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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for home/small office use., 3 May 2012
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This review is from: Brother HL-2250DN Compact Network Mono Laser Printer with Auto Duplex (Personal Computers)
I've owned this printer for a few weeks now so I think it's about time I did a review.

Firstly I'm going to tackle the biggest negative people seem to have with this printer - the noise it makes during printing. Honestly it's not that loud. It's about as loud as any printer I've ever used. It's definitely not whisper quiet, but it's not ear-shatteringly loud either. There is an extra set of cogs and gears on this model because of the duplexer, and maybe that's why others are complaining about the noise but take it from me, as printers go it's fine.

For what this printer does it's an absolute bargain. I use it solely over a wired network connection. (There is also a USB option which I haven't used - but no wireless. This model is available with wireless if you're looking for it - just replace the 'N' at the end with a 'W' and do a search.) I'm not a technophobe, but nor am I a networking guru. I plugged it into my router and ran the supplied installation software of every computer I wanted to print from. From thereon in it just worked. I've printer a few hundred pages hassle free. I usually hate software supplied with printers because it always tries to install much more junk that you don't need and pop up with reminders to only buy ink/toner from the manufacturer. While this is also present on the Brother CD supplied with this printer, it's not mandatory to install it. In actual fact it's very easy to just install the drivers, something I was impressed with. It easily installed the drivers for 64-bit Windows 7 machines all the way down to 32-bit XP machines. Apparently Linux drivers are available too.

The key feature I bought this for was the duplexer. So far duplex printing has been flawless - if not a bit slow. Printing speed are very good when printing one-sided (the pages just flow out of the printer), the duplexer requires one side to be printed and then the page to be sucked back in, flipped over and printed on again. Most of the bigger industrial printers you might have seen effectively have two printers inside them so both sides of the page are printer on simultaneously. This is a small printer and doesn't do that. Personally I don't mind if 2-sided printing is a bit slow as long as it works well, which it seems to. It's incredibly handy and saves loads of paper.

Another feature that is worth mentioning is the web-interface. This printer has a HTTP interface meaning you can connect to the printer via your browser. (When you connect the printer to your router it requests an IP address of 192.168.0.2 OR 192.168.1.2 depending on your router. If you're trying to connect to the printer web interface try typing these addresses into your address bar first. If these addresses were unavailable your router may assign it a different address.) This web interface shows you the current printer status and if you're the printer admin there are lots of useful options (you can force duplex printing, include a watermark automatically, or not print any blank pages which are sent to the printer) which are all really useful options.

This printer comes with some toner (I've printer a few hundred pages and not come close to running out yet) but no interface leads - just the power cable. Overall though, if you're looking for a compact b&w printer for home or home office I would thoroughly recommend this one.
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