This review was originally posted January 8, 2009.
Brother MFC-420CN Color Inkjet Network Multifunction
When I bought the Brother MFC-420CN, my husband wouldn’t stop giving me a hard time about it. After all, I had a perfectly good scanner and printer working at the time. What I wanted was a flatbed copier/scanner/fax machine and printer in one. After I got the machine, my husband has been using it for all his photocopying needs. Is he ever happy that I bought this machine.
It’s so easy to use. As a copier, it works like any standard copier would. Just place the paper on the glass, close the lid and press the button. Voila. Copy quality is very nice, and it copies in color, too, of course.
There is also the paper feed function on top of the printer for when I have multiple pages to copy. Just set the pile on top of the machine and let it feed each page through, just like the copy center copiers!
Scanning has never been easier. Not only can I control scanning through my computer, I can also just press scan on the printer itself and it will scan and automatically send it to my computer. I can send the scan to my computer as a file or photo or email or OCR.
There is a card reader on the printer itself which reads CompactFlash, SmartMedia, Memory Stick, xD-Picture Card and Secure Digital cards. You can print directly from the card. I tried it with CompactFlash, but it was too slow, so I don’t use that feature. I prefer to read the card from my computer and send the files to my printer.
The photos that print are brilliant. Just use high quality paper for the best results. I love how they look, no problems with color quality or ink smudging.
Files and graphics print nicely, as well. I am satisfied with the quality and printing speed of this printer.
I use the fax function occasionally and it does its job. It prints and receives faxes clearly
This is my favorite printer yet. All the functions work as promised with great quality.
There is a network function I haven’t had the chance to use, but I hope to eventually and I will update this review when I do.
As for the ink issue, yes it does use up ink even when not printing. It does this when doing its automated cleaning function. I have to say, I’ve had printers that clog up when not in use, so I think it’s fine that this printer cleans itself occasionally to maintain its function. If it takes a little ink to do so, then that’s a price I’m willing to pay. Better than not being able to print when I need it.
The issue of the printer not functioning when one color is out is valid. However, I keep that from being a problem by always having extra ink available. They are not that expensive.
Overall a quality product and a great buy.