Laser Printers – The Best Models Manufactured by Brother

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It’s the digital era – who prints anything anymore? A lot of people, as it turns out, and you never know when you won’t be able to show something on a mobile device and requires a hard copy.

If you’re in an office or professional environment, you’ll still need access to a printer to handle a day’s work full of documents and correspondence. Brother is one of the most well known printer manufacturers on the market today, and we’re going to show you ten of the best Brother printers to help you decide which is the right printer for you.

Why Do We Still Need Printers?

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Even as digital overtakes physical in all forms of media, there will never be a total replacement for printed paper and ink. Visit any doctor’s office, law firm, or government branch and you’ll inevitably be asked to sign something which must be retained on paper. They might digitize the same document that you signed, but you can be sure that a hard copy will be retained just in case the database becomes corrupted or must be witnessed later.

What Type of Printer Should I Buy?

This is going to depend on the location of the printer, along with your personal reason for investing in one. If you just need it for correspondence and printing records of your signed documents, a simple inkjet printer will do fine – in fact, you might not even need to bother with a color printer, and it will save you a bit of money in the process!

If you want to print photos on a specific type of high-quality paper, there are printers that specialize in photo reproduction. For professional environments where documents have to be printed in mass quantities at high rates, you’ll want to think about using a laser printer. These are going to be much more expensive, but they’ll be worth it when you don’t have to wait minutes for one document to come out of the printer.

Where Should I Buy a Printer?

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Printers are still available at large retailers such as Best Buy, Wal-Mart, and Fry’s. If you’re not interested in looking at one in person, online retailers like Amazon and NewEgg stock a wide variety of printers.

Most of the time, you can find rebates and offers for financing or free shipping, and in some cases, you’ll be able to avoid paying sales tax. eBay is another option for finding a printer, as long as you pay close attention to the feedback profile of a vendor and ensure that you’re being sold a quality item.

Reviewing Brother Printers

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We studied many different models in the Brother printer family to determine the top ten to include for the sake of this list. Along with reliability and the consistency of the Brother name, we paid close attention to the accuracy in document printing, color shades when using the correct ink, the average number of pages printed per minute, and how long an ink cartridge will last before needing replacement.

Prices of Brother Printers

Depending on how many features you’re looking for in a printer, a Brother model will start around $99.99 for a basic inkjet printer. This will increase as you add on components like wireless connections, color ink capability, and all-in-one inclusion for faxing and copying. The most expensive Brother printer will feature laser printing, the most efficient model for an office that needs to quickly produce large quantities of documents in a short time.

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This model allows you to print 36 pages of black and white ink per minute, and for the cost, it’s hard to beat this printer, which allows you to send documents from your mobile device directly to the printer. You’re able to place it on your home network through an Ethernet port or a wireless router.

While the HL-2395 doesn’t allow for color printing, this model is an excellent choice for those who make a regular habit of reproducing important documents, coupons, or calendar reminders. This model lacks a tray for receiving your printing, so make sure you have a free hand when it’s finished. A great pick for anyone in need of a printer, copier, and fax machine that can be used from anywhere in the house.

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Brother’s entry-level printer does only the minimum amount of work necessary to classify itself as a printer. There are no network capabilities, and you won’t be sending anything from a mobile device for printing without putting a document on your PC first.

With that being said, sometimes, all you need is a black-and-white printer that can print concert tickets or vehicle registration verification. Like the 2395, this doesn’t have an output tray, so be careful not to let your printing fall to the ground. Don’t overlook this option if you need or know someone who is in need of a printer that does exactly what printers were designed to do in the first place.

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For those who are looking for something with a few more bells and whistles, this all-in-one device might be what you need. On top of wireless networking options and mobile printing, the MFC-J6930DW has a touch screen for your convenience. This makes quick copies and sending faxes even easier and allows you to check ink levels and network connection levels without running a system test from your PC. It’s not as efficient as other printers – you’ll only get 20 color pages per minute and 22 if you’re printing black and white.

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The 2370 is, for all intents and purposes, a wireless-enabled version of the 2320: no output tray, black and white, and not much else in the way of features. The added convenience of hooking this to a network, however, allows more than one person in a house or small office to print what they need.

