Brother HL-L8250CDN High Speed A4 Laser Colour Printer – It’s not a photo printer, but it does the

Had the printer a few weeks now and it’s doing pretty well. Easy to set up and it’s wireless. The paper tray seems a but flimsy we will see how it holds up. Lots of printing templates available from brother when you register all in all i think it is good value.

I spent about an hour trying to get airprint to work with my ipad and this is what finally did the trick. Enter the ip address of the printer in your browser and the brother control panel comes up. Go to ‘network’ then ‘protocol’ and scroll down until you see ‘airprint’. In the case of my printer there was not a tick in the check box. Simply check the box and then hit submit at the bottom of the page. It will ask you if you want to restart the printer. Hit ok and once it has restarted airprint should work.

A good printer, bit noisy and can be fiddly to configure.

  • that was super impressive as it lets me squeeze every little gram
  • Good value automatic duplex printer
  • Excellent network enabled duplex printer

A fast, reliable, economical colour laser printer. I’ve owned the brother hl-l8250cdn for almost two months now at the time of this review and i am completely satisfied. I chose to upgrade from my cheap kodak inkjet as it was starting to leak ink and print quality would often be downright terrible. I have a son who has just entered his final years of gcses and is now printing a lot more past papers, so a high volume printer is a must. The speed and convince of this printer is outstanding compared to my previous inkjet. Printing is very fast, and warm up time is reasonably quick. The auto-duplex is very useful and helps save paper, which is nice. The printer seems sturdy and very reliable, and i have yet to have a print malfunction. Print quality is okay, you wouldn’t want to print photos on it for display, but for documents with graphics it is beyond reasonable. There is a ‘fine’ print quality setting which improves photo quality drastically, at the expense of increased toner usage of course.

Printer is excellent though. . Came from ireland so not allowed to claim the full 3 year warranty that brother were offering as a promotion and worth over £100. Printer is excellent though.

Features of Brother HL-L8250CDN High Speed A4 Laser Colour Printer with Network

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  • Print professional colour documents at 28 ppm mono/colour
  • Mobile/tablet connectivity including AirPrint and Google CloudPrint
  • Automatic duplex and booklet printing
  • Hi-speed USB 2.0, wired network and USB host port
  • 250 sheet paper capacity optional high yield colour supplies 128 MB memory expandable to 384 MB 2 line LCD

A good duplex colour laser printer.

Small office printer at a home printer price. Duplex printing; paper tray enclosed in body of printer, and high capacity replacement toner cartridges make this a great buyof course the real test of a good printer comes after a few months use, but, paper handling and robust build quality seem promising.

One comment on “Brother HL-L8250CDN High Speed A4 Laser Colour Printer – It’s not a photo printer, but it does the

  1. This review is from : Brother HL-L8250CDN High Speed A4 Laser Colour Printer with Network

    I spent about an hour trying to get airprint to work with my ipad and this is what finally did the trick. Enter the ip address of the printer in your browser and the brother control panel comes up. Go to “network” then “protocol” and scroll down until you see “airprint”. In the case of my printer there was not a tick in the check box. Simply check the box and then hit submit at the bottom of the page. It will ask you if you want to restart the printer. Hit ok and once it has restarted airprint should work.
    1. I spent about an hour trying to get airprint to work with my ipad and this is what finally did the trick. Enter the ip address of the printer in your browser and the brother control panel comes up. Go to “network” then “protocol” and scroll down until you see “airprint”. In the case of my printer there was not a tick in the check box. Simply check the box and then hit submit at the bottom of the page. It will ask you if you want to restart the printer. Hit ok and once it has restarted airprint should work.
  2. This review is from : Brother HL-L8250CDN High Speed A4 Laser Colour Printer with Network

    Cheap duplex colour printing. . After reading other reviews i thought i might have issues with the printer dropping off the network when it went to sleep. I have had no such problems with it at all. I slightly lengthened the sleep time to about 8 minutes i think. It never seems to be unavailable. It was cheap as anything and it does duplex. Build quality is flimsy and the start up instructions aren’t clear about how all the orange plastic has to be removed from everywhere, even inside the toner trays. It’s obvious all the tape has to be removed but some of the plastic spacers honestly look like essential parts of the printer.
    1. Cheap duplex colour printing. . After reading other reviews i thought i might have issues with the printer dropping off the network when it went to sleep. I have had no such problems with it at all. I slightly lengthened the sleep time to about 8 minutes i think. It never seems to be unavailable. It was cheap as anything and it does duplex. Build quality is flimsy and the start up instructions aren’t clear about how all the orange plastic has to be removed from everywhere, even inside the toner trays. It’s obvious all the tape has to be removed but some of the plastic spacers honestly look like essential parts of the printer.
  3. This review is from : Brother HL-L8250CDN High Speed A4 Laser Colour Printer with Network

