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Brother HL-2270DW review

£186 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Brother

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Automatic duplexing and wireless make the Brother HL-2270DW a more-than-basic laser printer, but its toner costs are high.

The Brother HL-2270DW is a monochrome laser printer that costs £186 (and you can find it cheaper online) - a very low price, especially considering that it includes Wi-Fi. The small or home office that might consider this printer, however, should note that its toner costs are on the high side.

The Brother HL-2270DW supports USB, ethernet, and wireless connectivity. The CD-based installation procedure is well documented and progresses smoothly.

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The minimal control panel merely offers a bunch of blinking LEDs; to Brother's credit, though, they're labeled with words. The sole button is labeled 'Go' - a somewhat confusing name, as its tasks range from waking up the printer from sleep mode to canceling a job to disabling wireless.

Paper handling includes automatic duplexing (two-sided printing), a somewhat bendy 250-sheet input tray, a 100-sheet input tray on top, and a front manual-feed slot discreetly hidden behind a shiny logo panel.

The Brother HL-2270DW performed adequately in our tests. Connected to a PC, it printed monochrome pages consisting primarily of text at a below-average rate of 17.5 pages per minute, and a small, simple photo at a middling 5.9 ppm. Mac speeds were about the same: 17.7 ppm for monochrome text, and an above-average 6 ppm for four pages of mixed text and graphics in a PDF file. Graphics quality was slightly rough and grainy, but acceptable.

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, using a handle that would be easier to find if it were a color other than black. A green (thank you, Brother) 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.

Toner is expensive. The HL-2270DW ships with a 700-page starter cartridge of black toner. The standard-size replacement costs £43.19 and lasts for 1200 pages, which works out to a high 3.6p per page. High-yield black toner cartridges cost £71.99 each and last for 2,600 pages, for a higher-than-average 2.8p per page. The £85 drum unit, when replaced after about 12,000 pages of use, will add less than a penny to each of the next 12,000 pages.

Want a little bit more for a price that's still low? Check out the Brother HL-2270DW's close cousin, the Brother HL-2280DW, which tacks a colour scanner on to the top of the same machine.

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Brother HL-2270DW Expert Verdict »

Brother HL2270DW mono laser printer and Brother TN2210 black toner cartridge bundle reviews verified by Reevoo

Brother HL2270DW mono laser printer and Brother TN2210 black toner cartridge bundleScores 8.4 out of 10 based on 57 reviews
Workgroup printer laser monochrome
USB, 802.11b, Ethernet 10/100Base-TX, 802.11g
Max Resolution (B&W): 2400x600dpi
Fonts Included: 66x scalable 12x bitmapped 13x barcode
AirStation OneTouch Secure System (AOSS)
Media Handling: 250-sheet input tray, 1-sheet manual tray
ARM9 200MHz processor
Monthly Duty Cycle: 10000 pages
Recommended Monthly Volume: 250-2000 pages
Print server
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

Automatic duplexing and wireless make the HL-2270DW a more-than-basic laser printer, but its toner costs are high.

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