Streamline your office with this recertified HP LaserJet printer. The paper tray holds 150 sheets, and the print speed of up to 17 ppm in black and color makes it easy to get your work done faster. This HP LaserJet printer has dual-band Wi-Fi for quick connections to multiple devices.Prints up to 17 ISO ppm*, up to 17 ISO ppm* in colorThis product has been refurbished.Learn more.
This all in one printer works perfectly, my only regret is I didn't purchase one with a feeder tray.Mar 01, 2019 16:10
Getting a refurbished item from a website is always a risk, but the Best Buy store clerk assured me that I can always return the HP laser printer to the store for a full refund (in the form of a store credit).
I received the unit via UPS in just a few days. I thought it odd that the toner cartridges were already installed. Perhaps HP must be very confident in their product to ship it that way.
It was easy to set up and I was pleased to see the ink level display showed four full cartridges. I was expecting much less since toner cartridges are not cheap.
My first project was to print 52 weekly calendar pages. The job was done in 4 minutes. I also printed several full-page color pictures. All of them were flawless magazine-quality on 20 lb paper. The toner levels didn't budge from their full marks.
I'm so glad I chose not to replace the ink in my old inkjet printer. Not only is it expensive, but it streaks and empties so quickly. It also dries out when left unused for several weeks. Lasers are much more dependable.
I'm very pleased with this purchase. I should have bought another as a Christmas gift, but I gave my friend the old inkjet.Dec 24, 2018 13:37
Even though a little hard to understand all the symbols on the control panel, it works perfectly for all of my needs.Mar 09, 2019 16:57
This Is a perfect upgrade from an inkjet printer. 3 in 1 wireless machine.Mar 29, 2020 10:42
The printer does very well now that it is installed and a few kinks are out.Mar 01, 2019 16:31
This printer works fantastic and the print quality is perfect! The only negative is that it can be finicky if you don't have super fast wifi. Otherwise, our family LOVES this compared to the multiple piece of junk Epsons that we have owned in the past! Never again! The toners may be expensive, but they last forever and will never gunk up the printer. So glad we coughed up the money to buy a quality printer....so worth it in every way!Aug 01, 2020 15:01
The setup was easy. It's a nice low cost Color laser printerJun 17, 2020 16:38
It was delivered on time and packaged well. Easy to set up and use. I haven’t used it much yet, but so far really liking it.Sep 13, 2019 17:38
Winning in business means working smarter. This HP Color LaserJet Pro M479fdw printer is designed to let you focus your time where it's most effective - growing your business and staying ahead of the competition.Prints up to 27 ISO ppm*, up to 27 ISO ppm* in color
This is my first color laser printer that I’ve used outside of a corporate office environment, and I think it performs every bit as well as the behemoths in the workplace. This printer responds quickly to submitted print jobs and initializes/starts printing within a few seconds of hitting print on my laptop. The prints also come out fast, so you won’t be waiting a long time at the machine unless you’re printing hundreds of pages. Black and white prints and text are crisp, dark, and consistent and color prints are bright, vivid, and fairly true to color. I will say that with photographic prints, I noticed some slight banding in solid color areas, the colors were somewhat less saturated than what you see on a screen; if you look closely you can see grains of distortion in finely detailed portions of the photo, though that could be a combination of the resolution of the original image, print scaling, and the kind of paper used. In general, I thought color photos printed on plain white paper came out looking great. When scanning and photocopying, all colors, including black are somewhat lightened/faded. It’s slight, but if you scan or copy the copy, each pass will make the text and images lighter, and the edges of text and images are softened.
This printer is fairly large, bulky, and heavy, so I suggest finding a permanent place for it to live in your home or home office that gives you access to all sides of it. It needs a lot of extra space because the paper tray slides out the front and the back panel may occasionally need to be opened to clear paper jams (at least an extra foot clearance front and back). The scanner bed lid raises the height requirement an extra 10 inches as well. The printer was pretty easy to set up if you follow the quick start manual directions closely. WiFi setup took only a few minutes, and I was able to connect to it wirelessly and start printing after downloading and installing the software to my computer. The only part that was not explained well was changing the IP address of the printer to static versus automatic so that it would be consistently found on my home network. After I did this I stopped having the issue where my computer wouldn’t find the printer on the network after the printer went to sleep or was rebooted.
Controlling everything using the touch screen is straightforward with taps and swipes just like on a smart phone or tablet. I like that there are a lot of ways to send jobs to the printer. With Web Services turned on, you’re assigned a unique email address that if you send a document to, the printer will receive the document as a print job from anywhere with an internet connection. You can also use a USB stick and print files directly off of it, or scan documents and save to it as well. If you prefer not to print documents right away when sending jobs over the network, with a USB thumb drive installed in the back of the machine, it can store jobs that you can retrieve and print at the machine instead. You can also password or PIN protect those jobs so they won’t sit unattended in the document retrieval tray if the documents are sensitive and the printer is located in a public area.
There’s also the option to connect directly to the printer via USB, WiFi-direct, or Bluetooth if you don’t want it to be network connected. The mobile app was straightforward and simple to use to print documents and photos from mobile devices. You can even select files from online storage like Dropbox, Google Drive, and social media like Facebook and Instagram. The one thing that I don’t like is that the genuine toner cartridges for this printer are pricey (there are 4 of them) and can be exorbitant if you want the high capacity cartridges, but as it is, with my printing needs, the starter cartridges will last me a couple years as they’re supposed to be able to print upward of 2000 pages each. If you print a lot, you may want to invest in the 3rd paper tray (stacks onto the bottom), which is sold separately and can hold up to 550 sheets of paper. The two included trays can only hold 50 and 250 sheets respectively; both can house a variety of sizes of paper and even envelopes. I just wasn’t a fan of how extending paper tray 2 for legal paper made the drawer stick out from the machine about 2 inches. Seems like a dust catcher, though practically, I don’t think I’d ever leave legal paper in that tray making that point moot. Not sure who uses fax anymore, but that’s an available option as well with both a dedicated phone line and pass through phone jack in the back.
The printer does not put out a lot of heat, has relatively low toner odor after printing, and is fairly quiet during operation. I have it set to go to sleep after 1 minute of inactivity to save electricity. Overall, this printer has all the bells and whistles that you’d need for an office printer and can handle small to medium volume professional and home business printing. It’s easy to set up and use and gives you flexibility with internet connected apps and security with various types of job handling. The print quality for black and color are great, as are digital scans, though photocopies may end up slightly lighter than the original document.Aug 02, 2019 15:14
Upon reviewing this new HP Color laser Jet Pro MFP M479FDW, I have some experience with wireless printers. At work we have a lot, somewhere around 18 of these laser units. They mainly consist of Brothers MFC and a Few Color Canons so I compared this HP to what we are using now, just to name a few.
Now it’s tough to beat Brother and Canon but I had an open mind. I’m not no expert in Wi-Fi copiers but I’ve had more than my share of frustration setting copiers on the Wi-Fi before. I did purposely did NOT look at the setup instructions. I literally opened the box, placed the Copier next to our Canon MF624CW, removed the protective films and plugged it in. Weight and footprint (size) was pretty much identical to the Canon and Brother 933. Its footprint is 16 ½” Wide 18” Deep 15 ¾ “ High at 51lbs but keep in mind there is a rear paper feeder which would increase the depth , with the top door open its 26” high. Holds 250 sheets of paper capacity and can hold 50 sheets for scanning on its top feeder. Opening up the trays and toner storage, it felt well-built and sturdy, like a business copier should. It comes with a phone cable and a USB printer cable. Trust me in this, you won’t need the USB cable unless you don’t have Wi-Fi.
The control screen is large for a printer and a breeze to navigate and tilt-able. Unlike the competitors, you don’t have to tap to go to a next page, just swipe left or right as you would do on your cell phone. It was bright, clear, easy to navigate and self-explanatory. Within MINUTES I had it connected to our Wi-Fi, a first. I then scanned for wireless networks, found the HP Printer and connected to the printer directly with a simple password. Next step I did a search for wireless network printers, found the HP printer and windows installed it. Once done I reconnected my PC to my Wi-Fi internet and all was done! It WAS that simple.
Loaded with features such as double sided printing, 1 pass double sided scanning so you can scan a double sided page in just 1 pass, impressive. It’s equipped with a walk up USB slot as well as a rear USB for Storage. It can handle up to 7 PC’s connected wirelessly. Printing was fast and clear. I then installed The HP Smart App on my cell and within minutes I was printing from my cell directly to the HP MFP M479FDW, so easy a caveman can do it. Once sent, it woke the printer and was printing within seconds. The quality of the color prints were amazing for a color laser and I was using regular stock 20 lb. paper, I wished I had photo paper to really get a feel for color.
This is the FIRST printer I ever had to deal with where I could not only connect 1 but up to 7 PC’s so easily and wirelessly. Not To leave out it has Apple Air and Google Cloud print, first page prints in 9.5 seconds and 28 PPM which these specs beats all of our in house laser printers. A check on price when comparing, this HP is a bit more expensive than the competitors BUT you get Blue Tooth print, Apple air and Google cloud which others don’t support. I just noticed it’s on sale, a bargain and a no brainer loaded with options and ease of use.
It outperformed ALL our in house laser printers in EVERY aspect. Speed, resolution and especially in ease of set up. I can stress enough how easy it was to set up! After a little reading I see HP designed this copier with small business in mind and HP got it right. No fuss, no Cat lines, just plug and connect. Everyone in our office has taken notice and has spent a little time with it. Several have connected to it and are using it. Everyone has been impressed. Time will tell how rugged it is but as of now, HP has a winner. I took my company Black and White Brother MFC-L2700DW Laser printer off, gave it to my boss and said I’ll use my new HP printer thank you!Aug 12, 2019 11:19
In terms of general all around performance, you can’t do much better. This HP Laserjet Pro does everything really well, with the exception of scanning (could be better) and photo printing (which it’s not built to do). It’s ease of use, after initial setup, is another feather in its cap. The only real downside (and it’s a function of what it is) is it’s footprint and weight. That’s not a con, but something to keep in mind depending on your space. The other downside, again, common to all color laser printers, is the cost of the toner.
IN THE BOX
After getting the printer out of the box (which is a chore given how heavy it is) you will find a power cable, USB cable and ethernet cable. Nothing special. The color toner is already installed, so in terms of physically putting things together, there’s not much to do. You just need to find a space in your office/home that’s big enough to handle it.
For whatever reason, I struggle with getting printers to work the first time. Especially wireless ones. A lot of my struggles relates to getting the right drivers. Windows will find the printer but it just won’t work. Luckily, the touchscreen on the printer itself is helpful. It directs you to the website where you can download the printer’s software on your computer. For me, I am using this printer connected to my desktop via USB cable. So I plugged the cable into my computer and printer, and after the HP software was downloaded, my printer was registered and the proper drivers downloaded. I can’t speak to the Wi-Fi set up, meaning, set up via Wi-Fi only (although I did easily connect the printer to my Wi-Fi, made easy via the touchscreen). More on printing via Wi-Fi in a moment.
All in all, I thought the set up via USB cable was easy and straightforward so points to HP in helping this printer-setup challenged guy.
EASE OF USE
Now the first time I used it, I was printing a Word document. The printer was listed in the menu, but it wouldn’t connect and print. Luckily, after a few tries it just worked. From there, it’s been like magic. Whether I’m printing from my Android phone (NOTE: you have to download HP print services from Play Store) or from a Wi-Fi computer (again, after downloading the HP print services program) I can print anything from anywhere. I’ve printed double-sided without issues. Changing color to B/W is easy in the menus itself. The touchscreen is intuitive and easy to use. Truly, this is one of the few professional printers/scanners/fax machines that is really easy to operate. Having it do what you want is no problem.
After downloading the HP software mentioned above, I was able to find the printer on my laptop while connected to my wireless network (again, after connecting the printer to Wi-Fi network). The printer appeared as if it was plugged directly in to my computer and I never had any issues printing while on the same Wi-Fi network.
When scanning, you have the option to email the scan to someone or you can save it to your computer. I typically scan documents to myself, so saving them to the computer saves me the time of having to find the document in my inbox. When you’re done scanning the documents folder pops up and the PDF you just scanned is already there.
As a laserjet color printer, I expect great results. I was not disappointed. The quality of both B/W and color text is above-average in my humble opinion. The speed of printing is pretty good too. I don’t recall the actual PPM numbers, but that doesn’t matter. This will print B/W, color, and double-sided fast enough for any use. Even if it’s a large document. Printing color pictures on the other hand, wasn’t anything special. It was good, don’t get me wrong, but I wasn’t too impressed. But I didn’t get this to print pictures so that’s okay to me.
Scanning, however, I was left wanting more. Before I get into quality, I do want to say that the auto feeder for scanning works well even on folded pages (as in, they scan straight and don’t get too skewed one way or the other) and my guess, can handle about 50 pages although I haven’t tested it. In other words, it can handle most things you need to scan in one fell swoop. Quality however, was a different story. I was underwhelmed with the scan quality both on the scanning bed and the feeder. The text and pictures were left jagged and the colors muted. It’s not so bad for me to say that you shouldn’t get it, but if scan quality is a top priority I might second guess it. For me, I mostly scan to save digital copies of hard files for filing purposes and for that, the scan quality is fine.
While I’ve mentioned a few already, the cons can be described as: 1) size and footprint and weight (again, it’s not surprising, it’s just something to keep in mind); 2) scan quality (below average, if you must have great scans, look elsewhere); 3) noise (this baby is loud when it’s working and warming up, louder than other multi function use printers I’ve used in the past). I would also add having to download HP software on your phone and laptops to print wirelessly. It’s not really that big of a deal, but the printer itself doesn’t tell you that it’s necessary (neither do the instruction manuals, which could really use some help in the readability department). I didn’t know to do this until I did some Google searching. Again, it’s not a deal breaker, but having clear instructions is important to me and HP fails in regards to showing the user how to take advantage of ALL of the functions and abilities of this very capable printer. But once you figure it out and how to use the features, it works great. Lastly, the cost of toner. Toner is ALWAYS expensive regardless of the printer, but when you add in color, the cost increases exponentially. It’s probably $200 to replace these. I haven’t gone through all of the toner yet, but it will sting my wallet when that time comes. But again, it comes with the territory. I only mention that for the people who might not have known about laser toner costs.
While it’s too much printer for the average home, if you do a lot of printing and/or have a small business, this printer is a terrific option. It prints in high quality at fast speeds (except photos) and the scanning and fax functions are adequate enough for most purposes. Best of all it’s simple to use after it’s all set up (which might require some Google searching). All in all, I’m very happy with the printer.Jul 18, 2019 12:23
HP Color LaserJest Pro MFP M479fdw
Full disclosure: I received the HP Color LaserJest Pro MFP M479fdw as part of a program where I receive products in exchange for an honest and timely review.
The printer came in a good size box that was fairly heavy. Some people may require or desire help with lifting it.
The instructions recommend laying the box on its side after opening the top, so the printer can be pulled (slid) out via the conveniently provided tape in the stop.
The foam packing was broken in several places, but there was no apparent damage to the printer.
The printer display, doors and trays were all well secured for shipment. The tape was thoughtfully folded over on one end making it easy to remove.
The printer comes with a power cord, USB cable and telephone cord, but no network cable. I suppose since most people will connect the printer to their wireless network, HP didn’t think a network cable was needed in the box. I have a good collection of network patch cords of various lengths, so that wasn’t a problem for me.
I also own an M477fdw that I purchased two years ago, so I am able to do a nice side by side comparison. Visually, they are nearly identical. The only difference I could see with casual observation was that there is a little graphic on the left side of the M477 showing two concentric circles with what looks like perhaps an RFID tag touching on the corner. The M479 does not have this graphic.
After unpacking, removing the tape and plugging in the power and my network cable, I powered up the printer. It went through a brief first prep cycle of some sort and then displayed the setup menu on the screen. I selected English and USA from the first two menus. The 3rd menu displayed the correct date automatically, but the wrong time on the next screen. I correct the time and moved on.
The next screen asked me to select a printer setup environment. Self-Managed or IT-Managed. I selected Self-Managed since this will be installed in my home and I don’t have a management platform installed in my home IT environment. This then resulted in the display letting me know that LaserJet Update had been set to “On”..presumably for automatics software/firmware updates. The next screen was the last, telling me to finish the setup online and to get the latest software updates at 123.hp.com/laserjet
After this, the printer completed a calibration and turned off. I touched the display and it came back on.
The menus are similar, but clearly different on the M479. It is brighter with more color and a new ribbon at the top. The power saver seems more aggressive also, since it turns off quickly as I stop to type my setup notes.
I looked though the menus to see my network setup and to turn off “direct print”, since I don’t use it and don’t want to see yet another SSID on my WiFi list. Next I printed an email message from my iPhone. I just selected print and then chose the new printer from the choice of the two MFPs I have here. The printer awakened and printed a nice crisp color copy of the email message. Then I grabbed my iPad and printed a copy of the note I used to type this product review. It behaved the same. Printing was very fast even for double sided printing. One reason I prefer laser printers is the lack of needed wait time when doing double sided printing. Laser toner doesn’t require time to dry before flipping the page to print the other side. That’s a huge time saver for long double sided documents.
Fax setup appears good. I set up my fax number, header information, auto-answer, telephone line type (several options including traditional phone (POTS) lines and VoIP). I don’t have a phone line in my home office yet and I didn’t need to send a fax, so I did not test faxing. I found a setting for two sided fax printing, so incoming faxes can be printed on both sides of the paper.
Next I inserted a page in the Automatic Document Feeder to try scanning. I was directed to do some setup via a web page or via the HP app. I used a Windows PC for this and quickly added the printer and scanned the page. I then moved to my MacBook Pro, added the printer and scanned a number of documents from the ADF. This all worked great. Scanning was fast, high quality and the pages were well aligned. I have not yet configured “scan to email” on this printer, but I have done that on my 477 and found it works ok. I assume it will be similar on this printer. You can also set up scanning to a network folder.