    Built quality with the easiest set up ever. I bought this printer last week and straight out of the box i got it set up and running in no time. 2 minutes after i got it plugged to the electricity and pressing this button and that button it was printing like magic so from this point of setting up i totally disagree with the other reviewers who said they couldn’t set it up. Before buying this printer i was going to buy another brother model but after reading 100s of reviews all over the web and watching countless number of videos i discovered that this printer is:+ives:1. The easiest laser printer to refill. Has three different ways for paper feeding. 15 seconds to warm up and print-ives:1. Too much plasticto refill:this is vital to me as toners cost a fortune. To refill, just get the toner and remove the cap on the cartridge fill the toner and place the cap back.
    1. Built quality with the easiest set up ever. I bought this printer last week and straight out of the box i got it set up and running in no time. 2 minutes after i got it plugged to the electricity and pressing this button and that button it was printing like magic so from this point of setting up i totally disagree with the other reviewers who said they couldn’t set it up. Before buying this printer i was going to buy another brother model but after reading 100s of reviews all over the web and watching countless number of videos i discovered that this printer is:+ives:1. The easiest laser printer to refill. Has three different ways for paper feeding. 15 seconds to warm up and print-ives:1. Too much plasticto refill:this is vital to me as toners cost a fortune. To refill, just get the toner and remove the cap on the cartridge fill the toner and place the cap back.
  4. This review is from : Brother HL-L8250CDN High Speed A4 Laser Colour Printer with Network

    I chose this printer for two reasons: the toner cartridges don’t have chips in them and because brother provide linux drivers. After initially failing to set up ubuntu with the “gutenprint” drivers that the printer setup suggested, i downloaded the “linux deb” packages from the brother downloads page. Deb packages for your printer and download “lpr printer driver” and “cupswrapper printer driver”. Using a console to run “dpkg -i” on the files in that order installs the driver and it appears in the ubuntu printer dialogue, where you can set it up. There are also rpm files for redhat-like linuxes. The printer itself is reasonably quiet and quite fast for one in this price range. The print quality is good and i haven’t had any problems yet. I will update this review if i do.
  5. This review is from : Brother HL-L8250CDN High Speed A4 Laser Colour Printer with Network

    I chose this printer for two reasons: the toner cartridges don’t have chips in them and because brother provide linux drivers. After initially failing to set up ubuntu with the “gutenprint” drivers that the printer setup suggested, i downloaded the “linux deb” packages from the brother downloads page. Deb packages for your printer and download “lpr printer driver” and “cupswrapper printer driver”. Using a console to run “dpkg -i” on the files in that order installs the driver and it appears in the ubuntu printer dialogue, where you can set it up. There are also rpm files for redhat-like linuxes. The printer itself is reasonably quiet and quite fast for one in this price range. The print quality is good and i haven’t had any problems yet. I will update this review if i do.
  6. This review is from : Brother HL-L8250CDN High Speed A4 Laser Colour Printer with Network

    The ink cartridges as supplied last for a very long time. Long lasting ink – purchased in december 2015. It is now january 2017 and we still haven’t had to replace the ink cartridges. No problems with printer which is networked to two computers using cat5 cable via the bt modem. The software is showing the ink level as less than half used. Should have gone laser years ago after running expensive ink jets for years that would not in most cases, accept compatible cartridges. The only snags with the unit is the size and that it won’t scan. We got around this by keeping our old hp inkjet printer and just using that as a scanner. We save the file to the pc and then print it on the brother.
  7. This review is from : Brother HL-L8250CDN High Speed A4 Laser Colour Printer with Network

    The ink cartridges as supplied last for a very long time. Long lasting ink – purchased in december 2015. It is now january 2017 and we still haven’t had to replace the ink cartridges. No problems with printer which is networked to two computers using cat5 cable via the bt modem. The software is showing the ink level as less than half used. Should have gone laser years ago after running expensive ink jets for years that would not in most cases, accept compatible cartridges. The only snags with the unit is the size and that it won’t scan. We got around this by keeping our old hp inkjet printer and just using that as a scanner. We save the file to the pc and then print it on the brother.
    1. Excellent network enabled duplex printer. We’ve had variants of this brother network printer since we started the business, and they have always proved to be the most cost effective printers. The printers themselves are relatively cheap, and the generic non-branded consumables for them (sorry, brother) make it economical to run. If you were to only buy the official toners, they are expensive, but across three printers, we’ve used the standard generic toners without problem. When we started out, we were printing our own labels on one of these, but we burnt it out over a period of months by printing tens of thousands of labels and leaflets (all our labels, etc are now professionally printed), so when we’d replaced it and moved it into normal office use, it has operated without fuss. The duplex feature (print both sides of the paper) works well, the print quality is excellent and the speed is fast. Setting it up on the network is easy (cabled only – this version is not wireless). The printer can be accessed via a web page for maintenance and checking toner levels. It’s a great printer and as we continue to grow, we’re sure to buy more.
  8. This review is from : Brother HL-L8250CDN High Speed A4 Laser Colour Printer with Network

