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HL-6180DW

High-Performance Laser Printer with Wireless Networking, Large Paper Capacity and Duplex

Estimated Street Price: $299.99*




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26 of 32 people would recommend this product.

Overall Rating: 1 out of 5
Bad purchase
May 27, 2013
By Julio from Virginia
It requires technical support to install. Tech manual is hard to follow and it is incomplete
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Overall Rating: 5 out of 5
Excellent all purpose black and white printer
April 18, 2013
By ListenHere from CA
I print on different size paper, including envelopes, address labels, file labels, and priority mail labels. For convenience, I just start with a letter size document in the word processor and change the margins, etc., so that it will print where I want it to print on whatever paper is in the multipurpose slot, without having to specify to print from the multipurpose slot. Not all printers can do this, and you will really miss this ability if your printer cannot do it. Some printers do not have auto detect and priority for the multipurpose slot, and some will give an error code that has to be cleared every time the document size does not match the paper size.

With the 6180 I can just pop an envelope, label, or whatever into the multipurpose slot. It will sense that something is in the multipurpose slot, and it will print to the multipurpose slot without having to make any other changes. If the multipurpose slot is empty, it will print from the paper tray. The Brother does not care if the document size does not match the actual paper size. It will simply print without complaint onto whatever paper is in the multipurpose tray. This Brother is very fast, and the printing is clean, sharp and dark. Compared to the older Brothers, the build quality seems a bit weaker. The paper tray, for example, is made a little thinner than on the old Brothers. The heavy paper trays on the older Brothers could be stepped on, but you probably don't need a paper tray that you can step on. Just handle it normally, and I think it will work fine.

One thing that is odd, but is not a deal breaker, is that letterhead goes into the tray different ways depending on whether you want to print one sided or two sided. On duplex printing, letterhead faces up and to the rear. On a single page, letterhead faces down and to the front. If the printer is set for duplex but the entire document is only one page, then letterhead still faces down and to the front. This makes it clumsy to just leave letterhead in the tray, because you have to change the orientation depending on whether you want to print one sided or two sided. I don't know if the default paper orientation can be changed or not. This is not a big deal for me, because with only one tray, I don't leave letterhead sitting in the tray as my default paper.

You can get the 6180 with an attached additional paper tray (6180DWT). If you use multiple types of paper, you may want more than two trays in any event. A good solution for me was to start with the 6180 and purchase some additional paper trays separately from Brother. The Brother LT5400 paper tray is fairly expensive, but that is the additional lower paper tray you permanently mount onto the printer. Brother also sells just the normal paper drawer. This is the drawer you pull out, and is just like the drawer that comes with the 6180. The Brother item code is LY5727001, and this is $19.99. That drawer can handle legal size paper if desired. I got a few of these, and if I am going to print a lot of the same type of paper, I can just pop in a tray of letterhead, envelopes, scratch paper, or whatever. I have more versatility than the two fixed trays of the 6180DWT, for a lower cost, and I don't touch the paper once it is in the trays. I have not seen other printers that make a separate low cost replacement paper tray available.

Over all, I am very happy with the speed, print quality, the auto detect and priority of the multipurpose slot, the ability to print anything even if the paper size does not match the document size, and the ability to obtain additional inexpensive paper trays. I am not aware of any other printer that can do all of this.
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Overall Rating: 5 out of 5
Great printer
March 19, 2013
By Markman from Hespeia, CA
Works very well and is very fast. Can set it up on the network manually without having to use the printer software. Air print works great as this was the reason it was purchased.
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Overall Rating: 5 out of 5
Best Printer yet
March 4, 2013
By CBurch from Southern Oregon
I use exclusively Brother Printer's and fax machines in my business. I love that you have finally introduced a paper tray that holds an entire ream of paper. Awesome! No more second paper tray and hoping the program I am using will trigger the second tray automatically.

The speed is incredible and using it wireless makes it so efficient. When I log in remotely from home, I can send my work to the printer and the next morning, it's there waiting for me.
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