Summary: Bought this last week and just installed it today. The printer itself seems fine at this early stage but the installation was difficult. Set up the printer, placed the CD ROM in the drive, abrupt message: "no software for this computer" and the process stops dead with no further help, guidance or advice. I am using a current model iMac less than six months old with up to date OS X etc. so what is the problem?
Summary: It worked fine for two weeks. Then is started telling us that the toner was running low. This was after no more than 200 pages or ordinary text printed at 300 dpi in "toner save" mode. Then after another few days it refused to work altogether. The "toner" light came on and the printing software was telling us to get a new toner cartridge. Either the printer is defective or the cartridge supplied with it was defective.
Summary: The printer was very easy to setup. Just plug it into your wifi router, then install the drivers on your computer, and voila. Works like a charm. The only gripe I have with this is the fan noise. So basically you know how you typically get the loud fan noise for a few seconds while the printer warms up the drums, and a few seconds after on most laser printers? Well after those few seconds, the fan goes into a "low spinning" mode which can last for 15-20 minutes.
Ideal SOHO network printer. Very cheap to feed. Linux support.
5 August 2014
Summary: Excellent value for money. Great little printer. Superb output quality up to 1200dpi, wired network connection, and duplex (two-sided) printing to boot! Web based configuration server makes this a doddle to set up. It can handle pretty much any standard printing protocol eg. Postscript level 3, HP PCL 5-6, LPR, IPP etc. On my mostly Linux home network, installation takes about 2 minutes per PC.
Summary: The printer does all the stuff that it's suppose to do very well, but beware that the tempting price tag as this is only the tip of the iceberg. The unit comes with a half-full starter cartridge that lasts no time at all - even a full one is pitiful compared with my old-fashioned printer that pegged out and had to be replaced. Nagging messages suggest you replace the cartridge, so check the cost of these before buying.
Summary: This is a good printer, and I have been using it for a few weeks now. Unfortunately, it has some issues regarding errors, and it took me forever to figure out that I had a paper jam in the duplex unit, and how to fix it. I had to head to the internet to get a solution for that - even though once I figured it out, I did facepalm! However, it does seem that this is a common problem.
Summary: The reason to choose this Brother is that third party toner cartridges are available. This makes the cost per page much cheaper than other alternatives. It prints like any other office monochrome network laser printer- no better or worse (think HP Laserjet).The duplex (double sided printing) feature is a welcome bonus at this price. It is well suited to a home office.You just plug it into your router and install some drivers on the client PCs.
Summary: Installed on Opensuse 12.1 and now 13.1. There's a smart Linux driver installer on the Brother website (under 'solutions'). I'm no expert but it was pretty straightforward for me. Light paper does curl. Answer is to buy heavier paper I guess. Noise is nothing - typical for a laser printer and less than my previous smudgejet. All normal access is from the front, including 'special' sheets. I haven't tried envelopes.