If you're looking for a monochrome laser multifunction printer (MFP) for heavy private use or light- to moderate-duty use as a shared printer at a micro workplace, the Brother MFC-L2700DW ($199.99) is well worth a look. Little enough to share a desk with comfortably, it delivers a greater paper capacity compared to many printers intended strictly for personal use, together with better paper handling in different ways as well. In addition, it offers support for mobile monitoring, which may be convenient if you need to print out of your own phone or tablet computer very often.
Mobile printing service is quickly becoming common, so it isn't a coincidence the Brother MFC-L2700DW's mobile printing capabilities are like those of the Samsung Xpress M2070FW$129.99 at Amazon I recently reviewed.
If you join the Brother MFC-L2700DW into a community, by either Ethernet or Wi-Fi, the cell printing support will allow you to print via the cloud, even assuming the network is linked to the net. It will also let you connect and publish more than a Wi-Fi access point on the system. If you decide to join it to one PC from USB cable instead, you can not print via the cloud, however you can make the most of this printer's Wi-Fi Direct to attach to it straight from a smartphone, tablet, or notebook to publish.
The 1 trick the Brother MFC-L2700DW dominates --as well as the Samsung M2070FW provides --is NFC support, which allows you to set a connection simply by touching your telephone or tablet computer to a place onto the printer. Even the Canon MF4880dw lacks both NFC and Wi-Fi Direct.
Much like the Samsung M2070FW, the mobile support includes scanning, as well as printing. Brother's free app will let you both print scan and from to iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, and Windows tablets or tablets. Contrary to the Samsung program, however, it won't allow you to fax from a mobile device.
Principles and Installation
Basic MFP features for the Brother MFC-L2700DW contain printing and faxing out of, as well as scanning to, a PC, including more than a community, and functioning as a standalone copier and facsimile system. Paper handling for printing is acceptable for most personal or micro office use, using a 250-sheet input , a single-sheet manual feed, plus a built-in duplexer (for two-sided printing). If you need higher capacity, nonetheless, there aren't any upgrades available.
Paper handling for scanning can also be appropriate for most micro or personal office usage, using a letter-size flatbed supplemented by a 35-sheet automated document feeder (ADF) which could handle up to legal-size paper.
Setting the printer up on a system is standard for a monochrome laser MFP. For my tests, I joined it with its Ethernet interface and set up the application on a system running Windows Vista.
Speed and Output Quality
Brother speeds the Brother MFC-L2700DW at 27 pages per minute (ppm), which is the rate you can expect when printing text files or other files which don't require much processing. On our business applications suite, it arrived in at 9.1ppm (using QualityLogic's hardware and software for time ). That qualifies as okay, but not fast, for the cost.
More significantly, it is also slower compared to the official rate for the Canon MF4880dw (9.6ppm), with the Canon printer with its default setting of duplex printing. Back in simplex (one-sided) style, the Canon printer's speed jumped to 12.5ppm on our tests, which makes both Samsung and Brother printers in the dust.
Output quality for the Brother MFC-L2700DW is good enough for most business use, but perhaps not a very strong point. Output throughout the board is within the normal range for a monochrome laser MFP, however, at the low end of this range.
Text quality is suitable for almost any business usage, as long as you don't have an unusual demand for smaller fonts. Pictures are good enough for almost any internal company need, but I wouldn't hand them out to some client or customer I had been attempting to impress with my authenticity. Photo quality is sufficient to publish recognizable images from photographs on Internet pages, but maybe not for anything more demanding than that.
Unless you require mobile printing and scanning, be sure to take into account the Canon MF4880dw, using its fast speed and much better text quality compared to Brother MFC-L2700DW. If you need mobile printing but also need a bit higher standard for text and graphics compared to Brother MFP offers, the Samsung M2070FW may be the better pick. However, the Samsung printer also has a lower paper capacity, which makes it far less suitable for a micro office or even for heavy duty personal usage. If the Brother MFC-L2700DW's output is good enough for your own needs, its own balance of document handling, rate, and MFP attributes can easily ensure it is the right choice.
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MS Windows Server 2003, MS Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, MS Windows 7, MS Windows Vista, MS Windows XP Home Edition, MS Windows XP Professional, MS Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition, MS Windows Server 2008, MS Windows Server 2008 R2, Apple Mac OS X 10.8.x, MS Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, MS Windows Server 2012 R2, Apple Mac OS X 10.7.5, Apple Mac OS X 10.9.x
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