We’re getting to know this new range of workgroup laser printers quite well, as they all use the same laser print engines and similar cases. This one is the baby of the group, though, not having the HL-4150CDN’s duplex print, nor the wireless connection of the HL-4570CDW. It’ll be released in early January 2011 and is expected to have an Internet price of around £300, so a good deal cheaper than either of the other two.
The same, large black and white case as the other two machines looks purposeful and takes up a good proportion of a standard office desk. The top is flat, with a flip-up paper stop near the front, which you’re only likely to need for longer documents.
To the left of the paper output tray is a small, neat control panel, including seven buttons and a 2-line by 16-character, backlit, flip-up display module. The screen offers fairly crude graphical display of toner levels and text display of both menu options and status messages.
Just over the front edge of the screen printer is a USB socket, which enables direct print of various graphics file types, including PDF, JPEG, TIFF and PRN. Navigation, using the two lines of the LCD display, is a bit hit or miss, but it's still a useful facility. You can combine it with the secure print Brother offers, to limit its use to selected staff.
The main paper tray can take up to 250 sheets of plain paper and there's a 50-sheet multipurpose tray, which folds down from above this. The paper support is a little flimsy, so you won't want to leave it open for people to knock into as they go by. A 500-sheet tray is available as an option, to sit underneath the main printer and increase the maximum paper capacity to 800 sheets.
Hardware installation is fairly straightforward, as all the drum and toner cartridges are provided pre-installed, though you have to slide the cartridge drawer open from behind the front panel and remove packing pieces before you can start to use the machine.
Software installation is also easy, with support for both PCL 6 and PostScript L3 provided for Windows and OS X operating systems directly from the CD. If you choose Linux support, the appropriate Brother Solutions site is opened in your default browser, so you can download a driver from there.