Brother Laser Printer: Mistake?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by bobert1985, Nov 27, 2006.

  1. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    I'm not familiar with that model, but I've had a 2040 for maybe 2 years, and it's been great. Very fast startup and output. Good looking grayscale. It does make a brief "buzz" sound when it heats up, or periodically when in the "keep-warm" after last print (default is 5 min.). Maybe that's what some have reported as "power-surges".

    I have it setup as a shared USB printer through Airport Extreme Base station.
  2. annk Administrator


    Staff Member

    Apr 18, 2004
    Somewhere over the rainbow
    I have a Brother DCP 7010 laser printer, and I'm completely satisfied with it - never a single problem. If mine is representative for Brother's lasers, you'll be fine. :)
  3. iSaint macrumors 603


    May 26, 2004
    South Mississippi y'all, near the water!
    I just bought the HL2070N for $99. The Brother Printer driver wouldn't install on my computer, but I used the "HP New Deskjet Series Cups 1.1" and it works wonderfully. It has a great print speed at over 20ppm, and I like its compact size.

    Very good idea buying a laser for college, esp for an English major!
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    My Brother MFC-9180 has never missed a beat. Generally, I find Brother printers work very well with OSX. :)
  5. reflex macrumors 6502a

    May 19, 2002
    My parents had a HL1250 for over 6 years and it was always great. It's mine now and I love it. I haven't printed any envelopes with it though.

    My parents were going to buy another Brother at first, but then I looked around a bit and found that the Kyocera FS1030D used less energy, so that seemed like a good choice too. Also because my parents used to have another Kyocera before the Brother and it was great.

    So my advice would be either a Brother or a Kyocera :)
  6. Grampa Joe macrumors member

    Nov 11, 2006
    I bought a Brother HL 5250DN a month ago based on researching several laser printers, and there is no question that it is a terrific product. I've had no trouble with it at all, and I do a lot of printing. I don't think you can go wrong with this model.
    I haven't done envelope printing and doubt if I ever will, but it's a breeze for duplex (front and back) printing.
    As for wrinkling, I've seen none of that.
    Some folks said it is too noisy. Not as far as I'm concerned.
  7. andy89 macrumors 6502

    May 22, 2005
    Folkestone, England
    I have a brother ink jet brinter, and its crap.

    Its network card only works 10% of the time (at the very most) and it eats cartridges like crazy.

    Maybe the lazer ones are better though.
  8. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    I have a Brother HL-5170DN laser printer.

    Works very well and is network ready. I routinely print from Windows 2K, Windows XP, Mac OS 9, Mac OS X, and from my Newton 2100.

    For printing envelopes it has a passthrough option. I usually just let the envelope go all the way through and skip the passthrough option. The envelopes are a little bit curled, but not bad at all. With the passthrough option the envelope comes out fine.
  9. Play Ultimate macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2005
    Have an MFC-7420. Works great. Have never had any problems.

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