Printer review - Brother MFC-L2700DW
I'm reviewing the Brother MFC-L2700DW which is a mono laser, multifunction printer (MFP). It's mainly for office use though it has been employed for the kid's homework upon occasion. It has multiple connection options (mine is currently in USB mode) and supports printing for mobile devices such as Apple iOS iPads / iPhones which is very handy.
• Prints (Duplex / two sided)
• Scans documents
• 26 pages per minute
• 250 sheet tray with manual feed as requiredHow does it connect?
• Wi-Fi Direct
• AirPrint, Cortado Cloud Print, Google Cloud Print, iPrint&ScanSo, what's it like?
Connecting to my MacBook Pro was the usual (and now to be expected) piece of cake - plug it in, turn it on and my Mac immediately asked if I wanted to install it (no need to look for a driver disk or search for a driver download site - it installed automatically without any intervention from yours truly).
It's fast and quiet enough for my needs, running at 26 pages per minute for pure text - I didn't time it but I'm never left hanging around for long. Twin the reasonably fast print speed with a quick startup time and I feel that I'm onto a winner.
The output quality has been fine for me as I print mostly text and the occasional graphic but if you want really high quality image printing then I would look for a printer which is dedicated to the task rather than an MFP which generally isn't. Saying that, don't get me wrong - the quality is crisp, sharp with a nice deep black - more than good enough for most office printing. The scanner is a real boon as well - nice and quick and with great results. Once again, it was immediately detected via the Image Capture software on my MacBook Pro so setting it up was as easy as it gets.
Being a metal cargo container, my office gets cold and occasionally humid (below freezing during the recent cold spell) but the Brother slogs on without seeming to care too much. I did - I cared very much because it was unpleasantly cold. Roll on summer, when I can have the door open!
Currently, the price for the printer is between £120 and £150 with minimal shopping around and a generic 2600 page toner cartridge costs around £20. It has a decent, energy star compliant rating as well so however you look at it, it's not heavy on the wallet.
Overall, I can certainly recommend the L2700DW as being suitable for a small office or perhaps more intensive home use. It's quick, easy to use, prints and scans well and sits nicely on my desk. Top marks :)