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Brother HL-L2370DW Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Jun 04, 2020 at 08:54 am
Brother HL-L2370DW Picture
2.7
Family
5.9
Small/Home Office
6.4
Student
8.3
Black & White
2.8
Photo
Type Printer Only
Technology Laser
Wireless Yes
Color No
SuperTank
No

The Brother HL-L2370DW is a simple monochrome printer. Its functionalities are limited since it doesn't print in color or have a scanner. However, it excels at what it's designed to do, which is print plain documents in black and white, quickly and affordably. It uses a single black toner cartridge with a remarkably high page yield. The cartridges aren't too expensive either, so the cost-per-print is outstandingly low. However, since the drum unit is separate from the cartridges, you will need to eventually purchase a replacement drum unit. It's also important to be certain that you don't need to be able to print in color or scan documents before committing to a simple monochrome printer. If all you need is something that can print in black and white, though, then this printer is a superb option.

Our Verdict

2.7 Family

The Brother HL-L2370DW is a terrible family printer since it doesn't print in color or have a scanner. It only prints photos in black and white on plain paper, which isn't ideal when you're saving treasured memories. The lack of a scanner is also impractical come tax season when there are different receipts and forms to copy. However, if all your family needs is a simple black and white printer, then it's an excellent option since it prints quickly and is affordable to use.

Pros
  • Excellent page yield and cost-per-print.
  • Great connectivity options.
Cons
  • Only prints in black and white.
  • Doesn't have a scanner.
5.9 Small/Home Office

The Brother HL-L2370DW is middling for home or small office use. If your business needs something to simply print out documents in black and white, then it's excellent. Its cost-per-page is very low, it prints quickly, and it has lots of connectivity options. Otherwise, it's not very versatile since it doesn't print in color, or have a scanner.

Pros
  • Excellent page yield and cost-per-print.
  • Remarkably fast printing speed.
  • Great connectivity options.
Cons
  • Only prints in black and white.
  • Doesn't have a scanner.
  • Bad 1-line display screen.
6.4 Student

The Brother HL-L2370DW is an okay student printer overall, but it depends on your particular needs. It's an excellent choice if you only ever need to print documents in black and white, since the cost-per-print is remarkably low, and it prints very quickly. However, if you need to be able to print diagrams or illustrations in color, or scan your notes, then it's a bad choice since it doesn't have a scanner or print in color.

Pros
  • Excellent page yield and cost-per-print.
  • Remarkably fast printing speed.
  • Great connectivity options.
Cons
  • Only prints in black and white.
  • Doesn't have a scanner.
8.3 Black & White

The Brother HL-L2370DW is an excellent black and white laser printer. It uses a single black toner cartridge, which has a very high page yield. The toner isn't too expensive either, so the cost-per-print is very affordable. This printer also prints very quickly, which is great when you're in a rush. It doesn't have a scanner, but the compact size makes it a better option if you're tight on space.

Pros
  • Excellent page yield and cost-per-print.
  • Remarkably fast printing speed.
Cons
  • Bad 1-line display screen.
2.8 Photo

The Brother HL-L2370DW is a terrible printer for printing photos. It can't print in color and its photo printing quality is bad. Additionally, it can't print on glossy photo paper and doesn't support any photo paper sizes.

Pros
Cons
  • Only prints in black and white.
  • 2.7 Family
  • 5.9 Small/Home Office
  • 6.4 Student
  • 8.3 Black & White
  • 2.8 Photo
  1. Updated Apr 08, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  2. Updated May 11, 2021: Changed Photo Printing value in Cost-Per-Print box from $0.125 to N/A.
  3. Updated Jun 08, 2020: A bug rendering incorrect information in the Cartridge box has been fixed.
  4. Updated Jun 08, 2020: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.1.
  5. Updated Jun 04, 2020: Review published.
  6. Updated Jun 02, 2020: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
8.0
Design
Build Quality

The Brother HL-L2370DW is a straightforward printer with a very simple, easy-to-use design. The body of the printer feels durable and the paper input tray is quite sturdy. The toner cartridge and drum units are easy to access from the front of the printer, and there's a spot in the back that provides good access in case of a paper jam. Unfortunately, the power cable is integrated into the printer—if it breaks, you'll need to replace the whole printer. Otherwise, the printer is very well-built.

