Brother HL-2070N Network Monochrome Laser Printer
This is an excellent printer!
When I first ran across the printer, I was very reluctant to buy it. Being a Mac guy, I sometimes find the print drivers do not work as well as they do on Windows. Or I find I have to jump through some hoops to get it to work right. The reviews I read indicated it was trouble-free, so I decided to give it a try.
I connected the printer to my MacBook Pro using System 10.4 which was back from one of it's many visits to Apple repair. I didn't even load the drivers, I just hooked up the printer and tried to print something. It worked flawlessly. The printer is Bonjour Capable (formerly known as "Rendezvous"), which is an Apple protocol for discovering file, print, chat, music sharing, and other services on IP networks.
The printer will do up to 20 pages per minute, has 600 x 2400 dpi resolution, a 250 sheet paper tray, 16 MB of RAM and had parallel, USB 2.0 and Ethernet ports and has printer drivers for Windows, MacOS, and Linux. It does a fine job on envelopes and other different-sized media.
The toner cartridge (TN-350) is between 40-$65.00 and will print up to 1500 pages which is very reasonable when you compare it to the cost of ink cartridges.
The printer is fairly small and has a dark gray finish which I can't say it looks stylish, but it tends to blend in and not look like an eyesore compared to the usual ivory colored printer.
It's also very quiet. The printer has energy saving features and makes no noise when it's not printing. Even when it prints it is really quiet.
This printer was recently replaced by the Brother HL-2170w. The biggest difference is the 2170w has a built-in wireless card so you can print without a network. I was going to consider this, but I was not sure how the wireless feature would work when I am already on a wireless network? Do I have to switch back and forth? I decided to save a few dollars and buy the 2070 because either printer can be plugged into a USB or Ethernet port on your existing wireless network and allow you to print without switching, so the wireless aspect was not as important to me.
If you are looking for a decent printer for letters, shipping labels, Mapquest directions, this is the perfect printer to consider.
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