The Brother HL-2130 mono laser printer is the entry level printer for either personal use or the small office.

Print Speed

The Brother HL-2130 printer can print black and white documents at a rate of 20 pages per minute.  Compared to the HL-6180DW with a print speed of 40 pages and it might look a little slow, but the price difference is more than 3 triple that of the HL-2130.  The first page out time though is a lot more comparable with a time of just under 10 seconds.

Print Resolution

The resolution from the HL-2130 is quite impressive from an entry level machine at 2400 x 600dpi.  This can produce crisp black print, especially when using genuine Brother original cartridges and nice quality paper.

Paper Handling

The paper capacity is what you expect of a desk top laser printer.  It will hold 250 sheets of A4 size copier paper and will quite easily deal with weights up to 100gsm.  It also has a single sheet by-pass to save you emptying the cassette every time you want to print the odd letterhead.


The Brother HL-2130 has an 8MB memory which is fairly typical for a small office printer.TN-2010 Toner Cartridge

Consumables For The Brother HL-2130 Printer

Brother mono printers use a toner and drum in all of their machines and the HL-2130 uses a TN-2010 black toner cartridge.  The TN-2010 has a maximum page life of 1000 prints based on Brother’s own data.  It also uses the Brother DR-2200 drum unit and this has a maximum page life of 12,000 pages.  It requires the drum to be replaced to keep the prints clear and crisp.

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