Brother HL-4150CDN Toner Review

Published: 04th March 2011
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The HL-4150CDN along with its sibling printers signify Brother's first move directly into the workgroup colour laser printer marketplace.

Brother is clearly deciding on the strong, dependable appearance with the HL-4150CDN. The cream and black case is quite near cuboid, aside from a little backwards lean on the front panel. The control panel sits to the left of the paper output port located on the printer's top surface and features a 2-line by 16-character backlit Liquid crystal display. Controls are nicely laid out and incorporate a Secure button. There's a USB socket set in to the top of the left-hand side of the front panel which functions with USB drives for direct print of documents, this includes JPEG, TIFF and also PDF. There is also a 250-sheet paper tray fitted as standard, with a 500-sheet tray for sale as an alternative. There is also a 50-sheet multi-purpose tray, that folds down out of the front and makes up for the limited total capacity of the main tray. At the back are sockets designed for USB as well as 10/100 Ethernet. As is just about standard, Windows and OS X are supported out of the box, with Linux drivers downloadable, here through the Brother Solutions site.

The innovative engine also fills a space in Brother's speed range and is rated at 24ppm with respect to both black as well as colour print. Under test, our five page black text document finished in 20 seconds, equal to a rate of 15ppm, however with the lengthier, 20-page test this climbed to 19ppm, a good velocity for this specific category of printer.

The HL-4150CDN has a built-in duplexer which has a recently developed paper path, that takes pages in pairs, offering a greater overall pace compared to a number of opponents, provided that your document is actually a multiple of four sides. We saw a pace of 12.5 sides a minute, a bit more than half the simplex pace.

The print quality is nicely up with the very best colour lasers we've tested. Black text print is well-defined and clean and additionally is not too heavy upon the page. Draft mode, which saves toner, is likewise quite readable. It isn't as effectively fashioned or as thick, but is fine for the purpose of internal documents. Colour print, particularly for business charts as well as graphs, is thick and vibrant, though colours are generally just a little darker when compared to the originals. There's some moderate haloing with black text through darker colours, but it's not really that marked. Picture prints also come through a little bit darkish by default plus suffer a loss of a bit of fine detail, however at the very least colours aren't garish, as they occasionally can be coming from colour lasers.

Tug open the front panel and you can slide out a tray possessing the four Brother HL4150CDN printer toner cartridges. This is actually a completely new, inline, colour laser engine, developed from the ground up, so is straightforward to take care of, although the unit also makes use of a separate drum and transfer belt. These components have got service lives of 25,000 and 50,000 pages.

Brother's step into the mid-range colour laser market looks nicely set, if this particular model is anything to go by. It is definitely up to the main opposition on speed as well as print quality and it is almost certainly going to present comparable running prices, as well. It might not possess some of the bells and whistles of its rivals, nevertheless the relatively sharp pricing compensates for this. The more useful items for instance secure print as well as direct USB print work very well, providing a smart mixture, in general.

Brother HL4150CDN printer toner cartridges are available here.

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