A datapoint that I have from my two year experience with the 477 model of this printer is that I am still using the original toner cartridges in that printer. Unlike inkjet printers which need to go through cleaning cycles or get replaced periodically due to lack of use, the laser printer appears to just keep going and going even with relatively light usage and that was one of the reasons I purchased a laser printer two years ago.
There is a lot more functionality built into the MFP M479fdw than I’ll ever use, but there is likely something there for everyone.
I’m really happy with it so far and I would recommend this printer to other people with similar needs. It is nice looking, fast, high quality and functional. I look forward to using it for many years to come.Jul 19, 2019 08:31
The HP - LaserJet Pro M479fdw Wireless Color All-In-One Printer sets a new standard to maximize business productivity in a modern, fully equipped machine. I replaced a similar Brother printer that performed well for 5 years but the interface was getting dated. Here are the differences that jumped out at me:
1- The HP M479fdw clearly deserved it's Energy Star Award. Starting the printer is quiet & uneventful compared with the Brother & similar 5-year old printers. Press start on those & the lights in the room dim as the laser starts up. This HP draws far less energy; no visible light dimming in the room during start-up & the HP is much quieter.
2- The scan speed of the HP is amazing & it is virtually silent! Easily controlled by the onboard color touch screen or on a Mac OS or PC; touch scan & the image is available in a couple seconds, 5 times faster than the Brother.
3- Print Quality is superb; colors are vibrant & black is crisp.
4- Fast Print Speed: up to 28 pages / minute.
5- Easy to Set-up. Simply select the WiFi & enter the Password. Within 2 minutes the machine is fully functional.
6- Equally Mac OS & PC Friendly. I use Mac OS & my wife uses PC. We were impressed that this HP was equally accessible on both platforms. Printing & scanning is super intuitive on both Mac OS & PC.
7- AirPrint directly from the iPad & iPhone. Effortless.
8- 5ghz Wireless capable. The WiFi is State-of-the-Art & the machine performance reflects that with ultimate flexibility & speed. Whether you have a basic 2.4ghz WiFi or a faster 5ghz speed, this HP will operate the fastest possible, based on what you provide it.
9- Easy-to-Read Large Touchscreen makes printing & scanning a simple, one-touch process. See attached photo.
10- A Full Complement of Business Features: Scans to email; print from an email; even a login can be required to print, just one of many security features built-in.
CONCLUSION: The HP LaserJet Pro M479fdw is the very BEST all-in-one Laser Printer I have ever tested. It easily commands 5 Stars & is positioned above all others that I have tested to date. It earns my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.Jul 21, 2019 08:52
The HP LaserJet Pro M479fdw is a multifunction device, it can print in color, scan, fax and copy. Its big and a bit on the heavy side, 50lbs and sits 16” tall. The box advises you to tip over and pull out on its side, good advice! My printer arrived packed very securely, all the flaps and covers were taped to minimize movement during shipping. This is my first laser printer in a long time. I noticed you no longer have to pull out a strip on the toner cartridges and risk getting ink powder on the floor. Once the packaging has been removed, just plug it in and setup.
The LCD screen is a pleasure to use, unlike my current printer, an older inkjet, this LCD screen is large (approximately 4.25” corner to corner), bright (brightness adjustable), the on-screen keyboard is precise and the screen feels sturdy, doesn’t flop around when you press the buttons. Basic setup was simple, type in your WiFi password, follow the prompts. In addition to setting up the printer on WiFi, (I didn’t use USB cable), I also enabled HP ePrint (under “web services”). This feature allows you to email print jobs to the printer from anywhere by simply emailing your unique HP ePrint email address. The printer will provide you with a unique eprint email. This feature is great especially if you have technology challenged family members you need to occasionally send stuff to, like I do. Rather then calling and walking them through how to print an attachment each time, I just email the printer.
Setup to “Scan to network”:
I have a NAS (network attached storage), I wanted to set up scanning directly to a folder the network drive. I found this to be not as straightforward as it should be. All the printer settings can be access through a web browser, simply type the printer’s IP address, for example, 192.168.1.100. In the “SCAN” – “SCAN TO NETWORK” you can set your default scan settings, such as paper size, double sided, file name prefix or suffix. But it doesn’t have the “folder path” here. To set up a folder to scan to, you have to go to “ADDRESS BOOK” – “CONTACTS” and create an entry here under UNC Folder Path. I think it would’ve been more intuitive to have put this setting under “SCAN TO NETWORK”. ON a side note, this scanner can scan both sides of the page with 1 pass.
The copy, scan and print quality of this printer is excellent! The text on the print outs are very crisp and sharp, exactly as I expected from a laser printer. I was surprised how nicely pictures print out, although I’ll probably keep my inkjet printers for that. Air Print works flawlessly with my idevices. There are many different ways to print from the printer, you can connect directly with WiFi Direct, Bluetooth, air print, USB drive, Google drive, Dropbox and perhaps the most common, USB cable, WiFi or wired ethernet cable. There are almost too many options, if there’s such a thing. I printed a test page from https://printatestpage.com/ to compare my current inkjet to the color laser, the text is sharper and the images more saturated on the laser. For home usage, the difference isn’t a big deal. The inkjet is fine for most if not all printing tasks of a typical household plus inkjets still print photos better.
If you need a printer for high volume, this multifunction laser printer is an excellent choice. With print speeds of 27 pages per minute and monthly cycle of up to 50,000 pages, this printer is suitable for an office environment.
1. Excellent print quality
2. Myriad of connectivity options
3. Many options of there to “Scan to” (email, network folder, USB drive, dropbox, Google drive)
4. Nice display screen, intuitive menu’s
1. Printer cost.
2. Would be nice if the 3 buttons (Return to prev, Home, Help) under the display screen lit up.Jul 22, 2019 23:34
I am replacing my 6 year old Epson Printer with this.
It print fast for what I need it for. I just recently went back to school and needed something I could print more with and had been looking for an upgrade.
Wow setup was really fast and easy. I am using an Android phone that I had wireless print set up for before. All I had to do was add this printer to my list of web print. Did i mention its fast at printing? My main reason for changing to laser jet was the yield from the toners. Lots more pages per print. But that is also a downfall, they are pretty expensive. I recommend only if you run a small office or have the need to print a lot. I am doing lots of printing so my need had me in the market. Print from any device i own is fast and accurate. have not tested pictures. But pages that had color and small images printed quick and no runs.
Just as a test I printed out doc with pictures about 14 pages in total. Fast and clear took only seconds. You would have thought it was printing black and white only. The color is super fast also
Highly recommend anyone looking for more printing capacity need to give this a look.Jul 21, 2019 13:17
While I can do with a smaller and cheaper printer, this one worked out perfect for my home needed. No complainsNov 20, 2020 15:35
Winning in business means working smarter. The HP Color LaserJet Pro M454dw printer is designed to let you focus your time where it's most effective, helping you grow your business and staying ahead of the competition.
I am so excited to share that my HP - Laser Jet Pro M454dw Wireless Color Laser Printer is one of the BEST printers that I have purchased. It very easy to install, the quality of the prints are of course amazing and it was delivered quickly! The ONLY hang up I have is that the size of it was bigger than I expected, so I had to make room on my desk for it. So if you have room for it, be sure to look at the size, great purchase for the price and quality!Oct 05, 2020 12:18
Great print quality, easy to setup and use. Doesn't require much space. Multiple connections options.Oct 15, 2021 16:15
I use this for home use and for my children for school. So, I need quality prints, quickly, and I want it to do so without a lot of mechanical noise. This printer does all of that. I also will print on both side of the paper ( I haven't tried this yet). Cost per cartridge is very shocking! Looking at cost per printed sheet 0.023 / sheet for this printer VS my older HP (CP2025DN) which is 0.038 / sheet using black toner. I'm very happy with this printer. Note plugging in a wired network cable will turn off the WiFi. Since I will not use WiFi this was a plus for me.Jan 01, 2021 19:58
I bought this for my office and I love it. Perfect size and quality.Oct 18, 2021 19:26
Great product. Quality and quickness are outstanding. Liked it so much purchased one for my home office. Wireless connection is great and always reliable.Dec 20, 2020 12:36
Uses ink well. Added a second tray and have no issues. Use these in 22 of my offices and they all work perfect.Aug 02, 2019 15:29
Excellent Printer, quality is the best, and it connects very easy to the wifiAug 17, 2021 20:36
Excellent printer. Been using it for over a month now in my home office and it is as advertised. Don’t second guess this purchase!May 21, 2021 15:27
Save space and time with this Brother all-in-one laser printer that can print, scan and fax all in one place. Speed dial and group dial lets you fax at the touch of a button, and automatic redial means you can walk away. This Brother all-in-one printer prints up to 33 pages per minute, making it ideal for busy offices.
I just purchased this Brother MFC-L8900CDW to replace my 3-year old Canon imageCLASS MF8280CW which had started to short out, resetting itself over and over, making it impossible to get a small 15-page print job completed without jamming! Hindsight being 20/20, I really did my research this time around when looking for a replacement color laser multi function printer. Faster, more efficient, higher quality, significantly more/better features. FOUND IT!! I Just received this Brother MFC-L8900CDW 2 days ago and can honestly say that I’m actually giddy about this printer! Print quality is great. Scan quality and speed is spectacular. Having the ability to scan to PDF, editable PDF, MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint and HTML has to be one of my FAVORITE and unexpected features. Really totally cool —- and something I will use! The 2-sided single pass scanning is lightning fast. My old Canon couldn’t scan to email. Only scan option was scan to PC which had to be done through their antiquated app. I’m talking 1995 level of technology in their app. I am nostalgic about the 90’s and all but NOT when it comes to technology. Scan file format options w/ Canon was horrifically limited to image files. The scan process was slow and brutally painful. Scanning was such a miserable process that I kept my old HP inkjet for the sole purpose of quick user friendly scans to email. Now, I’m able to shed the old HP as the Brother far surpasses the speed, quality and ease of scanning to email! Auto duplex printing is great... something my Canon couldn’t do. The option to purchase true ultra high capacity toner cartridges (6,500 pages in black and all 3 colors) will save me $$. While the upfront cost of the high capacity cartridges is much more, I will be saving BIG in the longer term. Canon color cost 0.06 vs Brother color cost of 0.027 and Canon B&W cost of 0.033 vs Brother B&W cost of 0.013. The added benefit of purchasing the TN436 means I can go way longer before I need to replace and less instances of running out then freaking out to get a new cartridge to finish a project. Seriously, I felt like I was running out of toner in the Canon once a month when printing < 1000 pages of varying color and B&W. I question actual capacity of Cannon’s stated capacity. When the Canon said low, that was it. No shaking and replacing to get more life despite the fact that is exactly what the printer told you to do. That NEVER worked. The first error that toner was low, you were done! Canon did not offer high capacity cartridges for color, only offered for black and their “high capacity” meant 2,500 where Brother offers 6,500. Again, I am giddy with delight over this purchase and drastic upgrade to my print/scan/copy game!Mar 01, 2020 12:01
Sorry to have to leave such a low review. Big expensive printer, super excited to get it. It did everything great as far as printing and scanning, but when I copied something it a bit blurry and washed out. Called Geek squad and they were great but couldn't fix the issue. They said it was a hardware issue (if the problem was with the printer or scanner it would have been an issue with the drivers, but the copier was hardware). They sent a replacement printer and I received it with the same exact issue. This time I dealt with Brother Tech Support, it got elevated, then elevated again, no fix. Worst support experience ever and I am 60 years old. They repeatedly told me they would call me back and never did. I'm done with Brother. Back to HP for me. :0/Feb 18, 2021 17:47
I truly love this printer. It works great and the ink lasts a VERY long time. I used to have to replace cartridges oh my previous printer quite often and they're so expensive! I also discovered that I could buy "off brand" refills for this printer on Amazon for so much less than the Brother refills are. And so far they've always worked great.
Now, my only issue is that after a good year without any problems, it now constantly loses connection with my computer. I'd have to get behind the cabinet it sits on and unplug it and plug it back in. CONSTANTLY! That was not an easy task. I was getting very frustrated, and have no idea why this started happening. But I found a bandaid for the situation, I bought a cheap smart plug from Amazon and whenever I need the printer I use to app (or ask Alexa) to disconnect the power and reconnect it. It's still a pain, but not like it was, and it works great.Aug 17, 2021 09:49
I have used Brother printers for a long time. They hold up and are a great value. The only reason I replaced my other Brother MFC (from 2008) printer was because of an MS Win 10 upgrade that won't let the computer scan. I only wish that the paper trays would take envelopes. I did buy an additional paper tray so I am stocked with legal and letter sizes. The trays are very pricy, too pricy. Over all I am satisfied.Oct 08, 2021 19:00
Very good color laser all-in-one printer. I got it for home use, printing & scanning documents from PC & iPhones. Much better than ink-jet, toner doesn't dry out like ink-jet ink does. Comes with a set of standard size toner cartridges. If you subtract the cost of the cartridges from the cost of the printer, you'll realize how inexpensive the printer really is. The printer is heavy and needs to be on a sturdy table. Mine is on an end table next to my desk.
The setup went smoothly with the printer on WiFi and the CD-Rom in my desktop. At the end of the setup, the printer and the PC updated themselves from the Internet. I leave it on and asleep 24x7.
Print & scan quality are excellent. The print, copy & ADF scanner resolution are 600 DPI, the flatbed scanner is 1200 DPI. Colors are good for office use but definitely not photo quality. If you print color photos, you need an ink-jet.
I bought this printer because of it's overall functionality & quality. I use duplex printing & scanning 99% of the time. I really like the ADF single pass duplex scanner, it never jams. The reversing ADF scanner in my previous printer (another mfg'r) used to jam more often than not. Also this ADF scanner's 600 DPI resolution is really appreciated, the other mfg'r that I considered highlighted his 1200 DPI flatbed resolution but carefully avoided mentioning his ADF resolution. If you go to the store and try that other mfg'rs ADF scanner, you find out that it's still the same 300 DPI that it was in 2013.Nov 09, 2020 07:55
use for home/school. great when it works. was connected to network then disconnected for some reason. the issue might be on our end, not the printer end. otherwise scan and copy work great even if the network issue is there.Oct 22, 2021 16:53
This is a nice printer. Initial setup was somewhat annoying due to the fact that I had to utilize support and work on cleaning individual rollers which took several hours. Support was helpful however. Now the printer is functioning well. I wish the speed was a little faster from computer to printer. Some color adjustments needed to make the most vibrant prints, because the color is somewhat warm and washed out prior to changing settings. After some fiddling, this has been a solid printer. It has made WFH much easier. Scanner works quickly. I haven't tested fax capability yet, but intend to soon.Aug 29, 2020 09:20
I have had this printer for a few weeks now and it does a much better job than my inkjet and of course, no more runny ink issues! Color pictures come out nice, and it prints much faster than my old printer. I only used the manual feed once and I had some trouble with it, but I think that was mostly learning curve on my part. Once I figured out you had to go into the settings on the printer, I was able to get it working. That could be easier in my opinion, but I won't use that feature too frequently anyway.
Overall a great printer!May 04, 2019 14:17
Stay on top of all your small business needs with this Brother all-in-one printer that lets you print, scan and copy at the touch of a button. Wireless network connectivity gives you flexibility in your office setup, and multi-size paper handling means envelopes and letters can be printed together. This Brother all-in-one printer is compatible with mobile apps.
I only buy Brother printers, they are the best on the market by far. I have owned HPs, Epson, etc. Brother has never missed a beat. The only thing that has not been resolved is Best Buy applying my points for this purchase. I have conatcted them 3 times and it still doesnt showJan 10, 2020 15:59
Tired of constantly running out of injet ink only using my printer once in a while. Seemed like everytime I wanted to print, I was out of ink and the printer was discontinued so no ink near home.
Finally broke down and bought this, a real printer!!
It works when I ask it too, and very pleased.
I figure it's office grade so less likely the refill, when I need , will be hard to find.
Probably could have bought two of these just from all the injet printers and ink I bought over the years.Sep 29, 2020 18:44
Forget HP and cannon and all the nonsense of injury. Get a brother laser and you will have no more printer headaches. Also just found out it has lifetime technical support. This is my third brother but not because I've replaced any but because I need more. My first one is still flawless after 10 years.Dec 28, 2018 16:50
This is one of the easiest and best color laser printers that I have found. Plug and play. It's excellent with Mac users and Microsoft. The toners are long lasting, scanning, and duplex everything make this very useful in the office or at home. Tons of functions I only wish they made this EXACT printer without FAXNov 28, 2018 16:28
I ordered this printer for myself and liked it so well I ended up purchasing three more for my employees. It is a great printer for the price and the quality is excellent. I would highly recommend, cheaper to replace these than it is to fix them anymore.Oct 29, 2020 10:38
Our small office has been using the printer for a month now and no real issues. Easy set up but we notice that there is a long delay for the printer to process the data before it actually prints. Printing quality is excellent.Feb 07, 2020 15:37
This printer does a great job. The only issue is it prints slow. If you need to speed look elsewhere. Other then that, scan well and print quality is excellentMar 20, 2020 15:46
it works great. It was super easy to install and start printing. My favorite part is the scanner. It is so easy to scan documents. So happy we got this printerJul 06, 2020 09:19
The reliable Brother HL-L3270CDW compact digital color printer is a great choice for the busy home or small office looking for laser printer performance. Quick print speeds of up to 25 pages per minute² plus manual feed slot accommodate varied printing needs and can handle a variety of paper types and sizes, including card stock, envelopes and more. Connect with versatile options, including built-in wireless, Ethernet or USB interfaces, and print wirelessly from mobile devices³. The 250-sheet capacity adjustable paper tray helps improve efficiency with fewer refills and handles letter- or legal-size paper. Automatic two-sided printing helps save on paper costs. Save time by creating custom shortcuts on the 2.7" color touch screen, which also enables you to print directly from popular cloud apps, including Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote, OneNote and more⁴. Brother Genuine high-yield replacement toner cartridges help lower printing costs. Comes with a 1-year limited warranty and free online, call or live chat support for the life of your product.
