The $199 Brother HL-2270DW laser monochrome printer earned a place on CNET's Top Printers list for its budget-friendly price tag and simple design. The company's latest monochrome laser, the HL-5450DN, improves on that model, adding cloud printing and Ethernet networking for $199. Both features are a boon for small offices or anyone that needs to output quick prints, either at home or remotely. With the same efficient design as the HL2270DW and expansive mobile productivity functions, the Brother HL-5450DN is a viable solution for offices that require versatile mid- to high-volume printing.
Consider the HL-5450DN the newer, more robust sibling to the HL-2270DW. Designwise, the HL-5450DN has a larger profile at 14.6 inches wide, 15.1 inches deep, and 9.6 inches tall but keeps the plain black color with two buttons on the top-mounted control to feed and cancel print jobs. As usual, the power switch lives on the right side, and the printer is designed to stay on during the work day, but will enter sleep mode when it doesn't receive data for a set period of time -- you can also customize the sleep time in the driver menu.
The HL-2270DW's control panel is just as simple as the body itself, sporting an all-inclusive Go button that also controls error recovery, wake-up, job cancel, wireless on/off, and manual feed, with six small LEDs for toner, drum, paper, and error status rounding out the panel. Though this model isn't the flashiest float in the parade, it's certainly designed with utility in mind -- not fashion.
Though Brother isn't listed as a supported company on the Google Cloud Print installation site, Brother still makes it relatively easy to register your printer's IP address and sign in to Google with your account.