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

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

  • 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

List Price: $ 149.99

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  1. 2,611 of 2,646 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Extreme Review Of Extraordinary Printer, November 10, 2010
    Ed (San Francisco Bay Area) –
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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.

    – 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

    – 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

    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.

    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.
    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.
    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 you are…

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  2. 271 of 285 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    insane value & easy setup, November 15, 2010
    Travis Jordan

    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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  3. 670 of 745 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Brother wants to sell you toner whether you need it or not., April 24, 2012
    This review is from: Brother HL-2270DW Compact Laser Printer with Wireless Networking and Duplex (Office Product)
    Bought this Brother HL-2270DW less than 30 days ago. Within 2 days I replaced the starter cartridge with a new TN-420 thinking I would hold the starter cartridge in reserve. In less than 2 or 3 hundred pages the toner light started flashing and the printer refused to print. I did not believe that the cartridge could possibly be out of toner, so I searched the web and found the following instructions to reset the out of toner condition:
    – Open the front cover and leave open while completing the following steps.
    – Turn the printer off.
    – Hold the ‘go’ button (or “start’ button) while turning the printer on. All panel lights should be on.
    – Release the ‘go’ button (or “start’ button).
    – Press the ‘go’ button (or “start’ button) 2 times.
    – Pause. All panel lights should be on.
    – Press the ‘go’ button (or “start’ button) 5 times.(I have been told to press 6 times for the TN-450 cartridge.)
    The toner light should be off. (error may be flashing)
    The paper light should be on or flashing.
    – Close cover. The ready light should be the only light on.
    The printer functioned fine after the reset. I have no idea how long the “fix” will last.
    A pox on companies that build devices like this.
    ONE YEAR LATER April 16, 2013
    So I have had this printer for one year now and I must say, that except for the above problem, it has functioned flawlessly. In retrospect it has proved to be very cost effective and efficient.
    ALMOST TWO YEARS LATER February 9, 2014
    Many readers have suggested that I should reconsider the one star review.
    I appreciate their point, especially as I am coming up on two years of ownership and the printer is still performing well. (Subject to an occasional reset.)
    But I just can’t get passed what I take to be intentional misinformation by Brother to their customers causing them to buy unneeded toner. That just seems dishonest to me. But I will say this, if I were in the market for a similar printer I believe that the HL-2270DW would be a good choice as long as one knew about the bogus out of toner problem.
    I have received a lot of feedback from many people who have saved a lot of money by extending the life of their toner cartridges. For that reason more than any other I believe I will let the review stand.


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