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Review of "Brother HL 1050"

published 20/03/2001 | adamdavid
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Pro Quick, good quality printouts
Cons Doesn't seem to last very long
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"Brother HL 1050"

The Brother HL-1050 is a fairly good laser printer. I've had mine for just over two years and in that time I've had no problems with it until recently.

It can be connected via either parallel port or USB, comes with 4MB of memory and has a claimed print speed of 10ppm with a maximum resolution of 1200x600dpi. It is fast and handles text superbly and graphics adaquately. Toner cartridges are twenty five quid a throw and last a couple of thousand pages (I think) depending on print density and stuff like that. The printer driver offers a useful little window that opens and tells you the status of the printer (if it's asleep, if the toner is low, if the paper is jammed, etc).

It is a quick printer, but it's not that small with a footprint of roughly 14.5" x 14.5" and a height of approximately 11". It's not quiet either. The paper goes in the top (vertically) and comes out the front (horizontally) so with the paper out tray pulled out it takes up an awful lot of space. When it prints it sounds like a jet engine.

As I said, mine is two and a half years old and for the last six months the print quality has deteriorated drastically with large pale streaks all over the page. I'm pretty sure this is down to the imaging drum going, but it really shouldn't have gone this quickly. I'm only on my third toner cartridge and I would expect the imaging drum to last at least ten cartridges. Since new imaging drums cost about £150, I'm going to get a new printer. I'm not sure whether to get another Brother printer or not. I was delighted with it, until the print quality dropped so drastically.

UPDATE.
I bought a Lexmark Colour inkjet printer to replace the Brother and contacted Brother to ask them about my printer. The result of my dealings with Brother has told me that the imaging drum is only expected to last 8,000 pages and that mine is at the end of it's life (having printed 7,800 pages).
This means my Brother printer gave two years of acceptable printouts. However, the cost of a new imaging drum is almost twice that that I paid for my new inkjet printer.

Will I buy another Brother printer? Probably not. They don't seem to last very long. Modern inkjet printers are so cheap to buy that they are almost disposable. Okay, the ink cartridges are more expensive and in the long run they may be more expensive to run, but lasers don't seem to last long enough to take advantage of their lower cost per page.

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  • LostWitness published 20/03/2001
    Isn't it ridiculous that parts like drums and toner cartridges are more expensive than the actual printers?
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Product Information : Brother HL 1050

Manufacturer's product description

Brother offers HL-1050 Professional Laser Printer. 1200 dpi class printing combined with microfine toner produces exceptional quality print output at up to 10 ppm. The unique Straight Paper Path Technology ensures smooth, wrinkle-free printing on a wide range of media types and weights. The well designed input paper cassette tray holds 200 sheets, plus a manual feed slot, and provides excellent paper handling. The media setting control allows you to obtain the optimum print quality on different media types, every time. The cassette even takes envelopes, allowing for unparalleled convenience in the handling of routine correspondence. The HL-1050 printer utilizes a RISC-based high-speed controller, which allows for impressive fast output. Optimized first page output is less than 15 seconds. Brother's own data compression minimizes RAM consumption and gives a fast return to application. The standard memory can easily be expanded.

Product Details

Product Description: Brother HL-1050 - printer - monochrome - laser

Printer Type: Personal printer - laser - monochrome

Form Factor: Desktop

Weight: 7.2 kg

Media Size Class: A4/Legal, A4

Max Media Size: Legal (216 x 356 mm), A4 (210 x 297 mm)

Max Media Size (Custom): 216 mm x 356 mm

Print Speed: Up to 10 ppm - best

Max Resolution ( B&W ): 1200 x 600 dpi

Interface: Parallel

Processor: Fujitsu MB86831 66 MHz

RAM Installed ( Max ): 4 MB ( 36 MB )

Language Simulation: EPSON FX, IBM PPR, PCL 6

Media Type: Envelopes, labels, plain paper

Total Media Capacity: 200 sheets

System Requirements: Microsoft Windows NT 4.0, Microsoft Windows 3.x/95/98

Dimensions (WxDxH): 39 cm x 36.5 cm x 24.5 cm

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty

General

MPN: 10047, 9915

Printer Type: Personal printer - laser - monochrome

Form Factor: Desktop

Enclosure Colour: White

Printer

Print Speed: Up to 10 ppm - best

Connectivity Technology: Wired

Interface: Parallel

Max Resolution ( B&W ): 1200 x 600 dpi

PostScript Support: Not available

Language Simulation: EPSON FX, IBM PPR, PCL 6

Fonts Included: 49 x scalable ¦ 12 x bitmapped ¦ 11 x barcode ¦ 35 x TrueType

Processor

Processor: Fujitsu MB86831 66 MHz

RAM

RAM Installed ( Max ): 4 MB / 36 MB (max)

Slots Qty: 1

Empty Slots: 1

Media Handling

Media Path Type: Straight

Media Type: Envelopes, labels, plain paper

Media Size Class: A4/Legal, A4

Max Media Size: Legal (216 x 356 mm), A4 (210 x 297 mm)

Max Media Size (Custom): 216 mm x 356 mm

Media Sizes: ANSI A (Letter) (216 x 279 mm), Legal (216 x 356 mm), Executive (184 x 267 mm), A4 (210 x 297 mm), A5 (148 x 210 mm), B5 (176 x 250 mm)

Envelope Sizes: International DL (110 x 220 mm), Com-10 (105 x 241 mm), Monarch (98.4 x 190.5 mm)

Total Media Capacity: 200 sheets

Media Feeder(s): 1 x autoload - 200 sheets - Legal (216 x 356 mm), 1 x autoload - 200 sheets - A4 (210 x 297 mm)

Duty Cycle

Cartridge / Printhead Duty Cycle: 2400 pages

Cartridge / Printhead Included Qty: 1

Expansion / Connectivity

Connections: 1 x parallel - 36 PIN Centronics ¦ 1 x parallel - USB - mini-USB Type B

Power

Power Device: Power supply - integrated

Frequency Required: 50/60 Hz

Power Consumption Operational: 280 Watt

Compliant Standards: EPA Energy Star

Power Consumption Stand by / Sleep: 60 Watt

Software / System Requirements

Software Included: Drivers & Utilities

OS Required: Microsoft Windows NT 4.0, Microsoft Windows 3.x/95/98

Environmental Parameters

Sound Emission: 49 dBA

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 39 cm

Depth: 36.5 cm

Height: 24.5 cm

Weight: 7.2 kg

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support Details: Technical support - phone consulting - 1 year

Service & Support: 1 year warranty

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