Brother rates the HL-2250DN at 26ppm, which is a bit wishful, but not by that much. In real life, it starts at 15.8ppm on a 5-page text document, but this increases to 22.2ppm on a 20-page one. That’s not too far away from the claimed speed and is a very good result for a £100-ish printer.
There’s no draft mode, but there is a toner-save, which uses less toner (no surprise there) but doesn’t print any faster. A five-page text and graphics document took exactly the same time as the straight text test and returned 15.8ppm.
The printer can print duplex as standard, though it more than halves its speed. Under test, a 20-page document, printed 10-page duplex returned a speed of 10.6 sides per minute. A 15 x 10cm photo took just 12s, which is a good speed.
Text print is sharp and precise. Even though the default resolution is 600dpi, there are no signs of any jagged edges to diagonals or curves and overall it punches well above its weight.
Greyscale graphics are a bit patchy, but there are enough tones to distinguish between reproduced colours. Photos, even at the highest resolution of 2,400dpi x 600dpi are not the HL-2250DN’s best suit. There’s some banding in areas of regular tone, like skies, and dark areas of images can print too dark, but photos aren’t normally a major part of the job mix for a mono laser printer.
Using the highest-yield toner cartridge and the best prices we could find for toner and drum, gives a cost per page of 3.4p, including 0.7p for paper. This is roughly in the middle of the field, though there are printers, like the Samsung ML-2580N (2.8p), which are noticeably cheaper to run.
Brother’s HL-2250DN is a very good little printer for the money. It’s quick and convenient to use and produces good quality text print. Greyscale graphics and photos aren’t quite so good, but for general SOHO duties it should sit quietly in the corner of your desk and just get on with the job. Over 20ppm and duplex print as standard make a good spec on a £100 printer.