Summary: Brother now has a "hard shutdown" toner detection in its printers to sell more toner. Cartridges are FAR from empty when the toner light comes on. Moreover, the sensor is cheap and breaks easily. My 2240 broke and wouldn't print even with a brand new Brother cartridge installed. If they weren't greedy for dishonest toner sales, this couldn't happen. No printer should EVER have a hard shutdown due to supposedly low toner. Do not support this kind of SCAM. Buyer Beware.
Excerpt: Just rec'd this printer and it's awful. The fan is extremely loud and runs constantly. Sounds like a jet plane engine and you can hear it at the other end of the house with the door closed in my office. And it puts grooves down both sides of my premium laser paper from the rollers. It's my first purchase on Officemax.com and will be my last. It's a terrible product!
Cons: Does Not Meet Expectations, loud and groves the sides of paper
Paul Rosenberg "Yes, I actually read it befor..., Amazon
5 October 2013
Summary: We have owned a few Brother printers, and we like how inexpensive they are. Also, they performed well enough and were reliable. This one, however is the worst printer I have ever used. Frequent jams, numerous errors without seeming cause and a toner cartridge with the lifespan of a housefly. This has been nothing but trouble from day one, but being a printing technician myself, I was able to keep it running through the first 30 days. That was my big mistake.
Summary: I purchased this printer in April 2013. I haven't had the issue with the overly loud fan that many people reported and I am pretty noise sensitive. What I wish I had known before purchasing this printer is the way the paper feeds. Unfortunately this is something you can't tell by the box until you use it.
Summary: The documentation claims automatic duplex (two-sided) printing. However, after we installed the printer (which took several tries on the Windows 8 software), when we tried to change the printer properties to duplex, the only options were "none", "duplex (manual)" and "booklet (manual)". Clicking the duplex (manual) popped up the instruction to open the back of the machine and insert the paper. Not automatic at all.
Summary: This printer is not compatible with Windows 8. There are no drivers available. I called the manufacturer and they suggested I wait "just a few months". I would really like to use this printer. Sadly the cost to ship it back for replacement will be close to cost of the printer itself. -- Edit 11/2/2013 -- Windows 8 drivers are now available! I just happened to give this a try again with Windows 8 and it downloaded the drivers from Windows Update.
Summary: Machine failed after less than 2 months and no Amazon protection left. Just great. Don't waste your money on this dud. I only got about 4000 pages out of it. Not worth wasting your time on this one. Plus the price has doubled since I purchased this. Boo.
Brother wants to sell you toner whether you need it or not.
Thomas A. Garrett, Amazon
24 April 2012
Summary: Bought a Brother HL-2270DW less than 30 days ago. Within 2 days I replaced the starter cartridge with a new TN-420 thinking I would hold the starter cartridge in reserve. In less than 2 or 3 hundred pages the toner light started flashing and the printer refused to print. I did not believe that the cartridge could possibly be out of toner, so I searched the web and found the following instructions to reset the out of toner condition: =================== - Open the front...
Excerpt: What's wrong brother?? This printer is always on sale and I end up buying a new one each time. This is the fourth printer that I bought since it does not recognize Office Max brand toner or Cartridge World toner. You have to buy a brand new Brother brand toner which is very expensive. I print a lot in my classroom and I need a printer that has high yield and is cheap to maintain. Sad to say, this printer does not meet both requirements.
Pros: Easy to Use
Cons: Does Not Meet Expectations, very expensive to keep and maintain, supplies are very expensive, would not accept "compatible" substitutes