Brother HL-5250DN Review
As one of the most simplistic looking designs ever seen in the printing world, it would be easy to not expect much from the Brother HL-5250DN, but don’t underestimate this device. With fast print speeds, outstanding print quality, and network connectivity, this now discounted model is now a jewel to be snatched up on sight.
What’s not to like about the Brother HL-5250DN? It is simple, fast, and cheap. While the device does not provide the heavy versatility of function found in Brother’s MFC line or other multifunctional laser printers, it hits the mark in several key areas such as speed.
The unit cranks out paper at the rate of 30 pages per minute maximum, though higher quality prints (which the device is more than capable of producing) will come at more sluggish print speeds. The printer’s expandability options include additional memory. While 32 MBs on board may be enough for some, those who desire better handling of more complex print procedures and PDF printing may wish to add memory up to the limit of 576 total MBs.
Paper storage space is also expandable, though its standard paper storage is sufficient for some. A 250 sheet standard paper tray (Letter or Legal sizes) takes care of primary paper storage demands while a hefty little 50 sheet bypass tray allows automatic feeding of special media types. Up to two additional 250 sheet paper trays can be added, bringing the Brother HL-5250DN’s potential paper storage possibility up to 800 sheets; quite a lot for a small, desktop laser printer.
The other element worth mentioning about the Brother HL-5250DN is its exceptional potential print quality. With a resolution of 1200 x 1200 dots per inch, the device can outperform many higher end units and will impress when printing detailed imagery such as line drawings and other business graphics.
While the Brother HL-5250DN does include a 50 sheet bypass tray, which is a welcome inclusion, it does not have a bypass slot, which some people prefer. Practically no printer on the market comes with both a multifunctional tray and a single sheet slot, so users are forced to choose and everyone’s preference is different. While the bypass tray is efficient for some, those who find themselves constantly switching between special media types will miss the single sheet slot in this hardware.
The unit, as a low cost device, is also rather loud, and has a questionable reputation as far as durability. While, on paper, the device is absolutely outstanding, its cost effective hardware could cause, and has caused, problems for some users, especially those with high volume print requirements. Its also possible that, as a discontinued model, Brother will no longer honor the unit’s warranty.
The simplistic design is not also without its inherent problems, as the lack of a proper display screen and control panel makes trouble shooting a difficult process. It is even hard to tell if this device is on, off, or in standby mode thanks to its lack of multiple indicator lights.