Brother did sooo well with the HL-L3270 (minus choosing a name but I’ll forgive it). This printer outdoes any office printer I’ve come across in my life.
So my main office just got upgraded to some compact multi task printer but this Brother printer brings quality and speed home (literally).
Bells and whistles here are worth your time and learning them. I am able to sit on my couch and work while printing at the same time. There’s the ability to AirPrint, print double sided, print like 30 pages in under a minute or something.
As you can see I attached a picture of a photo I just took in Mexico on a trip and the water and waves look super pristine. If you appreciate efficiency and simplicity then this printer is for you.
Overall a printer that came to play and brings it’s A-Game!Oct 29, 2018 21:02
For this review, I'll start off with the cons. If you are looking for a 3 in 1 printer, look away. This is a printer and nothing else. Another thing, it's bulky and heavy. Another thing, the toner cartridges are expensive, but you will get many prints before needing to buy more.
On to the pros. The print quality is amazing on the Brother - HL-L3270CDW. Prior to getting my hands on this machine, I was using a similar model at my job. I used it on a daily basis and never had any problems. Brother printers are truly quality machines, so I expect to get lots of use out of this Brother - HL-L3270CDW for a long time. It's hard to go wrong with it. One of the best features in this machine is the ability to connect to multiple cloud services and print directly to the printer. It makes it so much easier to get the documents that I need for school and work now. I can email prints to the printer, and if I want to keep something private, you can setup a pin option for confidential documents.
As for the setup, it was a breeze! I had the Brother - HL-L3270CDW printer up and running in around 20 minutes, that includes linking my cloud services and connecting the printer to my wifi network. So far, I have had no connectivity issues. I'd say what took the longest was the fact that you have to take out the toner cartridges to remove a plastic protector from them. It looked intimidating at first, but it's just a matter of pushing tabs to a side and pulling the cartridges out.
Overall, I would definitely recommend the Brother - HL-L3270CDW to anyone in the market for their office, or even professional students in need of a reliable printer.Nov 07, 2018 18:47
I have been conned by this $250 printer! Since working from home due to covid I needed a printer for engineering drawings to either take to the field and Mark-up on the fly. All my CAD drawings are converted to PDF to which I print. The pages are of a white background with black outlines. That’s it! Yet the black ink seems to smear over the entire page making the entire paper look almost hue/gray and text unreadable. In addition when printing photos I’ve taken from the field, the colors are not sharp. They appear washed out. This is of course the ink that it came with but it would be in Brothers best interest to supply ink that represents their quality too, right? An because of Best Buy’s 15 day return policy and restocking fee I’m left to deal with Brothers directly. What a waste of my time!Sep 29, 2020 13:04
This a quality printer and it easily handles most any home office print job. My wife is a teacher and this fits our needs much better than the inefficient inkjet it replaced.
- Wireless printing. My iPhone found it on the network and I could print immediately. It also has no issue with my mesh network (TP-Link Deco).
- Easy setup. I never had to pull out the included CD. On my Windows 10 laptop, it appeared in the printers list after a refresh and when selected it setup automatically. I love that this works as it should.
- Printing via email and the cloud when not at home is convenient (see caution below).
- Much quieter than you would think.
- Cost efficient
Things to consider
- It is heavy and a little bigger than the average light duty home printer
- Warm up (all laser printers due this) takes a few seconds and can delay printing if it has been idle for a while.
- It uses some power when printing, especially on warm up. Just make sure you don’t have it plugged in to the same circuit as a bunch of other stuff.
- When printing from the printer’s cloud options the file selected from the cloud or email prints how it came – no option to switch to black and white is given, no editing/resizing can be done on screen.
- The touch screen is just ok. The menus are a bit dated looking, it is not sharp, and the sensitivity could be better. You really don’t use it that much once it is set up so it is a minor issue.
This is a keeper.Nov 10, 2018 23:14
I bought this printer for craft purposes, but I was really disappointed with the quality of the prints from this printer. I enclosed a picture below of how it prints. The first is the Brother 3270 laser, the second is my ink jet Epson, which was one of the most cheapest models. Big difference!Oct 01, 2019 12:46
Have had for 2-3 months and it's worked great! Fast, easy to setup with the wifi, works great on multiple devices via wifi (MacBook Pro, iPhone, etc). Setup was super easy.Nov 18, 2020 08:56
Whether you are looking for a great home printer or something to fill a need in your small office, the Brother LC3270 is a great option. Out of the box, the LC3270 is certainly a sturdy and well built printer. It. Is. Not. Light! (40lbs+) Do not mistake this for some portable option just because it is wireless. This is could be used as an anchor for the Titanic and is meant to be placed somewhere and left. That's where the wireless function comes into place. But more on that later.
After I contracted a crane to get it out of the box and onto my desk, it takes up about the same space as most office-grade laser printers. Lasers have gotten smaller over the years, but it'll still take up a decent amount of real estate on your desk or wherever you decide to place it. Since it is wireless, it would make a great centralized printer to serve multiple people in an office which is a huge cost saver over every person having a local printer that only they can use. Once hoisted out of the box, setup was a breeze using the touch screen interface. I was up and connected to my wireless network in under 5 minutes. From there I could easily and automatically use AirPrint from my iPhone or select it as a printer option from my Dell laptop.
Print quality was excellent as you would expect from a laser printer. Colors were crisp and clear. It prints graphs, charts, maps, and other graphics that you could take to any meeting and look professional. Pictures are decent, but this laser printer isn't designed for photos so keep that in mind. That being said, you can still print full page pictures and they look nice. You just won't be framing any of them.
As with most color laser printers, they come with a black toner cartridge and 3 color cartridges which can be ordered separately. Having used color laser printers in my day job over the years, I would HIGHLY recommend anyone on a budget to adjust your print settings so that your default print setting isn't color. ESPECIALLY if this printer is shared with a group of people. It's amazing the things people print out in full color that are a complete waste and totally unnecessary. An example would be emails that get printed with things like hyperlinks any logos in your signature in color. It may not seem like much, but a few hundred emails with a logo can drain one or more of your color cartridges and they are not cheap to replace. This isn't specific to the L3270, but just some helpful advice. Just to give you an idea, replacing the color cartridges alone will cost you more than the printer itself.
The paper feed has a 250-sheet capacity which is nice and should keep you from having to refill too often. One lacking feature is the manual feed for envelopes and other odd-sized pieces. These have to be fed one at a time which is shame. If you have a business, you are likely wanting to print more than one envelope at a time.
In conclusion, I think that the Brother L3270 is an excellent entry level color laser printer. I think it's especially nice if you only have need for occasional (but higher quality) color printing where an inkjet might dry up or not provide the quality that you desire.
*Cost of toner replacementOct 31, 2018 14:44
I love this printer! Is it weird to feel that way about an inanimate object? I’m a customer of Brother products from way back… Long before there were inkjet and laser printers there were these things called “typewriters”! I had one of those, and it was made by Brother. And I still have it! I haven’t turned it on in years, but I bet it works! Sadly there’s no reason for me to use it, and god only knows if the ribbon cartridge is available anymore. Anyway the point is that Brother makes quality products, and HL-L3270CDW keeps up their reputation. It’s a terrific product!
Setup can be a challenge for the non-techie, and I would recommend utilizing Best Buy’s Geek Squad to install this for you. Particularly if you have a small business, it’s worth every penny to have them take care of the installation for you. This is a feature-rich color laser printer with tons of features. If you want to tap into all its capabilities, and you yourself are not a geek - seriously pay to have someone install this for you. Thankfully I’m a nerd and installation was a little bit of a challenge and quite fun to be honest. But that’s just me.
The HL-L3270CDW has a small footprint; it fits neatly on the desk I set it on. It is unobtrusive and is a professional, quality looking unit. It’s sturdy, the plastics don’t look cheap, the LCD panel adjusts in angle, and is bright and easy to read. The paper tray is deep and holds 250 sheets of paper. The color cartridges and the mechanism they are inserted into are extremely well engineered. I am impressed by the engineering that went into this machine!
Why do I love this printer? Because it does what it was made to do - awesomely! The efficient LED printer mechanism does a great job! The print output is excellent! Whether I was printing black only print, or dazzling color graphics - the end result was crisp, clean and vibrant. I printed everything from typical text only documents, to calendars, to birthday cards to envelops! It took them all on, and did a great job every time! I have no complaints on the performance at all.
I replaced an HP inkjet printer with the HL-L3270CDW, and I’m so glad I did. While the HP had nice output, it was super slow and super expensive replacing the ink cartridges. In comparison the Brother is a breath of fresh air! It’s like having a professional office printer in your home or home office. True when you have to replace the individual cartridges they’ll be expensive. But the time in between changes is substantial, at least for the amount that I print. In the long run this is a much more economical solution.
There are a multitude of mobile connectivity options, if you have a device that can transmit data over some type of stream - this printer will probably accept and understand it. But I recommend visiting Brother’s website first to make sure your devices are compatible. I had not problem printing from any device on my network, as well as directly from my mobile smart devices.
The built-in LCD panel is a bit small at 2.7 inches. At my age my eyesight doesn’t do well with small fonts, thus I see nothing but fuzz on the screen unless I’m wearing a pair of readers. But if you have good and young eyes - the screen has good resolution. It’s also a touchscreen, which is nice except if you have big sausage sized fingers like me. I have to aim precisely if I want to use the small LCD. Fortunately I don’t need to use it under normal circumstances.
I recommend the HL-L3270CDW LED printer, it’s a terrific value! I wouldn’t hesitate recommending it to anyone that wants to save money in the long run printing in color. This is the perfect remedy for expensive inkjet printers and cartridges. It’s fast, it’s quiet and the quality of print is exceptional. I love it! I'll bet you will too!Nov 14, 2018 22:47
An efficient, wireless MFP with fax for high-quality color and productivity. Save time with Smart Tasks in the HP Smart app, and print and scan from your phone.* Get seamless connections and strong security designed to help detect and stop attacks.Prints up to 22 ISO ppm in black and up to 22 ISO ppm in color.
This is a very solid laser printer! It does several things really well, and when it comes to the core functionality of printing, you will not be disappointed!
Setup was very easy and straightforward. The quick start guide provided very clear instructions, and unpacking the product was easy. Just had to pull off some tape and plug it in. The toner was already installed and ready to go. Connecting to WiFi was super quick and easy, and installing on my computer was a breeze.
Print Quality and Performance:
When it comes to the quality of prints and the speed at which this printer prints documents, you will not be disappointed. As I would expect from a laser printer, text and other content printed is very crisp and high quality. Additionally, the print speed of this machine is great! I printed a 4 page document using the automatic duplex (double-sided) printing feature that this machine has and it printed in around 45 seconds.
Compared to my other printer which is an inkjet, this printer prints much faster and at a noticeably higher quality. As far as colors go, this printer also does a great job. I printed several documents with colors and was quite impressed with the quality of the colors printed. Sometimes laser printers can struggle when it comes to color, but the colors that were printed from this machine looked realistic and of great quality.
Overall, this printer does a great job at scanning. I tested using the document feeder for scanning and it scans super fast, which is a really big plus! The quality was also great.
That being said, there are a few capabilities/improvements that I wish this printer had when it comes to scanning. First of all, it does not have automatic duplex scanning. I believe there may be a manual option for duplex scanning in Windows, but I have a Mac and did not see this option in the HP Smart app on my Mac. There is a way to scan documents to PDF and then combine and re-order them to your liking in Preview on the Mac, but that is not as convenient as automatic duplex scanning. This is not a huge deal, but it would have been a really beneficial feature to include with this machine.
Additionally, while I do really like HP’s scan to email feature, it seems that this capability is long overdue for an upgrade with better integration with email services like Gmail. In order to get this feature to work, you have to set up an app-specific password for the printer to access your Gmail account, as well as enable “Allow less secure apps”. While it works great once set up, these steps for configuring are both less than optimal when it comes to security, and they are complicated for most people to set up. I have an HP inkjet printer that is over 6 years old that required configuration for this feature in the exact same way, so I was hoping that by now this would have been improved.
Size and Looks:
This is a very big printer! Be prepared with a large space to put it. Additionally, it is very heavy. Considering that this is a color laser printer, it makes sense that it is big and heavy, but you definitely want to make sure you have somewhere to fit this beforehand. If you are looking for a compact printer, this is not the printer for you.
When it comes to looks, the printer looks very clean and professional.
Other Features and Thoughts:
I was really glad that this printer comes with dual band WiFi capability. It is great that I can connect this wireless printer to my 5 GHz WiFi network. It seems that many printers still come with 2GHz only, so I was really glad to see 5 GHz on this printer. I noticed that when printing to this machine, it seemed to receive and start print jobs very quickly, and I think the 5 GHz definitely contributed to how quick this machine received and completed print jobs.
The touchscreen on this printer is a great addition and works really well! Touchscreen printers are so much easier to set up and maintain since you can input and update WiFi settings as well as other important settings quickly and easily right on the printer itself.
Machine Software and Firmware:
As I mentioned, I have an HP inkjet printer that is over 6 years old. The interface on this printer looks very similar and must be based off the same software, which feels a bit dated to me. It’s not bad, but I would have expected something more recent on a brand new HP model. The local web interface for configuring features and changing settings on this printer looks especially dated. Despite the dated software on the machine, it interfaces very well with the HP Smart software which is very modern. It also works with all of the latest features, including ePrint, AirPrint, etc. So, overall, the software on the machine is more than sufficient.
Reliability and Build Quality:
In all of my testing, this printer was very fast and reliable! The software and firmware are reliable and it handled all print and scan jobs very quickly.
When it comes to build quality, this machine feels like it is a really solid and well-made machine, so I would expect it to last a long time. That being said, I wish that HP offered a better standard warranty than just 1 year. This machine is not cheap, and I would have liked to have seen more from HP showing that they stand behind their product.
I looked at the pricing on toner for this machine, and it is expensive! A 3150 yield black toner cartridge alone will run you almost $100 from HP. So, definitely keep that in mind. While this is an expensive printer, I do feel that it is well-made and built to last, not to mention that is does an awesome job when it comes to print quality.
Overall, this is a great printer! My biggest disappointment with this machine is the lack of automatic duplex scanning capability, but other than that, it handles all core functionalities incredibly well. Pages printed are crisp and of great quality, printing and scanning was really fast, scans came out in great quality, and the printer was very responsive. Additionally, it includes automatic duplex printing capability, which is a really important feature to have. When using the duplex printing, it was really fast as well. This printer also goes above and beyond other printers with 5GHz WiFi capability.
I do feel that HP could have used newer software and improved the scan to email capabilities on this machine, and I do really wish automatic duplex scanning was a feature, but overall this printer does a great job and has all of the most important features I would expect in a great laser printer. I would definitely recommend this machine to those needing fast printing and/or high quality printing capabilities. I could definitely see it being a really great addition to a home office or small business.Mar 25, 2020 01:12
Verdict: we love this printer! It’s now installed over Wi-Fi on all the computers in the house. With 4-in-1 functions, fast duplex printing and ADF scanning, it is a workhorse machine for any household and even small businesses. However, I am dreading the replacement cost for the toner, which will likely come sooner than we expect since it’s so easy for everyone to print now.
Initial impressions. It is heavy! Yes of course, it’s a big printer, but it’s heavier than I expected. Definitely follow the recommendation that is on the flyer as soon as you open the box on how to remove the printer from the box, especially if you are alone. The touch screen is beautiful and bright (and it rotates!), giving the impression of high tech. My previous printer still had a black and white screen with buttons on the side… This is a nice upgrade.
Setup. Besides having to rearrange some things to fit this printer in our office since it was bigger than the old one, setup was easy. Make sure you set it up on a sturdy table or desk; as already mentioned, it is heavy! The toner was already installed (note that these are “introductory cartridges” good for 1350 color pages and 700 black pages). The printer has many, if not all, connection options (Wi-Fi, USB, Apple AirPrint, etc.). I always dread the software installation for printers because something always goes wrong, but to my surprise, I had no issues! Download was easy and installation didn’t run into any issues. We connected through Wi-Fi and in just a few minutes the printer was up and running.
Printing. Printing is much faster than our old HP. It will be fast for most people too, unless you compare it to a full-size copier. The black and white printing is comparable to our old HP LaserJet printer (black & white only), but now having the color option is fantastic. And front and back printing? Yes! Up to 21 ppm, so pretty good.
Scanning. I tested the scanner with the document feeder and I was impressed by the speed and reliability of the operation. No paper jams, no bad fuzzy scans, or issues with the document format on the computer. It used to be so hard to scan reliably, but not anymore. It just works, and you can select any format you want, including PDF. Please note that it will not scan duplex; this is not a problem for us but consider your household or small business needs. The printer will email your scans but it requires a specific setup. I was expecting an easier feature like on my work copier where I can just enter an email when I scan and it automatically sends it there. If I do much more scanning, I may go through all the steps to set it up.
Toner. More so than our old HP Laserjet, the toner is expensive… Really, in my perspective, this is the only drawback of this machine. Make sure you check the prices before buying this printer so you know what you are getting into. I don't really understand why it is so expensive. On the plus side, it is really easy to switch out the toner, the tray just comes out with all the toner cartridges.
Things I like:
- All-in-one powerhouse printer! Yes, it’s big and heavy but for most it’s the only machine you’ll need
- Duplex color laser printing!
- Print from your smartphone! And any Mac or Windows computer
- Many connection options for your computers and network
- Fast and quality prints
- Automatic document feeder allows for easy (non-duplex) scanning
- Scanning is reliable and makes choosing the document format really easy
- Easy setup! This is not a “give-me.” Software installs and printer networking is usually a pain, but this setup was not. Thank you!
