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Brother HL-6050 Laser Printer

alaTest has collected and analyzed 73 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the ink consumption and paper handling. The build quality and performance also get good opinions, but many are less positive about the design.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Brother HL-6050 Laser Printer is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 73 reviews)

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Brother HL-6050D

 

The boxy Brother HL-6050D weighs nearly 46 pounds and stands just more than a foot tall by 15.4 inches wide and 16.7 inches deep. Its putty-colored plastic with navy blue logo trim is about as bland as printer design gets. The curved top output tray...

Speedy; two-sided printing; ample paper capacity; expandable memory; Windows, Mac, and DOS compatible.

Drab design and fair graphics quality.

The HL-6050D is a reasonably priced option for a growing business.

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Brother HL-6050DN Laser Printer

 

For a networked workgroup printer, the Brother HL-5060DN is remarkably compact--and affordably priced at $650. Its double-sided printing can lower paper costs and reduce the bulkiness of your larger documents. But its print speed may not be fast enough...

The control panel's backlit LCD display simplified navigating the menus, even in a darkened corner of the PC World Test Center. Administrators will like the set of printer management utilities, including those accessed from your Web browser

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"Dependable Printer, and fast"

 

I was looking for a laser with a good ppm rate and could print duplex reliably. In over one year of fairly heavy duplex printing, I have had only one paper jam. Would recommend to anyone looking for a monochrome workhorse for duplex printing.

Fast Printing

Weighs a fair amount.

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Dependable Printer, and fast

 

I was looking for a laser with a good ppm rate and could print duplex reliably. In over one year of fairly heavy duplex printing, I have had only one paper jam. Would recommend to anyone looking for a monochrome workhorse for duplex printing.

Fast Printing ; Dependable (no jams)

Weighs a fair amount

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Brother HL-6050D

 

I was looking for a laser with a good ppm rate and could print duplex reliably. In over one year of fairly heavy duplex printing, I have had only one paper jam. Would recommend to anyone looking for a monochrome workhorse for duplex printing.

Fast Printing

Weighs a fair amount

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excellent monochrome workhorse printer

 

This has been one terrific printer. I have had zero problems in 25K copies and no paper jams. Quality rivals some the older more expensive laser printers. I maxxed out the RAM as I print very complex files from graphics programs and it is rarely slow....

fast, reliable, quality output, trouble-free

periodically doesn't wake up from sleep mode

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Brother HL-6050DN

 

This has been one terrific printer. I have had zero problems in 25K copies and no paper jams. Quality rivals some the older more expensive laser printers. I maxxed out the RAM as I print very complex files from graphics programs and it is rarely slow....

fast, reliable, quality output, trouble-free

periodically doesn't wake up from sleep mode

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excellent monochrome workhorse printer

 

This has been one terrific printer. I have had zero problems in 25K copies and no paper jams. Quality rivals some the older more expensive laser printers. I maxxed out the RAM as I print very complex files from graphics programs and it is rarely slow....

fast, reliable, quality output, trouble-free

periodically doesn't wake up from sleep mode

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5 printer bought, 5 printers in for servicing, more than once each.

 

Good feature set, good price point and good specs

Either it is bad build quality or a poor design, but to date all 5 printers have had problems. Problems have ranged from defective toner cartridges to bad rollers and poor OSX drivers. These printers are less than 6 months old. Not recommended

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Amazon review summary for Brother HL-6050 Laser Printer

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 user reviews of Brother HL-6050 Laser Printer from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.5/5 for other Printers on Amazon.com.

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92% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Brother HL-6050D Monochrome Laser PrinterBrother HL-6050DN Network Laser Printer

Product Specifications

The Brother HL-6050 series has been designed to manage the printing demands of the corporate office and to produce outstanding performance not just some days, but every day. The high-speed output of 24ppm is impressive by any standards, as is the paper capacity of up to 1100 sheets when an optional lower tray is included. The standard memory of 32MB is expandable up to 160MB, giving excellent work capability. And to add to your printing flexibility, duplex printing and full network connectivity are available with this range of printers, dependant on choice of machine. Yet despite its remarkable abilities, the HL-6050 series remains simple and easy to operate with the reliability that you expect from Brother. The obvious choice for the professional. Whichever model you choose from the HL-6050 range you can be sure of reliable performance, day in day out. The control panel is simplicity itself and comes complete with a three-color backlit LCD that gives instant status recognition to keep downtime to a minimum. The low power consumption and the long life you can expect from Brother supplies are sure to keep the finance department happy.

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:16.7in
Height:12.2in
Weight:32lbs/44.8lbs/45.9lbs
Width:15.7in

Header

Compatibility:Mac / PC
Country Kits:Austria/Germany/Switzerland
Manufacturer:Brother
Model:6050/6050D/6050DN
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Brother HL

Miscellaneous

Microsoft Certification:Works with Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Works with Windows Vista

Modem

Type: None

Networking

Type:None/Print server

Printer

Connectivity Technology:Wired
Duplex Printout:Duplex
Interface:Ethernet 10/100Base-TX / Parallel / USB/Parallel / USB
Language Simulation:EPSON FX / IBM ProPrinter / PCL 6 / PostScript 3/EPSON FX / IBM ProPrinter III XL / IBM ProPrinter XL24 / PCL 6 / PostScript 3/EPSON FX / 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):24ppm
Max V-Resolution B/W:1200dpi
Media Type:Bond paper / Envelopes / Labels / Plain paper / Recycled paper / Transparencies/Envelopes / Foil paper / Labels / Plain paper / Recycled paper
Output Type:Monochrome
PostScript Support:Standard
Technology:Laser
Total Media Capacity:600sheets
Type:Personal printer/Workgroup printer

RAM

Installed Size:32MB
Max Supported Size:160MB

Scanner

Type: None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty /3 years warranty

System Requirements

OS Required:Apple MacOS 8.6 - 9.2 / Apple MacOS X 10.1 / Apple MacOS X 10.2 / Linux / Microsoft DOS / Microsoft Windows 95 / Microsoft Windows 98/ME/2000 / Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 / Microsoft Windows XP/Apple MacOS 8.6 - 9.2 / Apple MacOS X 10.1 / Apple MacOS X 10.2 / Linux / Microsoft Windows 2000 / NT4.0 / Microsoft Windows 95/98/ME/XP