Brother HL-2035 review

30 Apr 2009

A solid, small laser printer that's cheap to both buy and run.

Price when reviewed: 
58(£58 inc VAT)
4

Not everyone needs 20 or 30ppm output. If all you want is a printer for your home office and you don't need to be able to print thousands of pages per month, Brother's compact HL-2035 is the pick of the bunch this month.

The HL-2035's main selling point is its low initial purchase price. At £50 exc VAT it's the cheapest printer in the group by a distance, and it isn't that costly to run either. After 10,000 pages it's one of the cheapest printers to own at £239 exc VAT, and even if you were to print more than that its running costs are still very reasonable - an impressive feat for such a small printer.

And elsewhere, there's plenty to like. It's understandably slow at this price, but in our raw throughput test it beat three more expensive printers - the Samsung ML-1630W, HP LaserJet P1005 and Canon i-Sensys LBP3100, effortlessly pumping out pages at 18ppm. Quality was okay too: crisp text was a highlight and photos were free from banding, with only gradients betraying the printer's humble budget origins. The only caveat is to get the best quality you have to be prepared to wait - in 2,400dpi mode, the print rate slowed significantly, taking 20 and 30 seconds to print each of our two quality tests.

There's no network connectivity, software utilities are non-existent, and paper input capacity isn't great either, but with a printer this cheap you have to be prepared to accept the odd compromise. Especially when, in every other respect, it's such a solid little laser printer. If your budget can't stretch to either of the other award winners this month, and all you need is a reliable printer for your home office, it's a cracking alternative.

Details

Price ex VAT £50
Price inc VAT £58
Performance 4
Features & Design 2
Value for Money 6

Printer language & OS Support

PCL level N/A
PostScript level N/A

Basic Specifications

Colour? no
Resolution printer final 600 x 600dpi
Rated/quoted print speed 18PPM
Maximum paper size A4
Duplex function no

Running costs

Cost per A4 mono page 1.8p
Cost per A4 colour page N/A

Consumables

Monthly duty cycle 5,000 pages
Drum life 12,000 pages
Fuser life N/A
Transfer-belt life N/A
Standard mono toner life 1,500 pages
High-yield mono toner life N/A
Standard colour toner life N/A
High-yield colour toner life N/A
Supplied mono toner life 1,000 pages
Supplied colour toner life N/A

Power and noise

Peak noise level 51.0dB(A)
Dimensions 371 x 361 x 166mm (WDH)
Peak power consumption 990W
Idle power consumption 3W

Performance tests

Mono print speed (measured) 18ppm
Colour print speed N/A

Media Handling

Input tray capacity 250 sheets
Output tray capacity 100 sheets

Connectivity

USB connection? yes
Ethernet connection? no
Bluetooth connection? no
WiFi connection? no
PictBridge port? no
Other connections None

OS Support

Operating system Windows 7 supported? no
Operating system Windows Vista supported? yes
Operating system Windows XP supported? yes
Operating system Windows 2000 supported? no
Operating system Windows 98SE supported? no
Other operating system support Mac OS X 10.2.4 and various Linux implementations