- It has a fax (!!), which actually comes in handy once in a blue moon
Things I don’t like:
- Toner is very expensive
- Duplex scanning would have been great but not such a big deal for us
- Scan to email feature could have been better implemented
Overall, this is a fantastic printer. I would recommend it if you want a solid printer for your home and you are ok with the features and cost of the toner. I would rate this printer 5 stars if it wasn't for the toner cost, which I think is a significant consideration in purchasing this machine. Otherwise, this printer is HP quality and reliability all the way.Apr 02, 2020 17:08
Overall, the M238 is very good multi-use device. However, there are some issues that prevent it from being great.
* Set up is very easy. Just follow the onscreen instructions, and it’s ready in minutes.
* The primary paper dispenser (designated #2) is easy to access and offers a variety of paper size options.
* Printing a document is quiet and very fast, be it color or b&w, including two-sided printing.
* Scan function is also quiet, fast, and produces good quality reproduction.
* Touchscreen control panel is large enough for easy reading.
* The operational software HPSmart is easy to use.
* Unless you are a high demand user, the toner cartridges should last quite a while. That’s a good thing, because replacements are expensive.
*There is second paper dispenser (designated#1), and you must look for it, because there is no diagram of functional areas. The numbers embossed on the printer front give a clue that there should be another dispenser. When it’s found, DO NOT try to remove it for loading it, as it is designed for hand feeding individual sheets. Again, there is no documentation regarding its functionality; so, being used to multi-sheet loading, I removed. By removing it, I learned the composition is very thin plastic and is a chore to get reinserted. I was afraid it would break before I got it back. So, you can insert single paper sheets or single photo sheets, which is not ok if you need to print more than one or two items.
* While the M238 duplex prints, it does NOT duplex scan. So, using the document feeder for scanning two-sided documents requires manual input, essentially doubling scanning time. If you have a large multipage document, you cannot load and go. You must turn over the document, and then send it back through. That can be tedious, even more so than the single sheet printer feed.
* Photo printing is awful. Colors are washed out, even on high gloss paper, and the printed picture looks like a photo from many years ago that was exposed to light. Also, when a picture is printed, it exits into an area inside the printer. To retrieve it, you must lean over if sitting in a chair or standing, stick your hand inside an open area recessed in the printer, and then pull out the picture. That wouldn’t be so bad if you received a proper print.
* For the cost of the printer, one would expect it would not lack any functionality and that ALL work product would be excellent.
If you don’t care about quality photo printing, this is an excellent printer. If you don’t mind manually scanning two-sided documents, this is an excellent scanner. However, without those caveats being disclosed, I would not recommend it to a friend.Mar 28, 2020 11:14
Set up: The initial set up for this printer was easy to understand and was very quick. It took less then 5 minutes to get it set up and printing.
Size: This printer is quite large! We needed to give up a lot of valuable desk real estate to upgrade from our simple inkjet to this laser jet printer. If space is limited, this may not be the printer for you.
Looks: I appreciate that this printer is more of a whitish gray plastic. Our previous ink jet printer was shiny black plastic and it would very quickly become dusty. Also, the glossy surface would show smudges and fingerprints. This material shows less dust and doesn't smudge as easily. Thankfully I wont have to dust it off as often.
Printing quality: I was impressed by the printing quality. I intend to use the printer for crafting & diy projects - So, the first test was printing onto waterslide paper (which I compared to the same image previously printed with an inkjet). The quality and color was virtually identical. As someone who works with waterslide paper often-I would recommend this printer for those who work crafting projects.
Speed: I scanned and printed 20 copies of a full page black and white documents. The printer took about a minute to scan the page in, and took a little less than two minutes to print 20 copies. The process was very easy to understand and was quick. Even those who do not consider themselves particularly tech savvy will be able to use this printer.
Overall: I was very impressed by this as an entry level laser printer. The speed and quality seem very high for the price of the product and I would recommend this printer to anyone looking for a laser printer in this price range.
CAUTION: Be aware that the replacement toner is VERY expensive. Typically I purchase generic toner from whatever website offers the best price. BUT, there are several warnings that generic cartridges may not work. It appears as though HP goes out of there way to ensure that only licensed toner will work. As the printer is connected to your wireless network - it sounds as though Over The Air Updates may be used to ensure that generic cartridges do not work. Please look up the replacement toner to ensure you understand how much you will be paying for replacements. (I now understand why some people literally purchase a new printer every they need new Toner or Ink).Mar 24, 2020 19:00
This HP Color LaserJet Pro M283fdw is a very well built, feature rich printer as you have come to expect from HP.
Unpacking and setup:
This is a fairly heavy printer (just over 40lbs) and taking it out of the box is not that difficult if you follow the instructions. It can be done by one person, but may be easier if someone else was holding the box while you're pulling on the plastic bag to slide the whole unit out with the box laying on its side. The setup is quick and easy, you don't have to mess with the toner cartridges cause they're already installed. Downloading the full Software Suite (240MB) from HP's website took longer than expected, but it was probably some Internet congestion, etc. The Hardware initialization and Software install took about 5 minutes but may be faster on a newer PC. Once completed, and setup on the wired network, a print out came out automatically with the web printing email address and information on how to print from anywhere.
This printer has it all. You can connect it directly via USB cable. You can wire it to your network via Gigabit Ethernet cable or you can set it up over dual-band Wi-Fi, either 2.4GHz or 5GHz which is great if you have many Wi-Fi devices on your network. There is also a front USB port.
I was impressed how quickly the printer wakes-up and is ready to print, almost instantly. I'm used to laser printers taking a while to warm-up before the first page comes out. It's rare that in such a home-office friendly package, it also prints double-sided (duplex), which is just as fast as printing single-sided with the added advantage of saving paper. On average I got about 20 pages per minute in mixed black and white, color and duplex modes. Print quality is crisp and color reproduction is quite accurate to the naked eye.
HP Smart App for Android:
I was really excited to very easily be able to print directly from my smart phone. Once you install the App it will prompt for additional HP Driver software which is also freely downloadable from the Play Store. The app gives you many options to print documents, photos, scan, copy, etc. I chose to print a photo from my local Gallery, though it gave me an option to print from Google Photos or Amazon Photos, if you have those Apps installed. Even though I did not use photo quality paper, the images and colors still came out really good, just not as shiny as it would be on photo paper.
Tested a simple document scan from my PC and again it was very intuitive, lots of options as to what file format to save the scan to PDF, JPG, and many other popular formats, or directly to email.
There is a 2.7" tilt-able color LCD screen that is very intuitive and easy to navigate for settings and to manage the core functions of printing, scanning, copying or faxing.
Overall this is an excellent printer, versatile and very well built. It is heavy and larger than your typical home inkjet printers of basic B&W laser printers, but that's to be expected for such a feature-rich workhorse. Make sure you check the dimensions before you buy one. It fits well in my home office furnished with matching Ikea furniture and custom built white PC tower :-)Mar 27, 2020 19:08
The directions for installing this printer are flawed. It shows and asks you to go to the home screen, but gives you no directions on how to get there. The first screen displayed is a default settings screen. Being a NON-Tech person, I had no idea what to do. I did love HP Technical Dept. It did take the lady an hour to help walk me through, how to set up, but it works great!!! Plus the HP Technical Dept. followed up with me about a week later, to make sure the printer was still working, & if I had any other questions, or concerns. Love HP!!! Some plastic parts on machine are a little flimsy.Jul 25, 2020 22:25
The setup was extremely easy! The printer already had the ink installed and it was only a matter of connecting the ethernet cable and adding a network printer. The setting and options are almost overwhelming but it gets narrowed as you pick a connection and configuration.
The print quality is very crisp and clear as is the scanning quality. Oddly enough the feature that blew me away was the copy function! I made a copy of a color photo-quality image and the copier made a beautiful copy with minor issues. There was a very slight loss of color gradiation in a very few and very hard to spot areas. The color copy was very very good. I make copies pretty frequently and even tho i do not make copies of photos i do make color copies with various graphics on it and this all-in-one will not disappoint.
The 2.7 inch screen is a breeze to operate and navigate. There are way more options than you will ever use. it also has a nice feature of allowing you to print using already installed templates such as graphs/notebook, calendars..etc. The other nifty feature is the adjustable slot on the front of the printer which allows for printing on envelopes or specialty sized paper one at a time.
Truly a powerhouse all-in-one that has a small footprint considering the quality of the performance and the DUAL SIDED PRINTING!!
That's right it has automatic dual sided printing, it prints extremely fast and on both sides. No more flipping paper and mixing up the orientation...a great printer A+.
The only issue is the app for mobile printing does work but it does take some getting used to but the connection was smooth using direct wifi link. The printer also offer dual band printing, 2.4/5.0, i use the 5Ghz and sending wireless jobs is much faster than my old 2.4 connection, it spools large jobs very quickly.
I ramble on but it is a very nice printer.Mar 24, 2020 15:32
As far as quality and what this printer does, it is top notch. The print quality is excellent and the best way I can desribe it is smooth and vibrant.
Unboxing it you find a solid and heavy unit. Which is nice and gives it a high quality feel. Setup is easy and hooked up to my wifi network easily. Instead of the usual software drivers that are simply downloaded, you have to download the HP Smart app, at least on my MacBook. Some might consider this a negative, but the app isn’t that bad, and it does make scanning a lot easier.
Also, it was nice, and an unexpected surprise, not having the printer wanting to waste ink printing a "calibration" page.
The touchscreen controls works well, but it is a bit small. I had to be extra careful typing in my wifi network info as the buttons are so tiny.
The single sheet feeder is a small feature but very welcome. I print a lot of labels and its so nice just slipping one in right before I have to print one versus messing with the paper tray when I don’t want to just use the regular paper.
The scanner is also top notch. I scanned in a bunch of 4x6 pictures and the scan quality is excellent, and even if you don’t like having to download an app to use the printer, it’s worth having for how easy it makes scanning. The document feeder makes it even better. I was able to place a stack of pictures on it and it pulled them in and scanned them all. The app then lets you make any edits needed one by one, and when you’re ready to save it creates individual files for each photo and puts them in a single folder. Before this I had a dedicated scanner and had to do one picture at a time. I can’t tell you how amazing this is for me and a HUGE timesaver!
Now for the bad parts.
The light on the power button. This may be nitpicky for some, but it’s a major annoyance for me. When the printer goes into sleep/standby mode, the light on the power button starts blinking. If the printer isn’t within eyesight this isn’t a problem, but where it is in my office I can’t help but see it, and it’s not only annoying but extremely distracting when I’m trying to work. I ended up having to get a piece of electrical tape to cover it, which doesn’t exactly look very good or professional. It would be nice if there was a setting to disable the blinking when in standby.
And for my final issue. This is the first laser jet printer I’ve owned that uses toner cartridges. These cartridges are EXPENSIVE! Make sure you factor that in. As of the time I’m writing this review, the full set of 4 cartridges (black, cyan, yellow, magenta) cost over $280!! That’s more than 60% of the price for this entire printer! It’s almost better to just buy a whole new printer once you’ve used up all the cartridges. If you don’t use the color ones much it won’t be as big of a deal, and the black cartridge is supposed to yield about 1350 pages, so the sticker shock won’t be as bad if all you need is black.
Overall though, based on over a week of use, this is the best printer I’ve owned, and just the time it’s going to save me scanning pictures in makes up for some of the other costs of ownership.Apr 03, 2020 21:05
The reliable, robust Brother HL-L3290CDW compact digital color printer with copying and scanning capabilities is a great choice for the busy home or small office. The flatbed scan glass provides convenient copying and scanning. Quick print speeds of up to 25 pages per minute¹ plus manual feed slot accommodates varied printing needs and can handle a variety of paper types and sizes including card stock, envelopes and more. Connect with versatile options including built-in wireless or USB interfaces and print wirelessly from mobile devices. The 250-sheet capacity adjustable paper tray helps improve efficiency with fewer refills and handles letter or legal sized paper. Automatic two-sided printing helps save on paper costs. Brother Genuine high-yield toner replacement cartridges help lower printing costs. Comes with a 1-year limited warranty and free online, call or live chat support for the life of your product.Prints and copies up to 25 ppm in black and up to 25 ppm in color
I’ve used several Brother B&W laser printers before, but this is my first color laser printer from this brand. Just shy of 50 lbs, the printer is not one that you’ll want to move around a lot, so you do want to make sure you leave enough room in front of and behind it to remove the paper tray and access the rear panel respectively.
In terms of print quality, I found that text and simple graphics print with great clarity and crispness in both color and black and white. Even very small font remains legible and fine lines and simple gradients are smooth and solid with good saturation. However, this printer doesn’t do quite as well with complex images like detailed photographs and doesn’t always reproduce the full range of colors from the source image, whether scanning a photo or printing from a digital file. When printing digital photos, contrast in the print was reduced and shifting color gradients appeared muddy. Banding was also generally apparent across the entire image. Photocopying color photos produces a slightly darkened facsimile with grayish mid-tones and noticeable banding as well. When scanning or photocopying in black and white, I would occasionally see text bleed from the opposite side of the original document, but this usually only happened in areas with colored backgrounds like images or highlighted text, and may be mitigated by adjusting some of the scan settings. Scanning/copying black and white text-only documents on standard weight plain paper produced the best and clearest results.
As for setup, installation of the drivers and software was simple and straightforward and took about 15 minutes when following the quick-start guide closely; I did end up downloading the software and drivers from Brother’s website (~450MB) rather than using the included software CD because neither my contemporary laptop nor desktop have optical CD drives.
I was somewhat disappointed with the onboard LCD panel and physical buttons for the control panel to change printer settings. Menu items display one at a time on the LCD, so navigating through several levels of options, and keying in long WiFi passwords one character at a time by scrolling through every character/symbol on the keyboard is clunky and time consuming. However, I was able to get the WiFi connected on the first try. If you can avoid manually keying in the password for the WiFi connection via WPS, I recommend trying that first. If you don’t have a router or don’t want to share the printer across your network, you can use a direct WiFi connection which also works for printing from mobile devices. Sending print jobs to the printer wirelessly may take 10-15 seconds before the printer begins printing. For mobile printing, this printer natively supports AirPrint for iOS devices but you’ll need to download two separate apps for use with an Android device.
Oddly, for a printer of its class there is no Ethernet port for networking, so if you don’t have a WiFi network, your only other option is to use a USB-B cable (not included) and connect the printer directly to a computer or laptop; though that would still allow you to share this printer with a network by changing its sharing settings in Windows. I found it useful that there are two start buttons for copying: one for black and one for color. This makes selecting what kinds of copies you need a one-touch operation, rather than having to go in and change the printer’s settings or go through a bunch of menus on the tiny LCD. Regardless of the color type, the print speed is the same, up to a zippy 25 pages per minute (single-sided). The main drawback to scanning and copying with this machine is that there is no automatic document feeder tray. This means you’ll be scanning or photocopying documents one at a time and one side at a time. Also, when printing dual-sided documents, it prints to one side of the page first, retracts the document and then prints to the second side, which greatly slows down print speed.
The main paper tray only accepts regular printing paper up to legal-sized and stores up to 250 sheets. You cannot load in envelopes, cardstock, labels, bond paper, or glossy paper to the main paper tray. For these specialty media, you’ll need to use the secondary manual feed slot and insert the sheets one at a time; envelopes and labels will actually deposit on the rear output tray, so that’s another reason you’ll want to make sure you have space behind the printer to open that panel.
One nice feature that might be useful in a shared office setting is the ability to password-protect your queued print documents or even the scanner function with a PIN in addition to standard network security protocols. As with most laser printers, the replacement toner cartridges can be expensive. The starter cartridges included with the printer will last about 1000 pages each. If you’re going to buy genuine Brother toner, you might as well get the high yield TN-227 (3000 pages) over the TN-223 (1400 pages). Not only is the cost savings significant but the yield is nearly double and toner never “goes bad” so you can take as long as you need to go through it. When using high yield cartridges, the price per page for both color and black is quite reasonable.
Overall, the printer is optimized for a pretty specific kind of usage. If you have a small business or home office that mostly prints text documents and basic graphics, whether black and white or color, and have only occasional need for scanning or photocopying (mostly single pages), this printer does a great job with the former, though is still capable of the latter as a matter of convenience. The printer is easy to setup and share on a network and can be secured as well. The basic wireless connectivity lets you to share the printer across your network without running wires, but doesn’t allow for “smart” internet connected features like “scan to e-mail” or connect to file-sharing services. It’s not the best option if you frequently need to scan or copy multi-page documents, want to print gallery quality photos, or mostly print on specialty paper like card stock or glossy brochure paper.Oct 10, 2019 13:04
I have been using the Brother HL-L3290CDW at home for the past week and I would say it feels better suited for home (and perhaps small office use), mainly due to having a single automatic paper tray. It is an affordable printer for what it offers, though. It has fast response times and the printouts are of high quality with vivid colors (what would be expected at the chosen resolution). It is my first time using a Brother printer, and I was initially not sure what to expect, and despite a few drawbacks, so far I am happy with it. I would rate it 4-5 stars.
>>> Setup and first use
It is heavy, so you would need a helping hand if you don’t want to put strain on your back when removing it from the box and placing it on your desk/table. Following the “Quick Setup Guide” poster made it easy to install the cartridges and get the printer ready (using the setup guide is optional as things are properly labelled and secured).
I opted to configure the printer from my laptop connected to my home wireless network. The support website (see the quick setup guide) detected the configuration I needed (Windows10 64 bit) and I chose to download the default package which was about .5GB (perhaps it was better to use the provided DVD?). Wireless configuration was effortlessly, this is something I liked very much. Initially, it gave an error about not finding a printer and prompted to select the current network (the one the laptop was connected to) and upon selecting it, the software was able to detect the printer and configure it!
