dealsbrother hl-2270dw wireless laser printer w…

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This is a good price for this printer, $20 less than Amazon.

Keep in mind it is a throwaway printer, the drum and rollers cost more than the printer does. Two high-cap toner carts cost more than the printer, unless you buy compatible toner.

Still, Brother Laser printers do work very well...

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Seems like a good deal for a laser printer with low shipping has anyone recieved theirs yet?

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@paultassie: My girlfriend is ordering one today and may pay extra to have it by Tuesday (her son needs it to print stuff for school). Regardless, I'll post comments here (since I'm sure I'll be unpacking it and setting it up).

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I've actually got this exact printer, and while it is a throwaway, it works very well and was very easy to set up for network use.

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I hate the economics behind something being called a "throwaway." This printer has saved my * on many a last-minute project. Great machine if you want basic, fast, plain-paper printing. Makes duplexing a breeze, just takes a tad longer. Don't be tryin' no cardstock on it, tho'; jams up.

Seriously, I love this printer!

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Given the quality of Brother products, I really believe it is not 'worth the powder to blow it up'. Yes, I have had many Brother products.... I was a slow learner....

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I have one of these as a network printer for a small office with 4 users. No problems at all. It replaced an equally inexpensive HL-2170W that lasted 3+ years and about 25,000 pages. Buying this was a no brainer.

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I've had two different entry level Brother laser printers (2040 and 2170w), and both are excellent! The 2040 lasted me at least 3 years on the included toner and drum and I print shipping labels and packing lists pretty regularly. The drum was just starting to go when I sold it to get the 2170w (which I wanted for its Wi-Fi connection).

There is a trick you can use to get significantly more life out of the toner. You just have to tape over the clear plastic lenses on either side that the printer shines a laser through to check toner levels. I got another year out of the toner doing that!

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wait, how many sheets do you think you can get out of this?

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Wait, so monochrome means it only prints in black and white, correct?

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The printer comes with a Starter Toner Cartridge rated for 700 pages and standard Drum Unit rated for 12000 pages.

Replacement cartridges are the TN420 (Standard Yield Toner, rated for 1200 pages) and TN450 (High Yield Toner, rated for 2600 pages). Replacement Drum Unit is the same DR420, rated for 12000 pages.

A quick search found me a High yield toner for about $50 and a Drum Unit for about $80 (ie. same price as a Drum Unit with a new printer and 700 page Starter Toner). Since it's not worth it to replace the drum unit, this printer isn't a good deal if you need to print more than about 500 (?)pages a month. However, for me (I've used less than a ream of paper in the last five years), the $81.98 cost (delivered) isn't bad.

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@kaptinkurk: well with this printer its more like grey & white

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Does it print on bacon? (Seriously, what is with all the bacon carp on Woot these days???)

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Duplex printing is a must-have feature for me, so this is an appealing offer. Sure, saving paper is great, but it's also a matter of saving space--I don't like carrying around thick packets, and frown when I'm given single-sided handouts. Adopting an e-reader has significantly pared down the amount of printing I do, but they still don't offer the same comfortable annotation environment of old-fashioned paper.

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the toner and drum are much cheaper at cartridge world

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@charlesp2009: I have used that trick successfully with earlier Brother printers, but it hasn't worked for me on this one.

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@jaynine: Bummer, Brother must have gotten wise to us!

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The drum is rated for 12,000 pages and costs about $80, a 2,600 page toner cartridge costs $42. To print 12,000 pages you'll have spent $290 on 5 toners and a drum. To print 12,000 pages with an Epson inkjet who's cartridges cost $18 each and print 250 pages, you'll have spent $864 on 48 black ink cartriges (they also use some of the color ink to print black but I didn't factor that in). This is not a throw away printer. These numbers are why I just ordered this printer.

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@yerbluesjosh: correction to what I posted: The drum will expire at 12,000 pages, so it won't be $290 to print the first 12,000 pages with this printer, It will be $210. Because it comes with a drum. Duhh.
But still,
laser: 12,000 pages for $290
Inkjet:12,000 pages for $864 plus the cost of color ink used to print black.

Which one should I throw away? (Or more responsibly, take to an electronic waste recycling facility)

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@paultassie: My gf ended up getting it from BestBuy on Saturday for $108 ($99 + tax) to appease her son who needs to print for school. (Turns out his real problem was not having Adobe Reader installed on his laptop, but who am I to judge... as an 18 year old, he is sometimes way smarter than all of us older folks. Anyways...)

The printer seems fairly well made; the toner-and-drum unit slides out smoothly and the toner comes out of the drum unit easily as well; the paper try slides in/out easily... etc.

The instructions are a bit like a maze... "Start here for WiFi or Wired Ethernet setup and do three steps, then for WiFi skip to step g, do two steps, then skip to step n, etc. In truth, if you've done this kind of thing before, you barely need the instructions, just follow the on-screen prompts. I only did a Windows 7 (Professional) install; there are also instructions for various breeds of OS-X (I forgot to notice if Lion was mentioned).

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The printer was extremely easy to set up on the gf's wireless network (she has a Verizon FIOS WiFi router--not sure of the model--and is using WPA2-PSK-TKIP). You do need either a standard USB cable (A to B) or ethernet cable for the initial WiFi setup (neither cable is included). I did the install with a USB cable as that was the first thing I pulled out of my laptop bag.

The install CD has drivers but offers to download the latest ones during the install which I did. On the website, there is also a firmware update utility for the printer that will install new firmware from early August that claims to fix some problems with double sided printing or some such. As you'd expect, it warns that the firmware update should be done via a wired connection though it will allow you to use a WiFi one.

The printer is pretty much dead silent while sleeping and does make a bit of fan noise when awake but not printing (nothing bad, but you do hear it whirring away).

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In various reviews, several people mentioned that the printer crashes computers plugged into the same circuit and/or dims the lights when powering on or waking up from sleep. I did not see this at all (I plugged a 300W lamp into the same outlet as the printer and did not notice it dim at all).

It prints fairly quickly and does a nice job on double sided printing. I didn't bother to beat on it very much but everything I printed came out as expected. I did wait for it to sleep and noted more than 8.5 seconds for it to wake up and print (though the 8.5 seconds is about right when it is already awake). Also powered off the printer several times and had no problems with it reconnecting to the WiFi.

All in all, I'd say it is a nice little printer for up to about 500-1000 pages a month. My gf is happy, her son is happier, and now I won't have to fight with her old POS Dell All-in-one that isn't really Windows 7 compatible (so I am happier too).