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He Ain't Heavy, He's my Brother HL6050 !


Fast and Reliable .  Reprint and Dual side functions

Large Footprint, and noisy

Recommendable Yes:

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Range of extra features / functionsExcellent

Instruction manualGood

Manufacturer SupportGood

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My old Epson finally gave up the ghost around 10 months ago, which lead me to look for a new Printer to hopefully last me the next 5 years.

I eventually chose the Brother HL6050. Although this machine is probably the largest of the ones I looked at, it is by far the best. 42cm deep, and 31 cm tall.

The Brother Hl 6050 is a mono laser printer, and cost me £299 from

Incredibly quick printing, for the price (24ppm - pages per minute), and a paper tray which holds a full ream (500 sheets).

You can use traditional cables, or USB or Infra red. I use USB, as this is very quick and reliable, unlike the infrared.

One very useful function is the reprint function. If you have just printed out a document, and need another, simply press the reprint button, tell it how many copies you require, and press go, and they are reprinted for you. This can be very useful if printing from a document on screen which has crashed, or which you forgot to save.

Another wonderful feature is the dual side printing. Gone are the days of printing side one, then taking the pages, trying to work out which direction they need to be placed in the tray, and then printing side two, only to discover it's printing on top, or the wrong way around. With dual side printing, it prints side one, and then automatically takes the page back again, and prints side two, before finally dispensing the page in to the tray. Amazing!

It does make a bit of a noise though when working, although in fairness, then it's not working it is silent, unlike some printers which seem to be constantly making some kind of noise.

Toner cartridges are around £55, and a new drum is £71. A toner cartridge will last for around 7500 according to the manufacturers specification, although it all depends on the coverage of the page. with my last toner, I got over 18000 copies !. At that rate it works out at 30p per 100 copies.

To summaries, a very reliable machine, with good functionality, and low running costs. If you are short of desk space, you might have to look elsewhere though.
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sezlouise 10.11.2004 13:28

Looks good! But I wouldn't buy one lol! .*.Sarah.*.

scgproductions 20.10.2004 15:10

looks a wee bit too big though................steve

china_wolf 03.09.2004 16:09

All it needs to do is a coffee dispenser and you're sorted! -Win

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The HL-6050DN printer delivers the perfect balance of quality and durability and is the ideal printing solution for...


MPN HL-6050DN, HL6050ZX1, HL6050DNZG1, HL6050DNZU1, HL6050DNZX1, HL6050ZG1, HL-6050DNLT, HL-6050N, HL6050DZG1, HL6050DZU1, HL6050ZU1, HL6050DZX1, HL-6050, HL-6050D
Printer Type Workgroup printer - laser - monochrome
Localisation Germany


Print Speed Up to 24 ppm - B/W - A4 (210 x 297 mm) ¦ Up to 25 ppm - B/W - ANSI A (Letter) (216 x 279 mm) ¦ Up to 11 ppm - B/W duplex
Built-in Devices Status LCD
Connectivity Technology Wired

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