From the downloaded package, I chose to install all the suggested software except for the Check/Update one. Also, I didn’t install the suggested “PaperPort” document organizer software, I don’t know if it would be of any help to me or my wife. I don’t mind having Brother collect data for research/diagnostics purposes. As a software developer I’ve learnt that getting good telemetry from your software can help drive improvements to it. As a result, I didn’t block data collection. After software installation I found two entries for the printer on my laptop, one “Brother HL-L3290CDW series” and the other “Brother HL-L3290CDW series Printer”, I could print from either one though.
First print test was very fast. The printer responded and woke up almost immediately after sending the document from the laptop. Colors easily resembled whatever was on screen (see attached calendar picture).
>>> Main use
This is a great companion for my Canon Pixma inkjet, which is mainly used for photo printing. With this laser printer I can print color documents, especially charts (and some pictures) with speed and great quality (the latter are the two main qualities of this printer). I intend on using this printer for everyday printing (I just hope the cartridges last a couple thousand pages) and relegate the Canon Pixma for photos.
>>> Printing and Scanning
Scanning at the highest resolution (1200dpi) was pretty slow. It looks like in terms of speed, it works better at 600dpi.
This printer doesn’t have an automatic feeder for the scanner, so it seems a little inconvenient if you have a business that needs to do a lot of scanning/copying. The other drawback is the single side scanning.
Interestingly, the Copy option (Copy/Scan button) produced better results than scanning the document, saving it to disk as PDF and then printing the PDF file. I still need to play with the settings, and perhaps I can achieve similar quality, but from an initial experiment, Copy wins. See attached picture for some comparisons on how a chart looks like when printed, when Copied and when choosing to scan/save/print.
>>> Other comments
This is a very affordable printer, and perhaps it was asking too much, but for its weight and size, I was expecting it to have at least two automatic trays, so I could have at least two different paper sizes (Legal and Letter). It is also somewhat inconvenient to have to pull the paper tray all the way out to replace paper.
Finally, opening and closing the cartridge compartment feels flimsy, I thought I was going to break the side supports of the compartment. I had to push hard until a crack was heard to close the compartment. I would be reluctant to open/close the compartment frequently (it seems that this will prevent me from opening the compartment and shaking the cartridges when running low and instead replace the cartridges).Oct 07, 2019 23:50
My first impression of the Brother - HL-L3290CDW Wireless Color All-In-One Printer is that it's bigger than it looked in the photos. It's also heavy, at just under 50 lbs. It's aesthetcally pleasing and doesn't look out of place in a home office.
Setup wasn't difficult, but it was a bit time consuming. It comes with drivers and software on a CD, however I no longer have any optical drives in any of my office PCs. The software can also be downloaded from their website, but it's pretty bloated - almost 500 gigabytes for the drivers and another 400 gigabytes for the software, which took a bit of time to download. While it was downloading, I proceeded with the physical setup of the printer, which consisted of removing all the tape, removing the toner cartridges (there are 4: magneta, cyan, yellow, and black) from the printer, removing the tape and plastic protectors from each of the toner cartridges and then installing each cartridge. Loading the paper into the 250 sheet tray was convenient. There's a single sheet paper feeder right above the tray.
Once the drivers were downloaded and everything installed, setting up the printer was pretty quick. There's a minimal LCD screen and a few buttons and everything was setup from there. My first disappointment is that you have a choice of either a USB connection to a single PC (from which you can share) or a WiFi connection for network printing. There is no ethernet interface.
Once the HL-L3290CDW was connected, both black and color pages printed quickly. The quality of both was excellent. I didn't print any photos or use photo paper (I have a color laser for that), but the charts were clean and vibrant. Photos imbedded in the document were crisp, well detailed and colored accurately.
Scanning was no fuss and scans were of excellent quality as well. Which brings up the other disappointment and really the only real complaint I have -- there is no auto document feeder. If you want to scan, it will have to be done 1 page at a time. This is fine for a home printer, but in my opinion is an oversight on a color laser printer for a home office. Printers in this class from other manufactures (HP, Epson, and Canon come to mind) include a document feeder. This oversight is the only thing preventing me from giving it 5 stars.
If you don't do a lot of scanning and don't need ethernet connectivity, I would highly recommend this printer.Oct 04, 2019 19:41
This is my first Brother Printer and my first color laser printer. I chose this printer for its fast 25 pages and for its large capacity ink cartridges. Standard ink cartridges offer 1400 for black 1300 pages per cartridge for color with available High yield 3000 pages per cartridge black available and 2300 pages per cartridge color and then a whopping 16,000-page available drum unit. This is a great feature for a small business owner that wants the speed of a laser printer and the ink capacity comparable to that of the newer large tank inkjet printers at a much more affordable price. Additionally, the 250-page paper feed tray complements the high yield ink capabilities nicely. This printer also has wireless capabilities meaning you can connect wirelessly with your smartphone, tablet or laptop. There are Android and I-phone apps available as well to streamline your wireless printing simplifying the process. The available software for your Windows PC or Apple computer is simple and easy to use. However, I would like to see a few more features and settings within the Brother Utilities PC software. In addition to the Brother Utilities software there is I-Print and Scan a very simple and straightforward tool as well as a desktop icon that opens up a webpage to Brother creative center where you can use and create just about any kind of prints you like from Birthday or Christmas cards to banners for festive occasions and business documents as well. For the printer, hardware features the buyer should presumably be aware of its features before purchasing. I opted for this model knowing the feature set and knowing it did not have a document feeder. That being said I do wish that the single page feed slot had more capabilities. While it is handy for printing out envelopes and card stock I did not find a way to use it to scan documents on to the computer or make copies and I researched it on Brother's website. So unless I am missing something I do not believe it is capable of being used to make copies or scan. After only previously owning HP and Canon inkjet Printers I have to say that I am very impressed with the build quality of this Brother printer. I would definitely recommend this Brother Printer and my initial short term impression is that this printer will last a long time and is a league above other printer brands I have used especially HP. If you are a small business owner or have the need for a color laser printer I would not hesitate to buy this printer or another model from Brother!Sep 29, 2019 23:27
I've had this Brother all-in-one for almost a month now, and I'm really happy with my purchase. Setup was really easy with my Mac. I just followed the printed directions, downloaded the software onto my computers, and it worked flawlessly. The software is pretty basic, but it's easy to navigate and pretty intuitive.
So far I've mainly used my printer for scanning, and it scans perfectly. All my scans come out ultra clear, even if I reduce the resolution to shrink the file sizes.
Printing has been pretty straightforward. Prints come out the way I'd hope. I haven't done any large printing jobs, so I can't say much about how fast the printer works. Jobs sent to the printer through my network get started promptly though.
This printer is pretty large, but I'm OK with it because I'd rather deal with a large laser printer than a blasted inkjet printer anymore.Apr 24, 2020 15:56
This color laser all in one printer is my favorite. Very quiet when printing and scanning (compare to my DCP-L2540DW). Very good quality printing color photo. Very sharp printing text. Connects to wifi network with no problem and very stable with no disconnection. Very easy to install and setup. Very good looking so you can place it anywhere. Perfect size too. The only thing I don't like is the scan bed, if you place the document at the top corner edge following the indicator, about 5mm top and side won't get scanned. You have to leave some gap at the top and side edge. This is the same with my other Brother laser printer. It should be easy to design it correctly.Oct 02, 2019 16:39
Really poor print performance, black smudges on pages that don't' go away, and keep getting worse. Tried cleaning drum, no luck, I'd recommend going with another brand if you expect a printer to print pages that don't look terrible.Jun 05, 2021 18:16
I've bought a lot of printers over the years. There's two things I balance, yet I know many who don't really know or think about:
- Ready when you need it
- Total-cost-of-ownership (TCO)
The problem here is that inkjets are the cheapest option for virtually all consumers, and often provide superior results if you are a photographer or artist. However, inkjet cartridges have a solvent in them, and they absolute WILL dry-out, whether you are using the printer or not. You can count on it. If you live in a warm climate, the dry-out time is half again what it is in a cooler climate. Stale cartridges are often sold in stores, past their expiry date. These things are what cause clogged print heads, and require wasting ink to clean them. Eventually, the entire printer becomes useless if the clogging becomes too difficult to clean, but you don't know this until you've invested in some new ink cartridges and used them up in your attempt to clean, only to find the printer still isn't printing properly.
Does this sound familiar? How many brand new ink cartridges have some of you had to buy and churn-through, just to clean the heads of your printer? I've wasted hundreds of dollars doing this. The printer may still not even print properly after all the cleaning. That's hardly an "instant-on" printer scenario. My inkjets were never ready, and often cost a LOT of money in cartridges to get them ready, just to print 5 sheets of paper.
Then there's TCO. Laser cartridges are a surprising expense for those new to laser printers. Yes, they last much longer, but a full set of CMYK is going to run you the same price as the printer. In all likelihood, a new Laser printer with demo cartridges, will have a higher TCO than inkjet, even when considering all the wasted ink cartridges on the inkjet solution. However, lasers have MUCH LESS waste, plus they work when you need them. And because there is no head to clog, the cartridges truly last until they are empty. If you don't print consistently, this can be a very long time. The only reason I've ever replaced a laser printer was when the trifecta of toner, drum, and fuser all exhausted at the same time, and made a new printer viable. That took 10 years.
Most reviews will have adequately described the features of the Brother L3290. The real benefit of this all-in-one color laser is that even though it provides starter cartridges, the overall TCO of purchase and buying the first K cartridge is still no more than most ink jet scenarios. And as for ready-to-go convenience, it takes only 12-15 seconds from that hitting of the 'print' button to have that first page in your hands. Additional pages motor by at about one page every two seconds. Once you go laser, it's hard to go back. There's a reason you almost exclusively see lasers in offices and businesses.
Those looking for gradual changes in grayscale or color will know (or should) that lasers do not always do an adequate job of these scales. They can pixelize. Unless you are printing a sample magazine or exhibiting a work in a gallery, the vast majority of users don't require this.
There are better printers. I have a Xerox that's about 10 ten times the price. Yes, it's better. But this is a very, very good printer and all-in-one. If you've been stuck with inkjet waste and annoyance, and have been wondering about lasers, give this a try. You won't go back.Sep 16, 2021 10:54
The reliable Brother MFC-L3710CW digital color all-in-one printer is an ideal choice for home and small offices looking for laser printer performance and need full functionality, print, copy, scan and fax, in a compact footprint. The up to 50-sheet automatic document feeder enables multipage copying, scanning and faxing, plus quick print speeds of up to 19 pages per minute. The manual feed slot accommodates varied printing needs and can handle a variety of paper types and sizes, including card stock, envelopes and more. The 250-sheet capacity adjustable paper tray helps improve efficiency with fewer refills and handles letter- or legal-size paper. Connect with versatile options, including built-in wireless or USB interfaces, and print wirelessly from mobile devices³. Save time by creating custom shortcuts on the 3.7" color touch screen, which also enables you to directly print from and scan to popular cloud apps, including Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote, OneNote and more¹. Brother Genuine high-yield replacement toner cartridges help lower printing costs. Comes with a 1-year limited warranty and free online, call or live chat support for the life of your product.Prints up to 19 ISO ppm*, up to 19 ppm* in color.
I've been using Brother printers at work and home for years. They're among the best and this is no exception.
We've been using at home, for years, a previous model which is remarkably similar to these new models, trouble free for years.
The printer is relatively quiet and fast.
While the speed of the first page varies, I can confirm that is faster than older Brother printers.
I found the quality to be very good, even for photos: Kids in the house go through a lot of printing so it made sense to use toner. While this won't print on photo pater, it's very good for advertising and school projects.
The scanner is very fast, comparable to feed scanners on much larger printers.
It's relatively compact for a color laser printer, and very easy to service:
- Each tonner is individually mounted to its drum. Drums last much longer than toners and are replaced separately: Take the drum + toner out, swap the toner and insert it back in. The printer knows if one puts the wrong color (Because I did it).
- Replacing the belt is also straightforward, as well as the dust bin (which in our case should last for years).
- Controls are straightforward, with a simple numeric keypad and a bright and clear touchscreen, that although sluggish compared to a smartphone, it's very usable and responds quickly with little pressure.
It's also an excellent connected printer, with an extensive list of features for home and corporate users:
- AirPrint: Print, fax scan without prior setup from iPhone / iPad and macOS.
- Mobile Printing for Windows: Windows 10 detects the printer automatically, when on the same network.
- Connects with Android and Chrome via Mopria or Google Cloud Print.
- Can scan to a mobile phone.
- Scan to email (SMTP), Wndows File Share (SMB), to FTP servers from the printer itself.
- Scan to SharePoint servers.
- Scan directory to Windows PCs.
- Scan directly to end user and corporate versions of cloud services: Microsoft OneNote, Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote and Box: Initial setup is done via a PC, and then the printer can connect directly to the service, accepts multiple profiles, which can be saved as shortcuts.
It can turn itself completely off if not used (Configurable, by default 8 hours, and can be disabled).
- While one can print directly from iOS, for both iOS and Android there is an app 'iPrint&Scan' from Brother, which is free, allows also scanning, faxing and copy previews, and status checks.
Some of the more advanced corporate management features:
- Supports proxy settings, SNMPv2 and SNMP v3, web management via HTTP and/or HTTPS with configurable certificates, SMTP (Email) with authentication.
- TLS certificates can be self-singed directly from the HTTP Web GUI or can generate a CSR or import an existing certificate chain.
- Native support for secure print.
- Firmware can optionally update from touchscreen or web management page.
- Touchscreen and dialing restrictions.
- IP access list for management.
- Tray accepts full ream of paper. Tray supports most sizes including A4 and Folio up to Legal.
- Manual feed from the front.
- Bypass door on the rear of the printer for specialty prints and envelopes, so they can go straight from the manual feed to the rear bypass without bending.
- Extensive fax receive options including manual and automatic fax tone detection.
- Settings for VoIP lines and international faxing (Changes speed, fax capabilities, etc).
- Accepts remote codes, fax store and forward, fax to email and to cloud services
- BW and Color
- Supports adjustments and reductions
- Can remove background colors
- ID copy (print back and front of an ID on the same page).
Brother also officially supports Linux drivers (RPM and deb).
The printer accepts Postcript3 and PCL6.
Optional replenish services
The printer can integrate automatically with an auto-fulfillment service for toner.
The initial registration can be done from a phone on the same network as the printer.
The providers supported are:
- Brother refresh: Toner ships directly from Brother
- Amazon dash replenishment
- Best By Easy Replenish
This is completely optional. It's advertised on the documentation and the phone app. There are no nagging reminders on the printer if not set up.
- It connects via WIFI (2.4Ghz, 802.11N) or USB
- USB is available bout really this printer is made to be used via WIFI
- Note that there is no wired ethernet connection
CAVEATS - Considerations
While I'd highly recommend these printers based on this new model and experience on older, similar models, this particular model, MFC-L3710CW seems to be made specifically to hit a marketing or pricing goal:
- Currently for about the same price (and about $ 50 or so list price), the almost identical MFC-L3770CDW gains some functions that can be critical to most people:
- Wired ethernet connection (In addition to WiFi, which is also available and optional).
- Duplex printing
- Duplex scanning
- Also adds NFC for simpler printing from Android.
So unless you really don't want duplex (the printing path is slightly simpler), or the difference in price is an issue, consider the MFC-L3770CDW.
If I had to buy again, I'd get the later instead.
- Excellent all-around multi-function, as long as one understands this model has no duplex and no wired ethernet.Sep 27, 2019 23:23
I've been using my Brother MFC-L371CW for about 5 days now. I am a small business owner with a home office. This is a solid small business laser printer. It's footprint is quite large, almost double the size and 3X the weight of my color inkjet printer. But it was worth the space I made for it.
It's nice to have the ability to print high quality color laser images and this unit doesn't disappoint. It's not at the level of a print shop machine but this unit produces output that I would put right in the middle of color inkjet printing and printshop quality.
Setting the machine up was pretty simple once I removed all of the tape and guides that the printer shipped with. The quick start guide had lots of pictures and was easy to follow (this isn't my first printer setup). I have a Mac Pro and it was "Plug 'n Play" (although technically, there was no plugging it in). It took all of 45 seconds to get it up and running on my WiFi and about as much time for my Mac to find it and install drivers. The printer menu offers a pretty decent user experience and it's relatively easy to understand.
It prints quickly and quietly, far more quiet than my Color Inket. The flatbed scanner works well. I grabbed a few different items to scan, from a faded credit card, to my drivers license, a couple of baseball cards, a receipt and a black and white resume and they all scanned well. I also tried the document feeder to scan a contract and it scanned the image quickly and at a high quality.
The output of the printer and scanner are good enough for me to feel comfortable sharing with clients and partners.Sep 30, 2019 18:00
This Brother color laser printer has been a step above the laser printer it is replacing in a number of areas. It has a slightly larger footprint and is quite a bit heavier - this is a solid printer. Once lifted into place and powered on, however it is an absolute pleasure to use.
Setup was a breeze. I was able to plug in, power on, connect to WiFi and start a test print in less than five minutes. Mobile device support has been excellent for both Android and iOS. Every print job I've run through it so far has been fast and quiet and the color copies are exceptional.
I was also extremely happy with the scan to computer capability and, just like printing and copying, it worked quickly and quietly. It handles card stock well through the single-sheet feeder but does not do auto duplex printing or scanning so if you need easy two-sided printing, copying or scanning this might not be the printer for you. It's not a deal-breaker for me, especially at this price point.
I don't have any plans to use the fax capability, so I can't speak to that feature.