    Excellent network enabled duplex printer. We’ve had variants of this brother network printer since we started the business, and they have always proved to be the most cost effective printers. The printers themselves are relatively cheap, and the generic non-branded consumables for them (sorry, brother) make it economical to run. If you were to only buy the official toners, they are expensive, but across three printers, we’ve used the standard generic toners without problem. When we started out, we were printing our own labels on one of these, but we burnt it out over a period of months by printing tens of thousands of labels and leaflets (all our labels, etc are now professionally printed), so when we’d replaced it and moved it into normal office use, it has operated without fuss. The duplex feature (print both sides of the paper) works well, the print quality is excellent and the speed is fast. Setting it up on the network is easy (cabled only – this version is not wireless). The printer can be accessed via a web page for maintenance and checking toner levels. It’s a great printer and as we continue to grow, we’re sure to buy more.
    1. I sometimes have trouble connecting from my phone to printer to print documents.
      1. I sometimes have trouble connecting from my phone to printer to print documents.
  9. We haven’t had any issues with it. Quality of pictures is not comparable to inkjet printers as inkjets have higher resolution but as we use this for work we we weren’t after fine detail. For those not familiar with laser. Laser uses toners (ink is in powder form),ie if you don’t use it often it will never dry up unlike inkjet printers which use liquid ink that can dry up although these days they are a lot better than say 15 years ago. The printer is big and very heavy ( around 20kg comfortabl) so do plan where you will put it. The shelf holding it does need to be firm to take its weight. Switching it off is not immediate.
    1. We haven’t had any issues with it. Quality of pictures is not comparable to inkjet printers as inkjets have higher resolution but as we use this for work we we weren’t after fine detail. For those not familiar with laser. Laser uses toners (ink is in powder form),ie if you don’t use it often it will never dry up unlike inkjet printers which use liquid ink that can dry up although these days they are a lot better than say 15 years ago. The printer is big and very heavy ( around 20kg comfortabl) so do plan where you will put it. The shelf holding it does need to be firm to take its weight. Switching it off is not immediate.
  10. This review is from : Brother HL-L8250CDN High Speed A4 Laser Colour Printer with Network

    I wanted a new printer as i had an older ink jet, that was expensive to print multiple documents. The odd letter was ok on an ink jet, but with post graduate study, needing to read and review publications, there is only so much you look at on screen before it tires the eyes. Also, i have needed print material of 100’s of pages and would go to a local printer for this task and the associated expense. I opted for a laser jet purely for the volume and the cost effectiveness of the ink costs. Of course an additional feature for wifi printing from phone or tablet would be huge advantage, but i knew what i was buying. The description from the seller was clear and i connected it to a home network via a simple switch. It works as a local direct connected printer when i am working with my laptop too; so whether i am upstairs, downstairs or right next to it – i have either direct connection or the appropriate link via ethernet cabling which i laid from the switch.
  11. This review is from : Brother HL-L8250CDN High Speed A4 Laser Colour Printer with Network

    I wanted a new printer as i had an older ink jet, that was expensive to print multiple documents. The odd letter was ok on an ink jet, but with post graduate study, needing to read and review publications, there is only so much you look at on screen before it tires the eyes. Also, i have needed print material of 100’s of pages and would go to a local printer for this task and the associated expense. I opted for a laser jet purely for the volume and the cost effectiveness of the ink costs. Of course an additional feature for wifi printing from phone or tablet would be huge advantage, but i knew what i was buying. The description from the seller was clear and i connected it to a home network via a simple switch. It works as a local direct connected printer when i am working with my laptop too; so whether i am upstairs, downstairs or right next to it – i have either direct connection or the appropriate link via ethernet cabling which i laid from the switch.
  12. This review is from : Brother HL-L8250CDN High Speed A4 Laser Colour Printer with Network

    Awesome printer, large and heavy but awesome. . For the price it’s an awesome printer.
  13. This review is from : Brother HL-L8250CDN High Speed A4 Laser Colour Printer with Network

    Awesome printer, large and heavy but awesome. . For the price it’s an awesome printer.
  14. This review is from : Brother HL-L8250CDN High Speed A4 Laser Colour Printer with Network

    We have been using this for our office network for 9 months with no problems. We use unbranded toner cartridges which make running costs very low.
    1. We have been using this for our office network for 9 months with no problems. We use unbranded toner cartridges which make running costs very low.
  15. This review is from : Brother HL-L8250CDN High Speed A4 Laser Colour Printer with Network

    Very economical to run if you use compatible cartridges. Use it for business and only replacing cartridges once a quarter.
  16. This review is from : Brother HL-L8250CDN High Speed A4 Laser Colour Printer with Network

    Very economical to run if you use compatible cartridges. Use it for business and only replacing cartridges once a quarter.

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