The Good Automatic document feeder included; network ready; easy access to ink tanks; media card slots and PictBridge port; color LCD; compact; lots of fax options; inexpensive.
The Bad Slow text printing and copying; poor print quality with graphics.
The Bottom Line The Brother MFC-440cn has a lot to offer, but it falls short on print quality. We prefer the Canon Pixma MP530 for a small-office environment.
The Brother MFC-440cn looks great on paper and in person. It's a full-featured multifunction that lets you print, scan, copy, and fax--all for only $150. Making the deal even sweeter is the fact that it has an automatic document feeder, is network ready, and includes media card slots and a PictBridge port. The drawback is its print quality and slow text-print speeds. The MFC-440cn is a decent choice for a small office that doesn't have heavy printing needs or require high-quality graphics and photo prints. If you can forego the built-in networking and the media card slots, we recommend the slightly more expensive Canon Pixma MP530--for an additional $50, you'll get higher quality prints and scans and faster speeds.
Like most home office-oriented all-in-ones, the scanner platen is big enough to fit only A4-size originals, but using the ADF, you can scan up to legal-size documents. The lid's hinges lift to accommodate thicker documents, such as books. A small hinge flips out to catch original documents that have been fed through the ADF.
Mounted on the front edge of the printer are a PictBridge Port and two media card slots. The PictBridge port allows you to print directly from a PictBridge-enabled digital camera or camera phone. The media card slots can read most common card types, including CompactFlash, SD, MMC, and Memory Stick. Some additional card types require an adapter that's not included with the printer.