I'm removing one star for the lack of duplexing and the weight but those are minor quibbles for me and I would definitely recommend this printer for its print quality, speed and quiet operation.Oct 02, 2019 09:31
My girlfriend and I (mostly her) work in real estate so we are always printing. Having a mix of laser and ink jet printers thru the years this is one of the quietest I’ve had. The printer was easy to setup, which is nice since I’ve dealt with my fair share of printers that will make you want to pull your hair out, especially the software. Brothers software was very easy and straightforward, from unpacking to completely up and running it might have taken 30 minutes. We do a lot of scanning documents into the computer so the automatic document feeder was a must and we couldn’t be happier with its performance. The automatic feeder is fast and the software organizes everything perfectly so we don’t have to search were it is on the computer. Printing from an iPhone/iPad is easy with AirPrint built in. I had another brand that had AirPrint but it would never work right, so it’s nice to have a printer that can do it, especially a color laser printer. Only thing this model is missing is automatic duplex printing, though you can still do it manually. The touchscreen is the best I’ve used on any printer short of an expensive commercial/professional unit. If you don’t need automatic duplex printing this unit is an excellent printer for the price.Sep 26, 2019 15:49
After two decades of getting suckered into buying cheap Inkjet printers I finally got fed up with that business model that give away the razor, only to repeatedly sell you the blades, on a perpetual basis.
A recent Epson was the last straw. I’d regularly been using less expensive 3rd party ink, much to Epson’s chagrin. It works fine, is a fraction of the price, and employs reusable cartridges. Well my XP-410 died, nozzles kept clogging, head needing constant alignment, etc, replaced with XP-440.
What a mistake that was. What they don’t tell you is 3rd party ink still works, UNTIL you update the Epson firmware, which absolutely BRICKS the printer from working when you try. What a blessing in disguise that return was.
Enter an affordable laser jet printer, namely the Brother MFC-L3710-CW.
Setup couldn’t have been any easier, with clearly marked tabs that require removal, and a large printed step-by-step guide (unnecessary). The color LCD screen displays an input keyboard for network information.
Holy smokes!! What a difference!! I can’t stop showing ppl the differences between inkjet to laser jet, particularly for my guitar tablature where there is a plethora of fine detail that’s I didn’t realize just wasn’t clearly legible before. I can see the small numbers and symbols now clearly without ink smudges from previous inket technology.
Last night my wife’s comment was that this printer makes “ high-definition prints”. See attached pictures to see if you agree (Brother laster on the left, Epson inkjet on the right, prev HP DeskJet for comparison)
+ super high-quality, high-definition like prints
+ applicable for small business and home office
+ deceptively simple setup, WiFi network and go
+ fast image processing, 19 ppm print speed
+ driverless installation, automatic printer ID
+ 3.7-inch color touchscreen, ease of operation
+ 250-sheet paper tray
+ easy network setup, web app cloud integration
+ iPrint & Scan iOS and Mobile Printing works well
+ scan & email via individual tray, or document feeder
+ affordable price, wish I’d bought years ago
+ solid build construction
+ quiet operation
- size, it’s got multiple trays and fold outs
- larger footprint than toy-sized inkjet printers
- weight, too heavy for wire closet racks
I’m really very happy with my first Brother printer. I wish i’d taken the plunge years ago, everything we’ve printed since then would’ve been of much higher quality. So thankful to finally reward my family with an affordable laser printer and prints that we can forever be proud of.Oct 01, 2019 16:18
Print quality is very good (note this is a color laser printer, not an ink jet) and prints just under 20 pages a minute either color or B/W. Copying is also fairly quick and renders nice crisp professional looking copies even in color.
It scans quickly and accurately either via the auto feeder or the glass and allows you to push the scan from the printer directly to your pc from the printer onscreen menu.
WiFi setup was quick and easy. It’s cartridges are 3 color toner cartridges and 1 Black cartridge that can be replaced individually.
Holds a whole ream of paper at 250 sheets and allows for envelopes and manual feeding as well.
It weighs about 50 pounds and fits perfectly on a filing cabinet (see pics).
Only cons I found were that it doesn’t handle either duplex scanning or printing. (Upgrade to the next model up - the MFC-L3770 if you think you’ll be scanning or printing lots of double-sided things)
Overall pleased with this multifunction laser printer and scanner.Sep 30, 2019 15:14
My wife and I are in education and have a small home office. We have been meaning to upgrade our old all-in-one printer for a while. After finally just doing it, we are wondering why it took us so long.
I am not gonna say that it is whisper quiet, but it is much quieter than the old one we had for a few years. It’s quick, and we love that it is easy to setup and print to it wirelessly. One of my favorite things is that it was super easy to setup and print from my iPad. I have been trying to work primarily from my iPad Pro, and it is super convenient to just pull up the document and send the print from my iPad to the printer.
Scanning, and scanning to a file is equally painless. We have also enjoyed the cloud services that are available in the menu system on the actual printer.
After we initially set it up, the printer had to perform 2 updates back to back, but those were also fairly quick and easy to get done.
If you have been looking to updating your printer situation, this should definitely be on your short list. Compact, quiet, speedy, and easy to setup.Oct 07, 2019 15:59
I am attorney at a small firm, and while we have a commercial grade printer/copier, we needed something smaller (cheaper than second commercial copier) that could handle similar tasks. This Brother all in one was up to the task and I am very pleased with its performance and relative ease of use. I would even recommend this for home use if you print/copy/scan in high volume. Only concern for home use is high cost of toner
IN THE BOX
Pretty minimal, you get the printer, power cord, CD with drivers/software and manuals. I wish it would have come with a USB cable since I plug mine into my computer, but I had an extra one.
I consider myself pretty knowledgeable with computers and most things tech. But printers have always flummoxed me. For whatever reason I struggle with getting them setup properly and having to download all of the necessary software and drivers.
I can say that the Brother printer was relatively easy. I plugged in the power cable, plugged in the USB and went to add printer on my computer and bam. I was off and printing. At that point I could copy and print without a problem. The scanning function, however, needed the drivers.
At this point I put in the CD that came with the device (if you have a laptop with no CD drive, I'm certain you can download everything from the Brother website). I then installed everything, which much to my dismay, was a lot of extra programs. I'm a minimalist and don't necessarily like having a bunch of extra programs on my computer. I get it, some are necessary such as the scanning function but the other icons and what not installed on my computer is almost junk to me. I did, however, like the Brother Creative center, which is a link to a website with free templates and design ideas for business. It's not necessary for my work, but I could see that being very beneficial for a small business owner who needs to market or sell products.
After the software was installed I was truly off and running (mostly, more on that in a sec). I could scan documents either through the 50 sheet feeder or on the scanning glass tray. On the printer when scanning, I simply use the touchscreen to scan to my computer and voila, a PDF appears in a folder that automatically pops up. For me, I then rename the folder and put it where I need it to be. I guess my only minor grip is that it saves the PDF in a weird folder, rather than just my Documents folder.
From here I wanted to add the printer to my Wi-Fi network so my staff could use it as well. It was pretty straightforward to join a network from the touchscreen on the printer. After that, my staff could add the printer and download the necessary software to their computer to use just as I do with it attached via USB to my computer.
All-in-all, the setup was pretty easy.
This all-in-one has some pretty robust features. Sure, it copies/scans/prints and faxes, but what I'm talking about is how you get the scans to where you want them to go. For my work, we simply save them to designated folders on a specific computer, but there are other ways to get documents to whatever device you need. If you need to save it directly to your phone (say you need it that moment and you're leaving) you can do so. You have to scan a QR code with your phone on the touchscreen, but then you're sent to a link that allows you to download that document to your phone or tablet on the spot. Something I wouldn't use a lot, but it would come in handy when you need it. You can also scan documents directly to a Sharepoint folder. You just need to go through the web management site to establish those "links" on the printer itself. Bottom line is that there's an option for everyone depending on your workflow. I would think Sharepoint would be awesome if I had a co-worker working out of the office remotely and needed a document. I could even have my staff scan me a document directly if I was out of the office. I'm usually more prepared and don't need this type of function, but it is nice to have during those "one off" times.
For high quality and fast printing, laser printers are always the way to go. This color laser printer doesn't disappoint. First, printing black and white text documents look great. Whether scanned or copied, there's no discernible difference. There's no, that document was scanned look. I was very impressed with the scan. Color photos look good, but I don't think many scanners will be able to replicate photos to look the way the photo itself does. But that's my personal opinion. I'm not generally printing or scanning photos so that doesn't matter to me. But I do like some documents to be printed in color when i change the font or print PowerPoint slides. Again, I'm impressed.
The speed in which the Brother prints is pretty great. It can print a 50 page document in less than 2 minutes. I didn't count so don't hold me to it, but point is, you want be sitting there thinking it's taking a long time to print. And I found virtually no speed difference between B&W text and full color sheets.
I do also want to add that the paper tray holds about a reams worth of paper which is nice. It doesn't help much if your printer can print lightning quick but can't hold much paper.
This is a great printer to be the center of any small business. To get the most out of it, I would recommend using it for high volume scanning/printing and multiple people using it (otherwise you might find a cheaper alternative). You don't have to worry about the print quality, it's fantastic and so far, I've been impressed with its reliability. I haven't once had to pull any stuck paper out of it, whether i was scanning or printing. The only drawback to a printer like this, and it exists with every color laser printer, is the sky high costs of toner. But that's something you'll never get away from.Oct 03, 2019 09:36
The reliable Brother MFC-L3770CDW delivers full-featured performance, including print, copy, scan and fax for busy home and small offices looking for laser printer performance. The up to 50-sheet automatic document feeder enables multipage single-pass duplex copying and scanning, plus fast print speeds of up to 25 pages per minute². The 30-sheet capacity multipurpose tray is useful for tackling varied printing needs and can handle a variety of paper types and sizes, including card stock, envelopes and more. The 250-sheet capacity adjustable paper tray helps improve efficiency with fewer refills and handles letter- or legal-size paper. Connect with versatile options, including built-in wireless, Ethernet, or USB interfaces. Save time by creating custom shortcuts on the 3.7" color touch screen, which also enables you to directly print from and scan to popular cloud apps, including Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote, OneNote and more³. Offers NFC touch-to-connect printing and scanning¹ plus wireless printing from compatible mobile devices⁴. Brother Genuine high-yield replacement toner cartridges help lower printing costs. Comes with a 1-year limited warranty and free online, call or live chat support for the life of your product.Prints up to 25 ISO ppm*, up to 25 ppm* in color.
More affordable than others
Product support for the lifetime of the product
Refills are cheaper
LED printers usually last even longer than laser printers
Fast first print
Scans and prints in color
Offers scan to cloud services
Offers fax to cloud services
Compatible with smartphones and tablets for scanning and printing
Full featured drivers can be installed or basic depending on needs
Includes PaperPort to manage scans
Touchscreen makes usage easier as it can display just the needed info
All drivers and software available via website
Print quality is slightly duller than a good quality laser
Blacks seem to have a slightly purple or blue hue
Ozone smell is stronger than others in smaller offices
Scan to email only works with Outlook
Scan to OCR as an Excel is not compatible with Office 2016
Scan to OCR doesn’t offer option for Word
Printer technology hasn’t seemed to have changed as fast as the rest of the tech industry but there have been improvements. The most significant improvement has been in the price for what you get. The Brother MFC-L3770CDW is a lot of printer for a very reasonable price. It offers dual sided color LED printing, scanning, and faxing.
LED technology is the latest in printers. LED printers are supposed to offer the print quality of laser but with a cheaper price, higher reliability, and less power required. The MFC-L3770CDW is an LED printer and certainly offers a competitive price and should offer higher reliability. A bonus is that warm up time is much shorter than most laser printers. Even from sleep, the printer can start printing within 14 seconds from startup, but it feels quicker as it almost seems like immediately after you press print it is warming up where others usually have long pause first. Besides being quick to start, it is also very quiet. Prints are overall sharp but not quiet as vibrant as the latest generation of laser printers. Blacks have a very slight blue/purple hue and the print has a more matt finish like older color laser printers. Brother does offer an advanced color calibration option if needed. Overall print quality is very good considering the price and feature set. Most people wouldn’t recognize the difference unless a printout from a much more expensive laser printer was placed next to it. Like laser printers, this printer isn’t well suited to photo printing but can product nice looking presentations and flyers.
It’s worth noting that if you have a smaller room you would like to keep this in you should make sure the room has adequate ventilation. If left in a closed 15x15 room overnight, you will notice a pretty strong odor of what smells like ozone. It’s hard to say if it is truly ozone, like what laser printers emit, but if it is it can cause health issues over time. Regardless, the smell is strong if not kept ventilated.
For a small package this MFC packs a lot of features. It offers all the standard features of a multi-function printer but adds cloud functionality and compatibility with smartphones and tablets. There are many online enabled features including OneDrive, Google Drive, Box, and Dropbox integration to name a few. Not only does it offer printing support for Mac OS but Linux as well.
With this cloud integration you can reduce the amount of prints needed as well as keep things more organized. Want to send a fax of a document you have on a computer or mobile device. No problem. Either option is covered. You send it to the MFC and it gets sent out without the need to print, scan, and fax. Want to keep your faxes organized and not waste resources on junk faxes? Just set it to fax to email or better yet, to cloud. When you have it scan to cloud it will store them in a folder in your cloud storage and notify you via email once finished. No more misprints, lost prints, or confidential information sitting on the printer waiting to be picked up. If you prefer to keep incoming faxes more local but don’t want to print them directly there is also a fax to pc option. Faxes will be forwarded and stored on a local computer of your choice for later retrieval. If the computer gets turned off for some reason the MFC has memory to store faxes until the computer is turned back on at which point it will immediately transfer the waiting faxes.
It is unusual to find a printer, let alone a multi-function device, with so much versatility in printing options. You don’t even need a computer to use it. You can print and scan using the Brother iPrint&Scan app for Android and iOS. The options available continue in Windows where on Windows 10 you can just have Windows 10 automatically detect and install the basic drivers or manually download the complete suite from Brother’s website to include PaperPort to organize your scanned documents.
This still does not describe all the features and options it has. This might sound intimidating, but Brother has managed to keep it simple first. You aren’t forced into the advanced features. You can leave everything default and it will work well as it. If you want to dig into more advanced features you don’t have to navigate through a large panel of buttons. Included is an integrated touchscreen display which only shows the relevant features for what you are trying to do. It really helps keep things simple for as much as it can do.
Besides compatibility with virtually any device and a competitive price, Brother offers a unique perk. Most printers only come with support in regard to factory defects. Brother not only offers the industry standard 1-year warranty against defects but also offers phone, chat, and email support for the life of your printer. If you are looking for an all-around versatile device for your home office or small office, the Brother MFC-L3770CDW is a very compelling choice you should consider.Aug 23, 2018 22:32
The Brother MFC-L3770CDW Wireless Color All-In-One Printer is my multi-functional, home office, productivity assistant. Since I generate approximately 1,500 printed pages of construction, inspection reports a month I looked forward to setting this printer up and running it through my paces. What excited me the most was the two-sided printing feature, which would cut my printed reports in half. The two-sided printing not only reduces my paper use, but is easier for the viewer to read. My reports, which are read by architects, engineers, and building owners are much more condensed and professional looking now . WooHoo!
Out of the box this printer weighs approximately 54 pounds and is on the heavy side to lift and move. So, be sure to have some help if needed. Although the printer is hefty it does not take a large footprint for installation. The dimensions are approximately 16 inches wide by 16 inches high and 20 inches deep. It fit perfectly in the location of my old printer. It took me approximately one and a half hours to unpack and hook up the printer. The Quick Setup Guide was most helpful in getting the printer unpacked and running. This Brother printer includes a Quick Setup Guide, CD-ROM Installer with Drivers and Software, Power Cord, telephone line cord for FAX connection, and starter set of 4 Toners with Drum Unit Set. Once the AC power was 'ON' I used the LCD touchscreen at the front and top of the printer to connect to my Wi-Fi network. I activated the CD-ROM, Installer for Drivers and Utilities, on my computer, which 'found' the unit and I made it my default printer. I was then ready to print.
Over the past two weeks of daily use I have grown to love this printer. It is easy to operate and produces laser-sharp printed documents in color, and, or black print. I registered my printer at the Brother Support website and also downloaded the Online Users Guide, which is more comprehensive in detail to include drawings and illustrations. It is very helpful and convenient to to look up the myriad of feature settings and operations. I am not going to list all of the features and specifications of this Brother MFC-L3770CDW, but I will list the ones I think set this printer above all the rest. You can see all the features and specs at the Best Buy product website.
Brother MFC-L3770CDW Features I Really Like:
* Two-Sided Printing. You can activate this setting in 'Printer Properties' when you are actually ready to print out a document. You can select either automatic or manual printing.
* Bright LCD Touchscreen. Allows me to quickly select a function, Fax, Scan, Copy, or 'Secure' Print, and, or, other settings. It also gives me the status of each of my toners' supply. It has a Tool icon, which allows me to set the brightness of the LCD touchscreen, general settings for FAX Scan, Copy, or Print. You can use either the LCD touchscreen or included software on your computer to change and adjust any settings or functions of this printer.
* Generously Sized Main Paper Tray. Stores up to 250 sheets of quality, 20 lb plain paper. The Multi-Purpose Tray stores up to 30 sheets of 20 lb plain paper and the Automatic Document Feeder holds up to 50 sheets of 20 lb plain paper.
* Fast Print Speeds. Up to 25 PPM in both Monochrome or Color. For two-sided printing this Brother will handle up to 4 sheets a minute – my new favorite kind of printing job.
* Optional Connections to Printer. I can connect all my devices through the built-in wireless, Wi-Fi Direct, or connect my laptop or phone via USB. Also have used my Flash Drive through the USB port to print directly to this Brother printer. I choose the document(s) I want to print through the USB Icon on the Home Menu of the LCD touchscreen. It reads the documents off of my Flash Drive.
* Quiet Printing, Scanning, and Copying. For all the print speed and work this printer does it is amazing how quiet it actually is.
* Laser Quality Print and Copying. The text is sharp and smudge-free in monochrome and, or in color. However, printing out pictures is not high quality. This is not a photo printer, but the image quality is adequate for my field photo documentation.
* Print-from and scan-to popular cloud apps directly from the 3.7" color touchscreen including Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote, OneNote, OneDrive, and Box.
