Summary: I bought this to replace an ~8 year old Oki C3200 color laser, and this Brother is superior in all respects except one: the color quality. I compared a couple of documents that I had printed a few weeks ago with the Oki to identical prints from the Brother and, wow, what a difference. These were simple business documents, no photos.
Ethernet Connected Printer would not print most of the time
Kenneth S Morgan, Amazon
26 September 2014
Summary: We wanted an ethernet connection on a peer-to-peer network. Every other printer I have hooked up too this same network works fine. This printer did not. Even though I could view the IP address on a web browser, it had real problems communicating with the network. It would spool the Windows Test Page (a whopping 192 KB file) up to about 191 KB and simply stall. Eventually it did print, but when we tried this on another computer, it never did print.
Summary: VERY ANNOYED. Wireless printer requires a USB cable which of course does not come with this printer. I dont have time for this nonsense. Now I have to waste more time going to pick up a cable. Stop being cheap and give your customers a break, or at least make it clear what is required. MAKE IT VERY CLEAR.
Summary: I was looking for a color printer to use in the office. I use both the paper tray 1 and the manual paper tray. The Manual tray automatically recognizes that there is paper there, which is a plus, BUT it will only allow you to put one piece of paper in at a time! If I try to put more then one piece of paper in it either has a paper jam or else takes both pieces of paper at the same time. I use the printer on a regular basis to print checks.
Excerpt: This is a nice machine. I bought it in a pinch. I was given 2 hrs to get a new machine so unfortunately I couldn't get the one I originally wanted online as that would take 3-4 days delivery time. I went to the store and they only had 2 machines that were color and single function. I took the better of the two. In the process, I also bought toner for this product.
Summary: Wow, "deep sleep mode" should be code for "doesn't work when you want it too." You have to physically turn the printer on and off to make it print. I have tried everything to disable it--you can't. The web is full of work-arounds. Work arounds? Really. Brother needs to get its act together. Printer cartridges are expensive and the after market versions vary from great to absolute ripoffs. My fault all the way around. Plenty of reviews similar to the one I just wrote..
Good quality prints, but sucks the toner down like crazy
Amazon Customer, Amazon
9 June 2014
Summary: I like this quality of the prints this printer produces, but I really, really hate how much toner it uses. I have a Canon b&w toner-based laser printer, and the toner cartridge lasts for a good long time. The toner for this Brother printer lasts for FAR less than the thousands of prints advertised on the box, even when printing on "toner save" mode. Very disappointing. I think I may buy one last replacement set of toner and then give this printer away.
Summary: We bought this printer to replace our old workhorse, the HP2600. We were excited because this is an LED printer, and we thought it would add to the longevity of the product. I found the product easy to set up and the driver installation straightforward. The actual menu navigation on the printer is slightly confusing, but not unmanageable. Once you get those things set up, the printer is ready to go. The plain text printing off of this printer is actually quite good.
Summary: OK printer but boy are the toners expensive and low output. They supposedly yield 2500 pages but that is at 5% coverage with thin fonts. We ran out of toner after printing only about two reams of paper after spending about $130 for a new set of 4. That's $.25/per page print cost.
Summary: Sent this back and got an HL4150CDN -- much happier. Not sure if it was the mediocre print quality or the small cartridges that was the deciding factor. I spent hours of time lots of toner and much paper trying to tweak the print settings to get a decent color picture. By the time I got something passable (but still not great), I was out of toner. I'm not talking photo quality here, just mixed graphics on 24lb, 98 white paper.