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Brother HL-5280 Laser Printer

Brother HL-5280 Laser Printer
alaScore 81

171 reviews

Apr, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 171 reviews of Brother HL-5280 Laser Printer. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Printers for all reviews. Opinions about the reliability and size are generally positive. The price and usability also get good feedback. Reviews about the control panel and noise are mixed.

performance, usability, price, size, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Brother HL-5280 Laser Printer is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 127 user reviews of Brother HL-5280 Laser Printer from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.7/5 for other Printers on People are impressed by the reliability and size. The usability and price also get good feedback, whereas there are some mixed views about the noise.

performance, price, usability, size, reliability

84% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Brother TN580 TN-580 Black Laser Toner Cartridge Compatible with DCP-8060, DCP-8065DN, HL-5240, HL-5250DN, HL-5280DW, HL-7050, HL-7050N, MFC-8460N, MFBrother TN580 TN-580 Black Laser Toner Cartridge Compatible with DCP-8060, DCP-8065DN, HL-5240, HL-5250DN, HL-5280DW, HL-7050, HL-7050N, MFC-8460N, MF

Apr, 2018

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Brother - HL-5280DW


The HL-5280DW is the top model in the newly launched Brother HL-5200 family of business-oriented mono lasers. All offer fast printing (up to 28ppm) at up to 1,200dpi, with a range of paper handling and networking ...

The base specification of the HL-5280DW is impressive with a 28ppm, 1,200dpi, laser engine plus a duplexer and networking as standard. Add the wireless interface and low running costs and you have a small business laser that's hard to match.

Jun, 2006

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Recertified: brother EHL5280DW Workgroup Up to 30 ppm Monochrome Wireless Laser Printer


have this set up on my pc works just fine so far prints fast and cheap

works, fast, cheap


Oct, 2009

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Recertified: brother EHL5280DW Workgroup Up to 30 ppm Monochrome Wireless Laser Printer


Highly recommended for anyone who needs a cheap yet high functioning printer

Duplex, cheap toner replacements, wireless, great price if bought referb

None yet

Oct, 2009

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Drum shot, don't expect help!


I just unpacked and set the printer up and my first print had huge spots from the drum all along both sides. I checked the drum for visible damage and found none. Called support to request a replacement be sent out. After 15 minutes on hold and then...

Reasonable price. I'm expecting toner to be cheap

Included imaging drum was bad. Support is not very helpful ; Although website says that there is an email support option, there is no way to send an email to support. Clicking this link only takes you to their "Find your answer in 4 easy steps" page

Sep, 2009

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best printer yet


I got mine from Newegg as a mfgr refurb. came with a substantial price reduction and a new full cartridge, 0 pages on the counters. I have not needed more memory yet as I have not printed anything complicated or more than 24 pages I will wait and see...

Setup is as easy as pie!!! This printer set itself up on my WEP wireless network with no hassles at all. I think most of the problems people report stem from not reading the instructions ; TIP.. Use a wire first and it will set itself up wireless and...

It can't read my mind when I want to use the duplex function

Aug, 2009

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Best Yet


Wireless is very easy to set up if you have a cat 5 wire long enough to reach it. use it first and it sets itself up for you the only thing I had to input was the WEP encryption code

It has everything, duplex, wireless or wired (USB, Centronics or Cat 5) and it came with a full toner cartridge

none that I can see

Jul, 2009

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Great Printer


Buy it! Looked brad new out of box, easy software install and set up, huge recertified savings.

Prints Fast, no spooling backups, high quality black and white prints, has its own print server for networks,and cheap replacement cartridges considering 25,000 pages on one cartridge


Jul, 2009

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Works Great Until It Stops...


In all seriousiness... Error 52 has something to do with over-amperage and the subsequent shutdown of the printer... like an internel overload breaker that can't be reset. It seems that the "dimming lights effect" (see the reviews in the retail model)...

Price $$$... Multiple features... low cost of supplies

ERROR E52...! Before you purchase this (or any Brother laser item) Google "Brother Laser Error E52"...! Apparently Brother keeps the explanation a secret (and for good reason) but apparently it is enough to stop any Brother laser printer in its...

Jul, 2009

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No shipping damage, received in 2 days, Plugged in and loaded up ran great right out of box. This is the 3rd refurb I have bought from Newegg and am impressed with quality. Can't beat the price


Jul, 2009

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Nice HP Replacement


I have been a dedicated HP fan (and still am), but I was unable to find an HP wireless laser printer. So my search began. HP has been my preferred manufacturer because of their commitment to Linux.

