Till date I have reviewed Software, gadgets, apps etc and printers are yet to appear on my review list. Brother India’s HL-3150CDN Printer is the first printer that I have reviewed. HL – 3150CDN is a high Speed Colour Laser Printer with automatic duplex (2-sided) printing and networking capabilities, basically targeted at small office and home segment.
The HL – 3150CDN printer is quite compact with a weight of ~18.4 kg and needs small space in your small office or home. In terms of size, it needs just a bit more space than its size of 410x465x240 mm.
Even though I have never setup a printer like this one, it was quite easy to set it up. To set it up and running, we needed to just pull open a panel on the front and release the plastic tabs protecting the slide-out tray which houses the four toner cartridges inside.
After that just connect the printer using USB or Ethernet cable, just install the printer drivers on your computer. The setup is quite easy just like any other installation. Once the setup is done, you are ready to start printing.
Speed, quality and cost
This printer offers both monochrome and color printing. In terms of speed, it is fast and efficient with color and monochrome print speeds of up to 18 pages per minute. Even though we didn’t check the print speeds with a timer, it does match with specifications.
In terms of additional features, it comes with the automatic 2-sided printing feature which lets you print on both sides and save on costs. Printer can be easily shared with others by connecting it via the built-in network. It also comes with mobile print capability letting you print from your mobile without a PC.
The device comes with two trays, with first one can be used to put the bundle of pages (about 100 sheets of paper) right inside the printer and the other tray can be used to print single pages like those with letter heads etc.
- Technology – Color LED
- Memory – 64 MB
- Processor – 333 MHz
- Duplex (2 sided print) – Automatic
- Connectivity – Hi Speed 2.0, Ethernet 10/100 Base TX
- Emulation – GDI
- OS Support – Windows, Mac OS & Linux
- Dimension (WxDxH) – 410x465x240 mm
- Weight – 18.4 kg
As we have tested it just for a month with moderate printing of 100-200 pages, we can’t talk about long-term issues if any. But we didn’t faced any single issue, paper jams or any other problem while we were testing it extensively. We were able to pull out or insert back cartridges very easily without any help. The duplex or double-sided printing was smooth even with large number of pages. The printing from the tray side too was easy.
In short, this printer is fast even in full color, color quality is excellent, Set up was a breeze, Duplexer works great.
If you run a small office, then this printer can help you cater to your printing needs.
The HL-3150CDN Brother Printer is priced at an MRP of Rs 22,990 in India, but in retail market you can get it at a bit lower price.