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Brother HL-4050 Laser Printers

alaTest has collected and analyzed 69 reviews of Brother HL-4050 Laser Printers. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Printers for all reviews. Reviews about the reliability and durability are generally positive. The paper handling and performance also get good opinions, but there are some mixed opinions about the price. Many are less positive about the design and size.

usability, performance, paper handling, durability, reliability

noise, size, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Brother HL-4050 Laser Printers is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Brother HL-4050 Laser Printers

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Brother HL-4050 Laser Printers from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Printers on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the performance and usability, but there are some mixed reviews about the price.

usability, performance

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Brother HL-4050CDN High Speed Network Ready Colour Laser Printer with Automatic Duplex PrintingBrother HL-4050CDN High Speed Network Ready Colour Laser Printer with Automatic Duplex Printing

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: (expertreviews.co.uk)

Brother HL-4050CDN review

 

Brother's HL-4050CDN is a close relative of the HL-4040CN reviewed in What's New, Shopper 238.

Dec, 2007

Expert review by: (itreviews.co.uk)

Brother - HL-4050CDN laser printer

 

For some years the three giants in the printer arena have been Epson, Canon and Hewlett Packard (with a certain amount of competition from Xerox and Lexmark) but more recently Brother has launched a concerted attempt ...

A fast, solid workhouse of a printer with USB flash drive, network capabilities and duplex as standard, thus being ideal for multi-page and multi-faceted presentations and documents.

Nov, 2007

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (reevoo.com)

Brother HL-4050CDN

 

Easy set up. Excellent print quality.

Spent 1hour removing 4 blemishes from black roller on the unused new drum that was leaving dots on paper. Troubleshooting instructions did explain clearly how to do this. Dissapionting for a new machine.

Oct, 2010

Consumer review by: Derek (reevoo.com)

Brother HL-4050CDN

 

I use this printer to produce a newsletter each month for the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club and find the print quality and speed very good. Also Duplex facility saves time.

As with all laser printers, replacement toner cartridges are expensive

Sep, 2010

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (reevoo.com)

Brother HL-4050CDN

 

Good Quality print

Very slow when doing duplex printing

Sep, 2010

Consumer review by: Ross (reevoo.com)

Brother HL-4050CDN

 

I have always used Brother, I just think it,s a Reliable Brand

None Yet

Sep, 2010

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (reevoo.com)

Brother HL-4050CDN

 

Easy set up. Excellent print quality

Spent 1hour removing 4 blemishes from black roller on the unused new drum that was leaving dots on paper. Troubleshooting instructions did explain clearly how to do this. Dissapionting for a new machine

Sep, 2010

Consumer review by: Mike (reevoo.com)

Brother HL-4050CDN

 

A good all round printer for producing high quality double sided printing that is consistent with the expectations of corporate clients. Just what I was looking for and at a price that was within reach. This is the third Brother printer I have bought...

Nothing I have come across yet.

Aug, 2010

Consumer review by: Mark (reevoo.com)

Brother HL-4050CDN

 

Clear print. Cost effective supplies. Quality build. From out of the box to printing was just a few minutes. Built in duplex facility works fast and handles paper cleanly and effeciently. Unit looks good and is simple to operate - almost straight out...

Have not found any as yet

Jul, 2010

Consumer review by: David (reevoo.com)

Brother HL-4050CDN

 

Very straight forward to set up. Just works. Much less trouble than my previous Samsung and HP colour lasers.

Apr, 2010

Product Specifications

The HL-4050CDN features an up to 21 page per minute print engine for both color and monochrome output and auto-duplex functionality. At this level of performance, users can concentrate on producing and delivering their work, rather than waiting for the critical output they need for their busy daily routines. But the HL-4050CDN speed does not come at the expense of print quality. It produces colorful, high resolution 2400 x 600 dpi output that results in razor sharp text and brilliant color quality to consistently produce professionally looking documents.

