Brother 8650 Printer Review
Small offices that have minimal print, scan, and fax needs should consider the Brother 8650. This monochrome laser printer is easy to use and takes up little space in the office by combining multiple pieces of equipment into one compact device. There is nothing exceptional about the 8650, but it is simple and reliable, which are important aspects in busy micro work environments.
Print modes determine the speed and quality at which a document will be printed. In the mode that produces the fastest output rate, which is 6 pages per minute, the clarity and sharpness of text may be a little grainy, though still readable. On the flip side, the maximum resolution can be reached in the Best print mode, but this will slow down the rate of production because more Brother 8650 toner is being applied to the paper.
The 33.6 Kbps fax modem allows for faxes to be sent and received in a timely manner. There is a slot for users to hand-feed documents to be scanned. Up to 200 sheets of paper can fit on the standard input tray, which will ultimately go through a curved paper path to be completed. Having a curved path can sometimes make it difficult to print on thick paper.
Each Brother 8650 toner cartridge can yield up to 2,200 pages, which will make for a low cost per page. For offices with a limited budget, compatible toners are available from third-party vendors online. The compatible Brother 8650 toner cartridges are made with quality materials with a promise to generate the same yield and quality. An office can really reduce its operating costs by using compatible Brother 8650 printer toner rather than OEM versions.
Though the 8650 lacks networking ability and offers only basic features such as a built-in memory of 3 MB, it could still be a solid addition to small offices. It is simple in design and operation and it is compatible only with Windows operating systems, but it is a workhorse that should last for many years, even in a busy environment.