If you don’t plan on using color documents and need to split access to the printer among several different people, the HL-2370 is a cost-efficient way to provide printing capabilities to everyone who needs it. Don’t underestimate the horsepower of this printer, either – Brother promises up to 15,000 prints a month from this model!

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Brother’s relatively inexpensive option for an all-in-one laser color printer does just about anything you could ask for in a document printing device. You can hook this into a wireless network and use a mobile device to queue up your documents and expect about 19 pages per minute to come out.

One thing to keep in mind, if you plan to use this for a professional setting, is the lack of two-sided printing as a feature. Like some other compact Brother models, this doesn’t include any tray for output, so remember that if you have a giant document coming in multiple pages.

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The L5800 is deceptive in its features. You might look at the label and ask, “Why would I buy this one? No color capabilities and I can’t send directly from my phone. What’s the point?” By the time you’re done asking this question, this beast of a printer has pumped out 42 pages in a minute, more than any other laser printer on this list. Furthermore, it’s network-enabled, perfect for a mid-sized office that doesn’t want to blow their budget on a printer. One of the best on the list for sure!

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Here’s the elite personal printer of the list: a small model that hides a color laser. You can print just about anything instantly, and average 23 pages per minute if you need extra copies for the family. It works directly from a mobile device, so the kids can print their homework resources at the same time you find a new recipe for the night. Don’t get the papers mixed up, though – there’s no tray to catch anything you print on this model, which looks similar to the 2300 series.

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If you need an upgrade from the 2370 as well as copying and fax capabilities, this might be the device for you. You can send documents from your phone or tablet through a wireless network and make copies or send faxes through the touchscreen.

You should know, however, that this is one of the slowest printers on the list, averaging only 10 pages per minute when using color ink. Keep this printer in mind if you use faxing, copying, and printing sparingly and don’t need to worry about lots of copies at once.

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The 2750 is one of the most efficient printers on the list, capable of printing 36 black and white pages per minute. Unlike some of its similar cousins in the 2700 series, this model contains a resting output tray, so you don’t have to worry about snatching a paper before the ink has dried. It’s compatible with wireless networks and wired alike, allowing you to print important legal notations from anywhere in the house.

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Whether we saved the best for last depends on what you need in a printer. This is the Rolls Royce of Brother printers and does it all: a laser color all-in-one device that runs on a network and accepts print queues from mobile devices. Combine this with the hefty price tag and it’s probably not necessary for anyone to own this in a residence, unless they have their own printing business. Even with all its features, it still finds time to print 33 pages per minute.

The 8900 is a fantastic choice for an office that needs color capabilities in a printer that’s going to see a lot of use on a daily basis.

Final Verdict

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01 BROTHER HL-2395DW

Functions

A4 Duplex Wireless Network Mono Laser Printer, Flatbed Colour Scanner, Flatbed Copier

Engine

Mono Laser


Standard Memory

128MB

LCD Display

6.8cm Colour LCD Touch Screen

Print Speed

Up to 34 ppm


Printer Resolution

600 x 600 dpi, HQ1200 (2400 x 600 dpi) quality, 1200 x 1200 dpi

Standard Paper Capacity

Up to 250 Sheets

Interface

USB 2.0 @ Hi-Speed, 10Base-T/100Base-TX Ethernet and IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wireless, IEEE 802.11g/n (Wi-Fi Direct)

Mobile/Web Print

iPrintScan, AirPrint, Web Connect, Google Cloud Print, Mopria

Dimension (WxDxH)

410 x 398 x 272 mm


Weight

9.4 Kg


Warranty

1 Year

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02 BROTHER HL-2320D

Functions

Duplex Mono Laser Printer, Flatbed Colour Scanner

Engine

Mono Laser


Standard Memory

8MB

LCD Display

No

Print Speed

Up to 30 ppm


Printer Resolution

Up to 2400 x 600 dpi

Standard Paper Capacity

Up to 250 Sheets

Interface

Hi-Speed USB 2.0, Wireless 802.11 b/g/n, Ethernet, Wi Fi Direct

Mobile/Web Print

AirPrint®, Google Cloud Print™, Brother iPrint&Scan, Wi-Fi Direct®, Mopria®

Dimension (WxDxH)

22.6" x 18.8" x 14.7"


Weight

51.6 lbs.


