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This review is from: Ink4work ST-TN450 Black Toner Replaces Brother TN-450, TN-420
Pros: Besides the price, I like how my HL-2270DW printer instantly recognized this. Took just a minute to pop in and I was up and running. An earlier Rosewill toner replacement required several restarts and long button presses before it was properly recognized by my printer.
Cons: None so far.
Other Thoughts: My previous 3rd-party toner (Rosewill-branded) didn't last half as long as it should have. Too early to tell if Ink4Work will do the same. Even if it does, I think I'd still stick to the cheaper toner replacements instead of paying OEM prices.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Easy install process. Did it even before noticing the sheet with the detailed install diagrams.
No striping or other print quality issues. I compared a document to one printed with the starter cartridge and saw no appreciable difference in quality.
Price! Even though I missed the deadline for the mail-in rebate, I'm not mad. Avoiding official OEM ink still saved a lot, Laser printers are now that much more cost-effective compared to inkjets.
Cons: Took several printer restarts before the cartridge was recognized, which caused me a little concern. Following Brother's User Manual instructions to "Press and hold the Go button for about 4 seconds until all the LEDs light up" apparently did not reset the drum counter as indicated. Instead, it took several more power-cycles of the printer before it saw the new toner.
Other Thoughts: As per instructions, make sure you shake the new cartridge side-to-side to evenly distribute the toner before installing.
Also, clean the corona wire inside by sliding the green tab back and forth several times, returning it to its home position. Skipping either of these steps could lead to striping.
Pros: Fast boots, snappy app load times, and generally great speed on my machine. No transfer cables (as I knew), so did a manual backup of my files and a clean Windows 7 install, shedding any crapware in the process. Scores the max 7.9 in Windows Experience Index, compared to 5.9 from the previous 5400 RPM mechanical drive.
7mm height means it'll fit in any notebook fine (some SSDs are 9mm and too large for laptop drive spaces, especially in "ultrabooks" where thinness is prized).
Cons: None yet. Will update my review if any issues crop up down the line.
Other Thoughts: Formatted capacity of 111 GB, and after all security updates, office suite and other basic apps, was left with 85 GB for media and games.
If you want to install in a desktop's 3.5" bay, order a mounting bracket too--this is just a bare drive.