I’ve bought the All-In-One printer “Brother MFC-7820N” in 2007. By far the MFC-7820N is the best printer I’ve ever had. The device is an A+ with asterisks for home use and small business. Although I quite often use the printer, I still have in use the first toner cartridge. MFC-7820N is able to copy, fax, print and scan. Duplex functionality is the only thing I miss from time to time.
Brother provides a Windows 7/64bit – driver that supports printing and scanning via network. Now I discovered that unfortunatly scanning on Windows 8/64bit only works via USB. Printing still works via network. The driver comes out of the box with Windows 8. Requesting Brother gave the same result:
“Since we are not planning to develop a driver for Windows 8, scanning only works via local USB connection with the built-in Windows 8 driver.”
The printer is now approximately 5 years old. No eternity for a printer. Nevertheless, Brother doesn’t support this printer on the latest Microsoft OS professionally. I’ve heard that other manufacturers provide drivers significantly longer. I think that one should definitely take that into account for future purchase decisions.