For the longest time, laser multifunction printers were practically unheard of, as inkjets were perceived to be better for printing high-quality graphics. Recently, laser multifunction printers were introduced to the market, with the intent of providing better print speeds which only lasers can give.
The Brother MFC-7440N is one of the may laser multifunction printers available. While better print speeds were achieved with this printer, it is left wanting in output quality that we still prefer to use an inkjet multifunction for color printing. Like a typical multifunction printer, it is built with one-touch fax, customizable presets, optical character recognition scanning, and an auto-feeding copier.
The Brother MFC-7440N, which runs on TN-330 and TN-360 toner cartridges, was designed to work for both home and office workspace. Like all Brother printers, though, this one lacks in aesthetic appeal. It’s a boring, matte gray box with rubber buttons on the control panel. At least other manufacturers put in more effort to come up with a visually appealing product.
One thing likable about this product is its size. It is fairly small at 12 inches high, 16.9 inches wide, and 15.6 inches deep, so it saves much desk space. It weighs 24.4 pounds.
This machine’s top loading document feeder has a capacity of 35 pages of material for scanning, faxing, and copying. Like most laser printers, the bottom loading paper input tray holds two hundred fifty sheets up to 8.5 inch by 14 inch in size. It also has a standard manual feed tray for printing labels, envelopes, and forms. During testing, paper kept jamming because of its tiny output slot. Also, the paper output tray doesn’t extend out of the printer, providing very little space for finished prints.
On the printer’s control panel is a small, two-line LCD. It isn’t backlit, so reading in lowlight is quite difficult. On the control panel, you will also find the printer’s rubber navigation buttons, quick start keys, dial pad, and single touch fax buttons. There also is a shift button that adds four additional quick-dial fax keys. Beside the fax buttons are sets of buttons for features like hook, resolution, redial, for the fax function; options and enlarge for the copier function; and cancel and secure for the printer function.
Aside from the typical USB connector cable, Brother provides the option to connect multiple users to the machine via a built-in 10/100 BASE TX networking. It also has a 32MB onboard memory for direct data storage.
The MFC-7440N ships with a laser toner cartridge that will last 1,000 page cycles. A replacement cartridge good for 1,500 pages sells for approximately $50.00, while a 2,600-page yield cartridge sells for around $65.00. Printing cost per page would be about $0.03, competitively lower than the average laser printer and adequate for a small to medium-size business operation. Standalone laser printers, though, will do the job for less.
There also are compatible toners available for this printer. The Brother TN-330 Laser Toner with a 1,500 page yield ranges between $29 to $39; the TN-360 with a higher 2600 page yield also sells for just a few dollar more.