Laser printer test: Entry-level work horses

Four cheap laser all-in-one's on the test bench

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Brother MFC-L2700DW

Brother is a manufacturer that mainly focuses on A3 printers. For a relatively low amount of money you can already buy a Brother inkjet printer that is capable of printing at this large format. However, the MFC-L2700DW is an interesting competitor from their own product range. Its size is relatively small, however it does come with a nice advantage compared to the competition, in the form of a sheet feeder. This is an unmissable feature if you regularly have to scan multiple pages consecutively. Do look around in our price comparison tool if you're planning on buying this model, as its price can vary a lot by shop.

Brother MFC-L2700DW

It costs about 140 pounds on average, however it can be yours for much less if you look around. It comes with a paper tray that can store up to half a pack of paper. The feature set is relatively simple. For example, it odes not allow you to scan to a USB stick, which is a feature that is generally not found on other cheap printers. The control panel consists of a simple LCD display that can display up to 2 lines. It's not very extensive, however the device is more than capable of performing most tasks. It's also the only model in this test with a built-in fax, which is an unmissable feature in some offices. For usage at home the feature will most likely be unnecessary though. If you want to save some paper, this Brother has got you covered, as it is capable of two sided printing without the help of the user.

Brother MFC-L2700DW

Brother offers both a wired and a wireless network connection. This means that you can pick the most optimal connection method, depending on your environment. If we look at the technical specifications, the memory stands out, as Brother has opted to only include a measly 32 MB. The other test models feature much more memory. However this doesn't directly mean that the device doesn't perform well. One print takes about 10 seconds and ten copies take up about half a minute. The Brother printer isn't that great at scanning though, as it is extremely slow compared to the others, probably due to the limited amount of memory. The Brother printer is the fastest at copying however and the cartridge also has the largest capacity compared to the other tested models, at 2600 prints. This also leads us to one of the largest advantages of the Brother printer: the price per print is nice and low. You only pay 2.3 pence per print, which is very cheap at this price point. It's also nice for mobile users that this printer supports Google Cloudprint and Apple Airprint.

  • Brother MFC-L2700DW
  • Brother MFC-L2700DW
  • Brother MFC-L2700DW
  • Brother MFC-L2700DW
  • Brother MFC-L2700DW
  • Brother MFC-L2700DW
  • Brother MFC-L2700DW
  • Brother MFC-L2700DW
  • Brother MFC-L2700DW
  • Brother MFC-L2700DW
  • Brother MFC-L2700DW
  • Brother MFC-L2700DW
  • Brother MFC-L2700DW


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