheaper version of this printer that's wired, so then that'd be the better choice).
    The LCD display on the printer is impossible to read unless you're at the right height/angle. I put the printer under my desk and cannot read it looking down from a chair. I'm going to get it a little shelf to fix that. I shouldn't have to.

    The printing quality is fine so far. The document feeder works smoothly so far. I don't use the fax, so ... no comment.

    I can live with the slow scanning. The manual feed issues are going to be a pain in the butt forever. Or as long as this thing lives. If the internals are built to the same quality standard as the exterior, I don't expect that to be too long....more info
  • Great machine!
    This printer was a breeze to set up on my wireless network, tested all functions and they work flawlessly. Very good all around!...more info
  • Great laser printer
    This worked well without any trouble. Wireless function is awesome. So far the ink is lasting well. Highly recommended...more info
  • Great Product
    As a past owner of brother products I was not surprised when I got this product and was able to set it up quickly and easily. ...more info
  • I have the previous model 7820n
    I LOVE my 7820n. It is reliable, easy to use and works great on a network. The control center 3 software has always worked well for me as well when scanning docs, etc.

    Only reason I post this review here is because if this is anything like its predecessor, it is amazing. Plus I wish I could get this one to add wireless functionality! Thats pretty much the only thing I find missing on the 7820n. ...more info