* The Manual Feed Slot accommodates printing on card stock, envelopes, photo paper and more.
* Create Shortcuts on the LCD touchscreen of frequently used functions. I created a two-sided printing shortcut.
* Print and scan without connecting to your local Wi-Fi network by using the NFC “touch to connect” Icon on the front of the printer to the right of the paper output tray.
* iPrint&Scan App for remote printing on mobile devices is available in IOS at the Apple Store and Android at Google Play Store. You can check the status of the printer, toner, and print or scan remotely through various cloud services. From the Brother Support website you can download the Mobile Print/Scan Guide for Brother iPrint&Scan App for both Apple and Android. This is an extremely helpful Guide, which explains in detail all of the functions you can perform using the iPrint&Scan App on your mobile devices. It was a 'must' for me.
* One Year Warranty and free online, call or live chat support for the life of this product.
The Brother MFC-L3770CDW Wireless Color All-In-One Printer is a beast of a workhorse for me. When I am out of town on inspections I can remotely print out all of my notes and observations to my home office printer for later review. YooHoo! This printer allows me to make as many copies of my reports as I need quickly and cost effectively too. I highly recommend the purchase of this printer, especially if you require a high volume of printing on a monthly basis.Aug 18, 2018 00:09
This Brother all-in-one, or multi-function printer is a color laser printer (uses toner cartridges rather than ink cartridges), a flat-bed scanner, color copier, and fax machine. The printer has one paper tray that will hold up to legal size paper and four toner cartridges, black, cyan, magenta, and yellow. There is also a fold down door on the front of the machine revealing the multi-purpose tray, used to load specialty paper such as envelopes. The printer is Wi-Fi capable, AirPrint compatible and can use Near Field Communication from mobile devices. There is a front USB port enabling you to print directly from a USB drive (or scan a document and save it directly to the drive), but there is not an SD card slot. The printer is not intended to print photos (I believe this is a characteristic of all color laser printers), but the scanner function can scan photographs.
The printer arrived in a box 24” x 20” x 22” high, and it is quite hefty meaning it likely will not fit into the trunk of most sedans. The printer unpacked easy enough if you don’t have any lifting restrictions. For our purposes at home, I had to connect only the AC power cable – if we wanted fax capability, I would also have to connect a phone line. The power cord is the typical AC-cable with a plug on both ends that has a standard female end that connects to the printer. A phone cable is included too, along with a CD-ROM of drivers and other software, and rudimentary set-up and reference instructions. A detailed user guide is available on Brother’s web site along with downloadable drivers and software if your computer(s) no longer has an optical drive. It does not come with an Ethernet cable if you plan on connecting the printer in that fashion.
Set up was quick and trouble free and I had no issues with our Windows 10, Mac OS, and iOS devices all being able to connect and print. Since the printer is connected to our Wi-Fi network, the date and time set themselves automatically.
This model uses a combination of buttons and a color touchscreen to control the printer. The touchscreen is very easy to use with good response, clear graphics and text prompts when needed. The product description states that the paper tray will hold up to 250 sheets of paper. It would have been nice if a whole ream of paper could fit in the tray at one time to avoid finding a home for the partial ream until the printer needs more paper loaded into it. It appears there are two toner cartridge sizes, TN-223 (standard yield) and TN-227 (high yield), and as with most things in life, the larger “package” is a much better buy when comparing cost per page to print.
Depending on the type of print job you are attempting (1-sided or 2-sided) and the type of paper being used (plain, glossy, legal, etc), there are specifics on which tray to use, settings that need to be changed, quantity of paper that can be loaded, and orientation if using preprinted paper that make referring to the full user manual mandatory (which is 675 pages long, and only one language). The printer allows you to set a variety of “shortcuts” for differing types of print jobs so that you don’t have to manually set different parameters every time you need to change types of jobs.
At home we have previously had only ink jet printers since 1997 as we are not high print-volume users. I have had a lot of experience with laser printers through work since my profession utilizes printers virtually all day. This Brother printer exhibits the same features and initial quality as any of the big name brands usually seen in office environments. That being said, I think this printer is probably too sophisticated for the needs of the average home user (myself included). Speed, print quality and unobtrusive noise are all outstanding in my opinion and make the MFC-L3770CDW printer one that I doubt any home office or small business user would be disappointed with.Aug 19, 2018 17:27
Last week I received the Brother MFC-L3770CDW Color laser printer for my home office. I have used several other MFC (multi-function color) printers before – both Laser and Ink Jet, and was excited to give this one a try as I’ve been having scanning-to-pc connectivity issues with another popular brand recently.
The first thing you notice is the size and weight of this unit. It weighs in at 54 lbs. and is roughly a 16”x20”x16” cube. You’ll need ample space and a study table or counter top to place this machine.
Setup was a smooth and easy. Unpack, remove all the shipping tape and tabs, install the toner, attach to the wireless network and BOOM – you’re printing. Mine detected a software update within the first 5 minutes and quickly downloaded/installed it. The 3.7” LCD display is intuitive and easy to use – and also informed me of that software update.
I installed the full Brother Utilities software on my desktop computer from the freshly downloaded nearly 500MB file and let everything be setup as default. The printer has NFC features for the Android phones, but the iPhone I have doesn’t support that. Never fear – the AirPrint capabilities worked flawlessly – and allowed me to print out pictures with no trouble at all!
A couple things I really like about the printer include:
1. A large paper source tray with the ability to handle Legal paper as well
2. The multi-sheet document feeder on top – which has worked well with my test stack of 20 pages – some with folds in them. It is able to handle 50 pages at a time!
3. The Duplex scanning features – and the scan to PC worked great on the first attempt – a big plus as compared to other MFC’s I’ve used in the past.
4. The 30 sheet multi-purpose paper tray – works great for using special paper without having to switch stock out of the normal 250 sheet paper tray.
5. To copy or scan pages from a book or magazine, the document feeder lifts up about an inch or so to accommodate the thickness of the object – a nice feature!
A couple things that surprised me about the printer:
1. It seems a bit slow to start printing – usually between 10-15 seconds. I know that doesn’t seem long - but when I hit the print button I want the printer to start making noises and printing right away.
2. I printed the same color document test page on this Brother MFC Laser device and also to my own MFC Inkjet Printer. Yes I’m aware that it is not a true comparison – but I feel the Ink Jet printer did a better job rendering the colors and took less time overall for what it’s worth.
Overall – this is an excellent MFC device that will work well in a home office or small office with multiple users. The toner cartridges are rated at over 1000 pages each – and are individually replaced as needed. It’s very quiet and with the duplex features, automatic document feeders and integration with most major cloud document servers – you can’t go wrong. I gave 4 stars vs 5 only due to the relatively slower start-print time and slightly less distinct prints as compared to my MFC ink-jet.Aug 19, 2018 20:11
They say in "all tests" that lasers are more costly to operate (per page printed) than an inkjet.
Well... I don't print that many pages, or rather, there is definitely a lot of time in between printing - and guess what? The nozzles on my inkjet plugs up, printouts are streaked, "weak in print (missing parts of letters and numbers)", colors wrong due to the different colors plug up differently.
Remedy: "clean the nozzles, print test page".
Now, THAT is costly!!! The amount of ink used up when "cleaning" the nozzles!
BTW - this has happened on several inkjets I have owned, made by several different manufacturers. I have always used OEM ink, so no "cheap knock-off" cartridges. This is the fourth [inkjet] printer now that I have given up on. Time and patience...
Well, finally, I did some research and found this printer.
Have not owned it for very long, but everything works, and it works great:
+Pulls the paper straight (yes, that is important)
+Does duplex without jamming
+Handles card stock (for business cards) really well - they came out centered and with really crisp text down to 6 pt. font! And same there - it pulls in the card stock STRAIGHT from the manual slot without slippage.
+Scanning, copying... no complaints. Very easy to use, scan and mail to your computer.
(Not using the fax…)
+Software suite installed easily - I had no issues with drivers or any other aspect of getting it up and running - even on my work laptop, which is a total disaster otherwise, due to our "friendly corporate I.T.'s" policies and "security measures".
-It weighs a lot. Be careful lifting and moving it.
-Only one bin for paper, so you can't have a second source for alternative paper - so manual switching or feeding through the manual slot is what you have to do.
Cost of ownership:
To be determined. But it is ALWAYS ready, starts up fast and it prints clean, crisp pages. My time and my patience is hard to put a price on, and here it really delivers! Since I am not wasting ink on "cleaning" I really don't expect that my true cost per page will be worse than on the [now discarded] inkjet printers.
Just buy it…Apr 22, 2020 11:19
I trust this is not a frequent issue based on the reviews I read prior to purchase, but we are having print quality issues (every page has about 10 broad shadow zones running horizontally across the page . . . the spacing of the "shadow zones" is perfectly uniform, so it must obviously be a problem with one or more of the drums). This unit has NOT been used much at all, which makes it particularly disappointing (plus it's 3 weeks beyond the return period since I didn't investigate/troubleshoot promptly--a dumb move on my part). The page is still easily readable, but the print issue is extremely obvious. I ran through some troubleshooting tips via the Brother website, but it did not help.
I purchased this unit for home use based on reviews PLUS our positive experience with Brother products at work, but am very disappointed so far. I will happily update the rating if Brother or BB can fix this for me. $400+ tax and it can't produce a nice print. Very frustrating.Nov 22, 2020 15:12
Really nice product for a reasonable price. I got this one printer for my home office. It came fully assembled and initial setup steps were very easy and the user manual was very detailed. The print quality is good. I just got this one a while ago so can't really comment on the Toner and cartridge life, but I heard it's pretty good too.Dec 17, 2020 17:49
I have been fighting black smudges and streaks since the day I got it home. Brother has sent me a complete new printer and a new toner, which helped for a couple weeks and then started again. None of the cleaning or maintenance procedures work or even help. I just opened a third support incident, and if this can't be fixed permanently I will be demanding a refund/return so I can buy another brand. I have only had this printer about 7 weeks!Oct 30, 2020 11:31
Simplify the printing process with this Canon imageCLASS laser printer. The 600-dpi print resolution helps text and images look sharp and detailed, while the wireless connection feature adds convenience. This Canon imageCLASS laser printer has a touch-screen display for simple interfacing, and SEND technology lets you scan and e-mail documents quickly.Prints up to 22 ISO ppm*, up to 22 ppm* in color
Print Quality (4.5 out of 5): Great print quality even with small font size. Produces good color or grey scale photos, and good presentation printouts. Print speed is as specified (around 22 ppm for black), but when I tried to print a large report with a couple of hundred pages, the device struggled a lot to finish the job. After every 30/40 pages the machine takes rest for 2-4 minutes to cool down. This is not a heavy-duty printer, and it is for home use only.
Print Cost (4.5 out of 5): Similar models of Brother printer costs less in printing, but this canon device is not bad. The standard black toner costs around 4c per page while the high yield toner can cost less than 2.5c per page in eco mode. The standard black toner that came with the printer was able to print 1700+ pages, and a new high yield toner cartridge (Canon 054h XL black) that I purchased later was able to print 3500+ pages in eco mode. It is annoying that the printer shows low ink warning once ink level gets below 50%, and with this warning I was able to print around 1500 more pages full of text in eco mode. The warning simply does not make any sense. So, forget about the warning and keep printing.
Scan (3 out of 5): With max resolution of 600X600, the scan quality is not impressive- both with the flat-bed scanner or with the auto document feeder (ADF). I was able to set the resolution to 1200X600 from the remote manager, but scan quality did not improve much. Scanned fonts come out dull and not sharp. Good thing- the auto feeder can hold 50 sheets (letter or legal) and can scan both sides in a single pass with a good speed. It is okay for day to day scanning, but for sensitive official documents I still prefer some scanner app installed on my android phone. Unlike these apps, the scanning software included with this Canon printer does not have any post-processing intelligence. Lastly, the flat-bed scanner portion is unnecessarily 3 inches thick (compared to HP MFP M428fwd or M283fdw)- making the device look large on my desk.
Copy (5 out of 5): Fast and crisp print, both from flat-bed scanner or from ADF. ADF can print both sides in single pass pretty fast. ID card copying is also good.
Email, Fax (4 out of 5): It’s a relief that hard copies can directly go into your email directly from the printer. But the setup process is not easy, and may require an expert hand. I haven’t tried fax.
Setup and Connectivity (4 out of 5): Software and Wi-Fi setup are straight forward. Printer quickly wakes up from sleep once command is sent to printer through Wi-Fi. The remote manager is a great help, with which you can use your web browser from your computer to remotely monitor ink levels, see usage logs (for print, scan, mail or fax), and control all different settings without touching the printer itself. That’s something cool!
Touch Display (3 out of 5): LCD touch screen is not sensitive, most of the time I have to touch twice or press hard for the same action, the user interface on the LCD screen is not well-organized, and some of the very common settings are not readily available. However, you can customize some of it from remote manager.
Overall (4 out of 5): With less than 300$ budget, if you are looking for professional quality printing in black, decent color print, Wi-Fi and email connectivity, and average scan quality- everything of office in a single home device, you should get this. I am happy with the purchase.Jun 04, 2020 21:55
Found I needed to replace an old Brother Color Laser Printer I had for over 10 years... it apparently didn't like the newest Windows 10 update. Besides, it was time.
I have used a B/W Canon All-In-One recently and really liked it, so I decided to buy the MF 644... primarily because it fits in the Printer slide out cabinet in my desk. Tight, but it fits.
Out of the box set-up was easy. But the driver set-up is not real intuitive so you really need to follow the instructions closely. After I had the printer up and running (USB connection to my desktop) I set up the wireless connections to my laptop and handheld devices. I found downloading the Canon Printer app to my phone and tablet made connection hassle free. Again... follow the instructions.
The printer is not fast but fast enough for home office use. The copy function was easy and the copies were clear and neat. Overall, I am very pleased with this purchase. Having a fully functional "All-in-One" office machine that fits my needs and my "space" is nice.
The added bonus was getting a price match and saved $80.
Thanks Best Buy for taking care of that.Mar 12, 2021 14:54
Needed to replace our inkjet printer. Not having to print often lead to clogged print heads and wasting ink doing nozzle checks and realigning.
Due to the affordable prices of laser printers decided to get the Canon imageClass. Set up was easy when following instructions. Downloaded the Canon Business Print app for greater control and more printing options when printing from an iPad. App works well when scanning documents to store in iCloud. Finally able to scan and shred hard copies of our documents on file. The document feeder works great and is worth the extra money. Also must mention, though I haven’t done extensive tests, initially print quality appears to be great. Says a lot coming from a picky graphic designer.
A few minor issues: sometimes takes a couple tries to get iPad to connect to printer when in sleep mode. Prints a little slower than expected but still way faster than inkjet. Seems to handle heavy weight paper and labels okay.
Overall very happy with our purchase. If you’re on the fence, I would suggest you get it.Dec 14, 2019 14:40
I was tired of messing with the printer every time I needed to print something. We don't use the printer very often, but when I do, I need it to work. We have been through about 4 ink jet printers over the years and many $ on cartridges. Every time I would print, I would have to re-print because the heads needed cleaned or something else was wrong. So far with this Laser, it has not had any issues.
With the kids in school, I know in the coming years they will be using it more and more. I wanted something that could copy and scan. This seems to be a great home solution.Jan 11, 2020 07:59
Excellent product. Works great. Tried to get Brothers as that is what we have in the office, but they weren't available. These were similar. They are better than the Brother.Jul 31, 2021 14:09
I love the printer. It is a bit heavy and was awkward for a senior to lift. The color is more natural and accurate than my HP laser jet pro MFP M377dw and it scans on both sides of the sheet with one pass.Feb 02, 2021 20:17
Could be faster after you hit the print button
And Could be a little quieter, but overall it is a good printerJan 22, 2021 16:43
Printer works great. It needs some setup to scanner for use over a network.May 03, 2021 07:11
Produce detailed prints with this Canon Color imageCLASS wireless laser printer. Engineered for high-speed processing, this device can reach output rates of up to 22ppm. Use the color touch LCD to manage settings and tasks efficiently. Up to 250 sheets of paper can be loaded into this Canon Color imageCLASS wireless laser printer at a time.Prints up to 22 ISO ppm* in black, up to 22 ppm* in color
There's a reason I stopped buying inkjets years ago, they all eventually fail, the ink runs if wet and the print heads constantly clog. Sure enough my 2 year old Epson inkjet workstation started to fail and was burning through ink like it was going out of style. I should have known better, I've always bought lasers.
Welcome the Canon imageCLASS Color Laser All in One. This thing is a beast! Easy out of the box, it's not light in weight, takes up average size amount of space. I setup mine up on our WiFi network through my Macbook Pro. It comes with a CD to install your drivers, amazing anyone still ships CDs, thank goodness I have a drive. After that it was just about connecting the printer to the wireless network and it was done. Easy, took about 5 minutes.
When this thing fires up you know you're in business, none of that wimpy inkjet stuff, no more runny inks. For a laser this one is pretty quiet, you hear it, but it's nothing out of the ordinary and is kind of pleasant because you know you're getting things done. I've been sending signage wirelessly to print with no problems, quality is crisp and clean and as vivid as any pro color laser, no breaks or pattern lines in solid color fills. There's only one main tray for paper, it holds a pretty thick stack. For printing on thicker paper it's a single sheet feeder right above the main tray on the front. So you send something to print, choose multi-drive tray and insert your thick stock, label sheet or whatever. It works pretty well, I did get a couple paper jams using thick stock, fairly easy to remedy and the onboard screen tells you how to fix it. Otherwise the jams have been pretty rare utilizing different thick stocks. It powers down fairly quickly after printing and goes into sleep mode. No problems sending prints while it's sleeping, wakes up shortly after processing. This printer is pretty awesome for the price, better get yourself one.Jan 19, 2020 08:29
Our household doesn’t print stuff regularly. We usually go for weeks or months without printing anything, then go for bursts of 100-200 pages. We don’t print photos but printing colored is a must. I had an old Brother B&W printer (bought used) and it had served me well for 3 years so I decided to skip those Ink printers and just splurge for a colored laser printer. Luckily these went on sale so I was able to get it for almost half the price, otherwise I wouldn’t buy one.
