Setting up the HL-2270dw
Like most printers we review, Brother includes a Quick Setup Guide to make installation as painless as possible. There are six basic steps: unpack machine, remove packing material, load paper in tray, plug in printer, choose connection type and install the printer driver.
Once you insert the provided CD to install the printer driver you’ll need to select the correct printer (in this case the HL-2270dw), the language and the reaffirm the connection type (we chose wireless).
If you decide to set up the HL-2270dw over a wireless connection and don’t have WPS, you’ll need a temporary USB or Ethernet cord. The wizard will ask you to connect the printer to the computer and then it will search for available networks. Select the network and input the network key (if applicable).
After the printer is connected to the network, the wizard will prompt the user to unconnect the USB cable and then proceed to finish up the installation.
Ease of use
There is no display or stand alone options on the Brother HL-2270dw, the extent of the control panel are four LED lights that correspond to ready, error, drum or toner alerts.
So users will fall back on Brother’s embedded web server, the Brother Creative Center, Brother Status Monitor or the old standby, the print properties menu, to adjust printer settings and more.
The embedded web server should not be confused with the Brother Solutions Center, which is an online troubleshooting service that Brother provides for all of its products. The web server will allow users to get real time status updates, view configuration and maintenance details and adjust printer settings, admin settings and network settings.
The Brother Creative Center is an online service that connects Brother customers with both home and business centric projects and materials.
The Status Monitor can give users status updates as well as access to troubleshooting and purchasing new supplies.
As always, the printer properties/preferences menu will allow users to adjust settings but it also links users to the Creative Center, Solution Center and the General Supplies website.
Print speed and quality tests
Brother advertises that the HL-2270dw can print up to 27 pages per minute (ppm) and I found that to be accurate during our standard print tests. The HL-2270dw printed our 40-page black and white text document in just under a minute and half with a first page out in about 6 seconds and average print speeds of 27 ppm. However, it was slightly slower if coming out of sleep mode, with a first page out in about 12 seconds and overall time just over a minute and half. But overall, pretty good times.
Brother offers both a toner saver mode and automatic duplexing with the HL-2270dw. We tested the toner saver mode first; the overall quality was very similar to the standard print mode but I did notice that letters didn’t pop off the page as well; the black ink was not quite as dark. I’m also not sure how much toner you would actually save using the toner saver mode but I do feel like users could print a term paper, contract or newsletter in toner saver mode and have no issue.
Duplexing speeds were good; we printed our entire 40-page text document in about three and half minutes with an average first page out in about 16 seconds and print speeds of about 6 ppm (12 double sided).
The Brother HL-2270dw uses only a small amount of energy when in sleep and ready mode, 2 W and 4 W, respectively. Which is a definite advantage over a large color laser or multifunction laser printer and on pace with most inkjets’ sleep/ready modes I’ve reviewed.
However, when printing the HL-2270dw still uses a considerable amount of energy, at least compared to an office centric inkjet printer. During our print tests, we saw the HL-2270dw pull in anywhere from 900 W to 200 W of energy. This wasn’t unusual since all printers we test usually print in a range and laser printers are usually pulling higher numbers and larger ranges.