Design
Dimensions
Height 7.3" (18.5 cm)
Width 14.3" (36.3 cm)
Depth 14.6" (37.1 cm)
Height When In Use
8.0" (20.2 cm)
Width When In Use
14.3" (36.3 cm)
Depth When In Use
16.0" (40.6 cm)
Weight
16.8 lbs (7.6 kg)

The Brother HL-L2370DW is a compact printer. Since it doesn't have a scanner, it's not very tall, which makes it suitable for placement in a small dorm room or home office.

7.5
Design
Expected Maintenance
Ink Related Maintenance
Not Needed
Drum Unit
A Separate Unit
3.5
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
1.9" (4.8 cm)
Touchscreen No

This printer has a bad display screen. It uses a 1-line LCD display located on the top-right hand side of the printer. It's hard to see the screen clearly unless you're standing directly over the printing and looking at it head-on. The screen responds quickly, but the menu is challenging to navigate with only five physical buttons. Fortunately, this is a very simple printer, so you shouldn't need to go into the menu too often. If you're looking for a laser printer with a larger screen and more menu options, check out the Canon imageCLASS MF242dw.

8.7
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
N/A
Black Cartridge Model
TN730
Tested Black Page Yield
67.74 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
1,287 prints
Color Cartridge Model
No Color Cartridge
Tested Color Page Yield
N/A
Estimated Color Page Yield
N/A
Third Party Cartridge
Purchased One Worked
Ink Type
Toner
High Yield Cartridge
Yes

The Brother HL-L2370DW has an outstanding monochrome cartridge system. The standard black toner cartridge has a remarkably high page yield, so you shouldn't have to replace the toner very often unless you print at a very high volume. There are higher yield toner options available as well, with the TN760 and the TN770 cartridges expected to last even longer. However, the drum eventually needs replacing, adding an extra cost down the road. If you're looking for a monochrome print-only laser model with similar page yields, and don't want to worry about having to replace the drum unit separately, check out the Pantum P2502W. On the other hand, if you want a printer with a much higher page yield, check out the Kyocera ECOSYS P2235dw.

This printer accepts third-party toner cartridges; however, using them may void your warranty.

0
Design
Scanner Features
Scanner
No
Scan Flatbed
No
Flatbed Extendable Hinges
N/A
Automatic Document Feeder
No
ADF Capacity
N/A
Scan Speed
N/A
Duplex Scanning
No
Flatbed Scan Size
N/A
Fax
No
Copy
No
OCR Included
No Scanner

This black and white printer doesn't have an integrated scanner. If you're looking for a printer with a scanner and color printing, check out the HP ENVY Photo 6255.

0
Design
Scanning Resolution And Color Depth
Max Scan Resolution
N/A
Max Scan Color Depth
N/A
Design
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") Yes
Photo (5" x 7") Yes
Photo (8" x 10") Yes
Max Paper Weight
230 g/m²

This printer has an adjustable input tray that supports most standard formats of plain paper for black and white printing.

Design
In The Box

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

Design
Battery
Advertised Battery Life
N/A
Tested Charging Time
N/A
Document
9.1
Document
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
45.49 US$
Color Cartridge Price
N/A
Black Only Printing
0.035 US$/print
Color Printing
N/A
Photo Printing
N/A
Ink Subscription
No

Update 05/11/2021: We initially set a value for Photo Printing, but we changed this to N/A since this printer isn't designed for photo printing.

Like most black and white laser printers, the Brother L2370DW's cost-per-print is outstandingly low. Do keep in mind, however, that the drum unit also needs to be replaced eventually and isn't factored into the cost-per-print. If you'd like a monochrome laser printer with a drum unit included in the toner cartridge, check out the HP LaserJet M209dwe.

