Brother MFC-5440CN

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by inigel, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. inigel macrumors regular

    inigel

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    Someone has offered to give me a Brother 5440CN multi-function. It comes with a Mac driver disk, so I thought, why not? It's free, and practically new!

    Has any other forum member used this model printer? Any issues I should know about? What about scanning?
     
  2. scienide09 macrumors 65816

    scienide09

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    I have a love-hate relationship with my Brother printer. However, it's not that model.

    Loves:
    -the different fucntions are easy to figure out and use
    -the built in fax machine was used way more often than I would have thought
    -easy connections to my Mac
    -scanner function give clean, crisp images

    Hates:
    -the Brother utility that monitors printing is invasive on startup (even when removed from the startup cue)
    -sucks up ink like it's going out of style
    - inkjet cartridges -- even when a colour cartridge is empty, it will refuse to print plain black text.

    Right now, I refuse to buy ink for it. I still use the fax, scanner, and built-in card reader on a regular basis.

    I don't know if your Brother model will have the same issues with cartridges -- it may be worth avoiding for this reason alone.
     
  3. inigel thread starter macrumors regular

    inigel

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    Thanks for the heads up. I'll give it a couple of weeks just to see how it handles. I'm just having trouble finding Mac OS X drivers because I didn't install all the printer drivers with the OS. Now I'm going to have to dig out the installer disk.:mad:
     
  4. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...I have a B&W laser AIO #7840W and it is a fantastic AIO!

    Newegg just has a sale on them so they could be had for $270 shipped to a military address...if you could ship it via UPS it was ~$95 cheaper with the "free" shipping option.

    I use a HP7260 for the rare times when I need to make a color print of something - GO B&W laser if you don't use much color - its much less expensive to operate long term!
     
  5. inigel thread starter macrumors regular

    inigel

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    That what I was planning on, a network laser printer, but because someone gave this to me, I thought I'd give it a try.
     

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