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Brother HL-1270N

Brother HL-1270N
alaScore 73

16 reviews

Apr, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 reviews of Brother HL-1270N. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Printers for all reviews. People really like the reliability. The price also gets good opinions. Comments are divided on the size.

price, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Brother HL-1270N is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 73/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 user reviews of Brother HL-1270N from The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.7/5 for other Printers on Reviewers really like the reliability. The price is also mentioned favorably, but many are critical about the size.

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Brother HL-1270N


This monochrome laser prints crisp text and accurate graphics.

Offices that plan to put a few people on a printer will like the HL-1270N's built-in ethernet, but its lower paper capacity and speed will keep those workgroups small.

Apr, 2001

Product Specifications

The HL-1270N is designed print up to 12 ppm, includes a built-in print server, PostScript Level 2 emulation (BR-Script 2), 4MB of standard memory and an optional additional 250-sheet paper tray for a total paper capacity of 500 pages. The HL-1270N is a complete, network-ready business printer for small workgroups who need many of the features found in more expensive printers. It is designed to excel in mixed language environments and it is upgradable to 36MB. The HL-1270N comes network ready, right out of the box, with 10/100 Base TX Ethernet ... just turn the printer on, connect the network, configure the printer, and you are ready to print anywhere on the network. The HL-1270N supports all the major network operating systems available in the market today, including: Novell Netware (2.x, 3.x, 4.x and 5.x, Full NDS Support) Microsoft Windows NT Server (v3.1, 3.5x, and 4.0) Microsoft Windows 95 (Peer to Peer) Networking. In addition to the 10/100 Base TX Ethernet and IEEE-1284 Parallel support, USB is standard on the HL-1270N. Both PC and Macintosh USB support and drivers are included. The Brother HL-1270N printer and its software are fully compatible with personal computers running the Microsoft Windows or DOS operating systems, including Windows 3.1, 95/98 and Windows NT 4.0 systems. It also supports Macintosh and Mac OS compatible operating systems - including the newer iMac and G3/G4 computers. All these drivers are standard. Whether you are a corporate workgroup using Windows PC's, or a publishing company using MacOS, the HL-1270N comes standard with both PCL6 and PostScript Level 2 (BR-Script 2) emulations to ensure compatibility with most software packages. Having both emulations standard, users are virtually ensured that their application will print error free. With professional 1200 x 600 dpi graphics quality, it handles anything from small cardstocks to transparencies, postcards and labels with ease. Paper capacity is 250 sheets of letter size paper and the HL-1270N allows you to obtain optimum print quality on different media types, every time. An optional second paper cassette allows you to expand you paper capacity to 500 total sheets should the need arise. And if value is important, it produces documents at two cents or less per page!


Built-in display: Yes
Color of product:White

Dimensions & Weight


Energy Management

Power consumption (max):340
Power consumption (PowerSave):5
Power consumption (standby):80


Compatibility:Mac / PC
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Brother HL

Input Capacity

Standard input capacity:250


Internal memory:4




Type: None


Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Mobile printing technologies:Not supported
Network ready: Yes
Supported network protocols (IPv4):TCP/IP, AppleTalk, IPX/SPX
Type:Network adapter
Wi-Fi: No

Paper Handling

ISO A-series sizes (A0...A9):A4, A5, A6
ISO B-series sizes (B0...B9):B5
Maximum ISO A-series paper size:A4
Maximum print area:Legal (216 x 356 mm)
Maximum print size:Legal (216 x 356 mm)
Non-ISO print media sizes:Letter
Standard tray media types:Envelopes, Labels, Plain paper
Standard tray media weight:64 - 105


Built-in processor: Yes
Processor frequency:66
Processor model:MB86832
Windows operating systems supported:Windows 2000, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 3.x, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 98SE, Windows NT

Ports & interfaces

Standard interfaces:Ethernet, Parallel, USB 2.0


Power consumption (max):340
Power consumption (PowerSave):5
Power consumption (standby):80

Print Technology

Color: No
Maximum Resolution:1200 x 600
Number of print cartridges:1
Print technology:Laser
Printing colors:Black
Standard printer languages:Epson FX, IBM ProPrinter, PCL 6


Connectivity Technology:Wired
Form Factor:Desktop
Interface:Ethernet 10/100Base-TX / Parallel / USB/Parallel / USB
Language Simulation:EPSON FX / IBM PPR / PCL 6 / PostScript 2/EPSONSCript Level 2 / IBM PPR / PCL 6
Max H-Resolution B/W:1200dpi
Max Media Size (Standard):A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in) / Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)/Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
Max Printing Speed (ppm):12ppm
Max V-Resolution B/W:600dpi
Media Path Type:Curved/Curved / Straight
Media Type:Envelopes / Labels / Plain paper / Transparencies
Monthly Duty Cycle Range (Printer Class):10,000 - 19,999 pages
Output Type:Monochrome
PostScript Support:Included
Total Media Capacity:250sheets
Type:Workgroup printer


Print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter):12
Time to first page (black, normal):15
Warm-up time:45


Installed Size:4MB
Max Supported Size:36MB


Type: None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Sound Emission

Print noise level:49
Printing noise level:49

System Requirements

OS Required:Apple MacOS 8.1 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows 3.x/95/98 / Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition / Microsoft Windows NT 4.0/Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition

Weight & Dimensions