Brother MFCL2700DW Compact Laser All-In One Printer with Wireless Networking and Duplex Printing
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Monochrome laser all in one for small or home office use. Connect via wireless or wired networking or USB. Print and copy speeds up to 27 ppm. Color scanning, plus high speed faxing. Auto duplex printing. Adjustable letter/legal 250 sheet paper tray, 35 page auto document feeder. Print from compatible mobile devices over your wireless network.
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782 of 800 people found the following review helpful.
Thank you Brother!!!
By Ali Izadpanah
I bought this unit strictly based on how happy I have been with my other Brother printer. I was using a monochrome brother laser printer strictly for printing text documents, and an HP ink jet all in one for copy, fax, and scan. I finally got sick and tired of getting ripped off for ink jet cartridges; the HP was killing me and the Brother just kept printing and printing without the need to constantly replace the toner. When the toner light on the Brother would finally come on, I would simply reset it and it was set for another few months, I must have done this at least two times before finally replacing the toner; this equated to months of double sided printing. So when the HP ran out of ink again, I decided to buy a single all in one to replace the other two, and there was no question I was getting the Brother. Since this is a new model and there were no reviews, I read the specs on the Brother website and saw that it had everything I was getting from the two separate units--except for color which I hardly used--but in one set up. I can tell you that this printer is very quiet, fast, takes up very little space, and feels solid and well made. I could not be happier with its performance, speed, functions, and options, and the set up could not have been easier. I wanted mine set up wireless, and the Brother software walked me through in just a few minutes; just make sure you follow the step by step instructions. And if you have any concern about the notorious noisy Brother cooling fan, don't worry, Brother must have been listening because this unit is quiet as a mouse.This is an awesome printer and the money I will save on ink will pay for this printer in no time. Goodbye ink jets.
192 of 199 people found the following review helpful.
Good printer but misleading WLAN setup instructions.
Just got this printer for Christmas and want to say it has misleading WLAN setup instruction. You'll notice a lot of 1 star reviews mention not being able to connect to the wifi. The printer has a large wifi button that, when pushed, asks if you want to connect to the wifi. If you say yes, it tries to connect before eventually timing out. The printer then prints a page long trouble shooting page that only talks about router settings, turning the printer on, and moving the printer closer to the router.
Ultimately the issue was that the printer never said it wasn't connecting because my wifi requires a password, something you would expect in pretty much any device connecting to wifi. Their trouble shooting made no mention of how to manually select which wifi you want to connect to and input its required password and instead pointed users toward fiddling with their router settings. Their instructions for printer setup gave no mention of this either. For those of you running into the same issue I did, you can select your wifi and set it up using the setup wizard which is in the WLAN settings which are in the network settings which are option 6 of the menu. Instead their instructions just say to push the button and you're all set.
The printer itself is fine and gets the job done.
372 of 391 people found the following review helpful.
Great printer for the price. Worth the upgrade from older Brother
By Narut Ujnat
I am on my third Brother printer for the home office after purchasing this item. My other printer didn't die, it is still going strong by the way, but I wanted to get a printer that had duplex printing (back to back printing), plus had the capability for Apple Airprint and other wireless capabilities.
When I checked around, it appeared that Brother had resolved the main complaint I had with the previous model, which was the noise. The older printer would make the lights dim and would make noise I could hear through several rooms (not good when working late at night).
I jumped when I saw this printer for a really low price on a random day after looking at this model for a while (the kind of price that will make me skip eating out for a week, but not cause me to lose sleep). I am really happy so far with this printer.
1. What's in the box?: You receive (in an incredibly well-packed box) the printer, plus a CD of drives and some printed information.
2. Aesthetic?: This is similar to other Brother printers. It is fairly compact, and takes up a fair amount of space, but it is not bulky at all. The navy grey color at first seemed strange compared to the usual Brother color. However, it seems ideal now because in my office it is not a large black box soaking up space and it is a bit more neutral. Otherwise, this is a really nice looking item with a minimalist appearance. Gone are the large buttons with a green glow. Like most things these days, the glow when used is blue.
3. Use?: The first big test was the set-up for this item. Literally, I removed it from the box and plugged it in (following the quick-guide) and then placed the printer cartridge in, setting the time date and other vitals. I printed a test page, which demonstrated the duplex ability (awesome) and the rather quite nature of this computer. It is much quieter than my previous printer (going to my office now!). Although there is the CD drivers, I prefer that latest version so I visited the Brother solutions website and downloaded the drivers there. In the process, I received a new version of the scanning software as well. You can use this as a completely wireless stand-alone printer, but I connect it via an ethernet cable to my router for ease of use. However, I have no had any networking issues thusfar and I would imagine if this was used as a stand-alone printer it would be fine.
After installing the drivers, my printer was visible on the network and without any effort was visible as a Airprint device for my Apple devices. In other words, after a minimum of effort, I was able to print from the promised sources without any issues. Plus, the family laptops recognized the printer on the networks and had no issues.
As to the print, this provides a nice print as I would expect (plus you can play with the settings depending on the need). It is stated that the cartridge provided is good for 700 pages which isn't significant but enough (and ironically though I wanted a better printer, my printing needs seem to be declining!). The duplex is a very nice feature. This prints the page and then pulls the page abck in for the reverse side on the same page. A simple feat relatively, but so handy and missing from my previous printer.
Since this is a multifunction, there is printing, copying, faxing and scanning. As to faxing it works fine, and you can insert the multiple pages into the feeder for ease. Scanning works well as expected, even with multiple pages. In fact, it is better at feeding than my previous printer. The software is easy enough to use and is such a valuable thing to have. I hardly ever use my flatbed scanner now except for photo projects because of the scanner's ease of use.
The best feature of the printer is that is quiet. From the actual printing jobs, which are of course audible, to the after print fan job, this is MUCH quieter than previous iterations. In fact, there is no post-print 20 minutes of hearing a slight hum of the fan. The printer goes to sleep much quicker and is far better than before.
Overall: I can't comment yet on the overall longevity, but so far I am thrilled with this printer. It is amazing how little (relatively) money can purchase something that costs tens of thousands of dollars to duplicate years ago. This is a powerful little device and quite versatile. A very worthwhile purchase.