Brother HL-5380DN

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Brother HL-5380DN
By  Jason Saundalkar Published  October 12, 2009

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Key Specs

Connection: USB, ethernet, parallel
Max resolution: 1200 x 1200dpi
Memory: 32MB
Price: $545
Technology: Laser

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Brother's HL-5380DN is designed for workgroup environments and as such features network connectivity and a built-in automatic duplexer. How did it fare when subjected to our tests?

Brother claims its HL-5380DN is capable of print speeds of up to 30ppm, so the 26ppm the printer managed when tackling our 20-page monochrome text document was quite admirable. Moving to our more intensive 6-page PDF text and graphics test, the HL-5380DN performed well again, as it managed a print speed of 15ppm.

Examining the prints closely we also had no complaints with print quality as both text and graphics were sharp and legible. In use the Brother is audible but it's not loud enough to disrupt work and, we're happy to say, the printer gave off no noticeable odors at all, so you can work in close proximity to the HL-5380DN without worry.

In terms of features this monochrome laser is fully stocked. It features a 300MHz processor and 32MB of memory as standard though you can upgrade the latter to a maximum of 544MB should your print demands increase. The printer also features network, USB and parallel port connections so you can easily integrate it into your workgroup. The machine's automatic duplexer also means you can print double-sided without sacrificing productivity. Given it retails for US $545, the Brother is quite good value-for-money in the end.

Verdict: A compact laser print that offers speedy printing performance as well as a number of workgroup-friendly features. A great buy.

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