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Brother HL-L2390DW Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Jun 22, 2020 at 08:11 am
Brother HL-L2390DW Picture
3.1
Family
5.6
Small/Home Office
6.9
Student
8.4
Black & White
2.3
Casual Photo
Type All in One
Technology Laser
Wireless Yes
Color No
SuperTank
No

The Brother HL-L2390DW is a very good laser printer that's best suited for printing in black and white. The printer has an excellent printing speed, and a very well thought out design that gives the user easy access in case of a paper jam. The printer has a remarkable cartridge system with high black page yield. It also includes an adequate scanner, but unfortunately, doesn't have an Automatic Document Feeder. The printer also lacks the ability to connect to devices via Bluetooth and doesn't include an Ethernet port. Overall, this printer is best suited for students or for those who need to print a large number of documents as quickly as possible.

Our Verdict

3.1 Family

The Brother HL-L2390DW is a bad printer for family use. Not only does it lack the ability to print in color, but the images that it can print are of poor quality. It doesn't support glossy paper or 4" x 6" formats, limiting the kind of images you can print. However, the scanner is decent and can be used with the mobile app.

Pros
  • Excellent black and white printing.
  • Passable scanner.
Cons
  • Bad photo printing quality.
5.6 Small/Home Office

The Brother HL-L2390DW is a sub-par printer for home or small office use. Its printing speed is exceptional, and thanks to its creative design, you can increase the size of the output tray for large printing jobs. However, not only does it lack an Automatic Document Feeder for scanning, but it also can't be set up with your network via Ethernet. Additionally, the power cord is built-in, so if ever it gets damaged it will be harder to replace.

Pros
  • Outstanding build quality and simple design.
Cons
  • No Ethernet connectivity.
  • Basic and inadequate display screen.
  • No Automatic Document Feeder.
6.9 Student

The Brother HL-L2390DW is an acceptable printer for a student. Thanks to its exceptional printing speed and low cost per print, students can feel comfortable printing large projects without breaking the bank. The excellent mobile app can also be useful for students, and because the scan lid raises, it's easier to scan large documents such as textbooks or magazines. However, if you have a project that requires colored photos, this printer is black and white only.

Pros
  • Excellent black and white printing.
  • Excellent printing speed.
  • Remarkable app and connectivity.
Cons
  • Can't print in color.
8.4 Black & White

The Brother HL-L2390DW is an impressive printer if you only need to print in black and white. It has a low cost per print, an excellent printing speed capability, and includes an impressive black page yield. Unfortunately, its display screen is inferior to other models and has poor visibility.

Pros
  • Excellent printing speed.
  • Outstanding build quality and simple design.
  • High black yield cartridge.
Cons
  • No Ethernet connectivity.
  • Basic and inadequate display screen.
2.3 Casual Photo

The Brother HL-L2390DW shouldn't be used to print photos. The image quality is terrible and the grayscale has some obvious banding.

Pros
Cons
  • Bad photo printing quality.
  • 3.1 Family
  • 5.6 Small/Home Office
  • 6.9 Student
  • 8.4 Black & White
  • 2.3 Casual Photo

Test Results

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Design
8.5
Design
Build & Design Quality

The Brother HL-L2390DW has outstanding build quality. The plastic build feels solid, and the printer includes grooves on each side for easy moving. The paper tray cassette can expand for both longer formats and different widths. The design makes it so that you can easily access paper jams from the rear side of the printer by pulling open the compartment door. The scan lid can also be raised for the scanning of larger items. Unfortunately, the power cord is built-in to the printer and can't be removed, making it difficult to replace if damaged.

Design
Dimensions
Height 10.7" (27.2 cm)
Width 16.1" (41.0 cm)
Depth 15.8" (40.1 cm)
Weight
22.3 lbs (10.1 kg)

The Brother HL-L2390DW is similar in size to the Brother HL-L2395DW Laser. It doesn't take up an excessive amount of space on a desk but is fairly tall.

4.5
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
2.0" (5.1 cm)
Touchscreen No

The Brother HL-L2390DW has a bad two-line LCD back-lit display. It has poor visibility from any side angles and is best viewed when standing directly in front of it. The only positive is that it lights up, but other than that, it's a very basic display with decent menu navigation options and no swivel or tilt capability.

Design
In The Box

  • Starter toner cartridge TN-730
  • Drum unit DR730
  • Installation CD
  • User guide

9.0
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
N/A
Black Cartridge Model
TN730
Tested Black Page Yield
75.00 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
1425 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 Brother HL-L2390DW has a remarkable cartridge system. The toner is a separate unit from the drum unit, so you won't have to replace the drum every time you replace the toner. The printer accepts third-party toners, but using them may void the warranty. It also has an impressive estimated black page yield, so you won't need to replace the cartridge as often.

