Brother HL-6180dw Review: First Look

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Brother has always impressed with their lineup of SMB lasers printers so it was with some excitement that I opened the door to my office to find three of the nine new monochrome models announced in June waiting for me to review. It was hard to decide where to start, but I chose the single function HL-6180dw as my jumping off point.

The HL-6180dw is a completely new configuration, meaning it’s not replacing a past generation model with some minor upgrades, and it’s sort of the flagship of the single function monochrome lineup (there is the HL-6180dwt which includes a second drawer standard).

I’m sharing my hands-on first look today with plenty of my thoughts on the outward appearance of the HL-6180dw including a rundown on build, design, specifications, pricing and more. For those of you who might care how the device prints (crazy, I know), stay tuned for the full review of the Brother HL-6180dw!

Build and Design

The HL-6180dw may be a new addition to the small office market, but it reminds me of the HL lineup from 2010, with its complete black exterior (dropping the lackluster gray was smart in my humble opinion) and simple design. It offers a compact footprint as any small office would expect with approximate dimensions of 14 x 15 x 11-inches in nonuse, but if you plan on using the 50-sheet multipurpose tray, you’ll find the depth dimensions jump from 15 inches to closer to 23 inches.

It’s a fairly sturdy box but not to the point that you can’t easily move it, weighing in at just over 25 lbs without consumables. Seeing as it is a single function monochrome laser printer, it offers a simple control panel with a 1-line backlit LCD, seven quick keys and two LED lights for standalone use. You won’t find a front side USB port which was a slight bummer.

Press the small black button located at the end of the 150-sheet output tray to access the inside of the HL-6180dw and find the two-piece consumable set included with purchase: a 3,000 page yield standard capacity toner cartridge and a 30,000 page yield drum unit. Brother offers customers three different cartridge options: the standard capacity mentioned above, an 8,000 page yield high capacity cartridge and a 12,000 page yield super high capacity cartridge.

The HL-6180dw features a large 500-sheet paper drawer and a 50-sheet multipurpose tray, but customers with high print volumes might consider the second 500-sheet drawer found standard on the HL-6180dwt configuration.

One of the more exciting features for small offices found on the HL-6180dw is the built-in wireless connectivity. Not a fan of wireless connectivity? You can still network the HL-618dw with the Gigabit Ethernet or connect locally using the Hi-Speed USB 2.0 connection. But if you plan on setting up the HL-6180dw over a network connection, customers can print from a variety of mobile devices using Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Brother’s iPrint&Scan, Cortado Workplace or Wi-Fi Direct.

HL-6180dw Specifications:

  • Single function monochrome laser
  • Print speeds: up to 42 ppm
  • Print resolution: up to 1200 x 1200 dpi
  • Automatic duplexing
  • 400 MHz processor with 128MB of memory standard
  • 1-line backlit LCD
  • Mobile printing: AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, iPrint&Scan
  • Monthly duty cycle: up to 100,000 pages
  • Paper capacity: 500 sheet drawer, 50-sheet tray standard
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Ethernet, USB 2.0
  • Energy Star qualified
  • Operating systems: Windows, Mac OS, Linux
  • 1-year limited warranty

Pricing and availability

The Brother HL-6180dw is available now through authorized vendors for the suggested retail price of $299.99.

Supplies and accessories are available through the Brother Mall and authorized vendors. Pricing found on the Brother Mall was $76.99 for standard yield toner cartridge, $124.99 for a high yield toner cartridge and $149.99 for the super high yield toner cartridge. A replacement drum unit was priced at $159.99.

The Brother HL-6180dw comes with a 1-year limited warranty.

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