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I brought this printer in 2001 for just over £200 after it was recommended in a review in a computer magazine I regularly read. The printer was very easy to setup. Printing is fast and quality is good, although it is quite noisy. There are two things about this printer that irritates me. The first is that it seems to curl the paper quite badly. The main problem with this is when you print a long document, the curled paper will block the area where the paper comes out and push sheets that have already been printed onto the floor. Also, the curling of the paper doesn't look very good for letters, so I use my inkjet for correspondence and the laser printer for normal everyday printing. The second irritating feature is the printer software. Whenever I'm using Word, the printer's multipage window always pops up even after I close it. While the multipage window may be useful (it's enables you to print several pages on a single sheet of paper) I wish there was a way to hide the window as it is not a feature I use on a regular basis. I think the 1250 has been replaced by newer models now and hopefully they have ironed out some of the imperfections.
I had been researching a home/small office laser printer since November 2000 before buying this in August 2001. I had no previous experience of Brother printers, or any other make apart from HP, as I had owned 3 previous HP inkjets and had borrowed a LaserJet. SETTING UP THE PRINTER The set up of the printer was fantastically easy thanks to the provided quick setup guide. Having never set up a printer before, I don?t know what I would have done without the included poster. Instructions were precise and included pictures to help. INITIAL THOUGHTS The first thing I did was to print out a test page, as advised in the quick setup guide. I was a little disappointed by the quality of the text compared to the HP LaserJet 1100, as it was not solid and looked remarkably streaky. Luckily, my disappointment was short lived.... DRIVER INSTALLATION I didn?t actually have to install from the provided setup CD, as Windows already had a driver for the printer. However, I installed the driver from the CD on top of it as without it no options were available (i.e. 1200DPI resolution, Toner Save etc.). The drivers themselves have given me little trouble. An optional small icon in the task tray gives handy access to all of the common printing options (which paper tray to load from, n-up printing options etc.). The only trouble with these drivers seem to be that they print all colours of text a solid black. If I ever want to print grey text I have to install the Windows` drivers aswell. Also included on the CD is the manual, some VERY useful videos about how to perform maintenance tasks, automatic email printing software, and something called `Status Monitor Brownie` which doesnt seem to be very useful at all. PRINT QUALITY As I have mentioned, the print quality of the original test page was disappointing. Once installed, I did another test page and again, the text was streaky. So I loaded up the driver CD, and in the video se
ction there was a video about what to do when there is printout problems. The advice was to clean the corona wire, which the videos helped me to do. Back in windows, I tried the printouts again. MUCH BETTER! The print quality matched my LaserJet 1100 on text, and easily beat it on the graphics and gradients. Gradients had relatively smooth transitions, and graphics seemed to be very good aswell. It did seem to have a small problem with printing a picture from Paint Shop Pro, the image, for a reason I don?t know, was stretched vertically and compressed horizontally. The only real, and to my knowledge, unsolvable problems that I had was that the output paper was curled (a generic problem with laser printers when using certain types of paper), and the inability to print grey text with the drivers provided by Brother. Overall, print quality was very good, although the curls did detract from the general professional look of the output. PRINT SPEED The two things that I have done to benchmark the printer test speed was the printer manual and the MS Train Simulator manual. Firstly I did the 123 page PDF-format manual for the printer. The first page arrived in about 30 seconds, and after the first minute 11 pages had arrived. After 2 minutes, 23 pages were sitting in the 125-sheet-capacity output tray. That made a staggering 12 PPM in the second minute - meeting the quoted print speed (rare in printers). After 609 seconds (10 minutes, 9 seconds) the whole 123 pages had emerged. I was amazed when I calculated the average speed - 12.12 pages per minute - this was above the quoted print speed! I didnt time the Train Simulator manual but it was again very fast (atleast compared to my inkjet). PROBLEMS Here are the problems that I have had so far: 1. Bad initial image quality, which was rectified by cleaning the corona wire 2. Dots printing down right side of page, which seemed to fix itself after a while
3. Paper curling, this seems to be quite standard in laser printers. I have recently seen a HP LJ 2200 and the Brother is nowhere near as bad as that. 4. Grey text prints out black when using the Brother drivers. To fix this, I have the printer installed twice, once with the Brother drivers and once with the Windows ones, as the Windows ones print with the right colours but do not have all features of the Brother drivers. 5. The famous flickering light problem. Every product that is released today seems to have one problem that everyone dotes on. This is the HL1250 one; when the printer is turned on, it makes the lights dim for a second approximately every half-a-minute. This is a true problem, but it only happens when the printer is actually on (it goes into standby after a couple of minutes), and I barely notice it now. I would in no way count this against the printer. OTHER COMMENTS The upgradability of this machine is good - an extra 250 page paper tray can be added, bringing total paper capacity up to 500 sheets. An ethernet card can also be added for network connectivity. I had to choose between this and an HP LaserJet 1200. I chose this because of the slightly unprofessional look of the LJ1200, and the upgradability of this machine. I don?t regret my choice. I know its maybe not quite as fast or have as many features as the LJ1200, but the HP LJ1200 has an obtrusive paper tray, and I have read that it skews output. Also, toner is very cheap at £50 for a 6000 page unit. I have replaced the toner once and it was extreamly easy. Number of paper jams in 6 months: 2 All when I decided to use non-standard paper sizes and envelopes. This printer has certainly impressed me so far.
