Summary: Users of this product have mentioned here and on other product forums that this printer creases envelopes as it prints them. Indeed, according to reviewers, the creasing seems to occur at the same spot on the envelopes in most cases which spells design flaw in my book. Except for this one point, this is one terrific printer. It's easy to set up and easy to use.
Summary: I bought this printer to replace my old trusted Apple Laser 360 because I could not find reliable ink cartridges for the Apple. Installation and networking were incredibly easy with the Brother HL5250. The instructions are very easy to follow, and the machine works beautifully, without any problems. The HL-5250 is quiet and printing is clear, and fast. I can also say that there is no curling of the paper, as has been reported in some reviews of this machine.
Summary: Over several decades, have purchased printers from Brother company. Each has been trouble-free, and all remain in operatonal condition. Other brands have good products, but none better than Brother. Only slight negative for this latest purchase is that instructions seem rather limited relevant to initial installation. However, installation and operational features worked perfectly from initial installation.
Summary: Typical Brother reliability, well built. First page speed is about 20 seconds. Networking is flawless, setup is easy, and the darn thing even has its own web page with multiple admin pages. But the coolest feature of this printer is woefully undocumented. How can you use the printer with two different kinds of paper? Under Windows, the driver for this product wrongly assumes that you purchased the 5250DN, which only has one tray.
Summary: I was looking for a fast, reliable, networkable printer with duplexing. This Brother HL seemed to fit the bill perfectly. However, after using it for awhile, I would have bought another printer. It is really fast, and prints jobs quickly with little or no delay. But, it has bad paper curl after the first 20 prints. I've tried several thicknesses of paper, but it continues to output curled pages after it heats up.
Summary: I have bought 3 of these so I have no room to complain. The software is a bit non-intuitive, but nothing that is too difficult to figure out. The thing comes with a 2nd tray and duplex printing capabilities on Windows, and the $305 price tag beats the pants off of any other printers. Quality wise, it's all plastic just like all of the other ones. 4 stars just because of the software-configuring issues.
Summary: First printer I received would not feed from second tray, emailed Amazon.com and they sent me a whole new printer pronto, excellent service. The new printer worked fine from both trays. Quite easy to set up printer and network, easy to install on all work-stations, works well though sensitive to cheaper laser paper, but very easy to fix paper jams. Very good value for money. Would buy another one.
Summary: This is a terrific printer--fast, virtually trouble free, high quality output. I had the older 5170DN before, but it died, so I replaced it with the 5280DW which is the same as the 5250DNT but with the wireless feature. In response to the reviewer who said the 5250DNT duplexing only works with Windows: The duplexing function for the Mac is accessed through the printer driver>layout options. Choose Printer>Presets>Layout>Left-sided Binding.
Daniel Limbach "Reader, writer, gadget guy", Amazon
28 May 2007
Summary: I performed an exhaustive search for the right mono laser printer. I landed the Brother HL-5250DNT, and I couldn't be happier. Here's what I was looking for during my search. 1) Speed (first page and pages per minute) 2) Image quality 3) Economic consumables 4) Connectivity (USB and parallel minimum, networkable a plus) 5) Expandability 6) Duplex printing a big plus 7) Size - nothing too huge 8) Quiet Here's what I got. 1) I am amazed at how fast this printer is.