The Brother HL-2150N is a small, compact and fast mono-functional printer. It is network-ready and performs well enough in small office environments. But Brother intends this machine for home use, which is where it really shines. At this price point, you will find few home laser printers that provide this kind of performance at a rate of 22 pages per minute. In addition, high-yield Brother HL-2150N toner cartridges are available for the device for a markedly reduced cost-per-page.
The Brother HL-2150N is a squat, two-tone rectangle. A dark grey piece comprises the top and left side, and a light grey piece comprises the bottom and right side. The high-quality automatic paper feeder up top is not prone to jams so you do not have to babysit it, but it only has a capacity of 250 sheets. In addition, the paper output capacity is only 100 sheets. The printer is extremely light, and you can move it around with ease.
The biggest advantages to the Brother HL-2150N are ease of use and speed. You can connect it to your PC, Mac or Linux computer using the backward-compatible USB 2.0 connection and be up and running within minutes. You can also connect it to the network via its built-in Ethernet connection, and then you can have access to it via the entire home network. And once up and running, the HL-2150N spits out high-quality pages at a phenomenal rate for home use, and it boasts a very short warm-up time. When your Brother HL-2150N toner cartridges run out, replacing them is not a big job thanks to Brother's considerate design. The printer also includes an excellent software package that consists of a range of useful tools including diagnostics and trouble-shooters.
The Brother HL-2150N's primary drawback is the 181 MHz processor and the default 16 MB of memory, which you cannot upgrade. When printing simple pages, whether the print job is small or large, you are not likely to notice an issue with this configuration. However, as soon as you begin to print complex pages, especially in large, diverse print jobs, the HL-2150N will buckle a bit beneath that demand. So in those scenarios, you are likely to experience some delays and therefore not be able to maintain the 22 pages per minute average that makes this unit so attractive.