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wow. pretty good run with my Brother laser. It's asking for a new drum, I think I'll just replace the printer.
Posted by: clay
Date: April 14, 2020 09:29AM
Bought the HL-2170W back in 2009 if my records are correct. The device is reporting that I've printed just under 100 pages per month since putting it into service. The "replace drum" warning light is now showing, and the printer reports that I've got about 8% of drum life left (just under 1000 pages) before it is depleted. I've had a great record with this printer, hardly a single hiccup. Just a couple toner cartridges and nothing else other than years of fast reliable home/home office printing.

At this point, I guess I'll just use it til it doesn't work any longer. The toner looks like it is about 3/4 full, so that would probably last me until after this drum is depleted.

For what was probably about a $100 printer (don't remember exactly), 10 years (and counting) is a really good run. I guess I'll start keeping an eye out for another sale on Brother's current low-end B&W lasers (for proofing, of course).
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Re: wow. pretty good run with my Brother laser. It's asking for a new drum, I think I'll just replace the printer.
Posted by: pdq
Date: April 14, 2020 10:15AM
Here’s a HL-L2350DW for $89 at Amazon, via Slickdeals.

Is “Amazon Dash” enabled, but I think that’s optional.
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Re: wow. pretty good run with my Brother laser. It's asking for a new drum, I think I'll just replace the printer.
Posted by: Mactel
Date: April 14, 2020 10:34AM
Here's a Staples deal:

Staples is offering the Brother MFC-L2710DW All-In-One Monochrome Laser Printer for the best deal.

Regular Price is $149.99 Shipped

1. Staples Price is $139.99 Shipped

2. Use coupon promo code 66122 to get it for $114.99

Final Price is $114.99 Shipped
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Re: wow. pretty good run with my Brother laser. It's asking for a new drum, I think I'll just replace the printer.
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: April 14, 2020 11:01AM
FYI: OEM DR-360 drum kits for that printer can easily run $120, but generics run less than $20.



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Re: wow. pretty good run with my Brother laser. It's asking for a new drum, I think I'll just replace the printer.
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: April 14, 2020 11:10AM
Here’s a HL-L2350DW for $89 at Amazon


That's a nice printer for the money.

Duplexing is nice also, though I don't have much use for it.

I wanted to know its dimensions (14x14x7) so instead of going to the site and digging around, I checked out the comments (1000+, 75 unique).

Geeeze, there are a lot of people how should not be allowed to access technology:

Is the a color printer
does it come with ink
does it copy
does it scan
does it print to both sides


and more, and several asked more than once.

Oy.

It's still not quite as compact as I like, so the little HP I got recently will do nicely, and may outlast me.






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Re: wow. pretty good run with my Brother laser. It's asking for a new drum, I think I'll just replace the printer.
Posted by: jdc
Date: April 14, 2020 11:23AM
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Sarcany
FYI: OEM DR-360 drum kits for that printer can easily run $120, but generics run less than $20.

This.





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Re: wow. pretty good run with my Brother laser. It's asking for a new drum, I think I'll just replace the printer.
Posted by: Ammo
Date: April 14, 2020 11:37AM
Does anyone know how generic drums are in terms of quality and longevity?



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Re: wow. pretty good run with my Brother laser. It's asking for a new drum, I think I'll just replace the printer.
Posted by: GGD
Date: April 14, 2020 12:32PM
How's the print quality? Brother's drum life warnings are based purely on page count. If quality is still good just keep printing, at least on my Brother Lasers the "replace drum" message you get when it gets to "0%" is just a recommendation, it doesn't prevent printing.

There's usually a slider on the drum to clean the corona wire, you might want to slide that back and forth a few times. I do that at least every time I replace a toner cartridge.

