Brother’s MFC-L2717DW ($199.99) can be an entry-level all-in-one (AIO) printer targeted at small or home offices or workgroups with moderate printing and copying requirements. In addition, it works well as an individual monochrome laser AIO. A primary competitor to your Editors’ Choice Canon imageClass MF269dw, another multifunction monochrome laser, and Epson’s EcoTank ET-M3170 Wireless Monochrome All-in-One Supertank Printer, an inkjet-based laser alternative that’s also a PCMag top pick, the Brother is fast and prints text well. However, like the majority of entry-level lasers, it’s somewhat expensive to use, making it more of a low-volume print and copy solution.
Light and Compact
Measuring 12.5 by 15.7 by 12.5 inches and weighing only 26 pounds, the Brother MFC-L2717DW is approximately average in proportions and weight for an entry-level AIO. Several competing models, like the Canon MF269dw mentioned previously, Lexmark’s MB2236adw, and HP’s LaserJet Pro MFP M148fdw, are in a inch here or there in proportions and some pounds in girth. Epson’s ET-M3170 monochrome inkjet is drastically smaller and about 10 pounds lighter. Regardless, each of them take up hardly any desk space and so are simple to escape the box and easy to maneuver around for cleaning and such.
The MFC-L2717DW includes a useful 50-sheet manual-duplexing computerized document feeder (ADF) for scanning, copying, and faxing multipage originals. (“Manual duplexing” means you need to flip two-sided pages you to ultimately scan the next sides.) So do the Canon and Lexmark, as the HP and Epson have only 35-sheet ADFs. The Canon and Epson ADFs, however, are auto-duplexing, and therefore they scan the next side of double-sided originals without your help.
You are designed for scanning, copying, faxing, & most other walk-up tasks, such as for example setting security options or scanning to and printing from the cloud, from the Brother’s control panel. It’s somewhat antiquated-looking and button-busy, made up of a two-line monochrome LCD, several navigation and other buttons for establishing and initiating specific tasks, and a 10-key number pad for dialing fax numbers.
Much like most business-oriented AIOs, that one also lets you operate, monitor, configure, and generate and print reports from an integral web portal accessible from most browsers, including mobile and remote browsers (when the printer is configured properly).
The MFC-L2717DW’s paper handling involves an individual 250-sheet tray and an override slot for one-off printing of envelopes, labels, and other media that may otherwise force you to empty and reconfigure the key cassette. This can be a same capacity as the other machines mentioned here up to now, except the HP M148fdw, which holds 260 sheets split between a 250-sheet main drawer and a 10-sheet override slot.
The Brother’s maximum monthly duty cycle is 15,000 pages, with a recommended ceiling of 2,000 pages. Canon hasn’t published a maximum volume rating for the MF269dw, but almost all of the business’s other similar entry-level models are rated at 15,000 pages maximum. Canon does, however, specify the recommended monthly print volume at up to 2,500 prints.
The Epson’s maximum rating is 3,000 pages less than the MFC-L2717DW’s, and the recommended rating is 1,000 pages fewer, as the Lexmark’s duty cycle is twice that of the Brother model and the recommended volume may be the same. Finally, the HP’s maximum rating is 5,000 prints a lot more than the Brother’s, but its recommended volume is 500 pages fewer.
Brother backs up the MFC-L2717DW with a two-year limited warranty, extended to 3 years if you choose the printer at Sam’s Club or Costco.
Respectable Connectivity and Software
Standard connectivity is Ethernet, Wi-Fi, connecting to an individual PC via USB, and Wi-Fi Direct. (The last is a peer-to-peer networking protocol allowing you to connect your handheld devices to the printer without either being the main same network.) Furthermore to Wi-Fi Direct, other mobile options contain Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Mopria, and Brother’s iPrint&Scan for both Android and iOS.
Furthermore to iPrint&Scan and the typical drivers, other bundled software includes Nuance PaperPort SE with OCR for Windows, a favorite document management and text conversion utility. Also designed for download from Brother’s support site are drivers and software for macOS (10.10 through 10.15) and Linux (rpm and deb).
Scorching Print Speeds, On-Par Prints
Brother rates the MFC-L2717DW at 36 pages each and every minute (ppm), which is fast for an under-$200 entry-level laser AIO. When printing our 12-page Microsoft Word text document (over Ethernet from our standard Intel Core i5 testbed running Windows 10 Pro), it churned at 36.7ppm.
That’s the identical to the Lexmark MB2236adw, 6.8ppm faster compared to the Canon MF269dw and HP M148fdw, and an impressive 15.4ppm faster compared to the Epson ET-M3170. When I combined the results from the 12-page Word document with the scores from printing our assortment of complex graphics- and photo-laden Acrobat, Excel, and PowerPoint files, the MFC-L2717DW managed a standard speed of 14.2ppm.
That score trailed the competing laser AIOs mentioned here by 4 to 5 pages each and every minute and was 1.6ppm slower compared to the Epson inkjet. But, the Brother isn’t accurately well suited for printing graphics and photos.
The MFC-L2717DW’s text print quality is approximately average for a low-end monochrome laser AIO. Common fonts arrived well-shaped and highly legible, even at really small point sizes, making text output much better than acceptable for some business applications. Business graphics such as for example charts, graphs, and clip art, alternatively, printed with some cases of toner distribution flaws, including banding in dark fills and gradients and somewhat blurry grayscale tones. Simple graphics such as for example light fills and lines arrived just fine, but this AIO isn’t perfect for PowerPoint and other handouts.
Average Entry-Level Running Costs
In comparison to their alternatives, including high-volume inkjets and higher-volume laser AIOs, entry-level laser printers are usually expensive to use. When you get the highest-yield toner cartridge (3,000 pages at a list price of $76.99) for the MFC-L2717DW, each monochrome page should cost you around 2.6 cents. That is clearly a tenth of a cent roughly cheaper compared to the Canon and Lexmark and about 0.8 cent less than the HP M148fdw.
If you anticipate printing anywhere near to the Brother’s 2,500-page recommended volume, though, you should probably consider another thing, such as for example Epson’s ET-M3170 (0.3 cent per page) or a heavier-duty, higher-volume laser. Our Editors’ Choice Brother MFC-L6700DW, for example, prints at 1.5 cents per page, and if high volume and low running costs are what you are considering, have a look at Epson’s WorkForce Pro WF-M5799, another inkjet-based laser alternative that prints at about three-quarters of a cent.
The point is a penny-per-page difference in expense will cost you $100 for each and every 10,000 pages you print. It creates far more sense to pay $100 or $200 more in advance to save lots of hundreds over the life span of the printer. The more you print, the more important the running costs.
An In-House Text and Sales Counter Match
Not absolutely all printers meet all application requirements. While I cannot recommend the MFC-L2717DW for printing marketing materials and other visuals, it’s an easy, excellent text printer and copier suitable for sales and other front-counter applications where speed is crucial.
If you want good-looking graphics, have a look at among our Editors’ Choice models, such as for example Canon’s MF269dw. For print quality and low running costs (though not high speed), Epson’s inkjet-based ET-M3170 is a wonderful choice. If, however, rapid text, times 200 to 300 pages monthly, is the thing you need, the Brother MFC-L2717DW is an excellent bet, and it’ll probably last a long time.