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The Brother MFCL2750DW is a mid-range monochrome laser printer focused solely on printing text. Its monochrome design means it won’t print in color, and it shines best when printing text anyways; it’s a business printer through and through. Its attractive price and great text quality make it arguably the best office printer and the best printer for small business in the budget sector.

Why We Like It – Brother MFCL2750DW

The Brother MFCL2750DW is a solid text document printer with excellent text clarity, high print speed, and a plethora of connectivity options that make it easy to use with a wide range of devices. Its expensive toner is a letdown for long-term use, but it’s well worth its cost, particularly for text-based prints.

Pros
  • Excellent text clarity
  • Single-pass duplex printing
  • Automatic document feeder for copying/scanning
Cons
  • Replacing the toner cartridge is very expensive
  • Mediocre print quality for price

Speed

At around 36 pages per minute, the Brother MFC L2750DW XL is incredibly fast, edging out other options such as the Brother MFC-L3770CDW Laser (22 pages per minute) and HP OfficeJet Pro 9025 (11 pages per minute). It’s slower than the Canon imageCLASS MF445DW by a hair, which isn’t shabby considering the higher price of Canon’s offering. Speed will of course fall off on double-sided prints or complex graphic-heavy prints.

Print Quality

Print quality is solid on the Brother MFCL2750DW in some ways and mediocre in others. First, the good: text quality is excellent, making it a perfect pick for printing off text-focused documents. Print quality on graphics, however, is simply mediocre, falling well behind higher-end offerings like the Epson WorkForce ET-4750, though it will beat out cheaper options like the Canon Pixma iP110. There is one thing to keep in mind though; this is a monochrome laser printer, meaning images will be in black, white, and grey. It would be ill-suited for printing graphics on that merit alone, so its middling graphic performance doesn’t harm it as much as you’d think.

Efficiency

With very high cost per page, expensive toner, and a stock supply rated for only 7,500 prints, efficiency is very mediocre on the Brother MFCL2750DW despite its seemingly large tank. The extra toner that comes by default stalls how quickly you’ll need to buy another cartridge, but upkeep is more expensive than other laser printers due to its toner’s very high cost. If you’re only using it as a home office printer this likely won’t be an issue, but businesses that will likely be printing a lot should keep the cost of upkeep in mind here.

Advanced Features

Brother nailed the MFCL2750DW’s additional features. Wi-Fi support is standard, but it further supports NFC and Wi-Fi Direct for Android phones, alongside Apple’s Airprint, Google’s Cloud Print (because Wi-Fi Direct and NFC weren’t enough for Brother), and an app called iPrint&Scan. The printer itself is operated via a small, easy to use touchscreen; it’s not really lacking in any advanced regards.

Value

At face value, the Brother MFCL2750DW is a great value proposition. It has a huge toner cartridge and a large paper tray, but its value is deceptive. Its brutally expensive toner and middling efficiency mean maintaining it is very expensive, which isn’t ideal for any business that intends on doing high-volume prints.

Brother MFCL2750DW Wrap up

The Brother MFCL2750DW is a fast printer with excellent text clarity and a seemingly large stock toner cartridge. It’s great upfront value proposition belies its very poor long-term value, which is a shame; it’s a very great purchase in a vacuum, but its high cost of upkeep makes it worthwhile to spend more on a higher-end printer if you’re going to be doing constant prints for a long time. For home office use and scenarios where you only care about text clarity and can eat the cost of upkeep, it’s a great buy, but it’s wise to keep its maintenance costs in mind before purchasing.

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Brady Meyers

Brady Klinger-Meyers is a writer based in Pennsylvania. He regularly contributes to websites such as Hardcore Droid, Gamepur, and Homebli. His work remains primarily in technology, from video game journalism to consumer technology.

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