Brother HL-2035 review

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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.

Brother HL-2035 review

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.

Printer language & OS Support

PCL levelN/A
PostScript levelN/A

Basic Specifications

Resolution printer final600 x 600dpi
Rated/quoted print speed18PPM
Maximum paper sizeA4
Duplex functionno

Running costs

Cost per A4 mono page1.8p
Cost per A4 colour pageN/A


Monthly duty cycle5,000 pages
Drum life12,000 pages
Fuser lifeN/A
Transfer-belt lifeN/A
Standard mono toner life1,500 pages
High-yield mono toner lifeN/A
Standard colour toner lifeN/A
High-yield colour toner lifeN/A
Supplied mono toner life1,000 pages
Supplied colour toner lifeN/A

Power and noise

Peak noise level51.0dB(A)
Dimensions371 x 361 x 166mm (WDH)
Peak power consumption990W
Idle power consumption3W

Performance tests

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

Media Handling

Input tray capacity250 sheets
Output tray capacity100 sheets


USB connection?yes
Ethernet connection?no
Bluetooth connection?no
WiFi connection?no
PictBridge port?no
Other connectionsNone

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 supportMac OS X 10.2.4 and various Linux implementations

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