Brother HL-L2360DW Review

The Brother HL-L2360DW mono laser, sits roughly in the midst of the mono laser range, offering automatic double-sided printing, but not support for wireless networks. Brother claims a fast 30 ppm print speed, but the printer’s modest max. duty cycle of two thousand pages per 30 days underlines that it is a small or home office device, rather than for bigger firms.

The Brother HL-L2360DW is nicely suited to a typical home office. It is a low, sq. printer that does not require an enormous amount of clearance above, which means that it could match on a set of shelves. There is a clattery but functional 250-sheet paper input tray, with a single-sheet bypass above it to feed envelopes. There is a panel on the back which, when released, offers a near-straight paper path. Unlike many different low-cost mono lasers, the paper tray does not poke out and attract dust when loaded with A4 paper.

Reasonably quiet in use, and with fans that stop instantly after a job, this laser should not shatter the quiet of a home office. It is also efficient, consuming just one watt when hold by, and suddenly dropping to a deep sleep mode that consumed so little power, which is good for a printer that can spend most of its time sitting idle.

Sometimes for Brother, this laser uses separate consumables for drum and toner rather than a single supply integrating both.  At 700 pages, the supplied toner is somewhat miserly, but you should not want a new drum for 12,000 pages. Replacement toner is out there with a 2,600-page capacity, but even without changing the drum, print costs work out at around 1.9p per page, and with the drum they are 2.4p per page, which is far higher than ideal.

The Brother HL-L2360DW was not that fast to begin printing, taking 15 seconds to deliver a 1st web page from standby and 19 seconds to do the identical from a cold start, but it reached a rapid 23.4ppm and a similarly strong 22.9ppm. Printing pictures within the highest ‘IQ1200’ resolution, really 2,400x600dpi, was reasonably quick, with two 10×8 inch mono prints delivered in 18 seconds.

Unfortunately, no complaints about this printer’s text quality, its graphics and picture prints could be a lot better. While shade control was good, offering a wide range of intensity without clear half-toning patterns, mid-tones suffered badly from a horizontal banding, and in places sharp boundaries seemed blocky rather than smooth.

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Low cost per page
  • Sturdy-feeling and attractive
  • Prints from a raft of mobile devices

Cons

  • Poor graphics and only competent text printing
  • Output tray holds 100 sheets
  • Many default print options can’t be reconfigured
  • Remote Printer Console is tricky to find
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