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Brother HL-L2390DW Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Updated Nov 17, 2022 at 02:48 pm
Brother HL-L2390DW Picture
Type All in One
Technology Laser
Color No
SuperTank
No
Wireless Yes

The Brother HL-L2390DW is an all-in-one monochrome laser printer compatible with Brother's TN730 and TN760 (high-yield) toner cartridges. It has Wi-Fi and USB connectivity, supports Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service, and works with Brother's iPrint&Scan mobile companion app. It only has a flatbed scanner with no automatic feeder, duplex scanning, or fax functionality, but it has a 250-sheet input tray and can perform automatic double-sided printing. There's only one variant, the Brother HL-L2395DW, which has Ethernet connectivity, a larger color display, and faster printing speed.

Our Verdict

N/A Family

The Brother HLL2390DW is decent for family use if your household only prints black and white documents; however, it isn't ideal if you want to print photos or any color documents since it's a monochrome laser printer. On the upside, its ink cartridge yields a large number of prints, and replacement toner is cheap, which helps keep your maintenance costs low. It has wired and wireless connectivity options, making it easy for every household member to access, and it's compatible with Brother's feature-rich mobile app, meaning you can print or perform maintenance tasks right from your smartphone.

Pros
  • High page yield; low cost per print.
  • Wired and wireless connectivity; feature-rich mobile app.
Cons
  • Prints terrible photos.
  • Can't print in color.
N/A Small/Home Office

The Brother HL-L2390DW is sub-par for home or small offices. Although it has a high page yield and fast printing speed, it can only print in black, which is very limiting. Also, it lacks an automatic document feeder and duplex scanning capability. This model doesn't have Ethernet connectivity, but its variant, the Brother HL-L2395DW, does.

Pros
  • Outstanding build quality and simple design.
  • Fast printing speed.
  • High page yield; low cost per print.
Cons
  • No automatic document feeder.
  • No fax functionality.
  • Can't print in color.
N/A Student

The Brother HL-L2390DW is okay for students. Its toner cartridge yields a large number of pages before needing replacement and is relatively cheap, so it isn't expensive to maintain. Also, it doesn't take long to warm up and prints quickly at up to 32 pages per minute, which is great for printing those long essays. The downside is that you can't print anything in color.

Pros
  • Fast printing speed.
  • High page yield; low cost per print.
  • Wired and wireless connectivity; feature-rich mobile app.
Cons
  • Can't print in color.
N/A Black & White

The Brother HL-L2390DW is great for printing black and white documents. It has a high page yield, so you don't need to replace the toner cartridge often, and the cartridge is relatively cheap, which helps keep maintenance costs low. It also prints quickly and supports automatic duplex printing. However, it lacks an automatic document feeder and duplex scanning capability.

Pros
  • Outstanding build quality and simple design.
  • Fast printing speed.
  • High page yield; low cost per print.
Cons
  • No automatic document feeder.
N/A Casual Photo

The Brother L2390DW isn't designed for photo printing. It can't print in color, and the print quality is terrible as pictures look grainy and lacking in detail.

Pros
  • High page yield; low cost per print.
Cons
  • Prints terrible photos.
  • Can't print in color.
  • N/A Family
  • N/A Small/Home Office
  • N/A Student
  • N/A Black & White
  • N/A Casual Photo
  1. Updated Nov 17, 2022: We've updated the review to include more information about the Brother HL-L2395DW variant.
  2. Updated May 11, 2021: Changed Photo Printing value in Cost-Per-Print box from $0.125 to N/A.
  3. Updated Jun 22, 2020: Review published.
  4. Updated Jun 17, 2020: Early access published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Brother HL-L2390DW in black. There's only one other variant, the Brother HL-L2395DW, which is the same printer but has Ethernet connectivity, a larger color display, and faster printing speed. Our review applies to both models.

Model  Ethernet Display Advertised Print Speed
HL-L2390DW No 2" monochrome two-line LCD 32 PPM
HL-L2395DW Yes 2.9" color touch-sensitive 36 PPM

Compared To Other Printers

The Brother HL-L2390DW is among the best monochrome laser printers on the market. However, its lack of an automatic document feeder and duplex scanning might be a dealbreaker for offices that regularly scan multi-page and double-sided documents.

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 MFC-L2750DW

The Brother MFC-L2750DW and the Brother HL-L2390DW are very similar monochrome laser printers. The MFC-L2750DW has more features, like NFC support and an automatic feeder with duplex scanning. It also yields more pages per cartridge and prints slightly faster.

Brother HL-L2370DW

The Brother HL-L2390DW and the HL-L2370DW are two very similar monochrome laser printers; however, the HL-L2390DW includes a scanner, whereas the HL-L2370DW is a print-only unit. The HL-L2390DW yields slightly more prints, which leads to a lower cost per print.

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 an automatic document feeder and yields more prints.

HP LaserJet Pro M15w

The Brother HL-L2390DW is better than the HP LaserJet Pro M15w for most uses. The Brother has a scanner, prints much faster, and supports automatic duplex printing. However, the HP yields more prints, so you won't have to replace the toner cartridge as often as on the Brother.

Xerox B210/DNI

The Xerox B210/DNI and the Brother HL-L2390DW are 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 includes a scanner, while the Xerox doesn't.

