Designed for a small office, the Brother MFC-8420 can scan, fax and copy as well as print. This is a laser printer with barebones features, but it is still equipped to meet the needs of growing businesses. Though not known for its graphics, this machine has the ability to produce professional quality text documents. The Brother MFC-8420 toner can obtain a resolution of 600 dpi. This is not very high in comparison to some competing models but should still suffice for most users.
High volume offices will want to look elsewhere. The Brother MFC-8420 toner cartridge lasts 3,300 pages, and there is a high-capacity version that can yield 6,500 pages, which is much larger than the high-capacity Brother HL-2140 toner
which is geared for an individual. These toners will need to be replaced, and remanufactured Brother MFC-8420 toner is available from third party vendors. It creates the same high quality as the OEM versions but is only half the price.
There are multiple models of this printer. The MFC-8420d features a duplexer, and the MFC-8420dn has a duplexer and networking capabilities. The web interface allows multiple units to handle print jobs remotely, making all of these units office-friendly. The MFC-8420 is the basic model, and it connects only via USB and parallel port.
Using the MFC-8420 toner cartridge, as many as 17 pages per minute can be produced. This speed will keep print jobs moving, and the high-yielding Brother toner
will be able to handle just about any task. One downfall is the low paper capacity. Only able to hold 300 pages at a time, paper will need to be replaced often.
Measuring 18.8x21.3x17.8 inches, this printer is fairly compact and can fit easily on any desk space in any office of home. For such a small machine, it is hard to believe that 4 different devices operate inside of it. For most standard users, the Brother MFC-8420 is a rock solid printer with affordable toner cartridges
that will last for years.