Fast! Large paper capacity and nice external center feeder. Wired and wireless worked without too much effort. No problems with Linux (pclos 2009.1 and Ubuntu) as well as Windows

Nothing major. Maybe a little cumbersome entering your wireless security key

Apr, 2009

Product Specifications

The HL-5200 Series represents the new line of monochrome laser printers. Setting a new competitive standard for their class, these new models deliver a number of advantages to Brother's award-winning monochrome laser printers with fast up to 30PPM print speeds, higher print quality, and more expandable paper input capacity. This model offers maximum flexibility for small workgroups. Sharing the same print speed, resolution, and paper handling capabilities as the HL-5250DN, this model also includes: built-in 802.11b/g wireless interface with SecureEasySetup; built-in Ethernet network interface; 3-color LCD display to easily view status, and change printer settings.


Energy Star certified: Yes



Dimensions & Weight


Energy Management

Power consumption (off):8
Power consumption (PowerSave):12
Power consumption (standby):80

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Compatibility:Mac / PC
Country Kits:Germany/United Kingdom
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Brother HL

Input Capacity

Maximum input capacity:500
Multi-Purpose Tray capacity:50
Standard input capacity:300


Internal memory:32 / 35
Maximum internal memory:544
Maximum memory:544


Microsoft Certification:Compatible with Windows 7
Vista Certification:Works with Windows Vista


Type: None


Network ready: Yes
Type:Print server

Other Features

Additional paper trays:2
Compatible operating systems:95/98/Me/NT 4.0/2000 Professional/XP Home Edition/XP Professional\nMac OS 9.1 - 9.2, Mac OS X 10.2.4 / Windows 95.\nWindows 98.\nWindows Me.\nWindows NT4.0.\nWindows 2000.\nWindows XP.\nWindows Vista.\nMac 9.1-9.2.\nMac OS X 10.2.4.
Duplex print options:Manual Duplex, Auto Duplex
Emulations:PCL6, BR-Script 3, IBM Pro-Printer XL, Epson FX-850 / PCL6, BR-Script 3, IBM Proprinter XL, Epson FX-850
I/O ports:USB 2.0\nIEEE 1284
Mac compatibility: Yes
Maximum input capacity (tray 1):250
Networking features:Ethernet 10/100BaseTx / Ethernet 10/100BaseTX, 802.11 b/g
Power consumption (active):610 / 620
Printer management:BRAdmin Professional, Web BRAdmin, Web Based Management, BRAdmin Light
Standard input trays:1 x 50 + 1 x 250 sheets
Toner cartridge:1
Typefaces:PCL: 89, BR-Script 3: 66
Wireless Technology:IEEE 802.11b/g

Output Capacity

Maximum output capacity:150
Standard output capacity:150

Paper Handling

Media size (tray 1):A4, Letter, B5 (ISO), A5, B6, A6, B6, Exe
Media weight (tray 1):60-161 gsm


Processor frequency:266


Power consumption (off):8
Power consumption (PowerSave):12
Power consumption (standby):80

Print Technology

Color: No
Duplex printing: Yes
Economical printing: Yes
Maximum Resolution:1200 x 1200
Number of print cartridges:1
Print technology:Laser


Connectivity Technology:Wired / Wireless
Duplex Printout:Duplex
Interface:802.11b / 802.11g / Ethernet 10/100Base-TX / Parallel / USB
Language Simulation:EPSON FX / IBM ProPrinter / PCL 6 / PostScript 3/EPSON FX-850 / IBM ProPrinter XL / PCL 6 / PostScript 3
Max H-Resolution B/W:1200dpi
Max Media Size (Standard):A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in) / Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
Max Printing Speed (ppm):28ppm
Max V-Resolution B/W:1200dpi
Media Type:Bond paper / Envelopes / Labels / Plain paper / Recycled paper / Transparencies
Output Type:Monochrome
PostScript Support:Standard
Total Media Capacity:300sheets
Type:Workgroup printer


Duplex print speed (Black, normal quality, A4/US Letter):13
Print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter):28
Time to first page (black, normal):8.5


Installed Size:32MB
Max Supported Size:544MB


Type: None

Service & Support

Type:3 years warranty

Sound Emission

Print noise level:53
Printing noise level:53
Standby acoustic emission:27

System Requirements

OS Required:Apple MacOS 9.1 / Apple MacOS 9.2 / Apple MacOS X 10.2.4 or later / Linux / Microsoft Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP / Microsoft Windows NT 4.0/Apple MacOS 9.1 / Apple MacOS 9.2 / Apple MacOS X 10.2.4 or later / Microsoft Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP / Microsoft Windows NT 4.0

Weight & Dimensions

Dimensions (WxDxH):15.4 x 15.1 x 10.2 / 15.5 x 15.1 x 10.2
Weight:21.6 / 22