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Test Results

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Design
N/A
Design
Build & Design Quality
Type All in One

The Brother HL-L2390DW's all-plastic build feels solid. It has a rear panel giving easy access to paper jams and grooves on each side for easy moving. The paper tray cassette can expand for both longer formats and different widths, and the scanner's lid hinges can extend to accommodate thicker items like textbooks. Unfortunately, the power cord isn't removable, making it difficult to replace if damaged.

Design
Dimensions
Height Lock" (Lock cm)
Width Lock" (Lock cm)
Depth Lock" (Lock cm)
Weight
Lock lbs (Lock kg)

This printer doesn't take up an excessive amount of space on a desk but is fairly tall. The Brother HL-L2395DW is identical in size and weight.

N/A
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Locked
Display Screen Size
Lock" (Lock cm)
Touchscreen Locked

This printer has a small, two-line LCD back-lit display. It has poor viewing angles, so it's hard to see from the sides, above, or below, and the panel doesn't tilt or swivel. On the upside, the settings menu is relatively easy to navigate. The Brother HL-L2395DW variant has a larger, touch-sensitive color display, as well as more buttons to help you navigate.

Design
In The Box

  • TN-730 starter toner cartridge
  • DR730 drum unit
  • Installation CD
  • User guide

N/A
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
Locked
Technology Laser
Number Of Color Cartridges
N/A
Black Cartridge Model
Locked
Color No
Tested Black Page Yield
Lock prints
SuperTank
No
Estimated Black Page Yield
Lock prints
Color Cartridge Model
Locked
Tested Color Page Yield
N/A
Estimated Color Page Yield
N/A
Third Party Cartridge
Locked
High Yield Cartridge
Locked
Drum Unit
Locked

The toner cartridge yields a large number of prints, so you won't need to replace it often unless you print a lot, and you can get an XL toner cartridge (TN760) that'll last even longer. The drum is a separate unit that you'll have to replace, but not as regularly as the toner because it's usually good for around 12,000 prints.

N/A
Design
Scanner
Scanner
Locked
Scan Flatbed
Locked
Scan Sheetfed
Locked
Automatic Document Feeder
Locked
Duplex Scanning
Locked
Scan Resolution
Lock DPI
Scan Color Depth
Lock Bit
Flatbed Scan Size
Locked
Fax
Locked
Copy
Locked

This printer only has a flatbed scanner, so scanning long, multi-page documents can be extremely time-consuming. The lid hinges extend about an inch, making it easier to close the lid over thicker items like textbooks. If you need a scanner with an automatic document feeder, check out the Brother MFC-L2710DW.

Printing
N/A
Printing
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
Lock US$
Color Cartridge Price
N/A
Black Only Printing
Lock US$/print
Color Printing
N/A
Photo Printing
N/A
Ink Subscription
Locked

The cost-per-print is outstanding because the toner cartridge lasts a long time and is relatively cheap. However, you need to replace the drum separately, which is an additional expense. That said, the drum lasts much longer than the toner cartridge, so you won't have to replace it as often.

N/A
Printing
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
Lock PPM
Color Document
N/A
Photo Printing Time
Lock s
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
Lock s
Duplex Printing
Locked
Input Tray Capacity
Lock pages

The overall printing speed is outstanding. It doesn't take long to warm up and prints very quickly. The photo printing time is the time it takes to print an 8.5" x 11" photo, as the printer doesn't support a 4" x 6" format. The Brother L2395DW variant prints black documents faster at up to 36 pages per minute. If you want a printer with faster printing speed and bigger input trays, check out the HP LaserJet Enterprise M507dn.

N/A
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
N/A

This printer can only print in black.

N/A
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
Locked

This printer isn't meant to print photos. The print quality is bad, as the picture looks grainy and lacking in detail. We tested the photo printing on basic 8.5" x 11" paper because it can't print on glossy paper.

Printing
Printing Size
Letter (8.5" x 11") Locked
Legal (8.5" x 14") Locked
Tabloid (11" x 17") Locked
A6 (105mm x 148mm) Locked
A5 (148mm x 210mm) Locked
A4 (210mm x 297mm) Locked
Photo (2" x 3") Locked
Photo (4" x 6") Locked
Photo (5" x 7") Locked

In addition to the main input tray, there's a single-sheet manual feeder on the front with width sliders. The output tray holds up to 100 sheets of paper.

Mobile App And Connectivity
N/A
Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
Locked
USB Input To Computer
Locked
Wireless Yes
Bluetooth
Locked
Wi-Fi via Router
Locked
Wi-Fi Direct
Locked
External Storage Support
Locked
Apple AirPrint
Locked
Mopria Print Service
Locked

This model doesn't have Ethernet connectivity, but its variant, the Brother HL-L2395DW, does.

N/A
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App For Home Use
Mobile App Locked
App Name Locked
iOS Locked
Android Locked
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Locked
PDF
Locked
Microsoft Office Files
Locked
Text Files (TXT)
Locked
Webpages (HTML)
Locked

Brother's iPrint&Scan mobile companion app is superb. You can use it to print, scan, and copy documents directly to your phone. You can also perform maintenance tasks like checking the ink level and firmware updates.

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