I first encountered the Brother HL-1250 Laser Printer at Office World. (I know many people do not like this retail outlet, but I found the staff very helpful on the day I visited). Back to the printer. This printer system is computable with Epson, IMB, PCL6 and Windows emulation. The Windows drivers include features such as a ‘quick print set-up’ (allowing control of the print settings on the task bar) and ‘on screen help’. This copier is ideal to use within a professional environment, daily. It produces excellent print quality, whilst being economical enough to use at home as well. The Brother HL-1250 Laser Printer is versatile, being very fast yet reliable. Paper saving, power and toner saving facilities also help to make this machine a viable option for all needs. The print quality is impressive too, giving a crisp and clear graphic quality. It has a large 4Mb along with a powerful processor allowing this professional printer, to print twelve pages per minute and is claimed to be ‘exceptional’ with 1200 dots per inch and has a 500 sheet printing volume when a second 250 sheet is added. The Brother HL-1250 Laser Printer having multiple emulation’s and print drivers ensures that compatibility wide a wide rang of computer environments. It has a USB and parallel ports, which allows connection to any system. The Ethernet interface also allows connection to the Internet. The build quality of this printer also seems sound. The Brother HL-1250 Laser Printer is designed for durability, making this machine an ideal solution for all applications, from home to the office. The cost of this machine is £260.00 from Office World and includes a twelve-month guarantee. I thought of including all the technical specifications within this opinion but felt it may confuse the non-techie minded such as myself and have written this opinion in a language that I understand. Needless to say I like this machine
and will be using it in the future for in a home and study environment.
This printer has made a very real differnce to my business. The quality of my documents are now much improved and the print speed makes for faster processing. Cartridges have a higher volume than average and therefore need changing less frequently. The build quality is also very good making for a very robust printer - ideal for high volume printing. One of the biggest advantages is the large paper tray - again a great time saving aspect of this all round good performing, low cost, workhorse printer.
Now this is a great value printer! Need i say more! well yeah go on then :-) Well this is a quick printer also and at about £250 it is not at a bad price at all. Unlike many laser printers it also does not take all to long to print out the first page (which is a slow process on many lasers). Also the feature that you get which allows you to print muliple pages on one sheet is VERY useful if you are just printing out copies of things and stuff. Also the toner is not all to expensive (about £35 i think - not that i have ever had to replace it or anything!).
A box arrived in our office a few months back with a new office printer. I was told it was a laser that cost under £350 so I was sceptical to say the least. We brought it out and it was tiny. Sure it was only an office printer between 3 guys but it was really small. Then I found out it could handle a full ream (500 sheets) of paper and was impressed. I was also impressed by the fact that the network interface was standard on this model (Duh, it's the network model!) It came ready-stacked with 32MB of memory and a toner cart was shipped with it. The image quality was exceptional for something in this price-range and the network functions superb. All sorts of groovy things exist including printer at A0 sizes across multiple pages, etc. But this thing really stands out as a superb performer for what you're paying. Economy wise this is a gem as well. If you're not in the market for the network functionality gets it's smaller brother (No pun intended) for apprx £200. You won't be disappointed.
My old HP LaserJet III gave up the ghost around three months ago. I loved that old printer – reasonably fast, cheap to run and a real workhorse. HP were very high on my list when looking for a replacement. To my absolute horror, it would appear that HP have more or less priced themselves out of the SO/HO market. A new printer was likely to set me back a minimum of £500. After a quick re-think, I decided on a budget of £400 max. This narrowed the options somewhat and in the end it was a toss-up between a few Samsungs or Brother printers. The spec on the HL-1250 easily matched that of the Samsungs and I felt that Brother was a more established name in this sector. I happily parted with my £240 thinking I would spend the remainder on toner, as I am a heavy user. To date, I have not been disappointed with the Brother. In the box you get: - 3000 page life toner (now still going strong after at least that many pages) - The Printer (complete with 4mb RAM and 66mhz Processor) - Driver disk (CD) - Some vague set-up instructions (An A3 sheet folded) The printer has two connection options – USB or Parallel – nether of these cables is supplied – I bought my own USB cable for £12. Set-up is very easy indeed – pull off the tape and card etc, load the toner, install the driver and away you go. I chose the USB interface as I felt it would be quicker than parallel and easier to switch the printer between my laptop and desktop pc. In reality, I rarely use the Brother direct with the laptop as the now free parallel port allows me to use lap link and print via that application. The Brother is fast, and economical – I bought a 6000 page toner as a back up for around £40 over the net – easily obtainable and very reasonably priced when compared with HP etc. Print quality is superb 600 x 600 Dpi output is crisp and clear. Pictures and type easi
ly surpass newspaper quality for example. The printer has a “sleep” option which means is only “wakes” when you are printing – I suppose this is a widely used feature these days, but in the case of my old HP, it was always on whether idle or not so I really notice the difference now. Paper loading is quick and easy – 250 sheets drop into a front mounted slide out tray – and a feature I love – a little indicator bar shows how much paper is left in the cassette. There is a front mounted single sheet feeder for envelopes etc and so far this has worked well. Another difference from my old HP is paper jams – I have not had one yet! With the HP it was happening daily. This printer was not only a third of the cost of an HP; it is also streets ahead in terms of page costs, paper transport and footprint – only 50% wider than an A4 sheet. Occasionally, I have “freezes” mid print job and I feel this may well be a USB issue rather than the printer itself. On the whole, I am thoroughly pleased and quids in! My advice is to give Brother a go, you can`t go far wrong at this price.