Brother MFC-L2710DW Review: Master of none

Brother’s model names are reliably explanatory. MFC stands for a multifunction centre. L is for laser. D means duplex, so it can print both sides of the paper, although in this case it can only scan or copy one side at a time. W stands for built-in Wi-Fi (with the usual Apple. Android and online-storage support).

Brother MFC-L2710DW Review

As for the numbers, well. 2710 is a bit less than 2750. and this is a bit less capable than the MFC-L2750DW. which prints quicker and can copy both sides.


2400x600dpi maximum print resolution • 600x2400dpi maximum scan resolution • 250-sheet paper tray • 50-sheet ADF • Duplex printing • Fax • 802.11n Wi-Fi • USB 2.0 • Ethernet • 319x410x399mm (HxWxD) • 11.8kg

If we were naming it. though, we’d call it a Stealth printer, because it has that chiselled all-black look and, for a laser, works surprisingly quietly. It’s rated for 30 pages per minute, but only managed 24 in our plain-text test, which is still faster than any budget inkjet.

Complex graphics barely slowed it down. It’s just as well not many people will want to print graphics or photos in black and white because they came out muddy. Photocopies had the same problem, though the automatic document feeder whisked through 10 pages in just 33 seconds.

Scanning was better, but refused to work with Windows programs via its standard Twain driver software, so we had to use Brother’s iPrint&Scan app.

As with the MFC-L2750DW, running costs work out at 2.5p per page, based on Brother’s 3,000-page laser cartridges (the refill supplied with the printer only lasts 700) and periodic drum replacement.



HP OfficeJet Pro 7720

Black text is nearly as fast; you can print colour and A3 too. and running costs are the same

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