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Brother HL-2270DW laser printer review

The Brother HL-2270DW laser printer features wired and wireless networking

Brother’s HL-2270DW is a no-nonsense, compact printer suited to low-volume jobs and offers impressive speeds and quality. It also benefits from reasonable running costs, while built-in wired and wireless networking makes it suited to small workgroups and individual use.


Impressive quality; fast speeds; compact; auto-duplex feature; wired and wireless networking built-in.


Network setup can be awkward; rather basic design.

Overall Rating:

4 Star Rating: Recommended

Price: £141

Manufacturer: Brother

Devices like the Xerox Workcentre 3550 make medium and high-volume output a breeze for large departments, but smaller businesses looking for a printer for single-user or small workgroup environments are likely to find it prohibitively expensive.

A far cheaper and still very capable solution for printed output comes from Brother's new range, with the HL-2270DW on test here sitting at the top of the pile.

The printer claims 26ppm output speeds and features a 250-sheet tray, duplex printing and wired and wireless networking.

The HL-2270DW is a no-nonsense, impressively compact mono laser, and a series of LEDs along with a single control switch are all you'll find on the exterior.

The bulk of setup and operation is controlled via a computer and, while this shouldn't be a problem for most people, there are a couple of hurdles to jump before it's up and running.

The inherent simplicity of the HL-2270DW means that network setup is not quite as straightforward as it could be.

A preferred connection method must be chosen during the installation routine and, in the case of wireless, if your access point supports WPS or AOSS this needs to be enabled on the printer and router to complete the process.


Otherwise the connection can be made manually by temporarily connecting the device via USB and following the on-screen prompts to select a network and enter a password if required.

This is a bit awkward, but it shouldn't take too long and the instructions provided in the manual are clear enough to follow if you don't have much experience in this area.

Single-function mono laser printer; 26ppm quoted maximum speed; 250-sheet main input tray; auto-duplex mode; USB2, 802.11g wireless and wired connectivity

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