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Header: Great Economical Laser Printer!
Reviewed By: mwong111
Date Reviewed: Nov 22 '06
Pros: Inexpensive, built-in duplexer, network ready, fast output
Cons: A little noisy
We've owned this printer for about 2.5 months and printed 890 pages to date. I have to say this is a great printer!
- It was relatively inexpensive up front
- Toner cartridges promise to be the same (7000 page cartridge for about $75)
- Duplexer equipped to save paper and time
- Network capable (which allows us to print from anywhere in the house)
- Fast output
- Good software that allows several printing options
- Small footprint design
- Memory expandable
- Bulk paper tray expandable
The printer is a little noisy but that doesn't bother us, it is not that much louder than an inkjet at full bore. The hardest part was getting my firewalls to accept the new device, but that is not the printers fault.
I bought this for my wife who is taking classes that require a horrendous amount of printing. After going through several ink cartridges, I decided to take the plunge, and thank goodness, we love this printer!
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Head: Brother HL-5250 DN - Good network, duplex, laser printer
Reviewed By: Sep 06 '07
Date Reviewed: wordsmith210
I wanted a laser printer because I have to do a lot of printing and it was proving expensive with my HP inkjet printers - each cartridge prints approx. 400 pages only. After a lot of research, the only printer that suited my needs and budget was the Brother HL-5250DN. Other network, duplex laser printers cost about twice as much as this printer.
The printer was easily networked on a home LAN with computers using Windows XP (Pro and Home), Windows 2000 and a Linksys Wireless-G broadband router. When installing on the first computer, make sure the printer is not connected and follow directions for installing on a network. For all other computers, the printer can be left plugged into the router. Install as before. The software will automatically find the printer on the network. (For direct printing to the printer on the network use the default setting - peer to peer, unless you have a print server.)
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.
The printer doesn't have an "ON" light so you might leave it on accidentally, especially when it goes into sleep mode. It seems to use a lot of power on start/wake up because when I plugged it into the battery back-up side of a 250 W UPS, it caused the UPS to shut down. In the surge protection side, it causes the UPS to beep but otherwise works fine.
When humidity is high, you tend to get creasiing of pages and occasional paper jams. However, once you clear the jam, the printer will re-print the spoiled page.
It is noisier than an inkjet, but so far the benefits outweigh the cons, especially when you consider the length of time it takes to print duplex on an inkjet and the cost of cartridges.
This is an especially good printer for college students, especially since most texts either include material on cd-rom or online and you read faster on paper than on screen.
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