Brother HL-6180dw Review: Less Frills, More Skills

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Service & Support
      • 6
      • Print Quality
      • 9
      • Design / Ease of Use
      • 7
      • Performance / Print Speed
      • 9
      • Features
      • 7
      • Operational Costs
      • 8
      • Total Score:
      • 7.67
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Print speeds
    • Print quality
    • Wireless connectivity
  • Cons

    • 1-line display
    • No front side USB

Quick Take

If you are looking for a no nonsense single function monochrome printer with quick print speeds and great quality, look no further.

In the ever growing race to capture the single function monochrome laser-class market share (no, I am not making that up), Brother has introduced two new players to its already strong team, the HL-6180dw and HL-6180dwt.

These new devices, which in effect are the same device as the HL-6180dwt simply adds a second paper drawer, rely on a no-nonsense attitude that starts with a compact charcoal box coming in at 14 x 15 x 11 inches in non-use. You’ll find no flashy adjustable touchscreen or customizable web applications; heck, you won’t even find a front side USB port.

But, what you will find are average print speeds of 42 ppm single sided and 20 ppm double sided, excellent print quality in the standard and toner saver modes, a large 500-sheet paper drawer with a 50-sheet multipurpose tray and wireless connectivity (Ethernet is also available for you landlubbers).

The HL-6180dw also brings it in regards to price. The suggested retail cost is $299.99 (but a quick Google search found it advertised as low as $219.99) which is at least $50 lower than its closest competitor. And by competitor I mean a single function monochrome printer with print speeds at least 35 ppm, network connectivity and automatic duplexing. And of course, the low cost per page doesn’t hurt either. At $149.99 for a 12,000 page yield cartridge, you are looking at a cost per page of one cent (.0124).

Yes, I do wish the display was slightly bigger – one line is much more difficult to navigate – and the energy use can be higher than average when printing but overall, it’s hard to find too many flaws in the HL-6180dw’s game.



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