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Brother HL-5450DN - Built For Speed

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12/10/2012 3:45:04 PM

Brother has already won itself a considerable skate in the A4 mono-laser printer market, where it currently claims a 24.5 percent share; next on its list are SMEs, to which its speedy HL-5400 series should prove an attractive option.

All the printers in this range have the same squat appearance. We got our hands on the HL-5450DN, which measures a tidy 371x384x245mm, weighs just 10.5kg, and almost lives up to its manufacture’s ‘invisible printer’ marketing.

Brother HL-5450DN

Brother HL-5450DN

The HL-5450DN is never going to be a style icon, but it feels solid. Designed principally as a workhouse, it looks very functional.

The HL-5450DN has very little in the way of markings, and the controls consist of only two buttons to start and cancel print jobs, plus a column of status lights.

There’s no LCD display, since all operations are performed via the supplied software or a mobile device that supports AirPrint, Google Cloud Print or Brother iPrint&Scan.

The base paper tray holds 250 sheets of A4m while the fold-down multipurpose tray adds a further 50 sheets. If your daily output is higher than this, consider upgrating to the HL-5450DNT model, which is supplied with an extra 500-sheet feeder tray.

The base paper tray holds 250 sheets of A4m while the fold-down multipurpose tray adds a further 50 sheets.

The base paper tray holds 250 sheets of A4m while the fold-down multipurpose tray adds a further 50 sheets.

Money-saving features include automatic duplex printing and adjustable sleep timing. Print costs are also very reasonable, with two types of toner cartridge costs $96, and works out at around 2.1p per page, while a high-yield 8,000-page unit costs $141, equating to 2.1p per page.

An Ethernet port allows the Brother to be connected to a network, while a USB 2.0 port is for hookup to a PC or Mac.

Performance was very good in our test, with the first page available in a swift 8.5 seconds. Standard A4 documents zipped out at 32ppm, which dropped to a still very useful 18ppm in duplex mode. The HL-5450DN is Brother’s fastest mono-laser printer to date.

The print quality is solid, with no signs of faded or feathered text. Images emerge a few shades darker than the originals, however.

Verdict

The Brother HL-5450DN is built for speed rather than beauty, and performed very well in our tests. SMEs and home workers will value its print quality and the ease with which they can hook it up to a network.

Specification

Mono A4 laser printer; 64MB memory; 1200x1200dpi print resolution; 38ppm specified speed; duplex; 250-sheet input; 10/100 ethernet; USB 2.0; 371x384x245mm; 10.5kg

Details

·         Price: $424.5

Verdict: 4/5

·         Build: 4/5

·         Features: 3.5/5

·         Performance: 4.5/5

·         Value: 4/5

 

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