Even though the Brother HL-L2380DW monochrome laser multifunction printer (MFP) ($199.99) may scan and copy, Brother groups it on its site using single-function printers. The business fixes it that way since it lacks an automatic document feeder (ADF), which limits its copying and scanning to manually setting pages on its own letter-size flatbed. Whether you consider it as an MFP or as a single-function printer using convenience features, however, it's of most interest if your main requirement is printing, but you can also make use of its extremely light-duty copy and scan capability.
Similar to the Canon imageClass MF212w I recently evaluated, the Brother HL-L2380DW can be a particularly good fit as a private printer but can also serve as a shared printer in a micro workplace. The absence of an ADF in the cases helps make the printers small enough to keep in your desk without feeling like they're towering on you. Both include a 250-sheet paper and one-sheet manual feed, giving them ample paper capacity for either role.
Mobile Devices as well as the Cloud
In addition to scanning, printing, and copying, the Brother HL-L2380DW offers support for the cellular printing and scanning and the capacity to link to existing cloud websites. If you connect the printer to a network, either using either wirelessly or Wi-Fi, then you are able to connect to, and possibly both print scan and from to, a tablet computer or smartphone via an access point on the network. In the event the network is connected to the world wide web, you can even print via the cloud. Connect the printer to a PC through USB cable rather, and you will not have the ability to print through the cloud, but it's still possible to use Wi-Fi Direct to link directly into the printer for printing and scanning.
Alternatives on the touch-screen menu include Web-connection alternatives for both scanning to and printing from a choice of sites (such as Box, Google Drive, Evernote, and even OneDrive). Other choices allow you to scan to particular file formatsincluding Word, Excel, and PowerPoint--and then either save the file to a cloud website or send it as an email attachment. Brother manages the conversion into the document format you want with its online server.
Setup, Rate, and Output Quality
In addition, it is light enough, in 21 lbs 10 ounces, for a single person to move it into position. For my tests, I attached it to a network by Ethernet and put in the drivers on a Windows Vista system. Setup was standard for the strain.
Brother rates the Brother HL-L2380DW in 32 pages per minute (ppm), that's the speed you should see when printing text files or other files which require little to no processing.
That means it to be at acceptable rate for the price and engine score. However, it's notably slower than the 12.2ppm I quantified to get the Canon MF212w and the almost identical 12.3ppm for its Canon imageClass MF216n, that is our Editors' Choice MFP for private use or for light-duty use in a micro office.
Even the Brother HL-L2380DW's output is likewise okay but unimpressive. Text, which is normally the most significant type of output for a monochrome printer, is below level for a laser MFP, despite the fact that it's good enough for most business use. As long as you don't have a strange need for smaller fonts, you shouldn't have an issue with it.
Graphics output is on par with the huge majority of monochrome inks, making it easily good enough to almost any internal business need. Depending on how significant an eye that you have, you might or might not believe it good enough for PowerPoint handouts or so on. Photo quality is sufficient to print recognizable images from photos on Web pages, but maybe not appropriate for anything harder than that.
If you are Thinking about that the Brother HL-L2380DW, Make Certain to Have a Look at the Canon MF216n and Canon MF212w Too. Both Canon printers offer faster speed and better text quality than the HL-L2380DW, together with all the Canon MF216n including an ADF. On the other hand, the HL-L2380DW has some benefits over both Canon printers too, including Wi-Fi Direct, cellular scanning together with mobile printing, printing through the cloud, and also the capability to print to scan from particular websites. If you're able to make decent use of the Brother HL-L2380DW's Web-related features or its cellular scanning and printing, it can readily be the best choice.
Operating System Support :
Linux, MS Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, MS Windows 7, MS Windows 7 64-bit Edition, MS Windows Vista, MS Windows XP Home Edition, MS Windows XP Professional, MS Windows Vista (64-bit versions), Apple Mac OS X 10.8.x, Windows 8, Windows 8 64-bit, Windows 10 (32 & 64 Bit), Apple Mac OS X 10.7.5, Apple Mac OS X 10.9.x
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