Brother Compact Monochrome Laser Printer Review

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Today's review is going to look at the Brother Compact Monochrome Laser Printer.

We’ll provide you with all the detailed information you could need. You just need to make your own final decision.

Our rating: 6 / 10

Cost: $$

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Pros:

  • Very compact size
  • Amazing quality for the price

My respect for Brother increased when they had the HL L2395DW on display at CEDIA Expo 2017. They made an impressive little laser printer, and I found myself thinking about when I would need to buy one for my own home. Brother really hit a home run with this one.

While the specifications on paper seem impressive, it's how well it performs in the real world that really counts. This printer comes with a 2.7" resistive touchscreen panel for setting your print jobs and then showing you exactly how the job will look when it's done. That's pretty amazing in my opinion.

One thing many print enthusiasts might not know is that Brother has been making cloud-based printers for a while now. This is an expansion of that partnership. You can now print from popular cloud-based services directly from the printer's 2.7" color touchscreen panel.

I'm not so sure about how well that will work out in reality, but I'm hoping it's as easy as selecting the service you want and then going ahead and selecting how large you want your image to be. While the panel is a resistive touchscreen (not capacitive), it is designed to work with devices (like smartphones) that have capacitive touchscreens.

Wireless printing is one of the more interesting features in this printer. It comes with a single default printer profile inside the settings panel, but it can handle scanning and printing to multiple devices. The real kicker is that with a supported mobile device (iPhone, iPad, Android device or Windows 10 Mobile), the printer will actually automatically connect to your device and print to it without you having to do anything except entering into the printer's network in your mobile device's settings. Pretty cool!

Aside from printing, you can also scan, fax and copy too. While scanning and copying are handled inside the printer, you can certainly connect a USB or network-attached storage (NAS) device to it and connect to a network in order to scan/copy to the device connected to the computer.

The printer's print speed is rated at 36ppm (pages per minute) in black and copy rate at 22ppm (pages per minute). This should give you a pretty good idea as to how fast it can handle large prints.

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