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Perfect little Personal Printer
on 9 March 2013
I previously had a Brother HL-1430, purchased in January 2005 from a well known Computer Store. It has been brilliant, easy to use and economical on Toner. Apart from the Toner that came with the Printer, I have only had to purchase one other High Yield Toner which even now, still has some life left in it.
Unfortunately the HL-1430 started to make a strange noise on start up, and also a few times, made a weird noise and stopped printing halfway through a short print session. Brother were very helpful and pointed me in the direction of one of their authorised repairers. The trouble was, to get my HL-1430 looked at and then repaired was going to cost around £50 so it made sense to then shop around for the best price to get a replacement. (This old faithful is being kept as backup - just in case)
This Brother HL-2130 is lighter in weight, trimmer in style and just that bit faster in use than it's predecessor. Remember when you purchase this Printer, that unless you have a USB 2 Printer cable, you will need to purchase one. Brother recommend that it is not more than 2 metres long.
It was easy to set up with no problems at all and there is the opportunity, at this time, to register the product. Just follow the instructions that come up on your computer screen when the Brother CD-ROM is in operation. I have this Printer installed on my Dell Desktop Computer using Windows XP operating system. I did not encounter any problems with the installation at all. USB cable is inserted into the back of the computer not the front.
There is no printed Instruction Manual with the Printer, but if you go on-line, you can find one on the Brother Web Site to download and print out, if you so desire. I prefer to have written information so I did all this with the old Printer before installing the new one. It is worth doing, as there is a lot of information there.
The HL-2130 is nice and quiet in warming up and printing.
The information provided says that the Toner that comes with the Printer will print approx 700 pages. Obviously this would vary, depending on the sort of printing you were doing. If there were to be a lot of block black areas then this would probably lessen.
There is the facility to see how much Toner has been used, how many pages you have printed. You can also see the status of the Drum.
To do this go to My Computer - Control Panel - Printers and Faxes. Highlight the Printer and right click the mouse and highlight Properties. Left click to open. Then click on Printing Preferences, then on the bottom left of the next window, click on Support - Print Settings. Once clicked there will not be another window, but make sure the printer is on and a sheet will print out showing your Printer History at that time and the remaining life of the Drum and Toner. Handy so you can order a spare Toner in time and not run out.
If you wish to save Toner you can set it to do so. You have a choice to do it on a permanent setting which will stay as such until you change it, or, you can do it on an ad hoc basis. Any documents that need crisp quality must be printed on the normal toner setting. The toner save setting does come out a little pale, but is easily readable and perhaps useful for printing out anything that is unimportant or that is only a sort of temporary copy (eg emails to husband from the Golf Club!).
I thoroughly recommend this Printer and there is no better price than Amazon - trust me, I've looked and I never buy anything in a hurry without checking it all out!!
Since writing this review I have contacted Brother, by email, to ask for details of a high yield toner cartridge (2k pages approx). They have replied that unfortunately there is not one available and as this is an entry level Printer, only one cartridge exists and will remain that way. I had, at the same time, also contacted another company - The Cartridge People - and they too have confirmed there is no high yield cartridge available either.
I am a little disappointed with this aspect, however I still feel the 5 stars is the correct rating.
Having had this printer for a while now, I can confirm the more it has been used, the noisier it has become. This is a bit irritating as it was really quiet at first.