Brother HL-L2370DW Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Jun 04, 2020 at 08:54 am
Brother HL-L2370DW Picture
2.2
Family
6.2
Small/Home Office
6.5
Student
8.7
Black & White
2.2
Casual 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

2.2 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.
6.2 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.
6.5 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.
8.7 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.
2.2 Casual 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.
  • 2.2 Family
  • 6.2 Small/Home Office
  • 6.5 Student
  • 8.7 Black & White
  • 2.2 Casual Photo
  1. Update 6/8/2020: A bug rendering incorrect information in the Cartridge box has been fixed.
  2. Update 6/8/2020: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.1.

Check Price

36 PPM (Dark Gray) HL-L2370DW
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Test Results

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Design
8.0
Design
Build & Design 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)
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.

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.

Design
In The Box

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

9.6
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
N/A
Black Cartridge Model
TN730
Tested Black Page Yield
103.74 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
1971 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 and XXL
Drum Unit
A Separate Unit

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 to be replaced, adding an extra cost down the road.

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

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.

Printing
9.6
Printing
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
42.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
N/A
Black Only Printing
0.022 US$/print
Color Printing
N/A
Photo Printing
0.125 US$/print
Ink Subscription
No

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.

9.1
Printing
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
36 PPM
Color Document
N/A
Photo Printing Time
12.1 sec
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
11.0 sec
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.

0
Printing
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.

1.0
Printing
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.

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

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

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 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

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.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

There's a variant of the Brother HL-L2370DW called the HL-L2350DW. Although we haven't reviewed it, it's advertised to have a slightly slower print speed and no Ethernet connection. We otherwise expect it to perform similarly to the HL-L2370DW.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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