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Brother HL-L8350CDW Review

Simon Handby
13 Jul 2014
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
334
inc VAT

A capable colour laser printer with reasonable running costs that’s suitable for a small firm

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Brother's HL-L8350CDW is a colour laser printer aimed at small businesses and workgroups. Brother says it’ll print 28 mono or colour pages per minute (ppm), and recommends a monthly duty of up to 4,000 pages. There's support for wired and wireless networks, business-friendly features including delayed and secure printing, and direct printing via a front-mounted USB port. Duplex (double-sided) printing is included, and you can upgrade the standard 250-sheet tray with an additional 500 page unit, although we couldn't find a price for this at the time of our review.

This printer is a bit bigger than some cheaper home colour lasers, but it looks smart. A two-line backlit LCD display is built into the top panel, along with a few simple controls. As with many modern printers there's only a 'soft' off button. We prefer a physical power switch, but we couldn't measure any power use with the printer in soft power off mode. The printer's input tray seems good enough, but its 50-page multipurpose feed clatters as you open it and doesn't feel pleasant.

Brother HL-L8350CDW front

The HL-L8350CDW prints out an almost useless status page when you first connect it to a wireless network, and it doesn’t show the IP address that the printer has leased. This annoying, as the IP address would help those who need to access its web administration interface. This gripe aside, it's easy to get started with the HL-L8350CDW. Brother's driver for this printer is easy to use, but it seemed slow to prepare print jobs. The first page of colour or mono print jobs took 17 seconds to appear, but the remainder of jobs emerged quickly with no hesitations. Our mono text test appeared at 24.6ppm, with our more demanding mixed colour test slowing things to a still-impressive 21.8ppm.

Setting Max Print Quality

Brother's easy and comprehensive print driver is one of the best

We were pleasantly surprised to see that the HL-L8350CDW isn’t too expensive to run. The printer's four toners are available in super-high-yield versions rated for 6,000 pages each, while there's a drum unit rated at 25,000 pages and waste and belt units good for 50,000 pages. Factoring all of these in, print costs should be around 1.6p in black only and 7.1p in colour. While the former isn't great, the latter is competitive. Where cost is a priority, however, we should point out that a good business inkjet should still prove much cheaper to run.

Brother secure web print

Like the print driver, Brother's web admin interface is simple

There's nothing amiss with this printer's black text quality, but we weren't overly impressed by its colour graphics, which exhibited some rather coarse half-toning patterns in places. Our early tests also showed a slight alignment problem with the red and blue images, but running a registration from the control panel corrected this automatically. Overall, though, this printer combines decent speed and quality with competitive running costs, making it a good choice for a small firm.

Hardware
Technologysingle-pass colour laser
Maximum print resolution600x2,400dpi
Number of colours (cartridges)4
Standard interfacesUSB, 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n wireless
Optional interfacesnone
Dimensions (HxWxD)313x410x486mm
Weight21.9Kg
Noise53.5dB(A)
Duty cycle (pages per month)750-4,000 pages
Paper handling
Maximum paper sizeA4/legal
Maximum paper weight163gsm
Standard paper trays (capacity)1 (300)
Maximum paper trays (capacity)2 (800)
Duplexyes
Features
Supported operating systemsWindows XP or later, Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later, iOS through AirPrint, Android via app
LanguagesPCL 6, BR-Script 3
Other featuresnone
Buying information
Warrantyone-year RTB
Price£334
Consumable parts and pricesTN-362BK high-yield black (4,000 pages) £46, TN-326C cyan, TN-326M magenta, TN-326Y yellow high-yield toners 3,500 pages each (ISO/IEC 24712), £94 each
Quoted life of supplied black toner2500
Quoted life of supplied colour toner1500
Cost per ISO/IEC 24712 A4 page inc VAT8.7p
Cost per ISO/IEC 24712 A4 page inc VAT (colour part)7.1p
Cost per ISO/IEC 24712 A4 page inc VAT (mono part)1.6p
Capacity of supplied drum/s (pages)25,000 pages
Supplierwww.morecomputers.com
Detailswww.brother.co.uk
Part codeHLL8350CDWZU1

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