Warranty

2 Years

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03 BROTHER MFC-J6930DW

Functions

A3 Colour Inkjet Printer, Colour Fax, Flatbed Digital Copier, Duplex Flatbed Colour Scanner, Direct Print/Scan, PC-Fax

Engine

Colour Inkjet


Standard Memory

256MB

LCD Display

9.3cm Panel TFT TouchScreen Colour LCD

Print Speed

Up to 68 Seconds


Printer Resolution

Up to 1200x4800 dpi

Standard Paper Capacity

Upper Tray: Up to 250 Sheets, Lower Tray: Up to 250 Sheets


Copier Speed

12/9 ipm


Digital Scanner

Colour


Scanner Type

Flatbed Digital


Scanning Technology

Dual CIS


Digital-Media Type

USB Flash Memory

Interface

Hi-Speed USB 2.0, 10/100Base-TX Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Wi-Fi Direct and NFC

Mobile/Web Print

iPrintScan, Airprint, Web Connect, Google Cloud Print, Brother Apps, Mopria

Dimension (WxDxH)

575 x 477 x 374 mm


Weight

23.6 Kg


Warranty

1 Year

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04 BROTHER HL-2370DW

Functions

Duplex Mono Laser Printer

Engine

Mono Laser


Standard Memory

64MB

LCD Display

1-Line LCD

Print Speed

Up to 36 ppm


Printer Resolution

Up to 2400 x 600 dpi

Standard Paper Capacity

Up to 250 Sheets


Interface

Wireless 802.11 b/g/n, Ethernet, 10/100 Base-TX Ethernet, Wi Fi Direct, Hi-Speed USB 2.0

Mobile/Web Print

AirPrint®, Google Cloud Print™ 2.0, Brother iPrint&Scan, Mopria®, Cortado Workplace, Wi-Fi Direct®

Dimension (WxDxH)

14.0" x 14.2" x 7.2"


Weight

15.9 lbs.


Warranty

1 Year

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05 BROTHER MFC-9130CW

Functions

Color Print Copy Scan Fax PC-FAX


Standard Memory

192Mb

LCD Display

3.7" Touchscreen

Print Speed

Up to 19 ppm


Printer Resolution

Up to 600 x 2400 dpi


Copying Capability

Black and White, Color


Design Style

Flatbed


Scanning Capability

Black and White, Color

Standard Paper Capacity

Up to 250 Sheets


Interface

Wireless 802.11 b/g/n, Wi Fi Direct, Hi-Speed USB 2.0

Mobile/Web Print

Google Cloud Print™, Brother iPrint&Scan, Wi-Fi Direct®

Dimension (WxDxH)

16.1" x 19.0" x 16.1"


Weight

49.6 lbs.


Warranty

1 Year

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06 BROTHER MFC-L5800

Functions

Color Print Copy Scan Fax PC-FAX


Engine

Mono Laser


Standard Memory

256 MB

LCD Display

3.7" Color Touch Screen

Print Speed

Up to 42 ppm


Printer Resolution

Up to 1200 x 1200 dpi


Copying Resolution

Up to 1200 x 600 dpi


Scanning Resolution

1200 x 1200 dpi, 600 x 600 dpi

Standard Paper Capacity

Up to 250 Sheets


Interface

Wireless 802.11 b/g/n, Ethernet, Hi-Speed USB 2.0

Mobile/Web Print

AirPrint®, Google Cloud Print™ 2.0, Brother iPrint&Scan, Mopria®, Cortado Workplace, Wi-Fi Direct®

Dimension (WxDxH)

19.5" x 16.8" x 19.1"


Weight

37.9 lbs.


Warranty

1 Year

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07 BROTHER HL-3170CDW

Functions

A4 Wireless Network Colour LED/Laser Printer


Engine

Colour LED (Single cycle)


Standard Memory

128MB

LCD Display

1-line, 16 characters

Print Speed

Up to 22 ppm


Printer Resolution

600 x 600 dpi, 2400 dpi (600 x 2400) quality

Standard Paper Capacity

Up to 250 Sheets


Interface

Hi-Speed USB2.0 10Base-T/ 100Base-TX Ethernet 802.11 b/g/n Wireless

Dimension (WxDxH)

16.1" x 18.3" x 9.4"


Weight

39 lbs.


