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Brother HL-2270DW Review
The Brother HL-2270DW is a compact, monochrome laser printer that includes built-in wireless and Ethernet network interfaces for small office or home office printer sharing. Offering a fast print speed and automatic duplex capability, you can print professional-looking two-sided documents and booklets with ease.
In addition, its stylish, space-saving design fits virtually anywhere and complements any environment. Affordable to own and operate, the HL-2270DW uses a high-yield replacement toner cartridge in order to help to reduce your operating costs. The HL-2270DW has proven itself the alpha male of the contemporary pack of low-cost mono lasers: Its speeds are faster than other models in its class, it churns out high-quality text pages, and its cost of consumables is low for a printer in this price range.
The HL-2270DW has more to offer beyond those three pluses. Its auto-duplexing capability and its three forms of connectivity (Wi-Fi wireless, Ethernet, and USB) make this model especially appealing for budget-conscious small or home offices. But, beyond those features (and keeping with its low cost), there are very few frills. In keeping the overall minimalist design, the footprint is a squat 7.2 x 14.5 x 14.2 inches with clean, rounded edges. Weighing only about 15 pounds, the Brother HL-2270dw combines a small footprint with a sleek design in a mix of dark gray and glossy black.
It should easily fit on even the smallest of desks. You flip open a front panel to reach the printer's consumables. The toner and drum components are separable, but you must remove them together. A green lever releases the toner from the drum. Since the drum lasts a lot longer than the toner cartridges do, having to drag out the drum every time you want to replace the toner is somewhat annoying. Also, the toner is expensive.
The HL-2270DW's control panel is just as simple as the body itself, featuring an all-inclusive "Go" button that also controls error recovery, wake-up, job cancel, wireless on/off, and manual feed, with three small LEDs for toner, drum, and error status rounding out the panel. It is designed with utility, not fashion, in mind. It is quick and easy to setup, but although the toner and drum are shipped in place, you need to pull them out and give them a quick shake before use. With no display, you might expect trouble getting the printer onto a wireless network, but you can either use Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) or let Brother's installer help you.
The latter configures the printer over either a temporary USB connection. Brother advertises that the HL-2270dw can print up to 27 pages per minute (ppm) and it was found to be accurate during standard print tests. Brother offers both a toner saver mode and automatic duplexing with the HL-2270dw. With the toner saver mode the overall quality was very similar to the standard print mode but the letters didn't pop off the page as well; the black ink was not quite as dark. Users could print a term paper, contract or newsletter in toner saver mode and have no issue. Duplexing speeds were good; with average print speeds of about 6 ppm (12 double sided). Overall, The Brother HL-2270DW would make the most sense as a secondary, text-only printer to save money on paper and ink in the long run, but PowerPoint presentations, photos, and graphics-heavy newsletters should be saved for a robust inkjet printer with multiple color cartridges and a nozzle that can handle precise detail.
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- The Brother HL-2270DW is manufactured by Brother and was added in December 2014 in the Laser Printer section
- This product has a rating of 4.5 out of 5
- The best price of the Brother HL-2270DW in Australia is $46.20 at Better Batt
- In Australia this product is available in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
- You can find this product at Better Batt, Printer Supermarket, Toner Supermarket, Printer Barn