Brother HL-L2350DW Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Nov 09, 2020 at 08:19 am
Brother HL-L2350DW Picture
1.9
Family
5.5
Small/Home Office
6.3
Student
8.1
Black & White
1.5
Casual Photo
Type Printer Only
Technology Laser
Wireless Yes
Color No
SuperTank
No

The Brother HL-L2350DW is a budget monochrome laser printer designed for offices with basic needs. It can only print in black, so it might not be suitable for those who need color, even if it's just occasionally. That said, it prints black documents at amazing speed, and its high page yield means you don't have to replace the toner cartridge as often, making it a cost-effective option for high volume printing. The build quality is great, and it provides easy access to paper jams and the toner cartridge. It has decent connectivity options, including Wi-Fi support and direct printing via AirPrint and Mopria, but its lack of an Ethernet port can be an issue for some offices. Also, it doesn't have a scanner, and the display screen is bad.

Our Verdict

1.9 Family

The Brother HL-L2350DW is a terrible family printer. It can't print in color, and its photo printing quality is awful. It doesn't have a scanner and doesn't support external storage devices like USB thumb drives or SD cards. However, it can be a good option if you only need to print black and white documents, as it has an outstanding cost-per-print.

Pros
  • Outstanding cost-per-print for black only printing.
Cons
  • Can't print in color.
  • Bad photo printing quality.
  • No scanner.
  • Can't print on glossy photo paper.
5.5 Small/Home Office

The Brother HL-L2350DW is sub-par for small or home offices. The lack of color printing and a scanner might be a dealbreaker for most offices. Also, it doesn't have an Ethernet port, which can be an issue for offices that use a wired network. That said, if you only need to print in black, this printer has a high page yield and fast printing speed.

Pros
  • High black page yield.
  • Fast printing speed.
Cons
  • Can't print in color.
  • No Ethernet port.
  • No scanner.
6.3 Student

The Brother HL-L2350DW is mediocre for students. Its black toner cartridge can yield a high number of pages before needing replacement, keeping the long-term cost low. It has great printing speed, but it does take a while to warm up and get the first page out. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a scanner, and it doesn't support external storage devices like USB thumb drives. It can connect through Wi-Fi, though, and it's compatible with Brother's superb mobile app.

Pros
  • Outstanding cost-per-print for black only printing.
  • Fast printing speed.
Cons
  • No scanner.
8.1 Black & White

The Brother HL-L2350DW is great for printing black and white documents. Its high page yield means you don't have to replace the toner cartridge as frequently, making it very cost-effective for printing in bulk. It's well-built and designed to give easy access to the toner cartridge and paper jams. It's a bit slow at getting the first page of a document out, but it gets significantly faster for subsequent pages, pushing out around 33 pages per minute.

Pros
  • High black page yield.
  • Outstanding cost-per-print for black only printing.
  • Fast printing speed.
Cons
  • No scanner.
1.5 Casual Photo

Like most monochrome laser printers, the Brother HL-L2350DW is awful for printing photos. Printed photos have a lot of banding and lack fine detail. Also, it can't print on glossy photo paper.

Pros
Cons
  • Can't print in color.
  • Bad photo printing quality.
  • Can't print on glossy photo paper.
  • 1.9 Family
  • 5.5 Small/Home Office
  • 6.3 Student
  • 8.1 Black & White
  • 1.5 Casual Photo

Test Results

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Design
8.0
Design
Build & Design Quality

The Brother HL-L2350DW has a great build quality and design. Although it's mostly plastic, it feels sturdy, and there aren't any apparent issues with the construction. The toner and drum unit are easy to access from the front, and you can clear paper jams just by opening the panel on the back. Unfortunately, the power cord isn't detachable, and it's hard to see the display screen unless you're directly above it.

Design
Dimensions
Height 7.3" (18.5 cm)
Width 14.3" (36.4 cm)
Depth 14.8" (37.5 cm)
Weight
17.0 lbs (7.7 kg)

The Brother HL-L2350DW is a relatively compact printer since it doesn't have a scanner, making it suitable for tight spaces like small home offices or dorm rooms.

3.5
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
2.0" (5.0 cm)
Touchscreen No

The display screen is bad. It's a one-line monochrome LCD with narrow viewing angles, and there's no swivel or tilt adjustment to improve visibility. It's responsive, but the menus are tedious to navigate, as you can only use the physical buttons located below. That said, this is a fairly simple printer with few functions, and you don't have to interact with the display screen often beyond the initial setup.

Design
In The Box

  • Quick setup guide
  • Drivers and utilities CD
  • Brother TN-730 starter toner cartridge
  • Brother DR-730 drum unit

8.7
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
N/A
Black Cartridge Model
TN730
Tested Black Page Yield
68.12 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
1294 prints
Color Cartridge Model
No Color Cartridge
Tested Color Page Yield
N/A
Estimated Color Page Yield
N/A
Third Party Cartridge
Yes
High Yield Cartridge
XL
Drum Unit
A Separate Unit

The cartridge system is excellent. It has an impressive page yield, which leads to less frequent replacement of the toner cartridge, and there's an even higher-yield cartridge available separately. It accepts third-party cartridges as well, but using them may void the manufacturer's warranty.

