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Agoxswolaps says...

Wanted a work horse because we really use our printers. Got one and liked it so much we bought a second one. If either one goes out, we'll replace it with another. Reasonably priced and built to take the work!

Jen Judah says...

Once it starts to print, it surprised us how fast it was, and not having to flip the paper over (and remember exactly how to put it back in) to print 2 sided is worth so much more than the price of this printer. Our time is very valuable and now we don't waste as much time (or paper)! Definately a good move on our part.

Jake Campbell says...

Having used this printer for about 2 weeks now, I think that it was an excellent purchase.The features that attracted me most were: high resolution; fast printing speed; duplex printing done automatically, not by reinserting paper); and networked printing. I am satisfied that each feature is as claimed. The print quality is superb. The printer has a parallel port as well as a USB port for connecting it to computers directly. (USB and parallel printer cables are not included). Actually, you can use both connections at the same time, and connect the printer to TWO computers.) But, frankly, with a LAN at home, I don't need those ports. Using a standard ethernet cable (not supplied), I've connected the printer into the ethernet router (actually a hub). Now I can print from any one of my computers over the LAN. The printing is equally smooth from MacOS, Linux, and Windows (Vista and XP).One reviewer was somewhat concerned about the network configuration of the printer. Actually this is quite simple. The manual explains the procedure clearly and accurately. Use the instructions for Peer-to-Peer (not the Shared) Networking. Alternatively, you can just connect the printer to your router. The router will assign a dynamic IP address to the printer. For referring to the printer symbolically, it's better to give it a static (fixed) address. Most routers allow this. In any case, once your printer has an IP address (e.g., 192.168.168.107), write it down, and on your computers use that address to configure the printer as a "networked printer". Of course, you'll need to configure the printer separately on each computer that you care to print from.Duplex printing saves paper (and trees and forests). I have made it the default on each computer while configuring the printer. (The printer's own control panel is rather bare-bones, so most configurations have to be done on computers that print on this printer.)In general, the printer is easy to use and its parts are readily accessible. For example, the drum and ink cartridge that came in a separate sac were quite easy to install. As another example, the extra memory slot for the printer is directly behind a little lid on the printer side. The printer has a 32Mb memory already soldered in. This is a generous size for most home use. But the larger the printer memory, the more printing jobs you can spool to the printer. The extra memory slot takes a common DIMM or SDRAM chip of upto 512Mb capacity. I had a 256Mb SDRAM chip lying idle which had come out of my Mac Powerbook (whose RAM I had upgraded). The chip had a compatible write memory speed according to the printer manual. It took just a few minutes to install this chip on the printer, boosting the memory to 288Mb!. There is "multi-function" tray in the back of the printer for feeding special papaer stock, transparencies, envelope, etc. I haven't used this tray.The computer goes to sleep when not active. While waking up, it does seem to draw quite a bit of current, since a lamp that I have plugged in the same power strip as the printer flickers each time the printer wakes up. Before buying it, make sure you are comfortable with its size. Like most laser printers, and unlike most photo-printers, it is wide and tall. I find the size acceptable. Overall, this is a great printer. It's well-built, easy to install and operate, and fitted with the most needed features.

Marquees01 says...

The only reason I am writing this review is because of some of the negative reviews I read before buying it about a year ago. I believe all of their problems are the result of not following the instructions and using the provided software. First you have to choose the correct install CD for your application, you get 2. The first says "Windows Vista" the other says, basically, "Everything Else, including Mac". It seems at this point many people got lost. By following the "Getting Started Manual" and using the appropriate disc you actually install the appropriate drivers and "The REAL USERS MANUAL" in PDF format on your computer. The real manual is 138 pages with tons of information. By installing their drivers you guarantee that your operating systems can handle duplex printing and all the other features of this printer. Printing Envelopes seems to be a problem that many many people had. On page 95 of the manual it tells you "If your document is wrinkled then open the back cover and flip up 2 blue levers". This reduces the clamping force on the document and leaves the envelope in good shape. When I first did this I then found that the toner was not fixed. I could easily smear the printing. Back to the manual. On page 5 they talk about all the types of paper it can print on. I changed the paper setting from "Plain" to "Envelope" and that fixed the smearing problem. In addition you can set Thin paper, thick paper, thicker paper, envelopes, thin envelopes, thick envelopes etc. The overall options and tweaks for this printer are almost endless depending on your needs.One major incentive for getting this printer is that a good shopper can get supplies very cheaply and a page can cost less than a penny to print.It is a little on the bigger side so if you have a 3' x 5' office it may not fit in well. It IS a laser printer and like all lasers it is somewhat noisier, especially then an ink jet.I love having the ability to duplex. I turn it on, on a case by case basis.The only real annoyances are having to make changes to print one envelope and a driver quirk that causes the printer to wake up when I turn my computer off or if I bring up a document to look at but not print.Other then the above two faults I feel this is an excellent printer for home or small business. All one really needs to do is READ THE MANUAL and most issues can be easily resolved.

