Brother HL-2270DW Compact Laser Printer with Wireless Networking and Duplex

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  • Prints up to 27ppm
  • Built-in wireless and Ethernet network interfaces
  • Automatic duplex printing for two-sided documents
  • Adjustable, 250-sheet capacity paper tray
  • 32MB memory standard

The hl-2270dw is a compact, monochrome laser printer with built-in wireless and ethernet network interfaces for small office or home office printer sharing. it features a fast print speed up to 27ppm, automatic duplex printing for two-sided documents, and up to 2400 x 600 dpi resolution for high-quality output. in addition, the printer’s stylish, space-saving design fits virtually anywhere.the hl-2270dw provides flexible paper handling via an adjustable, 250-sheet capacity tray and a manual

$ 139.99

Brother HL-2270DW Compact Laser Printer with Wireless Networking and Duplex

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  1. Ed says:
    3,054 of 3,094 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Extreme Review Of Extraordinary Printer, November 10, 2010
    By 
    Ed
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    This review is from: Brother HL-2270DW Compact Laser Printer with Wireless Networking and Duplex (Office Product)

    The Brother HL-2270DW is the follow-up to the immensely popular HL-2170W. The 2170W was popular for its amazing value and print quality. It was also wildly popular because of a neat toner trick to get it to print more pages out of the toner, even when the printer claimed the toner needed replacing. The one big knock of the 2170W was the difficult wireless setup and for being only able to use one network connection at a time– either Ethernet or WiFi. The 2270DW adds an automatic duplexer and also improves performance.

    PROS:
    – Fast, fast, fast
    – Great print quality
    – 3 connectivity options including WiFi
    – Automatic duplexer
    – Supports Windows XP/2000/Vista/7, Mac OS X, and various Linux distros
    – Good looking
    – Great value

    CONS:
    – Starter toner rated at only 700 pages
    – Slight curl for duplex printouts
    – Uses different and more expensive toner than 2170W
    – WiFi limited to 802.11b/g

    Once upon a time, I used to have an NEC laser printer, a generic scanner, and an Epson photo printer all on my desk. Well that got old and I consolidated to a multifunction printer and the last 3 printers I owned have all been color inkjet MFP’s. The advantages were many but the one drawback was major. The cost per page for inkjet prints became huge, even when printing in black & white. Many color inkjet printers still use color inks when printing in black & white, thus requiring you to replace not only the black ink cartridges, but some of the color ones as well. For me, magenta and yellow frequently ran out, even though we ONLY ever printed in black & white. I’d finally had enough and sought out a solution. As recently as 3 weeks ago, I was able to purchase the 2170W for my parents for a great price and was going to get one myself but they all went out of stock or had gone up in price. Then I found out that they were being discontinued and the 2270DW was the newer model. I pulled the trigger and have not looked back.

    2270DW vs. 2170W
    The difference between the older 2170W and the newer 2270DW isn’t limited to just the change in exterior color. Considering that the base MSRP remains the same, the 2270DW is an outstanding bargain. The 2270DW is slightly faster at 27ppm vs. 22ppm for the 2170W. The 2270DW also uses a 200MHz processor vs. the old 181MHz CPU. The dimensions are identical except that the 2270DW is half an inch taller and happens to weigh almost a half a pound more. I’m guessing the automatic duplexer is responsible for the slightly larger size. Brother also decided to get cheap and included a starter toner rated for only 700 pages, whereas the 2170W was 1000 pages or 2 full reams of paper. The 2270DW also adds GDI printing

    INSTALL
    The toner and drum are pre-installed but you have to remove it and prep (shake) it before use. I found the Quick Start Guide to be pretty clear and useful for all three connection methods. WiFi configuration is still a bit hokey, but it was easy enough in my opinion.

    (USB)
    The USB install was a cinch. Install the drivers off of the disc or download them from Brother’s website, then plug the USB cable (not included) into your computer and you’re good to go.
    (Ethernet)
    Though the printer’s wireless abilities are nice to have, I prefer to use the Ethernet connection to plug the printer directly into my wireless router. This still allows me to print wirelessly from my laptop and via a hardware switch from my desktop. I also don’t have to fiddle with the wireless settings and have a stronger, more reliable connection through my router. Using the install wizard, I selected Peer-to-Peer Network Printer as my preferred network print type and was off and running. I performed the same setup on my laptop over WiFi and installed perfectly. One note, I could not quickly find the MAC address to the Ethernet port so I disabled MAC filtering on my router temporarily. If you don’t use MAC filtering, then you have nothing to worry about. Afterwards, I found out that you can print the settings from within the Brother print driver and find the MAC address.
    (WiFi)
    I think a lot of people think they need a WiFi printer to print wireless but most people have wireless routers already that they can just connect the printer to with an Ethernet cable. A printer with WiFi is really only useful if it won’t be attached to your router and want it completely independent. As with the 2170W, the 2270DW requires it to be temporarily connected by USB cable or Ethernet to configure the wireless settings, unless, your wireless router supports WiFi Protected Setup or AOSS. The installation wizard on the CD-ROM is pretty straight-forward and I found the install to be painless. Although, if…

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  2. K. S. Bowen says:
    428 of 442 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Very good printer — a hassle to set up for Mac users, September 13, 2012
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    K. S. Bowen (California) –
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    After going through another $56 set of inks on my inkjet printer, I decided enough is enough. I don’t need to print documents in color and I no longer print photos at home because Costco and Walmart are cheap and easy (and better). This Brother laser printer was my solution.

    I give the printer high marks: the print quality can be set at three different levels and the two highest levels are superb. Also it duplex prints (both sides) and does a good job at that. Printing envelopes via the ‘straight-through’ path is easy and has made my label machine less useful.

