Rarely do I blog about products, except if they are signposts of where technology is headed or for the features it offers, it’s reasonably priced.
That’s the case of the US$150 Brother HL-L2360DW Black and White Laser Printer (Yu, 2014), which I’ve chose as my product of the Year 2014, mainly because I did so much printing in the first semester of my Professional Diploma in Teaching at the MICO University College. Had I purchased this printer, perhaps I would not have so many complaints.
What makes this product stand out for me is the fact that for US$150, it jam-packed with convenient and advanced features. An upgrade to the older HL-2270DW model, this model sports small one-line LCD readout on the top panel for easier menu navigation and is thinner in design, weighing in at about 0.3kg (0.66lb).
It also supports printing of various formats from Tablets and smartphones including Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Google Chrome Print, making this printer a must-have if you, for some strange reason (Deer, 2012), still print images and documents from your tablet or smartphone.
And yes, as should be obvious via its support for those formats, you can connect to the Brother HL-L2360DW via Wi-Fi using the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS). Just makes sure you know your Internet Routers SSID and password to connect to Wi-Fi and it should be a wireless, pain-free setup of a Network printer that your fellow office workers will find irresistible for printing Black and White documents.
Especially as it supports an assortment of different paper sizes including Letter, Legal, Executive, A4, A5, A6, B5, B6, and envelopes, with the loading tray on the front that gives you access to the toner capable of holding some 250 sheets of 8.5-by-11-inch paper.
Bit of a warning though; buy a new toner with your initial purchase of the US$150 Brother HL-L2360DW Black and White Laser Printer, as the “free” toner that comes with the printer isn’t all that good. Best of all, it relatively maintenance free and in testing done by CNET, didn’t Jam. With a duty-cycle of 10,000, you’re guaranteed crisp black and white prints so long as you’re not a frivolous user of the office printer.
So owners of small business that have a small office with minimal printing needs and a lot of tablet and smartphone totin’ employees, when the New Year 205, the Year of the Sheep starts get the printer that is basically a Bargain for the future.
- Deer, L. (2012, October 3). How the Apple iPad killed Ultrabooks, Printing and the Mouse as the World Rediscovers Tablets. Retrieved from http://www.geezam.com/how-the-apple-ipad-killed-ultrabooks-printing-and-the-mouse/
- Yu, J. (2014, October 3). Brother HL-L2360DW review: A simple black laser printer with quickprints and a future-proof design. Retrieved from http://www.cnet.com/products/brother-hl-l2360dw/