Certificates

Energy Star certified: Yes

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:18.7in
Height:12.5in
Weight:64.2lbs
Width:16.5in

Energy Management

Power consumption (PowerSave):20
Power consumption (standby):85
Power consumption (typical):510

Header

Compatibility:PC / Mac
Manufacturer:Brother
Model:4050CDN
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Brother HL

Input Capacity

Input capacity (tray 2):500
Maximum input capacity:800
Multi-Purpose Tray capacity:50
Number of standard paper trays:2
Standard input capacity:250 / 800

Memory

Internal memory:320 / 64
Maximum internal memory:562 / 576
Maximum memory:562 / 576

Miscellaneous

Microsoft Certification:Compatible with Windows 7

Modem

Type: None

Networking

Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Network ready: Yes
Supported network protocols (IPv4):TCP/IP (IPv4 & IPv6) / TCP/IP, IPv4, IPv6
Type:Print server
Wi-Fi: No

Other Features

Compatible operating systems:Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista,\nMac OS X 10.2.4 + / Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista\nMac OS X 10.2.4 +, 10.5\nLinux / Windows Vista/XP/Home/2003/2000\nMac OS X 10.2.4 or greater\nLinux
Custom media sizes:(69.9 - 215.9mm) - (116 - 406.4mm)
Downloadable software:BRAdmin Professional\nWeb BRAdmin
Duplex supported media size:A4
Emulations:PCL 6, BR-Script 3 / PCL6, BR-Script 3
Fonts included:66 Scaleable fonts, 12 Bitmap fonts, 13 Barcodes
Mac compatibility: Yes
Networking features:10/100Base-TX
Paper handling optional/input:500
Power consumption (active):510 / 85
Standard media sizes (duplex, metric):A4

Output Capacity

Standard output capacity:150

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Driver Deployment Wizard\nBRAdmin Light - Print Server Management

Paper Handling

Duplex media weight:60 - 105 / 60 - 105 g/m2
ISO A-series sizes (A0...A9):A4, A5, A6
ISO B-series sizes (B0...B9):B5, B6
JIS B-series sizes (B0...B9):B5
Maximum ISO A-series paper size:A4
Maximum print area:A4 (210 x 297 mm)
Maximum print size:A4 (210 x 297 mm)
Media weight (tray 1):60 - 105 g/m2 / 60 - 105 gsm / 60 - 105g/m2
Multi-Purpose Tray media weight:60 - 163
Non-ISO print media sizes:Executive, Folio, Legal / Executive, Folio, Legal, Letter
Standard tray media types:Bond paper, Envelopes, Labels, Plain paper, Recycled paper / Bond paper, Envelopes, Labels, Plain paper, Recycled paper, Transparencies

Performance

Processor frequency:300

Ports & interfaces

Direct printing: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
Standard interfaces:FireWire 400, Parallel, USB 2.0

Power

Power consumption (PowerSave):20
Power consumption (standby):85
Power consumption (typical):510

Print Technology

Color: Yes
Duplex printing: Yes
Economical printing: Yes
Maximum Resolution:2400 x 600
Print technology:Laser

Printer

Connectivity Technology:Wired
Duplex Printout:Duplex
Interface:Parallel / USB / Ethernet 10/100Base-TX / Direct print USB
Language Simulation:PostScript 3 / PCL 6
Max H-Resolution B/W:2400dpi
Max H-Resolution Color:2400dpi
Max Media Size (Standard):Legal (8.5 in x 14 in) / A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in)
Max Printing Speed (ppm):20ppm
Max Printing Speed Color (ppm):20ppm
Max V-Resolution B/W:600dpi
Max V-Resolution Color:600dpi
Media Type:Envelopes / Labels / Plain paper / Bond paper / Recycled paper
Output Type:Color
PostScript Support:Standard
Technology:Laser
Total Media Capacity:300sheets
Type:Workgroup printer

Printing

N-up printing:2, 4, 9, 16 / 4, 9, 16, 25
Print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter):20
Print speed (color, normal quality, A4/US Letter):20
Time to first page (black, normal):16 / 17
Time to first page (color, normal):17
Warm-up time:33

RAM

Installed Size:64MB
Max Supported Size:576MB

Scanner

Type: None

Sound Emission

Powersave acoustic emission:6.6
Print noise level:54
Printing noise level:54
Standby acoustic emission:30

Weight & Dimensions

Dimensions (WxDxH):16.5 x 18.7 x 12.5
Package dimensions (WxDxH):22.4 x 24.6 x 22.2
Package weight:73.6
Weight:64.2