6.2
Design
Scanner
Scanner
Yes
Scan Flatbed
Yes
Scan Sheetfed
No
Automatic Document Feeder
No
Duplex Scanning
No
Scan Resolution
1200 DPI
Scan Color Depth
24 bit
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
No
Copy
Yes

The scanning features are unremarkable. The scanning lid lifts about an inch from the rear hinges and closes over what you want to scan, making it easier to scan larger documents. However, the printer lacks an Automatic Document Feeder meaning that it can't scan two-sided documents. It also can't fax. If you need a scanner with an automatic document feeder, check out the Brother MFC-L2710DW.

Printing
9.3
Printing
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
42.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
N/A
Black Only Printing
0.030 US$/print
Color Printing
N/A
Photo Printing
0.125 US$/print
Ink Subscription
No

The Brother HL-L2390DW has an excellent cost-per-print thanks to its fairly inexpensive toner and high page yield. However, the drum does need to be replaced after 12,000 pages or so, which is not included in the price of the cartridges.

8.9
Printing
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
32 PPM
Color Document
N/A
Photo Printing Time
10.8 sec
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
12.0 sec
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
250 pages

The printing speed of this printer is outstanding. The first page out takes a tab bit longer, but the following pages are much quicker. If you want a printer with faster printing speed and bigger input trays, check out the HP LaserJet Enterprise M507dn.

0
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
N/A

The Brother HL-L2390DW can only print in black.

1.0
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
No

This printer isn't meant to print photos. If you absolutely need to print black and white photos with this printer, the grayscale includes some visible banding. We tested the photo printing on basic 8.5" x 11" paper as well, because this printer doesn't support 4" x 6" or glossy formats.

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 can support most common formats up to the legal format.

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-L2390DW has decent connectivity options. It supports both AirPrint and Mopria print options, but it doesn't support Bluetooth or Ethernet connections. Additionally, it can't print from a storage device such as a USB thumb drive. If you need a monochrome printer with ethernet connectivity, check out the Xerox B210/DNI.

10
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App Print
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 superb. It gives you the option to print, scan, and copy documents directly to your phone. You can also use the app to check machine settings such as the ink level status and firmware updates.

Compared to other printers

The Brother HL-L2390DW is a great printer for those who only need to print in black, but the lack of an automatic document feeder makes it less suitable for office use than a multi-function printer like the Brother MFC-L2710DW. For more options, check out our recommendations for the best all-in-one printers, the best printers for small businesses, and the best laser printers.

Brother HL-L2395DW Laser

The Brother HL-L2390DW and the Brother HL-L2395DW are very similar models. The HL-L2395DW is a better printer if you want to have the ability to fax, prefer an option with a better more comprehensive display screen, and improved connectivity.

Brother HL-L2370DW

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 MFC-L2710DW

The Brother MFC-L2710DW and the Brother HL-L2390DW are similar, as they're both monochrome laser printers with exceptional yield, low cost-per-print, and fast printing speed. The main differences are that the MFC-L2710DW has a scanner with an automatic document feeder and it has an Ethernet port.

Epson EcoTank ET-2720

The Brother HL-L2390DW and the Epson EcoTank ET-2720 are two very different printers. The Brother is a monochrome laser printer with better build quality and quicker printing speed. However, the Epson is a color inkjet supertank that can yield more pages from its ink tanks before they need to be refilled. The Epson's cost-per-print is more affordable and its photo printing quality is quite decent. If you print only black-text documents, the Brother is a good choice, but if you need color printing and don't mind the slower print time, go for the Epson.

HP LaserJet Pro M15w

The Brother HL-L2390DW is a better black and white laser printer than the HP LaserJet Pro M15w. Both printers have a remarkable cartridge system with a high black page yield and low cost-per-print. However, the Brother includes a scanner.

Xerox B210/DNI

The Xerox B210/DNI and the Brother HL-L2390DW are two similar black and white laser printers. They both have high black page yields, low cost-per-prints, and fast printing speeds. However, if you're looking for a printer for office use, the Brother doesn't include an Ethernet port.  Additionally, the Brother includes a scanner while the Xerox doesn't. 

Brother MFC-L3770CDW Laser

The Brother MFC-L3770CDW is a much better printer than the Brother HL-L2390DW. The MFC-L3770CDW has the ability to print in both black and white and color, has an outstanding build quality, and can hold a large amount of paper. Neither is good for photo printing, but the MFC-L3770CDW is still decent for a laser printer.

Canon imageCLASS MF644Cdw

The Canon imageCLASS MF644Cdw and the Brother HL-L2390DW are very different printers. The Canon is a color printer while the Brother is a monochrome printer. The Canon's scanner has a sheetfed scanner that can perform duplex scanning, it has better connectivity options, and it yields more black pages. However, the Brother prints black only documents faster and its cost-per-print is lower since it only has one cartridge to replace. That said, the Brother's drum unit is a separate piece, which needs to be replaced eventually and isn't factored into the cost of the toner cartridge.

