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Head: Brother HL-5250 DN - Good network, duplex, laser printer
Reviewed by: wordsmith210
Date Reviewed: Sep 06 '07 (Updated Nov 22 '07)
Networkable, duplex, printing costs are less than an inkjet, very fast printing.
No "ON" light, paper curling, poor print of PDF documents, not for printing photos.
The Bottom Line
I would buy this printer for home, home office and small office use. Especially good for college students.
The printer prints very quickly, I love the duplex capability. Full pages of text or graphics printed duplex take roughly 7 seconds per page. Pages tend to curl, when 20 lb laser printer paper is used, but if you put them under something heavy they will flatten out. I've found that 24 lb paper has much less page curling.
PDF documents do not print well, maybe they are seen as images. Printing with the 300 dpi setting and toner saver on gives poor quality prints but printing at 600 dpi produces much better prints.
Printing of full page photographs using the HQ 1200 dpi setting with toner saver off produced images with noticeable banding.
The printer doesn't seem to detect manually fed envelopes, however, if you press the "GO" button it will print on the envelope. Make sure to put the envelope with the face up and the flap to the left for no. 10 envelopes.
The toner cartridge that comes with the printer is supposed to last about 3000 pages at 5% coverage (I'll update when it finishes). I plan to buy the 7,000 page replacement toner - TN580, when this one finishes. Compared to other laser printers, this seems to be only one of a few printers that has a high capacity toner cartridge at a relatively inexpensive price - about $70.
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Head: PQ & setup ok, but extremely noisy
Reviewed by: donbott
Date Reviewed: Aug 17 '07
Pros: Excellent speed at low price.
Cons: Ridiculously noisy fan stays on way too long after each job.
I bought this printer for light-duty personal office work. The ~$70 price for a refurbished 2070 unit was difficult to beat, and since I was extremely happy with my older Brother 1070 at home, I purchased this unit.
Setup was no problem, and PQ/operation has been good through the approximately 1k prints I've made so far. Brother shipping a 1500-print starter cartridge is annoying, but I knew that when I bought it.
By far the biggest negative I see for the machine is its noise. Even with Powersave (time to sleep) set to its minimum time of 1 minute, the cooling fan stays on for 15 minutes and is ridiculously loud for a personal printer. If I had known how noisy this machine was, I would not have purchased it.
A secondary negative is the high levels of curl and sheet distortion I get occasionally. The lead-edge corners of some sheets can easily be 1.5" out-of-plane. Since I rarely print big jobs or those requiring high PQ, this doesn't bother me a great deal.
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