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Brother HL 1050

alaTest has collected and analyzed 18 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the connectivity. The usability is also appreciated, but some have doubts about the noise and value for money.

performance, usability, connectivity

value for money, noise

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Brother HL 1050 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 67/100 = Good quality.

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Brother HL-1050


And what insides it has. Using its 4MB of RAM (the other printers in this roundup come with only 2MB), the HL-1050 achieved 8.7 pages per minute (ppm) on our text test document and 6.6 ppm on...

Versatile and fast

Few expansion options

Features don't add up to the high price


Product Specifications

Need a high-speed laser printer that won't break the bank? Take a look at the Brother HL-1050. This printer outputs fast black text at 10 ppm, with a true 1200x600 dpi resolution for graphics, 600x600 dpi for sharp, monochrome text documents. The HL-1050 has a universal serial bus port as a standard feature. It allows multiple peripheral devices to be connected to the printer. This 4MB printer uses data compression to yield faster throughput, and memory can be upgraded to 36MB. Its 200-sheet adjustable paper tray feeds paper, heavy stock and labels on a straight path through the printer. This configuration reduces paper jams and curls and lets users print envelopes and transparencies, too. It accepts media from 2.75x5 to 8.5x14 inches in size. A unique feature of the HL-1050 is software that automatically prints email messages at user-scheduled times, in Windows 95 and 98 applications only. The HL-1050 comes with optimized drivers for Windows 3.3/3.11, 95 and 98, and Windows NT 4.0, and includes 12 bitmapped, 39 Intellifont and 10 TrueType fonts. It has PCL6 emulation for DOS printing, and IBM ProPrinter XL and Epson FX-850 emulations for compatibility with other DOS/Windows software. The HL-1050 uses a high-speed bidirectional Centronics parallel interface. Brother backs the HL-1050 with a one-year express exchange warranty and toll-free technical support.

Dimensions & Weight



Country Kits:N/a
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Brother HL




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Connectivity Technology:Wired
Form Factor:Desktop
Language Simulation:EPSON FX / IBM PPR / PCL 6
Max H-Resolution B/W:1200dpi
Max Media Size (Standard):A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in)/A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in) / Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
Max Printing Speed (ppm):10ppm
Max V-Resolution B/W:600dpi
Media Path Type:Straight
Media Type:Envelopes / Labels / Plain paper
Monthly Duty Cycle Range (Printer Class):1,000 - 9,999 pages
Output Type:Monochrome
PostScript Support:Not available
Total Media Capacity:200sheets
Type:Personal printer


Installed Size:4MB
Max Supported Size:36MB


Type: None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

System Requirements

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