It’s easy for people to claim new printers show only cosmetic changes. The line goes “My old ‘xyz’ does everything the new models do, but cost me a lot less”. Brother’s HL-2250DN is just one model which helps disprove this. It’s designed as a SOHO mono laser, but packs a lot into its diminutive case.
Only 630mm square and sitting just 180mm high, it will fit happily on the desk beside you without making its presence felt to keenly. All in black, it has an inset, ribbed output tray on its top surface, with a flip-up paper stop at the front.
There's a second flip-over stop, which Brother insists helps prevent papers slide off the output tray sideways if they curl, though it’s hard to see how this would work. It does lift pages up and bend them over more, but they end up supported at fewer points and with less friction to hold them in place. What ever the paper support’s effectiveness, you don’t have to use it.
The control panel is rudimentary, comprising a single Go button and four LEDs for ready, low toner, exhausted drum and general error. Moving down the machine’s front panel, there's a flip-open cover for a single page, special-media feed and a 250-sheet main paper tray.
At the back are sockets for USB and 10/100 Ethernet, but you will have to use a third-party print server, if you need a wireless connection. Windows and OS X drivers are provided on the software CD and there's a direct connection from the setup menu to the Brother web page which contains Linux drivers.
The slimline drum and toner cartridge slides into place a little awkwardly, once you've folded down the printer's front panel, but it is a two-part component, so you don't have to change the drum every time you run out of toner. Instead there are two capacities of toner cartridge, 1,200 pages and 2,600 pages, while the drum is set to last for 12,000 pages.