The Good Consistently fast task speeds; great print/scan quality; expandable paper handling and memory; onboard PictBridge port; ADF; network-ready; Brother ControlCenter is flexible and customizable; security feature is great for a multiuser environment.
The Bad No junk fax blocker; no auto duplexer; walk-up scanning options are a bit limited; color printing could use a tiny bit of improvement.
The Bottom Line Our quibbles with the Brother MFC-9440CN pale in comparison to the many things we like about it, chiefly its sublime combination of fast speeds with high-quality output. It's currently our favorite recommendation for a small office environment.
The Brother MFC-9440CN is an excellent color laser multifunction printer for small offices and work groups. Its fast speeds, great print/scan quality, and large feature set are commendable. It's not without its shortcomings, but they are minor. Compared with similarly priced multifunctions we've reviewed, such as the Lexmark X502n and the Xerox Phaser 6115MFP, we prefer the Brother MFC-9440CN for standard office use because it carries out all of its functions well. If your priority is super-high-quality prints, you may consider the HP Color Laserjet CM1017, but its slow print speeds won't stand up to everyday office use. For everyone else looking for a multifunction that offers the features and performance that meet the wide-ranging needs of a busy office, we recommend the Brother MFC-9440CN.
The Brother MFC-9440CN is a large printer designed for small offices and work groups, so make sure you have sufficient desk or table space for it. It stands 17 inches wide, 19.2 inches deep, and 19 inches tall, and it weighs a hefty 72.6 pounds. Hand wells embedded in either side help you get a grip on the printer, but it's large enough to require two people to move it.
The A4-size scanner lid is surmounted by a 35-page automatic document feeder. If using the flatbed scanner, the maximum size your original can be is A4, but the ADF unit allows you to scan legal-size documents. A PictBridge-enabled USB button sits on the front panel and supports both PictBridge cameras and USB flash drives.