Warranty

1 Year

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08 BROTHER MFC-J885DW

Functions

Color (Print/Copy/Scan/Fax)

Engine

Color Inkjet
Standard Memory

128MB
LCD Display

2.7" Touchscreen

Print Speed

Up to 12 ppm
Printer Resolution

Up to 6000 x 1200 dpi

Copying Capability

Black and White, Color

Scanning Capability

Black and White, Color
Standard Paper Capacity

Up to 250 Sheets
Interface

Wireless 802.11 b/g/n, Ethernet, NFC, Wi Fi Direct, Hi-Speed USB 2.0

Mobile/Web Print

AirPrint®, Google Cloud Print™, Brother iPrint&Scan, Mopria®, Wi-Fi Direct®, NFC
Dimension (WxDxH)

15.7" x 13.4" x 6.8"
Weight

16.8 lbs.
Warranty

2 Years

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09 BROTHER MFC-2750DW

Functions

Laser Printer, Laser Fax, Flatbed Colour Scanner, Flatbed Digital Laser Copier, PC Fax

Engine

Mono Laser
Standard Memory

256MB
LCD Display

68mm TFT Colour LCD (Touchscreen)

Print Speed

Up to 34 ppm
Printer Resolution

600 x 600 dpi, HQ1200 (2400 x 600 dpi) quality, 1200 x 1200 dpi
Standard Paper Capacity

Up to 250 Sheets

Copier Speed

Up to 34 cpm

Copier Resolution

Maximum 600 x 600 dpi

Scanner Colour/Mono

Colour

Scanner Type

Flatbed Digital

Scanning Technology

Dual CIS
Interface

Hi-Speed USB 2.0, 10Base-T/100Base-TX Ethernet and IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC

Mobile/Web Print

iPrintScan, AirPrint, Web Connect, Google Cloud Print, Brother Apps, Mopria
Dimension (WxDxH)

16.1" x 15.7" x 12.5"
Weight

26.5 lbs.
Warranty

1 Year

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10 BROTHER MFC-L8900CDW

Functions

Laser Printer, Laser Fax, Flatbed Colour Scanner, Flatbed Digital Laser Copier, PC Fax

Engine

Colour Laser
Standard Memory

​512MB
LCD Display

12.6cm Panel Touchscreen Colour LCD

Print Speed

Up to 31 ppm
Printer Resolution

600 x 600dpi, 2400dpi (2400 x 600) quality
Standard Paper Capacity

Up to 250 Sheets

Copier Speed

Up to 31 cpm

Copier Resolution

Maximum 1200 x 600 dpi

Scanner Colour/Mono

Colour

Scanner Type

Flatbed Digital

Scanning Technology

Dual CIS
Interface

Hi-Speed USB 2.0, 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T Ethernet and IEEE 802.11 b/g/n Wireless

Mobile/Web Print

​iPrintScan, AirPrint, Web Connect, Google Cloud Print, Brother Apps, Mopria
Dimension (WxDxH)

19.5" x 20.7" x 21.6"
Weight

63.1 lbs.
Warranty

1 Year

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Based on all our research, and the needs of different types of people who may need to use a Brother printer, we can’t choose one printer for an all-encompassing choice.

If you need a printer that can replicate a black and white document once in a while and doesn’t cost you too much for the initial investment, we would recommend the 2320. Yes, it’s the cheapest one on the list, and it doesn’t hook up to any networks, but if all you need is a black and white printer for one computer, there’s no reason to spend any more money than necessary on a Brother printer and can still produce 30 pages per minute. If you need color capabilities, the 3170 is your best bet.

If you’re going to be replacing an office printer, the requirements for a Brother printer will be raised substantially. You need a printer that can shoot out lots of paper in a short amount of time, and it might help to have a device capable of sending faxes and making copies all at once.

In this case, we’re putting all our eggs in one basket, just like the MFC-8900CDW. It’s not going to come cheap, but the number of features in this all-in-one device is too rich to ignore, especially if your office relies on teams or divisions and needs a capable device.

If you can sacrifice color but still need network capabilities and the ability to copy or fax, the L5800DW gets our next pick, with its ability to give you 42 pages in a minute. Just remember to set aside the dollars you save toward new ink cartridges – you would be amazed how quickly any printer can go through ink, and it will happen just as you’re preparing to print something incredibly important!

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