Brother is known to many as the world’s leading printer manufacturer. Yet again, they have released a new model called Brother HLL8250CDN. It’s a low-mid range color laser with wired networking support and up to 30ppm speed. It has already been receiving good reviews which is no wonder considering the reliable and trustworthy brand. Let’s see if we here at TechForPennies.com agree with others.
Brother HLL8250CDN is, despite the price, just a printer. You won’t find any additional functions like scanner, copier and fax in it. For a similar price you could find a multifunctional device which indeed many offices want. But from what I’ve seen, these printers with just one function do their job excellently.
There’s a basic 2-line mono LCD display available. It doesn’t support touch, but should be enough for operating this simple printer.
250 sheets is capacity for the input tray. Multi-purpose tray takes up to 50 pages. Output handles 150 sheets. The biggest paper size is legal, 8.5″ x 14″ inches. Automatic duplex printing is enabled to allow for two-sided prints.
Here’s one possible drawback: there’s no WiFi on Brother HLL8250CDN. Just 100Mbps Ethernet RJ-45 and USB 2.0 ports. You’ll have to use wire, which might or might not be annoying to you. Of course, connecting to a WiFi router (with a cable) allows for wireless printing – but direct WiFi is missing, indeed.
Dimensions for the unit are 16.1″ x 19.1″ x 12.3″ (WxDxH). To me, it looks like a compact size without too large a footprint. All the major operating systems (Windows XP-8.1, Mac OS X 10.7.5 and above, and Linux) are supported.
Thirty pages per minute for both color and black sheets is the advertised speed of Brother HLL8250CDN. In my opinion, that’s fast enough for most, since you basically get a sheet out every two seconds. First print out is 15 seconds or less, a bit more what I’ve seen on some printers of similar price.
The maximum print resolution is 2400×600 dpi. Comments about print quality are somewhat irrelevant, because to one person the pages look good and to another person they don’t. Anyway, it’s safe to assume less than lab-level, but still acceptable photos from this Brother. Some monochrome printers might give sharper text quality on documents.
Monthly duty cycle is good 40,000 pages. The recommended amount is 3000 pages a month, so you can easily print 100 sheets every single day with this printer. That’s much more than the $99 printers have, and one of the things that differentiates this Brother from those cheap machines.
Installed memory is 128MB and it can be increased up to 384MB. The default amount should be enough for small office needs.
Brother HLL8250CDN accepts TN33* toner. If you use TN336BK, the high yield one, cost per one black page with current price would be around 1.4 cents. For color prints, with TN336C/M/Y toners, price for one page is ~9.2 cents. Not that much, and it might be wise to pick this printer whose acquisition cost is higher but toner costs lower if you print more than couple of pages a day.
There are starter cartridges included. The black toner has 2500 pages yield and color toners 1500 yield each.
Summing it up
Brother HLL8250CDN is a workhorse for small office. It should have reasonable print quality for both B&W documents and photographs. The best side are probably the operating costs, with color pages being less than ten cents each. Monthly duty cycle is good for all but the busiest businesses where printer is spitting out pages all day. Drawbacks include missing wireless feature – but as said above, you can still get WiFi functionality by using your wireless router. Also, having no fax/copier/scanner might bother some. But in case you just want a solid printer, this Brother should be a very good pick.