"Slow, LOUD, Energy HOG, can't print envelopes."1.0 starson by WatchFed
Pros: Staples gives you 14 days to learn your lesson.
Cons: Slow, LOUD, Energy PIG, can't print envelopes
Summary: I will confirm the printer is both LOUD and AN ENERGY PIG! It draws so much current the fans slow down in my UPSes and they go into boost mode. Not just on startup, but every time you print. Oh, and it...is...sloooooowwwww.
Here's the rest of my story:
Just brought home a 2270. More than SIX YEARS after the original post (re the wrinkled envelopes), the problem remains.
AND forget about mail-merges--you can only do one envelope at a time.
To print an envelope:
Open the FRONT manual feed slot.
Open the REAR door.
Lift the two levers. (They are not easy to find; they're tucked way up inside. If you can't spin the printer sideways or move it off of/out of the printer stand, you won't be able to get to them.)
Place the printer in a position where you can reach BOTH slots.
Insert an envelope in the front slot.
If you are successful, the envelope will print and not be wrinkled.
(I could not ever get that far.)
Here's where it gets crazy (this, apparently, is acceptable to Brother):
When you want to do a mail merge, (tongue-in-cheeck) something rarely done by home office users (wink, wink)... Heck, just read along. Maybe it's me...
12/23/2011 4:19:48 PM Length of chat: 00:46:57
4:19 PM Alicia: Hello, Ed. Thank You for contacting Brother Chat Support. Just a moment while I review your issue.
4:23 PM Ed: Do you plan to answer?
4:23 PM Alicia: Please copy and paste the ENTIRE link into the web address and follow the step-by-step instructions for your issue:
4:23 PM Alicia: http://host220.brother.com:8080/sap(bD1lbiZjPTAxMA==)/bc/bsp/sap/zsdb/display.htm?solution=200000028702
4:23 PM Alicia: Please follow the troubleshooting steps in the link below and it should help with resolving your issue. Review the instructions to determine if you have any more questions.
4:28 PM Ed: It will not manually feed without removing the paper tray.
4:30 PM Ed: Are you there?
4:31 PM Alicia: What happens if the tray is there?
4:31 PM Ed: It feeds paper.
4:33 PM Alicia: Are you making sure the envelope is all the way in the manual feed?
4:34 PM Ed: There is not time to put the envelope i the slot. As soon as I hit "Print" it starts with the paper in the tray.
4:34 PM Ed: "...in the slot..."
4:35 PM Alicia: You have to insert the envelope before you press print.
4:36 PM Ed: All 75 envelopes? Do they feed from the tray?
4:37 PM Alicia: Printing Envelopes
4:37 PM Alicia: http://host220.brother.com:8080/sap(bD1lbiZjPTAxMA==)/bc/bsp/sap/zsdb/display.htm?solution=200000028113
4:41 PM Ed: I assume there is a setting somewhere that creates a "lag" so I can get to "the machine" with the next envelope? It just spits out paper.
4:42 PM Alicia: Ok what I can do is transfer you to a Printer Software agent to check your settings. Do you mind if I transferred you?
4:43 PM Ed: Go ahead...
4:47 PM Notice: Alicia transferred Ed to Yvonne.
4:47 PM Notice: Yvonne joined session.
4:47 PM Notice: Alicia exited session.
4:48 PM Yvonne: Sorry for the trouble, one moment as I review the issue.
4:49 PM Yvonne: Thank you for your patience. Envelopes must be fed one envelope at a time through the manual feed slot, using the steps previously linked to you (
http://host220.brother.com:8080/sap(bD1lbiZjPTAxMA==)/bc/bsp/sap/zsdb/display.htm?solution=200000028113 ). There is not a way to print multiple envelopes at the same time/one after the other.
4:50 PM Ed: So the printer can not be used for a mail merge.
4:50 PM Yvonne: I'm not quite certain what mail merge is, can you describe the function?
4:54 PM Yvonne: Are you still with me? If not I will need to end our chat session. If you need further assistance simply start another chat and we will be able to see the content of the previous chat session and continue to assist you.
4:54 PM Ed: You're kidding, right? A mail merge is where you write a Christmas card to 137 people, lay out an envelope, use the mail merge feature of, say, LibreOffice or Microsoft Word, and print 137 envelopes, each personally addressed so you can match the envelope and the recipient and do in 1 hour what might takes days using the method you describe.
4:55 PM Yvonne: I don't use Microsoft Office, so I'm sorry but I am not familiar with it's features. The HL-2270DW was not designed primarily as an envelope printer, and where you can feed an envelope 1 at a time through the machine it would not work for large volumes of envelopes. Was there anything else I could address for you today?
4:57 PM Ed: A mail merge is a basic office function, not something peculiar to Microsoft software. Yes, you can. Please confirm that each time I want to print an envelope I must start with a new document and print each envelope as a separate job.
4:59 PM Yvonne: More then likely yes. If you already have the envelopes created within your application just open them up and print them from there. Load the envelope into the manual feed slot and open the back cover as illustrated in the link provided, then open the envelope you want to print in the application you have it in, then send it to print from there.
5:00 PM Ed: Wow. What is the target market for this printer? Is it designed to be used in a home office/small office?
5:00 PM Yvonne: Yes, just a basic small home use printer.
5:02 PM Ed: I'm curious how they imagine the documents we create would get to the intended destination...I suppose people working at home never need to address more than one envelope at a time. I guess I'm just not using "the machine" properly.
5:04 PM Yvonne: Alright, other then the envelope issue did you have any other questions I could address for you?
5:05 PM Ed: Nope, I think you've answered my question. I appreciate your help, Yvonne. I'll return the printer and buy something else. Thank you for your patience. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!
5:06 PM Yvonne: You're welcome, thanks for contacting Brother, have a Merry Christmas and happy new years as well!
5:06 PM Notice: Yvonne exited session.
You'll have to make up you own mind. I made my decision.