0
Design
Scanner
Scanner
No
Scan Flatbed
No
Scan Sheetfed
No
Automatic Document Feeder
No
Duplex Scanning
No
Scan Resolution
N/A
Scan Color Depth
N/A
Flatbed Scan Size
N/A
Fax
No
Copy
No

The Brother L2350DW doesn't have a scanner.

Printing
9.2
Printing
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
42.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
N/A
Black Only Printing
0.033 US$/print
Color Printing
N/A
Photo Printing
N/A
Ink Subscription
No

The cost-per-print is outstanding. Due to its high yield, you don't have to replace the toner cartridge as often, making it very cost-effective in the long run. The toner cartridge is fairly cheap, but keep in mind that the drum is a separate unit and isn't factored into the cost. The drum unit is advertised to last for 12000 pages; however, it isn't something that we test.

8.7
Printing
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
33 PPM
Color Document
N/A
Photo Printing Time
20.0 sec
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
15.2 sec
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
250 pages

The Brother HL-L2350DW has excellent printing speed. It takes a while to get the first page of a document out, but it gets much faster once it's warmed up. The input tray is relatively large, so you don't have to reload it as often during big print jobs.

0
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
N/A

The Brother 2350 can't print in color.

0.5
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
No

The Brother HL-L2350DW is a monochrome laser printer and isn't intended for printing photos. Printed photos lack fine detail, and there's a lot of banding present. Also, it can't print on glossy photo paper; we printed the test image on a regular 8.5" x 11" paper.

These results are based on the actual physical photo, not the scanned image provided for reference above, which may not be representative of the printer's photo print quality.

Printing
Printing Size
Letter (8.5" x 11") Yes
Legal (8.5" x 14") Yes
Tabloid (11" x 17") No
A6 (105mm x 148mm) Yes
A5 (148mm x 210mm) Yes
A4 (210mm x 297mm) Yes
Photo (2" x 3") No
Photo (4" x 6") No
Photo (5" x 7") No

Both the input tray and feeder support most paper sizes up to the standard legal size.

Mobile App And Connectivity
7.0
Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
No
USB Input To Computer
Yes
Bluetooth
No
Wi-Fi via Router
Yes
Wi-Fi Direct
Yes
External Storage Support
No
Apple AirPrint
Yes
Mopria Print Service
Yes

The Brother HL-L2350DW has decent connectivity options. It supports most wireless connections, except for Bluetooth. The lack of an Ethernet port might be an issue for some small offices that rely on a wired network connection.

10
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App For Home Use
Mobile App Yes
App Name Brother iPrint&Scan
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Yes
PDF
Yes
Microsoft Office Files
Yes
Text Files (TXT)
Yes
Webpages (HTML)
Yes

Brother's iPrint& Scan app is fantastic. It lets you scan, copy, and print various file types. You can also perform maintenance tasks like updating the firmware, check the toner level, and order replacement toner online.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Brother HL-L2350DW, which is essentially a more affordable, less featured variant of the Brother HL-L2370DW. The HL-L2370 has an Ethernet port, a higher page yield, and faster printing speed.

Our unit of the Brother HL-L2350DW was manufactured in June 2020; you can see the label here.

Compared To Other Printers

The Brother HL-L2350DW printer is great for printing black and white documents. However, it doesn't have a scanner and can't print in color, making it extremely limiting. Also, the lack of an Ethernet port can be a problem for offices that rely on a wired network connection. For more options, check out our recommendations for the best black and white printers, the best printers for small businesses, and the best laser printers.

Brother HL-L2370DW

The Brother HL-L2370DW is essentially an upgraded version of the Brother HL-L2350DW. They're nearly identical, except that the HL-L2370DW has an Ethernet port, a higher page yield, and faster printing speed.

HP LaserJet Pro M15w

The Brother HL-L2350DW is much better than the HP LaserJet Pro M15w. The Brother has a better build quality, faster printing speed, and a better mobile app. On the flip side, the HP has a higher page yield and a slightly better cost-per-print.

Lexmark B2236dw

The Lexmark B2236dw is better than the Brother HL-L2350DW. The Lexmark has a slightly higher page yield, an Ethernet port, and faster printing speed. However, the Brother has a better build quality, and its mobile app can print Microsoft Office Files, which the Lexmark's can't.

Xerox B210/DNI

The Xerox B210/DNI is better than the Brother HL-L2350DW. The Xerox yields more pages per cartridge; however, its replacement toner is a bit more expensive. It has an Ethernet port, and it's faster at getting the first page of a document out. The Brother has a superior build quality, though, and its mobile app is significantly better.

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