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Brother HL-5280 Laser Printer

Brother HL-5280 Laser Printer
alaScore 81

124 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 124 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the noise and paper handling. The usability and value for money are also appreciated. Views are divided on the control panel.

performance, value for money, usability, paper handling, noise

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.

Review analysis

(Based on 124 reviews)

5 expert reviews

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Great Printer for Home


Good printer, hasn't broken, cheap toner ($50 rated for 7000 pages?)

Fast, easy to set up, easy to configure static IP (this can be done within the printer, if you don't want to use their app - in general they try to give you every option you could want to network the printer), good documentation, easy to use drivers

It makes my paper curl! But that can be attributed to the paper itself, perhaps

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Failure out of the box


I was excited to get this printer but when I turned it on during setup it caused a power surge that caused everything connected to the surge supressor to turn off immediately. I did try to turn it back on but was unsuccessful, so returned it...

I could not get it to work, so have no comment

Power surge at setup caused me to return immediately

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A terrific printer.


Fast. Flawless duplexing. Well aligned envelope printing (done in WORD). Beautiful output. Absolutely silent in sleep mode

Brother documentation is incomplete


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Amazon review summary for Brother HL-5280 Laser Printer


alaTest has collected and analyzed 107 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 3.5/5 for other Printers on

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83% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Brother HL-5280DW Wireless Laser Printer Network DuplexBrother 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 HL 5280DW Wireless Laser Printer Network Duplex 30 Ppm

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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

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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

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Awesome printer


I bought two brother printers, this one and the brother 4070CDW color. I got sick and tired of buying ink for my HP inkjet printer. Enough is enough.

Very easy to setup. Wireless installation was a breeze using the network cable for setup, and the included CD. Took about 15-30 minutes to start printing wirelessly

The pages do come out a little curly, but I can live with that. Will defenitely buy another one if I need one. I do not regret buying this printer

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The specifications said this printer was capable of working with Apple OS X 10.5, but the doentation seem to have been written by someone familiar with Macs. The doentation is worthless for establishing a wireless connection with an Apple network.


It curls sheets so badly that the sheets won''t stack up in the receiving tray. The wireless capability does not work.

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Great printer for the money.

Easy to set up. It''s very quick - gets the job done!

No Comment.

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.

Dimensions & Weight


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


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


Type: None


Type:Print server


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


Installed Size:32MB
Max Supported Size:544MB


Type: None

Service & Support

Type:3 years warranty

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