Though Brother isn't listed as a supported company on the Google Cloud Print installation site, Brother still makes it relatively easy to register your printer's IP address and sign in to Google with your account.
I was able to make a seamless connection and print from a remote Web browser in a matter of minutes, and AirPrint is just as easy -- just make sure that your printer is connected to the same network through the Ethernet port on the back. Unfortunately, the cable you need to do this is not included in the package, so you'll have to run out and source one yourself.
Finally, Brother also lets you print and scan from your Apple iPhone, Android, or Windows Phone 7 mobile device using its latest iPrint&Scan app. While it does suffer limitations like an inability to print Microsoft Office files (DOC, XLS, PPT) due to a licensing issue, the software makes it easy enough to convert to PDF, though take note that the maximum number of pages you can print remotely maxes out at 20. Additionally, older models like the popular HL-2270dw are unsupported, but Google Cloud Print serves as a viable workaround if you have access to a desktop browser.
The HL-5450DN's speedy 400MHz processor ensures quicker prints than its cheaper relatives, and the test results below show exactly how much time you'll save per minute. With equal gains across all three tests, the 5450DN excelled the most in Presentation speed, pumping 4.31 pages per minute (PPM) faster than the previous model.
The HL-5450DN performed well in our text quality tests; the samples we printed on standard 20 lb. paper with the quality set to "best" were evenly dark with clear fonts all the way down to 2-point Times New Roman. The individual letters were also free from line breaks and fuzzy edges.
The graphics sample I printed, however, didn’t produce equally positive results. The gradient steps were so abrupt that a severe checkered pattern appeared where the printer obviously couldn’t handle the transitions. The small photos appeared fuzzy in the shadow regions in addition to the overall digitized effects, though I never expect too much by way of graphics quality in monochrome laser printers.
Service and support
Brother stands by all of its monochrome laser printers with a one-year Express Exchange limited warranty in addition to offering a toll-free customer service number for troubleshooting information.
With an impressive combination of cloud printing features and a road-tested design, the Brother HL-545DN makes sense for home offices and SMB that rely on a workhorse printer for daily output and networked connectivity.
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
|Presentation (PPM)||Black Graphics (PPM)||Black Text (PPM)|