Summary: Just for kicks, I thought I'd post an update. I bought this printer in 2002. Here it is, almost 10 years later, and it's still my only printer. It got me through graduate school, the dissertation, and now speeding towards tenure. I only had to buy a new toner cartridge 3 times in the last 10 years. Brother has earned my loyalty for life. When (if?) this thing finally dies, I'm back in line for another Brother!
Good features, poor quality, breaks down fast. Name the brand "Oh, Brother!"
clarita apple, Amazon
30 May 2006
Summary: I bought this printer in March 2002 and the price was very right for the features. I particularly like the duplex printing feature. However, be forewarned that Brother does not provide good Mac support or drivers. Not all the features are supported on Mac computers. What I don't like is, the build quality is cheap cheap cheap. Very cheap plastic trays that don't slide in and out easily.
Summary: The printer works fine for the first year or two. I had no complaints until the third toner cartridge. At that point, I needed to replace the magnetic drum as well. The symptom is that the printouts become gradually darker. This symtptom is common to several other users as well. Anyways, I replaced the drum ($100) and the toner cartridge ($60?) and the printouts are now darker than ever. I am just going to buy another printer.
Summary: I have been a HP laser printer since de mid 80s. Over a year ago I switch to Brother because of the added features this printer had as standard. The automatic duplex printing is a great feature and I am hooked on it. The price tag is fantastic. HP cannot even come close in quality and features let alone price.
Summary: This is a pretty good printer. Its about the cheapest duplexing laser available, and is feature packed and pretty sturdy too There is a new brother 18?? out that is the same thing only slightly faster with more standard memory. But the 1650 is fast enough. Im at about 3000 pages on my first toner, so I can't comment on toner life. Out of those 3000 I have had only one jam (my fault) and only a few cases where it would take 2 sheets instead of one.
An excellent bang for the buck 1200 dpi laser printer
Tull1 "Tull1", Amazon
13 July 2002
Summary: This Brother HL-1650 is a surprising great workhorse. Its as solid as the HP 5MP it replaced and prints a realistic 14 ppm. Since I use the printer mostly with accounting software, I gave it 4 stars and not 5. Reason being that I use pre-printed checks with this printer. So the checks don't offset (ghost), the printer must be set in "transparency" mode, which allows it to print slower (at approx 10ppm) so the fuser can apply more heat to the toner.
Summary: It was the absolute easiest thing I have ever installed on a computer. I literally just had to hook it up and turn on my computer and it did the rest (Windows XP). As for printing, it has been supurb. I do taxes on the side and I made it through tax season perfectly AND I am still on the original toner cartridge! It has definitely paid for itself already! Do not hesitate to buy for home office use!
Summary: Brother HL-1650 is very fast. It not only prints fast, but also heats up fast when turned on or getting out of sleep mode. The built-in duplex printing is great. One minor problem: the Windows printer driver seems to always use the same paper tray, even the same document contains both letter and legal sized pages. The "auto select" or "automatically select" does work. The MUCH more expensive HP printers seem to work fine with the same document.
Summary: I bought this printer about a month ago because of the rebate and the fact that it has an automatic duplexing feature. At work I have the hp 2200 duplex printer that costs several hundred dollars more and at home I have an NEC laserjet (non-duplex) which I feel is poorly built and designed. I am glad I bought this printer because I don't see any difference between the print quality of the hp 2200 vs this printer.