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Brother HL-2270DW

*Est. $150
November 2011
by ConsumerSearch
Brother HL-2270DW

Personal laser printer with Wi-Fi

  • Excellent text print quality
  • Small and lightweight
  • Auto duplexing mode
  • Wired and wireless networking options
  • Mediocre photo and graphics quality
  • Starter toner cartridge doesn't last long

A fine everyday mono laser printer

The Brother HL-2270DW laser printer is well-liked by reviewers. As the successor to the popular and well-reviewed Brother HL-2170W monochrome laser printer, it has a great deal to live up to. Suitable for a micro or small office, this printer produces documents of a quality sufficient for everyday use at a fast speed. M. David Stone of gives the Brother HL-2270DW 4 out of 5 stars and an Editors' Choice award for its small size and reasonably high quality output. With both wired and wireless connections, the HL-2270DW is recommended by Stone as a shared printer in a small office or as a home printer for a "power-user." The 250 sheet paper tray is adequate for the speed of the machine and for light office use.

Justin Yu of CNET calls the HL-2270DW a "reliable, easy-to-use monochrome printer" that works well for a small business which needs high volume black-and-white prints. Cost-wise, he says that it's a viable alternative to an inkjet printer. More than 85 percent of the reviews at give this printer 4 or 5 golden eggs out of a possible 5, highlighting the HL-2270DW's small footprint and great value for money.

Great features and performance, but Wi-Fi set-up can be tricky

The HL-2270DW's auto-duplexer makes two-sided printing a snap, and it is loved by many of the users who review the printer at In general, the text printing is not quite desktop publishing quality, but it's adequate for an office's everyday needs, except for documents that use very small fonts. In tests at CNET, the HL-2270DW printed 18.64 pages per minute of all-black text, 19.03 ppm of graphics and 18.15 ppm of PowerPoint presentations, not quite matching the manufacturer's claims of 27 pages per minute. However, Melissa Riofrio of PC Advisor says that the results of her printing tests were below these speeds.

The matte black laser printer has a simple control panel with just one button, labeled "Go", which performs a variety of tasks, including waking up the printer from sleep mode and canceling jobs. However, Riofrio says that she found it difficult to see the handle to remove the drum and the toner, which must be removed together. She had no difficulty with the printer's setup, reporting that the CD installation process was smooth and well-documented. Most of the more than 130 customer reviewers at agree. Yu of CNET had no problems with the WiFi set-up, but some first-time wireless users at say they found it to be a little confusing.

In the more than 300 customer reviews at, two-thirds of the reviewers award the Brother HL-2700DW the maximum 5 stars. The printer's high quality printing, its auto-duplexing feature and its three connectivity options draw rave reviews. Some users identified problems printing large files in wireless mode. One user closely reviewed the documentation and reported that Brother recommends using a wired connection when printing these files.

Professional reviewers and customers alike complain about the starter toner cartridge that ships with this printer. They say the cartridge did not last for the advertised 700 pages, and only printed 300 or 400 pages. The professional reviewers recommend buying a high-yield toner cartridge that can print about 1,500 pages at a reasonable cost. Some customer reviewers at report that the printer stops printing when the toner is low, but before the cartridge is empty.

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The Brother HL-2270DW receives the Editors' Choice award from, and reviewer M. David Stone gives it 4 out of 5 stars for its small size and relatively high quality output. He recommends it for personal use or as a shared printer in a small office.

Review: Brother HL-2270HD, M. David Stone, April 6, 2011


Justin Yu awards the Brother HL-2270DW 3.5 out of a possible 5 stars, saying that this model is reliable and easy to use with speedy text printing. The handful of user reviews at CNET are divided about the printer.

Review: Brother HL-2270DW, Justin Yu, March 14, 2011

3. PC World (Australia)

Campbell Simpson gives the Brother HD-2270DW laser printer a ranking of very good, with 4 out of 5 stars. He says he likes its fast print speed and the "first page out" time of 20 seconds. He recommends that this printer be used for text documents rather than monochrome photos and graphics.

Review: Brother HL-2270DW Laser Printer, Campbell Simpson, May 17, 2011


More than 140 reviewers at give the Brother HL-2270DW a high average rating, with more than 70 percent awarding it a maximum 5 golden eggs. Users say they appreciate the printer's small footprint and autoduplex facility. However, many reviewers say that the starter toner cartridge that arrives with the printer doesn't last for the advertised number of pages.

Review: Brother HL-2270DW, Contributors to


More than 340 users review and rate the Brother HL-2270DW monochrome laser printer, awarding high marks in the categories of print quality, speed, features and duplexing. Several owners say that although the Quick Start guide for this printer is straightforward, Wi-Fi is difficult to set up.

Review: Brother Printer HL2270DW Wireless Monochrome Printer, Contributors to

6. PC Advisor

Melissa Riofrio says that the autoduplex option and wireless capability make the Brother HL-2700DW more than a basic laser printer. She finds the installation process to be well-documented and smooth, but, in her tests, the printing speed is below average.

Review: Brother HL-2270DW Review, Melissa Riofrio, Aug. 25, 2011


In this brief back to school guide, Terrence O'Brien recommends the Brother HL-2270DW for printing documents at school. He says the Ethernet and wireless connection options are good for sharing the printer in the dorm.

Review:'s Back to School Guide 2011: Printers, Terrence O'Brien, Aug. 5, 2011

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