Brother HL-L3270CDW Laser

The Brother HL-L2390DW is a better black and white printer than the Brother HL-L3270CDW Laser. It has a low cost per print, an excellent printing speed capability, and includes an impressive black page yield. However, the HL-L3270CDW can print in color and has a better display screen.

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3720

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3720 and the Brother HL-L2390DW are very different printers. The Epson is a color inkjet printer while the Brother is a monochrome laser printer. The Brother is a better choice for printing black and white documents, as it can print faster and it's more cost-effective. However, for color or photo printing, the Epson is the better option. Also, the Epson has more connectivity options and its scanner has an automatic document feeder.

Brother MFC-J895DW

The Brother MFC-J895DW and the Brother HL-L2390DW are very different printers. The MFC-J895DW is an all-in-one inkjet printer while the HL-L2390DW is a monochrome laser printer. The MFC-J895DW is more versatile since it can print in color and it has a sheetfed scanner that makes it a lot easier to process multi-page documents. However, if you only need to print black and white documents, the HL-L2390DW is a better choice due to its higher page yield and faster printing speed.

Brother MFC-J805DW INKvestment Tank

The Brother HL-L2390DW and the Brother MFC-J805DW INKvestment Tank are two very differently designed printers. The HL-L2390DW is a monochrome laser printer. While its toner cartridge may not yield as many pages as the MFC-J805DW, it still has an excellent cost-per-print. It's also able to rapidly print out black-text documents. Conversely, the MFC-J805DW is an inkjet printer that uses higher-yielding cartridges, which helps to lower its cost-per-print. It also has an automatic document feeder, which is something the HL-L2390DW lacks, and even though it has sub-par color accuracy, it's able to print decent quality photos.

Canon PIXMA TS5320

The Canon PIXMA TS5320 and the Brother HL-L2390DW are very different printers. The Canon is a color inkjet printer while the Brother is a monochrome laser printer. The Brother is a better choice for printing black and white documents, as it can yield more black pages, it prints a lot faster, and its cost-per-print is significantly lower. However, if you need to print in color or print photos, the Canon is a better choice, and it also has more connectivity options.

Epson Expression Premium XP-7100

The Brother HL-L2390DW and the Epson Expression Premium XP-7100 are two very different types of printers. The Brother is a black-only laser print, while the Epson is an inkjet printer with color cartridges. The Brother is a better choice for printing black and white documents since it has a low cost-per-print, but the Epson is a better choice for family use since you can print in color, although the color page yield is really low and the cartridges are expensive.

HP OfficeJet Pro 8025/8028/8035

The Brother HL-L2390DW and the HP OfficeJet Pro 8025 are two very differently designed printers. The Brother is a monochrome laser printer with an excellent toner cartridge system which helps to keep its overall cost-per-print very low. Its print speed is much quicker too, and it has a better companion app. However, the HP is a color inkjet printer, so it has better color accuracy and photo printing quality. It also has an automatic document feeder as well as an Ethernet port.

Epson EcoTank ET-3760

The Brother HL-L2390DW and the Epson EcoTank ET-3760 are two differently designed printers. The Brother is a monochrome laser printer that lacks a sheetfed scanner. That being said, it has an outstanding print speed for black-text documents, which is great for people who run a lot of these kinds of print jobs. Conversely, the Epson is more versatile overall as it's a color printer. Thanks to its supertank system, it can yield a lot of pages at an affordable cost-per-print. It also has decent photo printing quality, and it even has an ethernet port.

Canon PIXMA TR4520

The Canon PIXMA TR4520 and the Brother HL-L2390DW are two very different printers. The Canon is an inkjet printer that prints in color, making it a better choice for home use. It has decent color accuracy, impressive photo printing quality, and it has a sheetfed scanner too. On the other hand, the Brother is a monochrome laser printer that has an excellent black page yield, making it ideal for office use.

Epson Expression Home XP-4100

The Epson Expression Home XP-4100 and the Brother HL-L2390DW are very different printers. The Epson is a color inkjet printer while the Brother is a monochrome laser printer. The Brother has a significantly higher black page yield and is a lot more cost-effective for high-volume printing. It also prints faster, but the Epson prints much higher quality photos.

HP Smart Tank Plus 551

The Brother HL-L2390DW and the HP Smart Tank Plus 551 are two very different printers. The Brother is a monochrome laser printer and is well-suited for those who print a lot off a lot of black text documents. While it doesn't yield as many black pages as the HP, it still has an outstandingly low cost-per-print, and it's much quicker at printing out documents. On the other hand, the HP is a supertank printer, so it can yield a lot of both black and color pages at a very low cost-per-print. It can print off okay photos, and it has great color accuracy. However, its print speed is very slow for both black and color documents as well as photos.

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