Eleriemic says...

The Brother HL-5250DN was purchased as a replacement for my old Lexmark Optra S 1855n which began to jam consistently at the start of a new print job.The HL-5250DN is a perfect replacement because it can handle both PCL 6 and Postscript documents with easy. Network printing is almost instantous, significantly faster than the older Lexmark. Printing speeds are amazing quick once it gets going. The computer wakes up fairly quickly from sleep mode. Its compact design is half the size of the lexmark's height. Print drivers work well with Windows Vista Home Premium and they provide many paper handling options. The only negative I had with the printer is locating the manual paper feed ;-) It wasn't intuitive at first until I discovered the front door panel swings two ways, one for cartridge insertion and one for mailing evelopes. This door seems like its weakest point and I do have some concern about its durability in the long term. I have not tested out the wireless options because I have that option turned off on my router. However, once I obtain a new laptop early next year, I will give it a try. All around, I think the brother HL-5250DN is a very good general B&W network printer for any home or small business.

Cheapwowgoldzwg says...

I edit and publish a monthly newsletter for a local fraternal organization. Each month I print 1000-1300 pages with my HL5250DN in one sitting and without a hitch. Before buying this printer in June 2006 it took 2+ days to accomplish the same thing with another manufacturer's non-duplexing printer. The only time I have had any problem at all with this printer have been the 3 times that I put too much paper in it. My fault not the printer's. Duh!! I have never tried to use it for envelopes or labels but if you need crisp, clear documents this thing will do the job. If mine ever wears out I'll replace it with another one just like it.

Flouhfugh says...

This is a great little printer. The duplexing works great and saves a lot of paper. Envelopes do come out creased most of the time so I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who plans on doing lots of envelopes. Otherwise, this printer is great. It prints very quickly, even when duplexing, and everything comes out looking great. It was easy to network so the whole office is able to use it. Also with available rebates when we purchased in February of this year, it ended up being a bargain for the quality of the machine we received.

Darren Lim says...

Drum broke down just after 3 months of use, and this is with 75% of it's life left. To replace it cost me $190.00 to replace something that didn't need to be replaced yet. Very poor quality for a potentially great printer. Warrantee didn't cover it and neither did my extended warrantee from staples.

Kim Locsin says...

I was shocked when I powered up the printer and 2 computers rebooted from the power surge it caused.Same happens when it comes out of sleep mode.Make sure you have it on a seperate outlet and all computers on a UPS.

Robert Scott says...

I was initially leery of a "refurbished" product, but I checked with an authorized Brother repair shop in a nearby town (a multi-brand shop) and he stated he knew of no problems with this model, or refurbished ones. He stated Brother did a good job of making repair parts available for their products, should it ever be necessary. The manual/warranty info that came with the machine mentioned that the warranty does not apply to refurbished or demonstrator machines, but [...]the machine was indeed covered.The machine came with a new "standard size" toner and drum, and works perfectly with my Vista system computer. I have it plugged directly into an electrical outlet, not my surge strip (although both are plugged into the same outlet),and have not noticed any large start-up power draws as noted by some reviewers. I have printed out several hundred pages thus far, including many using the duplex function, and I am very pleased with the rapid start-up, fast printing, and ease of loading the paper tray and toner/drum. The print quality is excellent. I use it for general document printing. I have not tried much graphics, but I printed out the owners manual and the grayscale shaded drawings of the machine and the pictures of the relevant Windows operating screens associated with print options were well done and the fine details clear and easily legible . I have not tried the networking functions.

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