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|Brother HL-2130 Remove||Add another||Add another||Add another|
|Price||£39.99 Best price found from 17 retailers|
|Launch date||Apr 2011|
|Test Date||31 August 2011|
|Reviewed using current test programme||No|
|Tested for occasional printing cost||No|
|Printer type||Standard printer|
|Colour or Mono||Mono|
|Print on A3||No|
|Aimed at photo printing||No|
|Home office printer||Yes|
|Individual colour cartridges||No|
|Does the printer have a preview screen?||No|
|Supported Operating Systems|
|Windows 8||Not tested|
|Prints via PictBridge||No|
|Memory Card slots||No|
|Automatic Document Feeder||No|
|Borderless printing possible||na|
|Double sided scan and copy||No|
|Google CloudPrint||Not tested|
|Print from smartphone||No|
|What can it print on?|
|Maximum page weight (gsm)||105|
|Printing directly on to CD||No|
|Print on transparencies||Not stated|
|Continuous print costs|
|10 Black text documents (£)||0.32|
|Cartridges used in testing|
|Black text quality|
|Black text speed|
|Images with text quality|
|Images with text speed|
|Ease of printing|
|Speed of text scanning|
|Quality of scanned photos|
|Speed of photo scanning|
|Ease of scanning|
|Quality of mono photocopies|
|Speed of mono photocopies|
|Quality of colour photocopies|
|Speed of colour photocopies|
|Ease of copying|
|Power and noise|
Reviewed using current test programme
We improved our test programme in 2011. Scores for printers tested previously are not directly comparable to models tested since August 2011.
Tested for occasional printing cost
Some printers use ink to clean their print heads. This increases the cost of printing if you print occasionally and turn the printer off between uses. In September 2012 we introduced a test to determine the cost impact of leaving time between prints. Select 'yes' to view printers that have undergone the occasional printing test.
Colour or Mono
Mono: Black and white printing only
Print on A3
Whether the printer can print on A3 paper
Aimed at photo printing
Printers listed include those from ranges designed for photo printing and models that include both a preview screen and option to print from memory card and/or cameras (via PictBridge) which are more popular if you want to print photos at home. Printers not labelled as 'suited to photo printing' here may still have the ability to print photos from a computer.
Home office printer
Laser printers, inkjet printers from ranges designed for office tasks and models with automatic document feeders.
We measure dimensions when the printer is open and ready to use, including any extra space used by the solid part of the cable where it enters the printer. This is why our figures are often different, or larger, than those supplied by manufacturers. All dimensions are given in centimetres.
Individual colour cartridges
Individual coloour cartridges can be change one at a time as they run out. A combined colour cartridge means that you will be throwing away three colours when one runs out, but they tend to be cheaper than individual colour cartridges.
Does the printer have a preview screen?
Printing photos from memory card is easiest with an LCD preview screen.
Whether or not the printer supports the Microsoft Vista operating system directly out of the box. You may be able to download an alternative driver from a freeware site but some printing features may be lost. NS means that the manufacturer has not stated if there is a driver avaialbel for this operating system.
Whether or not the printer is compatible with the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system. For models tested prior to November 2009 we list whether a driver update for Windows 7 is available from the manufacturers' websites.
Windows 8 compatibility of the printer at the time of testing. Models marked 'no' were not compatible at the time of testing and those marked 'not tested' were tested before Windows 8. For these printers, check the manufacturer's website to find out if a Windows 8 driver is now available.
Whether or not the printer supports the Mac OS10 operating system directly out of the box. You may be able to download an alternative driver from a freeware site but some printing features may be lost. 'Not stated' means that the manufacturer has not stated if there is a driver available for this operating system.
We only provide details for printers that have Bluetooth built in. Others may offer optional Bluetooth printing which will require you to buy an adaptor at an additional cost.
Ethernet is a wired method of connecting to your router or home network for printing from various devices on your home network.
A fax feature is only available on selected all-in-one printers. Here we refer to printers with fax functions that use a phone line, not models that only have an eFax function.
Automatic Document Feeder
An automatic document feeder is useful for scanning or photocopying large documents. This feature is only available on all in one printers.
Borderless printing possible
Printers returning 'yes' for borderless printing can print a full size 6x4 inch photo and A4 photo without leaving a white border around the edge of the page. However, some cropping of the image is likely, so the very edges of the image my be lost.
If a printer has auto duplexing it means you can set the printer up to automatically print on both sides of a page.
Google CloudPrint lets you print wirelessly from devices over the internet via Google's cloud.
Print from smartphone
Whether the printer claimed compatibility with the printer manufacturer's smartphone print app at time of testing.
Whether the printer claimed compatibility with Apple AirPrint at time of testing.
Maximum page weight (gsm)
The maximum page thickness in grams per square metre (gsm) that the printer is compatible with. For models with a tray at the back of the printer and a second one underneath, the rear feed is usually one that takes thicker paper.
Print on transparencies
Does the printer claim to be able to print on transparent sheets?
10 Black text documents (£)
The estimated cost of ten A4 plain black text documents. Prices are based on continuously printing documents which doesn't take into account ink used by an inkjet printer to clean the print heads over time. Costs should be taken as a guide only.
The estimated cost of one A4 colour graphics document (spreadsheet) for colour printers. Mono laser printers cannot print in colour - any price given here for mono printers will be for a black and white graphics print. Prices are based on continuously printing documents which doesn't take into account ink used by an inkjet printer to clean the print heads over time. Costs should be taken as a guide only.
This is the black ink or toner cartridge we used in our tests. High capacity cartridges are used where available.
Overall print quality and speed of text, photos, graphics, and desk top publishing.
Black text quality
Quality of printing an A4 letter in plain black text.
Black text speed
Speed of printing a 5 page A4 letter
Quality of printing an 8x10-inch photo. Where models have an optional photo ink cartridge, this was used.
Speed of printing an 8x10-inch photo.
Quality of an A4 colour graphics document containing charts and tables. For colour printers we rate colour graphics. For mono printers we rate graphics printed in greyscale.
Speed of printing an A4 colour graphics document containing charts and tables. For colour printers we rate colour graphics. For mono printers we rate graphics printed in greyscale.
Images with text quality
Quality of an A4 colour desktop publishing/web-style document containing images and text. For colour printers we rate colour graphics. For mono printers we rate graphics printed in greyscale.
Images with text speed
Speed of printing an A4 colour desktop publishing/web-style document containing images and text. For colour printers we rate colour graphics. For mono printers we rate graphics printed in greyscale.
Ease of printing
How easy it is to set up the printer and use it for printing.
Quality and speed, and ability to scan different-sized items.
Speed of text scanning
Speed of scanning a black, text document.
Quality of scanned photos
Quality of scanning a colour photograph.
Speed of photo scanning
Speed of scanning a colour photograph.
Ease of scanning
Ease of using the scan function.
Speed and quality of copying text, images and photos, with and without a computer.
Quality of mono photocopies
Quality of mono (black) photocopies
Speed of mono photocopies
Speed of mono (black) photocopies
Quality of colour photocopies
Quality of colour photocopies
Speed of colour photocopies
Speed of colour photocopies
Ease of copying
Ease of using the copier function.
How energy efficient the device is.
How noisy the printer is when printing. A model scoring 4 stars will still make some clicks and whirrs but will be relatively quiet. Models scoring 1 or 2 stars are considered rather noisy.