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I've had this printer in my house for about 2 years and I can't fault it. I have been toying with the idea of changing to a colour laser for months but Im loathe to switch whilst this printer is still working so well.
It will print at a speed of about 18 pages per minute maximum, which is a conveniently fast speed for home use (like I use mine for). The real advantage I've found though is that the cartridge just keeps on going and going! The current cartridge has been through over 700 pages of paper and the black print is still very clear. I probably swap the cartridge every 6 months, and I do alot of printing considering it is used for home printing.
As for ease of use, well it hasn't got many 'bells-and-whistles' which has the advantage of meaning it is practially plug-and play. With only an on/off switch and a GO button. It will take about half a pack of paper in the tray (Which is roughly about 250 pages of standard copy paper), and so I don't even have to think about replacing the paper very often.
As this section of dooyoo shows, there are a seemingly endless array of PC printers currently on the market, with many probably not included. The quality varies, but with the Brother HL 2035 black and white laser printer, you are buying into a well-known brand leader supported by an extensive product back up network.
As PC printers go, it would be fair to say that many mono laser type machines are not necessarily highly complex arrangements, and technology evolution tends to ensure that simplicity is the watch word, which means less chance of faults occurring later on in the machine's life time.
The Brother HL 2035 is more specifically designed for relative (or, actual) newcomers to using laser printers; I think it is a good model for home use, including for people who use the home as their work station. This machine, being fairly compact, takes up very little of your table space thus leaving room for other office type essentials. Of course, size really matters when one considers that these machines are completely governed by paper size, with A4 being industry standard; the Brother HL 2035 features a large flap adjacent to the top to hold the paper, and also to stop it moving around when the machine is in operational mode. After printing, the completed work is then deposited into the depressed inset on the top.
The machine also features handy indicator lights, which lets the user know when the toner is low, when the printer drum is no longer functional, function 'ready' situation and if any paper jams have occurred. Replacement and set up of these essential parts is easy, as one merely opens the front cover to ensure that cartridge and drum slide in easily. The machine required little in the way of compatible software to operate and covers all the main makers including MS and Linux. Speed wise, this thing is capable of doing about 16-18 pages per minute, dependent on conditions and good maintenance by the owner. Prices vary between about £75 and £90, so it's worth shopping around.
|Product Description:||Brother HL-2035 - printer - monochrome - laser|
|Printer Type:||Personal printer - laser - monochrome|
|Max Media Size (Standard):||Legal, A4|
|Min Media Size (Custom):||69.9 mm x 116 mm|
|Max Media Size (Custom):||406.4 mm|
|Print Speed:||Up to 18 ppm - B/W - A4 (210 x 297 mm)|
|Max Resolution ( B&W ):||2400 x 600 dpi|
|Image Enhancement Technology:||Brother HQ1200|
|Processor:||Fujitsu SPARClite 96 MHz|
|RAM Installed ( Max ):||8 MB|
|Media Type:||Envelopes, transparencies, labels, plain paper, bond paper, recycled paper|
|Total Media Capacity:||250 sheets|
|Media Handling:||250-sheet input tray, 1-sheet manual tray|
|System Requirements:||Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition, Linux, Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition, Microsoft Windows XP, Apple MacOS X 10.2.4 or later, Microsoft Windows Vista, Apple MacOS 9.1 - 9.2|
|Manufacturer Warranty:||1 year warranty|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||37.1 cm x 36.1 cm x 16.6 cm|