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Brother HL-L2395DW Laser Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed May 11, 2020 at 11:57 am
Brother HL-L2395DW Laser Picture
3.1
Family
6.2
Small/Home Office
6.9
Student
8.6
Black & White
2.3
Casual Photo
Type All in One
Technology Laser
Wireless Yes
Color No
SuperTank
No

The Brother HL-L2395DW is an excellent laser printer that's intended for those who mainly print monochrome documents. It has a great design that makes it easy to access the toner, and its great connectivity options allow you to print from virtually any device. It has exceptional printing speed, which can save you a lot of time, but the scanner lacks an automatic feeder and can't scan two-sided documents. Overall, it's a good fit for students or for those who need a basic printer that can handle large printing jobs at a fast pace.

Our Verdict

3.1 Family

The Brother HL-L2395DW is a bad family printer. It can only print in black and white, and even then, its photo printing quality is awful. It performs superbly if you only need to print in black only, and it can scan high-resolution photos if you need to do some quick touch up. However, it can't perform duplex scanning.

Pros
  • Excellent cartridge system.
  • Fast printing speed.
  • Great connectivity options.
Cons
  • Bad for photo printing.
  • Scanner has limited functions.
6.2 Small/Home Office

The Brother HL-L2395DW is a mediocre printer for home or small offices. It can print remarkably fast, but only in black. It lacks an automatic document feeder for scanning, and scanning two-sided documents can be time-consuming. It has a great build quality, though, and you can print a good deal before needing to replace the toner.

Pros
  • Excellent cartridge system.
  • Fast printing speed.
  • Great connectivity options.
Cons
  • Bad for photo printing.
  • Scanner has limited functions.
6.9 Student

The Brother HL-L2395DW is a decent printer for students. Its cost-per-print remains low even if you print a lot, and aside from the first page, printing speed is excellent. Unfortunately, it can only print in black only, but on the upside, it has a good number of connectivity options and its mobile app is outstanding.

Pros
  • Excellent cartridge system.
  • Fast printing speed.
  • Great connectivity options.
Cons
  • Bad for photo printing.
  • Scanner has limited functions.
8.6 Black & White

The Brother HL-L2395DW is an excellent printer if you only need to print in black and white. Its cost-per-print and printing speed are both outstanding, and you can print a large number of copies on a single toner cartridge. It does take some time to print the first page, but subsequent pages are much faster. Sadly, it doesn't have an automatic document feeder and it can't perform two-sided scans.

Pros
  • Excellent cartridge system.
  • Fast printing speed.
  • Great connectivity options.
Cons
  • Bad for photo printing.
  • Scanner has limited functions.
2.3 Casual Photo

Pros
  • Excellent cartridge system.
  • Fast printing speed.
  • Great connectivity options.
Cons
  • Bad for photo printing.
  • Scanner has limited functions.
  • 3.1 Family
  • 6.2 Small/Home Office
  • 6.9 Student
  • 8.6 Black & White
  • 2.3 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.

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Black HL-L2395DW
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Test Results

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Design
8.5
Design
Build & Design Quality

The Brother HL-L2395DW has an excellent build quality. The plastic construction feels solid and the cartridge is easily accessible. The paper tray has sliders that can be adjusted to the paper's size, and the scanner's lid has extendable hinges to accommodate thicker documents or books. Unfortunately, the power cord is built into the printer and isn't removable, and the output paper support can be difficult to open. Also, the display console faces upward and it's not adjustable, making it hard to see if the printer is placed too high when seated.

Design
Dimensions
Height 10.7" (27.2 cm)
Width 16.1" (41.0 cm)
Depth 15.7" (39.8 cm)
Weight
22.5 lbs (10.2 kg)

The Brother HL-L2395DW doesn't take up a lot of space on the desk, but it's fairly tall, even with the scanner's lid closed.

8.5
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
2.9" (7.4 cm)
Touchscreen Yes

The Brother HL-L2395DW has an excellent screen that's easy to read, and it's touch-sensitive. However, due to its placement, it can be hard to read if you're seated or if the printer is placed too high.

Design
In The Box

  • Drum unit and 1 black toner cartridge
  • User guide

8.7
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
N/A
Black Cartridge Model
TN730
Tested Black Page Yield
67.00 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
1273 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. The toner is a separate unit from the drum unit, so you won't have to replace the drum every time that you replace the toner. The printer accepts third-party toners, but using them may void the warranty. If you want a printer with a better black page yield, check out the Brother HL-L3270CDW Laser.

6.4
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
Yes
Copy
Yes

The scanning features are mediocre. Although the scanning resolution and color depth are good enough for photos, it doesn't have an Automatic Document Feeder and can't scan two-sided documents. However, the lid's hinges can extend to accommodate thicker documents and books.

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

The Brother HL-L2395DW's cost-per-print is outstanding. It isn't quite as low as the Brother HL-L2370DW, but it's still very affordable to print with this printer.

9.0
Printing
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
36 PPM
Color Document
N/A
Photo Printing Time
16.2 sec
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
11.7 sec
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
250 pages

Printing speed is exceptional. Although it takes longer to print the first page, the following pages are much faster.

0
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
N/A

The Brother HL-L2395DW can only print in black.

1.0
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
No

This printer isn't meant for printing photos. That said, the quality of black and white photos is passable for a laser printer, though there's a dotted halftone effect. Note that the printer can't print on glossy paper or 4" x 6" paper, so this test was done with regular 8.5" x 11" multipurpose 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

This printer has an adjustable input tray that can support most common formats up to the legal format.

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 HL-L2395DW has great connectivity options. It supports most wireless connections, but it doesn't support Bluetooth. Also, it can't print from a storage device such as a USB thumb drive.

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 outstanding. Most common file types are supported and you can even scan documents directly to your phone. The app also allows you to check on the printer's ink level.

Compared to other printers

Brother HL-L2390DW
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Brother HL-L2390DW and the 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-L3270CDW Laser
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BestBuy.com

The Brother HL-L2395DW Laser is a better printer than the Brother HL-L3270CDW Laser. The HL-L2395DW has outstanding cost-per-print and printing speed, and you can print a large number of copies on a single toner cartridge. It also includes a scanner, but the scanner doesn't have an automatic feeder.

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