The Good Speedy; two-sided printing; ample paper capacity; expandable memory; Windows, Mac, and DOS compatible.
The Bad Drab design and fair graphics quality.
The Bottom Line The HL-6050D is a reasonably priced option for a growing business.
Brother HL-6050 printer
The Brother HL-6050D, built for a small to medium-size office, hurries to print your laser pages, holds one ream of paper, makes double-sided prints, and offers a model with 802.11b/g Wi-Fi. It provides twice the paper capacity and prints better text than the similarly priced Lexmark E332n, which also lacks two-sided printing. Still, you can get many of those features cheaper with the . And we're surprised that this $550 laser printer doesn't clearly explain an installation tip that helps you easily improve the quality of the graphics, which were so-so at the default settings.
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 holds a roomy 250 sheets facedown, or 50 sheets faceup, however--convenient when you do a lot of printing. A 15-line LCD glows, traffic-light style: green for go, orange to show it's busy, or bright red for a problem. A target-style menu controller includes a data light to indicate print job status, as well as buttons to reprint the last document, cancel a job, or change menu choices and pause the printer.
The HL-6050D's cover pops open easily so that you can change the toner cartridge and print drum. Happily, there's a full-size toner cartridge rated to last 7,500 text pages. Replacement cartridges cost about $100, giving you a nice, low cost per page of about 1.3 cents--nearly a penny below average.