Are Brother printers poor quality?

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  2. fhall1 macrumors 68040

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    I've had a Brother HL-4040CN forever...it's been a great printer.
     
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    love our Brother color laser. It is at least as good as any HP we had in the past.
     
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    @TH55 I have always recommended Brother without an issue. They make great equipment, even the more affordable models are fantastic.
     
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    I've had my Brother Printer since 2006 and it's still going strong!!
     
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    Their laser printers are rock solid and dependable. I'm very happy with mine and wouldn't hesitate to buy Brother again.

    But that price really isn't a steal. That's about what inkjet AIOs normally cost because they can charge so much for ink cartridge refills.
     
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    Didn't look to see the original printer linked to.....I would never buy another inkjet of any brand. I very infrequently use a printer and when I would, the ink cartridges were always dried up. Don't have that issue with a laser printer.
     
  8. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    I agree about "never buying another inkjet of ANY brand"... :)

    The Brother laser I currently have has been the best printer I've ever owned (with the possible exception of the -original- HP "Deskwriter" from MANY years ago).
     
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    In my experience, their inkjet printers tend to be very economical when it comes to ink but the print quality isn't as good as those from Canon or Epson. Their laser printers I would recommend without a second thought; I work at Office Depot and whenever I have a customer looking for a laser printer, I always steer them towards the Brothers first.
     
  10. kschendel macrumors 6502a

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    Just in case you aren't convinced yet, the Brother lasers are great. I've heard that the color rendition on the color models are just OK but that's hearsay. I know from personal experience that their monochrome laser printers are solid, reliable, and have very good print quality. Recommended.
     
  11. steve23094 macrumors 68000

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    I pretty much agree with everyone here.

    I used to sell printers retail and Brother lasers were easily amongst the most reliable, I recommended them all the time. In my last office job in an IT company we used Brothers in house and installed them into our 2000 client's workplaces where they would encounter pretty heavy loads, they caused very few problems.

    Coincidentally I have just chosen to upgrade my printer and have chosen a Brother HL-L2365DW.
     
  12. TH55 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I have edited my OP, I'm only looking at this particular model which is an inkjet. As much as I would love to own a laser the cartridges are way too expensive for how little use it will get.
     
  13. Altemose macrumors G3

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    With little use, ink jets dry and clog thereby causing you to clean the print head and waste a ton of ink. Have you looked into getting an affordable Brother laser printer and ordering the toner and what not off Amazon from a third party? Keep in mind that while a toner cartridge costs a bit more up front, you get a whole lot more usage out of each cartridge and never have to deal with wasting ink on cleaning the heads.
     
  14. steve23094 macrumors 68000

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    Actually, because low use ink cartridges are always drying out an inkjet would quickly become more expensive than a laser. I'm low use and that's exactly why I chose a laser.
     
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    I agree with everyone here who has suggested staying away from inkjet printers. They have proven to be nothing but trouble in my experiences.

    If you do not need color, you can often find B&W laser printers on sale for around $50. Even if they come included with only "starter" toner cartridges, it will probably outlast a set of ink cartridges for an inkjet. You must also consider how expensive most ink cartridges are and how many pages of output they can produce (unless they dry out of clog before you use up the ink).

    I picked up a color all-in-one laser printer on sale for about $200 six years ago and I'm still on the original toner. Granted, I don't print very much anymore but I know that when I do need to print something, I won't be met with dry ink cartridges.
     
  16. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    OP wrote above:
    "I have edited my OP, I'm only looking at this particular model which is an inkjet. As much as I would love to own a laser the cartridges are way too expensive for how little use it will get."

    This is ALL THE MORE REASON why you should consider a laser printer.

    As mentioned above, inkjet printer cartridges will tend to "dry up" during long periods of non-use, and the inkjet heads will clog up.

    The toner in a laser printer won't do this. If you turn the printer off for two weeks and turn it back on, it will still print as well as it did before.

    If you only print occasionally, the toner cartridge(s) in a laser will last you a LONG time...
     
  17. kschendel macrumors 6502a

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    Not meaning to pile on, but you'll pay even more for wasted ink. Inkjets really like regular use, and they really don't like occasional use. I bought an HP color inkjet with my iMac a few years ago, because it was really cheap and I thought the same way you did. That thing cost a fortune in ink, and I finally ditched it in favor of a Canon color laser multi-function. The canon color laser cost 3.5x what the HP inkjet did, and I expect to break even in about 18 months if not less. We're talking maybe 100 pages a month on average, so we weren't using the ink, we were losing it to constant cleaning cycles.
     
  18. TH55 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Oh wow, I didn't realize this. Thanks everybody, probably saved me a lot of time money and trouble. I will try to find an affordable laser. Should I stick with Brother?
     
  19. Altemose macrumors G3

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    @TH55 I would recommend sticking with the Brother line. Here is a 3 in 1 Brother model on sale at Best Buy! It is not a color printer, however toner is under $15 from reputable third parties on Amazon.
     

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