    As with so many tech units, it’s the setup that is the hassle. I am a Mac person. Sure, I’ve used PCs at work and when I have to but I much prefer the Mac OS. The first indication that there was trouble was when the included setup disk refused to install the printer drivers because they were outdated. There was no link to update, no advice, nothing. So I went to the Brother site and after digging around through their horrible UI, I found the necessary updated drivers, downloaded and installed them. But that was only the start of the hassle.

    The user manual is horribly confusing, to say the least, when it comes to setting up the wireless networking (at least to me). I suggest you ignore everything in the manual regarding networking. Let me give you Mac users some hints so you can avoid the wasted time and frustration I experienced:

    [Update: June 2015: Apple’s OS X now includes printer drivers for most manufacturers, so step 1 may not be necessary. If the setup prompts you for a driver, Google the printer model number and you should find it quickly. Note: After nearly 3 years, I continue to receive personal thanks for this review. I’m grateful I could help so many people].

    1. After you’ve unpacked the printer, installed the toner and paper and printed a test page, go to the Apple web site and search for Brother printer drivers. Apple has all the latest drivers for download free.
    2. Download and install the drivers.
    3. Insert the CD that came with the printer and open the ‘Utilities’ folder. Do NOT use the ‘Start Here OSX’ icon.
    4. In the Utilities folder, click on ‘Wireless Device Setup Wizard.’
    5. In the next window, Setting Up Wireless, click ‘NO’ then ‘Next.’
    6. In the next window, click ‘checked and confirmed’ then ‘Next’ (you don’t need to read the stuff in that box).
    7. In the next window, make sure ‘Temporarily use USB cable’ is selected, then click ‘Next.’
    8. Connect a USB cable from your computer to the printer.
    9. In the next window, you will see the setup software searching for wireless signals in your area. Make sure your network is visible, then select it.
    10. In the next window, input your router’s wireless access password twice as requested. (Note: if you have an Apple Airport, do not enter the Airport PW, but your wireless access PW. If they are the same, no worries.)
    11. Unplug the USB cable to the printer.
    12. Click through to ‘finish’ and you are done!
    [Update Aug 2014}
    Many have commented that to make their printer work, they took an additional step. Here it is:
    13. Be certain the printer is ON. Go to System Prefs>Printers & Scanners. If you see a Brother printer in the pane, it is likely the wired version setup placed there automatically during the setup process. Delete it. Then hit the ‘+’ button and add the wireless version setup your computer will find. Should you ever want to revert to a wired setup, you must go through this step again with the printer connected via USB cable.

    Your Brother is now set up to print wirelessly and you can put it anywhere you like.

    If Brother would make the setup ‘Apple’ easy I would give this printer 5 stars. It’s a 5-star printer, but a zero-star setup experience.

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  3. Travis Jordan says:
    358 of 380 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    insane value & easy setup, November 15, 2010
    By 
    Travis Jordan
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    This review is from: Brother HL-2270DW Compact Laser Printer with Wireless Networking and Duplex (Office Product)
    This is a nice, compact laser printer with good build quality.

    Wireless was essential for me – I’ve been waiting quite a while for a wireless laser that had reliably great reviews. I unpacked the box, removed the plastic strips, scanned the quick start guide, plugged the printer in, and everything was great so far. I then downloaded the newest drivers from the Brother website (drivers on included CD’s are usually 3-12 month old) for my Windows 7 x64 and Windows 7 x32 laptops; executing the driver programs walks you through setup. In the past for wireless products, I’ve found you usually have to first set them up on a wired (Ethernet or USB) connection, then change things over to wireless. I decided to test the technological development level and go straight to wireless setup, starting with the 64-bit machine. This consisted of inserting the tip of a pen [you could also use a paperclip, etc] into the wireless setup button hole, telling the printer to start looking for a router; then I ran downstairs, pushed/held the WPS button on my wireless router, telling it to start looking for another device – in one minute they met, and fell in love. That was it. The driver installation software (on the wireless 64-bit laptop) detected they had a successful partnership and moved on to the final screens. Windows 7 had installed the printer with all of the advanced menus and controls. I then installed the driver on the 32-bit laptop and it auto-detected the successful partnership without touching any hardware – very simple install and wireless printing was ready to go.

    I never bit with the wireless inkjet offerings, as the long term operating costs of inkjets are crazy. I’ve been refilling the toner cartridges on laser printers for years, running them for so cheap it’s amazing. If this unit just had laser printing and reliable wireless it would be a fantastic deal. However, it has many features which are totally surprising. This review is already too long so I’ll just say that the auto duplexing is great. What is even cooler is the Booklet feature. I’m holding in my hand a 20-page PDF that I selected “Booklet” in the options while printing. It printed on both sides of the paper, reduced the pages to half-sheets, arranged the pages in the precise/complicated order, and output tiny stack of FIVE sheets (from 20). I folded the stack in half and viola – a perfect booklet that is more convenient to travel with and uses one-quarter of the paper! I’m not sure you can know how cool this is until you actually have a booklet in your hand – so buy this machine now and see for yourself.

    One final caution, the supplier I normally order bulk toner from does not yet have the formulation for this printer. I’m sure they will in time, but for now you might actually have to buy the TN450 replacement cartridge which runs at roughly 2.2 cents per page, once the 700-page starter cartridge is exhausted.

    I’ve only had this printer for a few days, so hopefully it lives up to my current expectations and retains its 5-star rating. To be honest, these things are going for less than a hundred (on sale + coupon, at office supply stores) and at that price point just straight laser printing with wireless is a great deal.

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  4. Vena Dison says:

    Nice article, thanks for sharing!

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