9.1
Document
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
35 PPM
Color Document
N/A
Photo Printing Time
12.1 s
Single Page Out Time (Black Only)
11.0 s
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
250 pages

This printer has an exceptionally fast printing speed. The first page takes a little longer, but once it's warmed up, this printer can churn out a full 30-page article in under a minute, which is outstanding.

Document
Document Sample
Color Ink Needed for Black & White
No
Photo
1.0
Photo
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
No

The Brother HL-L2370DW is a black and white laser printer, so it's not meant for printing photos - it doesn't support printing on glossy paper or a 4" x 6" format. When printing photos on 8.5" x 11" plain paper, there's a lot of banding. The dotted halftone pattern is quite noticeable up close, but most details are visible from a regular viewing distance.

Note that 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.

If you want to print photos, it's better to go with a color inkjet printer like the Canon PIXMA TS8320.

0
Photo
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
N/A

The Brother HL-L2370DW doesn't print in color. If you prefer a color printer, check out the Brother HL-L3270CDW Laser.

0
Photo
Color Gamut
Mobile App And Connectivity
8.0
Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
Yes
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 HLL2370DW has great connectivity options. The only wireless feature missing is Bluetooth support, which shouldn't be much of an issue since it has AirPrint and Mopria for mobile printing, as well as Wi-Fi Direct if you're not in range of a router. However, you can't print directly off a USB storage device or SD card.

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

This printer is compatible with the Brother iPrint&Scan app, which supports the printing of all the most common printable file types. You can also check the printer's toner level, and order new toner online.

Mobile App And Connectivity
OS Compatibility
Windows Fully
macOS Fully
Chrome OS Fully

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

There's a variant of the Brother HL-L2370DW called the Brother HL-L2350DW. It's nearly identical, but the HL-L2350DW doesn't yield as many pages, prints slightly lower, and lacks an Ethernet port.

Compared To Other Printers

The Brother HL-L2370DW is an excellent monochrome laser printer. However, its lack of a scanner makes it less ideal for small offices compared to other all-in-ones. For other options, check out our recommendations for the best laser printers, the best home printers, and the best all-in-one printers.

Brother HL-L2350DW

The Brother HL-L2370DW and the Brother HL-L2350DW are very similar. They're both compact, monochrome laser printers with no scanner; however, the HL-L2370DW offers more. It has a higher page yield at a lower cost-per-print, and it also accepts two higher-yield cartridge sizes instead of just one like the HL-L2350DW. It also prints slightly faster, and it has an Ethernet port for those who want to print via a wired connection to their router.

Brother HL-L2390DW

The Brother HL-L2390DW and the HL-L2370DW are two very similar models. They are both black and white printers. However, the HL-L2390DW model includes a scanner. If the cost per print and page yield are your only two criteria, the HL-L2370DW is the better option.

Brother HL-L2395DW Laser

The Brother HL-L2395DW and the Brother HL-L2370DW are both monochrome laser printers. However, the L2370DW is a simple printer-only unit that's excellent at black-and-white printing, as it has a better black page yield and cost-per-print than the L2395DW. On the other hand, the L2395DW has a high-resolution flatbed scanner with copy capabilities. As both are monochrome laser units, they're particularly terrible at printing photos.

Brother HL-L3270CDW Laser

The Brother HL-L3270CDW Laser is a better overall printer than the Brother HL-L2370DW. The HL-L2370DW can only print in black, while the HL-L3270CDW is a color printer. Neither option includes a scanner, but the HL-L3270CDW has good color accuracy.

Kyocera ECOSYS P2235dw

The Kyocera ECOSYS P2235dw and the Brother HL-L2370DW are both monochrome laser printers. The Kyocera yields many more pages at a lower cost-per-print, and it supports printing off a USB thumb drive. On the other hand, the Brother prints a bit faster, and it supports Apple AirPrint. Also, there are higher-yield versions of its toner available if you want to increase its yield, but we didn't test them.

