Brother International has been working feverishly over the last 50 years to build their reputation for quality electronics. This United States based company has been manufacturing everything from industrial sewing setups to machining tools, but the majority of their reputation comes from their multi-purpose scanners, fax machines, and printers. The MFC-7440N was developed by Brother to prove that a home office or small business laser printer can produce the same speed and quality as any inkjet on the market.
Brother does not veer far from the norm in terms of the physical design of their printers and scanners. The MFC-7440N weighs in at just under 11 kg and is only 40 cm at its widest point making it nearly the size of a single function printer. The bottom loading input tray can hold 250 sheets while the automatic document feeder at the top can hold 35 sheets. A small LCD display and a few dozen buttons control all of the features including scanning, storing contacts, and various error messages. A small hatch along the side grants access to the Brother MFC-7440N toner cartridges and some of the other internal hardware. The output tray has a unique design and is recessed into the printer just above the input tray and just below the display and controls.
Brother's lofty goals for the MFC-7440N produced a fairly decent entry-level printer. The size of this machine makes it perfect for even the most cramped of offices while still retaining many of the necessary functions such as the automatic document feeder and scanning options. It comes with low-level Brother MFC-7440N toner, but this should not fool anyone. Replacement Brother MFC-7440N toner cartridges (available on Cartridge Save) can produce thousands of average quality prints without being replaced, making it one of the cheapest printers in this price range to use. The scans are also quite adequate when kept to black and white.
Outside of the basics for scanning and printing, the MFC-7440N remains relatively mediocre. The scanning and printing of any colour pages or complex graphics may be slightly fuzzy with some line blurring. Along with the limited 32 MB of internal storage, this printer was simply not built for top end scans. The only other flaw comes down to the design of the output tray which is very cramped and can lead to smudged papers if one does not take care during retrieval.