Jay Kinney on Amazon
7 years ago
05/14/2016, 13:37 PM
Looks like another Brother workhorse
I had a previous Brother laser printer (HL-5250DN) that was a solid workhorse for ten years. I used it in my home office and it had great print quality and the toner cartridges seemed to last forever. (I got an off-brand refilled cartridge once, but went back to Brother's own cartridges as they gave the best quality results and lasted the longest). Towards the end the paper feed began to jam with paper stuck halfway through printing. I suspect it was the drum unit reaching the end of the line. When the paper finally refused to feed at all, I decided it was time for a new printer. I could have replaced the drum unit, but that would have cost more than half the price of this new printer.
After a month of use, I am happy with this printer, which was the closest I could find to what I had previously had. I mainly chose this model because it came with Wi-fi built in (the HL-5250DN did not, and I had it hard-wired with ethernet to our home network), and it had the option of using super high-yield toner cartridges, which many other models did not. On the whole it appears to be another winner from Brother.
Some reviews have complained about heavy electrical draw, but I've not experienced that. We live in an apartment building built over 100 years ago, with not great wiring, and I have had no problem with the printer.
I give this 4 instead of 5 stars only because 1) it takes longer to print the initial page than my former printer (though it then kicks out additional pages at a fast clip), 2) the initial page sometimes (but not always) has an annoying small crease running halfways up the page (I need to trouble-shoot what's up with that), and 3) it is kind of loud in printing. I consider those minor issues.
Set-up was much more of a breeze than I expected. I did go to the Brother website and downloaded the latest drivers, but also used the included CD of drivers and set-up wizard and it found our home network Wi-fi and that was that. We have my Mac and my wife's PC on our network and both work fine with it. We've even printed from our iPhones and my iPad to it, which was a nice touch.
Bottom line: am I pleased? Yes.