Brother HL2270DW Laser Printer Review
by Michael Masten
If you're a busy professional or student and you're looking for an inexpensive home or small office printer, then look no further than the Brother HL2270DW
Wireless Monochrome Laser Printer.
As a University student, I needed a printer that could handle all my schoolwork and printing needs, and I found that the Brother printer is a solid choice because it is value priced, easy to set-up, and reliable.
I bought this printer several years ago on sale for about $100 US from a local Staples office supplies store here in Austin, Texas, and I have been pleased with the experience from start to finish. In the box, Brother includes a USB cable, a power cable, a toner cartridge and all the usual instruction booklets.
The printer was simple enough to install with the USB cable. Through USB, my iMac recognized the printer immediately, no software necessary to install! However, try as I might, I could not get the wireless aspect of the printer to work for me! The included documentation was vague, and the printer only has a single button to input commands with.
In the end, I gave up in frustration, and found that using the USB cable wasn't so terrible after all. Once installed, however, I was printing like crazy. All my school documents printed quickly and without issue. By using the front feeder, I can also print on both sides of the same sheet, but this is a bit time consuming so I usually just print single side.
Unlike Inkjet printers I've owned in the past, Brother is not cheap on their included toner cartridge. The included toner cartridge is still printing black and clean after over two years of ownership and heavy printing!
This Brother HL2270DW does seem to lack on advanced printing features. There is only a single button on the device, with no display screen for user information. All information must be inferred through blinking LED lights. However, the printer does support cat5 or cat6 network cables, making this a good option for a networked office printer.
I highly recommend the Brother HL2270DW Wireless Monochrome Laser Printer. The ease of use, the quality of the product, and the included USB cable all make for a solid purchase for the budget minded shopper.