With mine, once I hit zero on the drum, I usually stretch the drum life until the current toner cartridge is empty unless print quality degrades too much before then.
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Posted by: Buzz
Date: April 14, 2020 12:43PM
agree smiley

What G2D said.
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Re: wow. pretty good run with my Brother laser. It's asking for a new drum, I think I'll just replace the printer.
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: April 14, 2020 01:08PM
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jdc
Quote
Sarcany
FYI: OEM DR-360 drum kits for that printer can easily run $120, but generics run less than $20.

This.
agree smiley
And if the generic does not work, return for a full refund.

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The E-Z Ink version is $21.99
(fwiw, I use E-Z Ink carts in my MFC-J825DW, never a problem.)



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Re: wow. pretty good run with my Brother laser. It's asking for a new drum, I think I'll just replace the printer.
Posted by: Bill in NC
Date: April 14, 2020 01:45PM
New Brother machines use chipped cartridges, so I'd follow GGD's advice instead.
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Posted by: d4
Date: April 14, 2020 02:01PM
I have a 15 year old Brother HL-5250DN. Upgradable RAM. Built like a tank.
It's survived through 3 moves, a marriage, 3 jobs, 2 kids and a global pandemic!





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Posted by: Michael
Date: April 14, 2020 02:07PM
Here's a Brother HL-L2370DW Compact Monochrome Laser Printer with Wireless & Ethernet and Duplex Printing for $75 from Staples with the code 66122. You have to get over $100 to use the code, so buy some paperclips or an eraser or something very cheap.

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Re: wow. pretty good run with my Brother laser. It's asking for a new drum, I think I'll just replace the printer.
Posted by: clay
Date: April 14, 2020 02:25PM
thanks, all. I think for now I'll just use it as-is until the print quality deteriorates. Good note about the chipped carts, wasn't aware Brother was doing that now.

Even spending $20 on a generic drum doesn't seem worth it if a new version of what I've got is $75. But maybe I'll come around to that line of thought. Just seems like putting 25% of the price of a new one into a 10+ year old printer can't be worth it. Oh well. We'll see....
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Posted by: Buck
Date: April 14, 2020 03:29PM
Go color: Brother HL-L8360CDW
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Re: wow. pretty good run with my Brother laser. It's asking for a new drum, I think I'll just replace the printer.
Posted by: Yoyodyne ArtWorks
Date: April 14, 2020 11:14PM
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Michael
Here's a Brother HL-L2370DW Compact Monochrome Laser Printer with Wireless & Ethernet and Duplex Printing for $75 from Staples with the code 66122. You have to get over $100 to use the code, so buy some paperclips or an eraser or something very cheap.

I bought that printer from Staples about 10 days ago, it’s pretty lame. Here are the problems I encountered, detailed in an Amazon review of the very similar 2350 model:

“The Wireless Device Setup Wizard is buggy and does not work. The "Temporarily use a USB cable (Recommended)" option doesn't detect the printer and disables bluetooth input devices instead. The exact same connection works for printing and for configuring the device via the printer driver. I used a Mac running OS 10.13.6 and the wizard version that was current as of 25 Jan 2019.

Using the System Preferences Printers & Scanners utility, you can use the backdoor over the USB connection to configure the device. None of the materials that come with the printer tell you the "Login" is "initpass".

Once you find the wireless setup sections there are several other problems.

The Wireless (Setup Wizard) section doesn't let you enter your SSID, so if you don't broadcast yours you can't use this tool at all.

The Wireless (Personal) is ironically the way to configure this for a managed wireless network. However, even though this is advertised as supporting 802.11n networks, it **does not** support 5 GHz. Very disappointing.

Also, it only supports a "Passphrase" for WPA2 pre-shared keys that is limited to 63 characters. The problem is the wireless standard supports 64 hexadecimal digits. Every other device on my networks — include our Xbox One and Nintendo Switches — have no problem with this. Again, very disappointing.

So this is being returned. I understand it's a cheap printer, but this is really basic functionality that should be the default at this point in the tech lifecycle.“



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