Xerox B210/DNI

The Xerox B210/DNI and the Brother HL-L2370DW are two similar monochrome printers. Both use a single black toner cartridge with a remarkably high page yield and low cost-per-print. The biggest difference between the two is the mobile app. The Brother iPrint&Scan app is exceptional and works with both Apple and Android. The Xerox app doesn't work with Android at the time of our testing.

HP LaserJet Pro M15w

The Brother HL-L2370DW is a much better printer than the HP LaserJet Pro M15w. Both printers use a single black toner cartridge, which has a very high page yield, and the cost-per-print is very low. However, the Brother prints much faster than the HP, and its mobile app supports printing of Microsoft Office files and text files.

Pantum P2502W

The Brother HL-L2370DW and the Pantum P2502W are both monochrome print-only models that use laser technology to print. The Brother is much better overall, as it feels much more sturdily built, it has a slightly cheaper cost-per-print, and it prints significantly faster. Additionally, it supports automatic duplex printing to easily produce double-sided documents, and it has an Ethernet port. On the other hand, it's much easier to replace the Pantum's toner cartridge, and because the drum unit is built-in, you don't need to worry about replacing it separately.

Pantum P3012DW

The Pantum P3012DW and the Brother HL-L2370DW are both monochrome laser units without any scanning features, but the Brother is a better choice if you want something more reliable. The Brother warms up to start printing much sooner than the Pantum, and its mobile app is a lot easier to use. While the Pantum yields more pages at a cheaper cost-per-print, it's hard to set up and get working, and the iOS companion app is particularly cumbersome to use.

HP LaserJet M209dwe

The HP LaserJet M209dwe and the Brother HL-L2370DW are two monochrome laser printers with no scanners. While both have remarkably high page yields and very low cost-per-prints, the Brother prints significantly faster. However, the drum unit is a separate unit on the Brother and needs to be replaced eventually, which adds an extra cost over time. On the other hand, the drum unit on the HP is included in the toner cartridge. Note that the HP printer only accepts original HP cartridges, so you can't use third-party toner.

Lexmark B2236dw

The Brother LH-2370DW is a slightly better monochrome printer for producing black and white documents than the Lexmark B2236dw. The Brother has a slightly better build, it can yield many more pages from its toner cartridge, and its cost-per-print is more affordable. It also has a better mobile app that can print Microsoft Office files.

Brother MFC-J805DW INKvestment Tank

The Brother HL-L2370DW is a monochrome laser printer-only unit that's an excellent black and white printer, while the Brother MFC-J805DW INKvestment Tank is an all-in-one color inkjet printer better suited for a wider variety of uses. The L2370DW prints black-only documents significantly faster and has an Ethernet port. On the other hand, the J805DW has a flatbed scanner and ADF, a significantly better cost-per-print and page yields, and overall adequate photo printing performance with the ability to print on glossy photo paper formats.

HP LaserJet MFP M234dw

For black-only printing, the Brother HL-L2370DW is much better than the HP LaserJet MFP M234dw. The Brother yields more black pages and accepts third-party cartridges. The cost-per-print is similar between the two, but keep in mind that the HP's drum unit is built into the cartridge, while the Brother's is a separate unit that you need to replace manually, which is another added expense. The Brother prints significantly faster, and its input tray can hold more paper, up to 250 pages compared to the HP's 150-page capacity. On the other hand, the HP might be a better choice if you need a scanner because the Brother doesn't have one.

Canon PIXMA G1200

The Brother HL-L2370DW is a monochrome laser printer, while the Canon PIXMA G1200 is a color inkjet with a supertank system. The Brother is an excellent option if you need to print in black and white only. It offers a range of connectivity options, including Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct, and it also supports Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print. Comparatively, the Canon has refillable ink tanks which hold a lot of ink, providing very high page yields and incredibly low costs-per-print. Also, it's a better choice if you want to print casual photos. However, the only way to print is via a USB-A to USB-B cable, which doesn't come in the box, and there's no way to print wirelessly.

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