Brother HL-5450DN Review

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The HL-5450DN monochrome laser printer from Brother sports a large paper capacity, offers cloud printing, and delivers documents in a hurry. Text output quality is outstanding and the 64MB of RAM is a plus.

Brother HL-5450DN (starting at $148, Amazon) reviews agree that this monochrome laser printer meets and exceeds expectations for the budget category. An expert at PC Mag thinks highly enough of the HL-5450DN to name it an Editor's Choice for its attractive features (e.g., larger-than-average sheet capacity, auto duplexing), high quality graphics output, and low operating costs. Although tests for this review found print speed to be a touch lower than expected (10.8ppm for a set of business applications), the report concludes this is quite fast given the entry-level price point. CNET is big on the printer's support of cloud-based printing through Google and Apple AirPrint but holds a different view of the printout. The expert review commends what it considers very sharp, dark text and speedy printout (21.13ppm for black text) while criticizing the checkered patterns that occasionally pop up in printed graphics. Users are quite satisfied, according to Brother HL-5450DN reviews at B&H and Newegg, where posts say this single-function laser printer delivers excellent print quality, and with haste. They particularly like the automatic duplexing function and easy setup for networking.

Manufacturer specifications for the Brother HL-5450DN note a maximum print speed of 40 pages per minute and resolution up to 1200 x 1200 dots per inch. The printer boasts a 250-sheet paper tray plus an additional multipurpose tray that can hold 50 sheets, and a 150-sheet output tray; the black-ink toner cartridge is rated to last 8,000 pages. There is an Ethernet port for wired networking or a USB 2.0 connection for a single computer. And, as noted above, the right app on a mobile device lets you print remotely from the cloud. Under the hood is a 400MHz processor and 64MB of memory. The HL-5450DN supports a variety of paper types, including bond, envelopes, labels, letter and legal-sized paper, A4, A5, and B5, and it can print on both sides automatically. This model is compatible with Windows (including Windows 8), Mac OS X, and Linux. It measures 14.6 x 15.1 x 9.6 inches.

Most low-cost laser printers are short on features, but the Brother HL-5450DN includes a lot of nice touches, such as support for cloud printing, auto duplexing, and generous memory. The lack of support for wireless printing is a disappointment, but the Ethernet interface offers partial compensation. In short, the Brother HL-5450DN is a value buy.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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