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Good: This printer is fast, the color quality is excellent, Set up was a breeze, FAST printing, even in full color, Duplexer works great (on Windows), Network attached - LDP, IPP and JetDirect!
Bad: Duplexer doesn't work on Linux, Power draw/heat
Comment: I've owned this printer for a little less than a week now and have been very pleasantly surprised by it's performance. I've had great luck with Brother printers in the past and this printer has only reinforced my belief that Brother printers are well built little work horses.
Un-boxing it was a little bit of work as there are numerous packing pitfalls but certainly no worse than other printers. I don't mind as it's worth it for your printer to arrive functioning out of the box. I found the unpacking directions to be very accurate and I got it done in less than 5 minutes.
Set up was a breeze. I have it networked behind a wireless bridge and my network saw it right away. It was configured with a DHCP IP address without me doing a thing. I ended up assigning a static IP address (no drama there) as I find static IP's to be a more reliable method of connectivity for fixed hardware. That seems to be changing however and it would probably perform just fine on a home or office network with DHCP.
I have two Macs (running Lion) and a PC (running Windows 7) on my network accessing this printer. Set up on both OS's was a snap. The Windows 7 machines found the printer no problem using the network discovery method of adding printers. Both of the Macs I had to enter the IP address manually however. Having to enter the IP address manually may be an anomaly to my network configuration and the fact that my printers are networked via a wireless bridge.
I didn't notice a smell or excessive noise when printing, at least no more than any other laser printer. I have my printers in another room and a little noise is nice so I know the print job was sent successfully.
What prompted me to write this review was a photo I just printed on regular paper. It was stunning. Much better than I've seen on any other laser printer even rivaling our former inkjet. Keep in mind I'm not a graphic designer or photographer so my expectations may be a little low. If photo's are your goal a laser printer (at least in this price range) is not the right tool for the job. Regardless this printer does a surprisingly good job at printing photo's and from what I've read from other reviewers it gets better if you use photo paper. Of course I can't speak to that yet.
Obviously I can't comment on toner longevity yet. I will be annoyed if it does just stop printing once it decides your toner is "out" as a few other reviewers have indicated. Usually there is always more toner to be had in a cartridge your printer software deems "used up". There's a work around to reset the toner cartridge volumes which is explained by other reviewers. I hope that works. But before you will buy this printer, I suggest you have to check for best deal at:
From what I've seen the price for replacement toner is reasonable and even seems cheaper than many of the color lasers I've seen.
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