If you are buying a monochrome laser multifunction printer (MFP) for heavy-duty personal use or light- to moderate-duty use as a shared printer in a micro office, the Brother MFC-L2700DW ($199.99) will probably be worth considering. Capable of sitting on a desk comfortably, this model includes an increased paper capacity than most personal printers – even better handling in different ways. It’s also convenient for remote printing and can be accessed via smart devices.
The MFC-L2700DW has mobile printing capabilities just like the Samsung Xpress M2070FW that I reviewed not long ago. Multiple functions beyond printing, the Samsung M2070FW integrates well with other devices and offers more features than Canon imageClass MF4880dw.
Brother MFC-L6900DW High-Speed All-in-one Mono Workgroup Laser Printer
The MFC-L2700DW is capable of generating Wi-Fi and LPR printing instructions that you can use to print from various sources.
The Canon MF4880dw has NFC support and the Samsung M2070FW but lacks Wi-Fi Direct.
Much like the Samsung M2070FW, the mobile support includes scanning, in addition to printing. Brother s free iPhone app enables you to both prints from and scan to iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, and Windows smartphones or tablets. Unlike the Samsung app, however, you can’t send faxes from your mobile device.
Basics and Setup
The MFC-L2700DW offers basic features like printing, scanning, and faxing. It also works as a standalone copier and fax machine with a 250-sheet input tray for paper, a single-sheet manual feeder, and can do two-sided printing. Higher capacity is not an option with this printer.
Paper handling for scanning can be well suited for most personal or micro-office use, with a letter-size flatbed supplemented by a 35-sheet computerized letter feeder (ADF) that may handle up to legal-size paper.
Setting the device to a network is typical for a monochrome laser printer. For my tests, I linked it which consists of an Ethernet port, and installed the program on something running Windows Vista.
Speed and Output Quality
Brother rates the MFC-L2700DW printer at 27 pages each and every minute (ppm), which is a typical speed for text documents or other files that require little processing. On our business applications suite, it came in at 9.1 ppm (using QualityLogic s hardware and software for timing). Considering the price, it is not a fast printer.
The MFC-L2700DW is slower compared to the Samsung M2070FW (9.8ppm). More significantly, it is also slower than Canon MF4880dw (9.6ppm) when set in default duplex printing mode. In One-Sided Mode, the Canon printer s speed jumped to 12.5ppm when we tested it on our own test sheet
The output quality of the MFC-L2700DW is good enough for some business use, but not impressive. The overall color saturation and sharpness are within a normal range for a monochrome laser printer but on the lower end of this number.
Text quality is well suited for just about every business need, so long as you don’t have a unique dependence on small fonts. Graphics are sufficient for just about any internal business need, but I wouldn’t hand them out to customers or someone I was trying to impress with my professionalism. The photo quality of the printer is good enough for semirealistic photographs to be printed, but prints anything beyond that with difficulty.
If you don’t need mobile printing and scanning, make certain to consider the Canon MF4880dw, which offers a better text quality for letters and numbers than the Brother MFC-L2700DW. If you do want to be able to print on the go but don’t care too much about top-of-line graphics and images when compared The Samsung printer is less suited to micro offices or for heavy-duty personal use, and it also offers a lower paper capacity. Nevertheless, its quality of output can be sufficient if you are looking for that kind of printer.