Brother MFCL2700DW Review

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February 2, 2015
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Brother MFCL2700DW is a multifunctional laser printer that has gained a lot of popularity recently. Perhaps it’s been a featured model, I don’t know, but a bunch of positive reviews has already been written about it. So let’s see if the TechForPennies.com review team agrees with the rest…

Features

You can use Brother MFCL2700DW for many things. See, it’s not just a printer. Besides that, it’s also a copier, scanner and faxer. It’s a compact device for businesses where such functions would come handy. By choosing an All-in-One printer like this Brother you’ll most likely save money and office space.

The printer has a 2-line mono LDC display. It should be enough for operating the device. Many more expensive models come with a multiline touch screens, but then again, considering the printer’s low price the stripped-down version is justified.

The input capacity is 250 sheets and output is 100 pages, pretty standard amounts. The biggest media size this machine supports is 8.5 x 14 inches, also known as legal paper.

Automatic document feeder for 35 sheets is available so you don’t have to put one page in at a time. For using both sides of the paper automatic duplex printing is featured, but it doesn’t work for copying or scannnig. And although the printer and copier only support B/W, the scanner allows for color scanning.

Networking consists of the usual three: 10/100Mbps Ethernet (RJ-45) port, 802.11b/g/n WiFi and USB 2.0 port. The wireless adapter works either with direct connection from computer or with mobile printing services, such as AirPrint or Google Cloud Print.

Supported operating systems are all Windowses from XP and up, Mac OS X 10.7.5x and up and various Linux distros. Dimensions of the unit are 16.1″ x 15.7″ x 12.5″ (WxDxH).

Performance

Brother MFCL2700DW is given a 27 pages per minute speed. In my opinion that’s quick and most businesses should be happy with that. Mind you, that’s of course only B/W prints, the Brother does not support color prints. Anyways, a lot of people said the print quality for documents is professional enough for office use.

The printer contains just 32MB memory (and more can’t be added), which is on the low side if you have dozens of simultaneous users. But in case you don’t queue lot of jobs, that RAM should be just fine. The maximum monthly duty cycle is 10,000 pages, with recommendations varying between 250 and 2000 monthly pages. Printing maximum of 60 sheets every single day would be quite a safe amount.

Costs

Brother MFCL2700DW comes with starter toner, good for around 700 pages. When the time comes to buy more, you can go with the official high yield TN660 package. With the current price, price per one B/W page would be ~2.5 cents. Not the lowest I’ve seen, but the printer doesn’t cost that much itself, either. If you print in the 10-20 sheets a day range, it shouldn’t be too expensive to use this device.

Conclusion

Brother is usually considered the best printer brand. I don’t see a reason why Brother MFCL2700DW would be any different. It offers good functionality for businesses, reasonable printing costs and a quick performance. At a glance, I don’t see anything truely bad about it. If you’re looking for a reliable workhorse for home or small office, this model should fulfill your needs well.


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