Toners - well they always cost a lot (usually around $50 per color), but they print a lot of stuff. High yield would get you around 1000+ pages so it’s worth the price. Make sure you don’t get remanufactured ones because it can damage your expensive printer.
Printing is fast and smooth. Has duplex printing as well. Printing images are not as on point as inkjet but it prints them really fast. Not something you’ll frame but it’s perfect for like PowerPoint slides and some notes.
Scanning is a godsend on this printer. I never knew I needed one until I had this. Has a document feeder so it makes scanning a breeze. No back to back scanning though but there’s a software for that.
Printer’s touchscreen is kinda meh, wish they used a more responsive panel or just went with actual buttons instead. Kinda makes copying through the printer a chore.
Reason it got 3 stars from me is it started making weird noises and black streaks that no amount of cleaning will fix on the 2nd year of ownership. Started happening when we moved the printer due to rearranging our office room. It was still under warranty but it’s not easy to claim with Canon. You have to bring the printer to a service center, they’ll check it, and give a verdict if they will cover it.
Luckily I had a GeekSquad replacement plan. I got it replaced and got another replacement plan for the new one, and so far it hasn’t failed me….yet.Apr 30, 2021 18:01
Good product performing well up today and no default to reportJul 09, 2021 15:43
I really liked the printer but after few days printer is going to error mode E733-0005. I called Canon and they said to return as it has faulty hardware. Poor quality control. Got a. Replacement and hopefully it’s not a defective item.Jul 02, 2021 23:52
The printer is replacing an older laser printer. I was looking for a multi-purpose color laser printer. I currently used an inkjet multi-purpose printer, but when I don't use the printer I have drying-ink-reservoir anxiety.
Printer was super simple to setup. Basically unwrap it from box and plug it in. It found my WIFI network quickly, once the password was set I was done. Prints like a champ wirelessly from anywhere in my home. So far it's working well. I would purchase a dust cover, it's large and looks like it would attract a lot of dust on top.Apr 16, 2021 16:55
This printer was easy to set up. My Mac identified it instantly and could print right away. I needed to download the driver for my PC. Prints straight from email files on my iphone or from a jump drive easily. Really nice functionality. I printed address labels effortlessly. 2 things I don’t like: 1) you can’t use a wireless and wired connection at the same time. So if you want to print from a wireless connection, you have to unplug the USB. It is either/or. Just an annoying extra step. 2) it does not duplex copy. So if you want to make two-sided copies, you have to scan them and then print them manually. The duplex printing feature is nice though, I just assumed that it would duplex copy as well, but I understand that’s only available the next model series up. Overall, I really like the printer and am happy I bought it.Dec 05, 2019 11:19
Bought this printer because for the price point (especially on black friday) and feature-set, other options simply didn't compare for value.
We use it for making simple color product labels and miscellaneous infrequent printing and scanning. It was fairly easy to setup and works well. The duplex printing is nice.
Wireless/Airprint support out of the box made connecting to it in my house a simple affair. There are ample administrative options in the printer's web UI, to make the most of its features (ldap, user management, smb destinations, email, etc...), though not all options are intuitive.
I have printed a color photo just to see how it would do. It's no photo inkjet, but it did better than I expected.Dec 22, 2020 15:44
Item arrived on time and well packed. First glance I thought it’s a judge box, thought of returning it back due to size. But glad i didn’t .
Easy to setup, step by step guides you through setup on print and scan. I am using through wireless network and it works like a charm. No complaints so far!Dec 16, 2020 16:31
Impress with color and increase efficiency. Get high-quality color and fast two-sided print speeds. Save time with Smart Task shortcuts in the HP Smart app, and print and scan from your phone.* Get seamless connections and strong security solutions.Prints up to 22 ISO ppm in black and up to 22 ISO ppm in color.
Bought this printer in the middle of COVID and it came defective. It would print with a wavy line down the middle of the pages no matter what tray I used. The printer never printed well enough quality to warrant the price. When I tried contacting HP during COVID after the purchase NO ONE was available. Now that the warranty has expired, I cannot return or even exchange this item for something that works. If you buy one, check that it isn’t defective and pray that you can return it.Sep 20, 2021 16:15
HP printers have always been the workhorses of the printer world. If I want shockingly beautiful prints, I'll be heading for Epson and Canon. But if I need a printer that can sit in my home office and print whenever/however, no matter how long I've been ignoring it? HP all the way. And this beast is no different. It takes whatever we throw at it and laughs off every challenge. The only way to stymie it would be to starve it of paper and beat it to death with a cinderblock. Need a printer for the next decade? This is it.May 11, 2020 13:20
This one is great, good size but i has to return to get one with scannerJun 26, 2020 18:57
As a small business owner, I print a lot! Easy set up, great color, fast printing, auto duplex printing, and its wireless!Jul 24, 2020 16:39
Very loud when printing. it good other than that. Not what I would recommend.May 15, 2020 16:04
Finally broke down and bought laser and many ink jets. This thing is fast and ez to set up. Worth the price in every way.Apr 25, 2020 15:10
Bought this printer and so far we love it!!! Prints paper quick and easy to set up to your smartphone or laptop. This printer is worth buying.Apr 29, 2020 21:25
I am pretty loyal to HP printers and thus far I am pretty impressed with this model. I love that it's wireless because I can store it anywhere based on available space and can print from both of my computers without worrying about cords. Print quality is awesome and printing front/back without extra work by me is always a plus. Would definitely recommend it!Aug 08, 2020 13:51
Print, scan, copy, fax and email office documents with this Canon Color imageCLASS printer. Built-in Wi-Fi Direct functionality lets you connect to it from a mobile device without a router, while the 5-inch color LCD screen features intuitive controls for easy operation. This Canon Color imageCLASS printer prints up to 28 pages per minute, making it ideal for busy office environments.Prints up to 28 ISO ppm* in black, up to 28 ppm* in color
Since I bought this printer it has been working well for me. It connects wirelessly and end product is superb. The only problem I have with it is that at times, it is a struggle to get my MacBook Pro to connect to the printer wirelessly whereas my devices like iPhone and iPad connect easily. I am still trying to figure out what could be the problem. Apart from that, it does precisely what it supposed to do.Jun 26, 2020 22:08
One of the best color printers from a reputable company. Easy to use and setup.Oct 29, 2021 16:13
Large capacity, works great, good color. It is huge though, make room.May 23, 2020 12:08
A great printer a bit on the heavy side but very functionalJun 12, 2020 15:55
It is not a friendly user. Every time I send it to the printer, I need to go to the printer to select which tray of paper to be the pick. It is always disconnected from the wifi connection.Aug 11, 2021 15:39
I bought this printer since our huge printer needs a part, and we have used it for everythingAug 16, 2019 15:52
This printer can handle large documents and prints them fast. The only down fall is that it’s extremely noisy.Dec 25, 2020 20:31
**Disclaimer - We've only had this printer for a week, thus I can only explain the pre-purchase thought process along with initial printer setup. I'll update this in the future with whatever good or bad news I have to add.
Once I decided to replace our old Epson inkjet printer with a color laser I figured THAT decision alone was the biggest mental hurdle to overcome - until I started researching and comparing color laser printers (trying to find the best choice / best price was tough). One example:
Printer "A" says it supports mobile printing from a phone or tablet but doesn't actually say "Air Print", while,
Printer "B" claims the same but adds "via our printer app"
Both required digging/searching the mfg. website(s) for verification (This is a big deal for us because we've bought Wi-Fi printers previously that were a pain-in-the butt to print from an iPhone/Pad using a mfg. App and wanted to avoid having those same issues after buying an expensive printer. The purchase price was also important, and unless it's a major Holiday or similar sales event (Black Friday) try an hold off from buying one so you can save $100 (or more).
Toner cost is/was not a huge selling point for us. We've always had a printer in the house for personal use and depending on what we had going on it was possible we wouldn't need to print more than 0-10 pages per month. Low printing volume was always an issue with inkjet printers, having the nozzles bugger up & causing wasted ink & paper running the mfg. head/nozzle cleaning utilities. I don't for see looking for replacement ink for at least another year. What did matter was whether or not it was possible to print something if only one cartridge was out of ink/toner, and according to Canon support it will still print (with varying quality). So a $10 +/- price difference between mfg branded toner wasn't enough to sway us either way when deciding what to buy.
1. Laser Printer
2. Color (not monochrome)
3. Document scanner (via feeder AND flatbed)
5. Air Print
6. Duplex printing
7. Reasonable sales price
This model has everything we wanted and after comparing brands and reading a lot of reviews (here and elsewhere on the web), we pulled the trigger and bought this printer.
This is a heavy printer (60+ lbs) and this weight was the only issue I had while deciding what printer to buy. Several competitors had models that weighed less than 50lbs. but did not meet other expectations. Once again - it's HEAVY, so make sure you have a strong cabinet/desk to place it. We lugged the box over to the printer stand and began the unwrapping. The whole process was super smooth, taking only about 5-10 minutes from start to finish. Everything was preinstalled (toner / rollers / tray / etc.) so all I had to do was pull all the packing tape off/in the printer, plug it in, and turn the power ON.
Wireless setup was a breeze. I configured it via the control panel and had it printing through our home network in under 10 minutes. Printing via an Apple device was seamless, as was setting the printer up on our Win10 computers. I sometimes scan old radio magazine / catalog’s so I was interested to see how easy it was to use the flatbed scanner function. It worked great. I scanned from the printer directly to my PC and it created a folder under Documents and stored the scans there.
There you have it (for now). I’m staring this off with a 4-star review and will update it “down the road” after we’ve used it for 6 months or so.May 27, 2020 09:07
Get strong security, enhanced productivity and sustainability with the HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M455dn Printer. This color laser printer's dynamic security continually monitors memory activity to detect and stop attacks in real time, and automatically checks firmware during startup. With print speeds up to 29 ppm and first page out as fast as 9.3 seconds (black) and 10.9 seconds (color), this entry-level enterprise printer empowers your team to complete tasks quickly. Save paper with automatic two-sided printing and help reduce wasted supplies with HP Roam for Business. Protect your color printer and produce high-quality color graphics while avoiding reprints with Original HP toner cartridges with JetIntelligence.
Awesome Machine - Easy set up and very reliable!!!Oct 08, 2021 16:40
larger than I thought it would be. Works great! Just boughtMay 14, 2021 19:09
Great printer. Good quality for both black and white, and color copies. Easy to use.Aug 03, 2021 17:21
Winning in business means working smarter. This HP Color LaserJet Pro M479fdn printer is designed to let you focus your time where it's most effective - growing your business and staying ahead of the competition
I have had to replace my printer 3 times and we are just now getting to understand just how it works and works with the system. Kathy and I ( She is a much better computer person than I ) had a couple of issues with this system but looks better as time moves forward.Mar 14, 2021 10:36
It's a good all in one printer and you can save $100 dollars compare with the other model that is wifi capable. Just connect it to your computer, download HP smart, then go to control panel, add the printer and share the printer in your network. Then connect it to the router and download HP Smart in your cellphone and other computers. But also you can make it wifi capable and get a wifi adapter and still you will save $50 dollars.Aug 14, 2020 20:13
Love this printer. It is great for business and is good quality.Oct 04, 2021 08:57
I used to have a black/white laser and then a color ink jet. The toner cartridge is a little pricey, but having it all in one unit is amazing. Would absolutely purchase again.Jan 29, 2021 15:56
I decided to go from a inkjet to a laser printer and so glad I did!
This printer is fantastic and wish I would have purchased this type of printer along time ago.Jun 12, 2020 18:39
Fast printer! Very accurate colors. 3 in 1 features! Good for home set up.Nov 04, 2020 16:12
It doesn’t work right with my iPhone. I can’t get canon on the phone. The color isn’t the best.Jun 12, 2020 18:56
Well i got this for a present and I like it so muchOct 02, 2020 16:08
Get the world's most secure printing, enhanced productivity and sustainability with the HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M480f Multifunction Printer. This color laser printer's dynamic security continually monitors memory activity to detect and stop attacks in real time, and automatically checks firmware during startup. With multifunction versatility, print speeds up to 29 ppm and first page out as fast as 9.3 seconds (black) and 10.9 seconds (color), this entry-level enterprise printer empowers your team to complete tasks quickly. Help reduce wasted supplies with HP Roam for Business. Protect your color printer and produce high-quality color graphics while avoiding reprints with Original HP toner cartridges with JetIntelligence.
Doesn't default to automatic duplex printing and instructions don't tell you how to set this option on as default. Instead, defaults to manually duplexing. Once I figured it out, it works great - better than previous HP business laser duplex printer method. The M480 prints both sides at once, rather than mechanically turning over paper to print other side.
Instructions for updating firmware also lacking in sufficient detail for updating via USB slot.
Marked down review due to inadequate and sometimes misleading instructions. Otherwise, I'm very happy with performance so far.
On-line chat support not very helpful.Apr 11, 2021 08:28
great printer: Windows likes it but HP Smart won't talk to my MacJul 23, 2021 16:19
i bought this and have never been able to print . I continue to call HP and it prints once and then next its says doesn't reconize. Worst printer everOct 30, 2021 13:50
HP printer are the best. They print high quality. Can’t say enough about the quality of HP.Aug 13, 2021 16:07
Get the world's most secure printing, enhanced productivity and sustainability with the HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M480f Multifunction Printer. This color laser printer's dynamic security continually monitors memory activity to detect and stop attacks in real time, and automatically checks firmware during startup. With multifunction versatility, print speeds up to 29 ppm and first page out as fast as 9.3 seconds (black) and 10.9 seconds (color), this entry-level enterprise printer empowers your team to complete tasks quickly. Help reduce wasted supplies with HP Roam for Business. Protect your color printer and produce high-quality color graphics while avoiding reprints with Original HP toner cartridges with JetIntelligence.
Doesn't default to automatic duplex printing and instructions don't tell you how to set this option on as default. Instead, defaults to manually duplexing. Once I figured it out, it works great - better than previous HP business laser duplex printer method. The M480 prints both sides at once, rather than mechanically turning over paper to print other side.
Instructions for updating firmware also lacking in sufficient detail for updating via USB slot.
Marked down review due to inadequate and sometimes misleading instructions. Otherwise, I'm very happy with performance so far.
On-line chat support not very helpful.Apr 11, 2021 08:28
great printer: Windows likes it but HP Smart won't talk to my MacJul 23, 2021 16:19
i bought this and have never been able to print . I continue to call HP and it prints once and then next its says doesn't reconize. Worst printer everOct 30, 2021 13:50
HP printer are the best. They print high quality. Can’t say enough about the quality of HP.Aug 13, 2021 16:07
Get vibrant, professional-quality documents with this Canon Color imageCLASS wireless all-in-one laser printer. Wi-Fi connectivity enables direct printing and scanning with mobile devices via Apple AirPrint, Mopria Print Service and Google Cloud Print, and the duplex printing option helps save paper. This Canon Color imageCLASS wireless all-in-one laser printer has a 5-inch color touchscreen display for simple operation.Prints up to 28 ISO ppm* in black, up to 28 ppm* in color
One of the key features I looked for in a new all-in-one printer was duplex scanning. The Best Buy web site specs for the unit I purchased shows that this item will support duplex scanning, HOWEVER, this unit does NOT have duplex scanning capability, verified by the Canon web site users manual. There is no setting on the scanning menu on the unit to support duplex scanning. Now I have to make the 100 mile (one way) trip to the nearest Best Buy store to return this unit and continue my search for the unit I need.
Other than the misleading information on the Best Buy website, the unit appears to be OK, arrived undamaged, on time, and complete. Rating is more reflecting against Best Buy, not the unit itself. If Best Buy had the specs correct on the web site, I never would have purchased this unit.Feb 20, 2020 09:58
the printer is massive for my desk. had to buy furniture just for the printer. no cables included other than power cable.
the good: side paper feeder for specialty paper, double sided printing, wifi printing, support for latest macOS 11.0,Jan 16, 2021 22:42
It works okayApr 06, 2020 16:44
It was defective and had to be returned. The store didn't have any other options in stock so I had to shop somewhere else for a replacement.Nov 15, 2020 19:41
Sadly the color toner cartridges are just the starter kind. So be it. They all do that.Apr 18, 2020 06:29
Canon imageCLASS All-in-One Printer: Improve productivity with this printer's fast print speed (up to 26 ISO ppm) and large 550-sheet input capacity that can be expanded up to 2,300 sheets (additional cassettes not included).
Upon having received my MFD, powering on the printer came up with an error code. The first one was the scanner motor was stuck and was not able to be moved. After, a few power cycles, it worked. Another error code came up with E020-01C0. The tonor Y had an issue. A Canon tech came over and attempted to replace the part. After 3 failed attempts with the same error code, Canon had no idea on what to do. I had a few days left to return it back to BestBuy. I returned it ine day before my return window had expired because I was waiting for BestBuy to have more in stock online. Canon was never going to replace it and only change the entire board inside if they had to. Canon was not that helpfull even with a business account. BestBuy accepted my return with no hesitations. With these high end printers from Canon, I would rather go for another brand due to their lack of support.Mar 26, 2021 18:34
Great Product... looked at many alternate brands and solutions for Home Office set up and family, personal and school needs.
Also love the advanced SCANNING capabilities (to email, file server, USB,..) to help digitize our paper intensive life
Impressed with quality, reliability (so far 3 months and 3 000 pages)
great unit - would recommend at any time
Love the that Canon added the AirPrint featureJan 31, 2016 12:07
Great, printer but a little difficult to set up. Make sure you have friends to help you mover it.Oct 01, 2016 17:14