Brother MFC-7820N Review
With its 20 page per minute print speed, the Brother MFC-7820N is barely hanging on to its effectiveness in today’s document handling market. Over five years old, this multifunctional device relies on its extensive functionality to remain a sufficient workforce in a market that has long outgrown it.
It was common to see 35 page automatic document feeders sitting atop Brother products in the mid 2000’s, and the Brother MFC-7820N makes itself no exception from the trend. While Brother MFCs in the times far before and far after this unit often came equipped with a full 50 pages of ADF storage, the tendency at the time was to go for compactness, and the 30 page ADF was the result.
With the automatic document feeder, users can copy, scan, and fax multiple pages at once without hand feeding them one by one. Scanning, it should be noted, can also be done in full color, though the rest of the functions of the device are made possible by the Brother MFC-7820N’s single black toner cartridge and are therefore exclusively monochrome.
The Brother MFC-7820N’s print resolution is one of its most outstanding features, if not its most outstanding. With 2400 x 600 dots per inch of true resolution, the quality of the printer is virtually unbeatable in the monochrome world. Copies can be made at this resolution as well, and the device’s optical scan capacity of 600 x 2400 dots per inch complements print quality nicely.
As a fax machine, the Brother MFC-7820N is entirely up to par even today, save its absence of color fax capabilities which have become more and more common. The machine is equipped with a 33.6 Kbps Super G3 fax modem that offers its best transmission speed at 2 seconds per page. The fax machine is also loaded with a huge set of features and memory of its own, making 600 pages of data storage possible. The unit can fax broadcast to up to 258 locations and can store up to 208 auto dial numbers. It is also caller ID ready, fax reduction capable, and dually accessible.
Copy functions are also present in the machine and are accessible from the unit’s dedicated controls, allowing it to function as a stand alone device with no PC connection necessary for copying or faxing, though PC faxing will of course require a host computer. 2 in 1 and 4 in 1 copying are made possible through the device’s reduction capabilities, and a small number of additional copy manipulation options are available as well.
It is the Brother MFC-7820N’s 20 page per minute print speed that is its downfall. While the only way to keep a device such as this cost effective at the time that it was produced was to provide lower print speeds, this problem has since been remedied, and therefore the unit has much trouble being compared to devices on the market today. Personal laser printers can now be purchased for less than 100 dollars that can pump out 30 pages per minute or more; further humiliating this MFC in the category of performance.