Brother’s latest entry level monochrome laser printer, HL-2035 is manufactured with the most basic features that a laser printer can possess. It was put to test by TR earlier this week.
HL-2035 contains a 250-page tray which is usually rare in economical range of laser printers. A single sheet slot just above the paper tray is also provided to feed media up to a thickness of 161 gsm.
Text print quality is excellent, black text is densely black, smooth with no patchiness and characters are crisp and well-defined. Even business graphics fared very well with no banding or jaggedness. Mono laser printers are not expected to print photos; yet, HL-2035 outputted near perfect photos with some visible banding in the background.
The usual trend in the claimed printing speed of any printer is the expected exaggeration by at least 80-100%. Even Brother is guilty of doing it with its earlier products, but in the case of this printer, things are a little different. A 20-page print job put the printing speed at a close 16ppm against a claimed speed of 18ppm, which is fair in this segment of printers.
The drum and toner cartridge come as independent accessories on this printer. The toner is expected to last 1500 A4 prints while the drum could last at least 12,000 prints. Keeping these for calculations, the estimated price per print is just over 3p per print. The cost-per-print is slightly on the higher side which should be easily compensated with the economical price of printer.
This is a good little economical printer. This would be ideal for homes, home offices and at best, as an individual printer at offices. Its fine text quality combined with a decent print speed puts it in favour over others in the same segment. HL-2035 is a printer worthy of occupying a space in your office.