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.
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.
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.
The Brother HL-L2395DW is an okay 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.
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.
The Brother HL-L2395DW is a terrible printer for printing photos. It can only print in black and the printing quality is bad. Also, it can't print on glossy photo paper.
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.
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.
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.
Update 01/05/2022: We specified that the toner cartridge that comes with the printer is a starter version, meaning it yields less pages than the cartridge you buy separately.
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.
Note: While the printer comes with a starter toner cartridge, we use a regular-sized cartridge that we buy separately for our tests.
Update 07/16/2021:We incorrectly listed that the printer has a fax feature. We changed the result from 'Yes' to 'No' and updated the review accordingly.
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. If you need a scanner with an automatic document feeder, check out the Brother MFC-L2710DW.
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.
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.
Printing speed is exceptional. Although it takes longer to print the first page, the following pages are much faster.
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.
If you want to print photos, then check out an inkjet printer like the HP OfficeJet Pro 9025.
This printer has an adjustable input tray that can support most common formats up to the legal format.
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. If you need a printer that can print directly from a USB thumb drive, check out the Canon imageCLASS MF445dw.
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.
The Brother HL-L2395DW Laser is an excellent monochrome printer. Compared to its sibling, the Brother HL-L2390DW, it has a better display screen, it prints faster, and it has more connectivity options. However, the HL-L2390DW has a better black page yield. For other options, check out our recommendations for the best laser printers, the best home printers, and the best all-in-one printers.
The Brother HL-L2395DW Laser and the Brother MFC-L2710DW perform very similarly overall. The HL-L2395DW has a better display screen and it prints faster, but the MFC-L2710DW has an automatic document feeder. Both printers use the same toner cartridge and yield the same number of pages.
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.
The HP LaserJet MFP M234sdwe and the Brother HL-L2395DW Laser are both monochrome laser printers. While the Brother doesn't have a sheetfed scanner like the HP does, it has a higher flatbed scanner resolution, which may be important if you often scan items with small details, like in a photo or pencil sketch. Also, the Brother prints significantly faster. However, the HP has a higher page yield, a lower cost-per-print, and an automatic document feeder, so it may be a better choice if you print and scan multi-page documents often. Note that because it's an HP+ printer, you can only use original HP cartridges with it.
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.
The Brother HL-L2395DW Laser is an all-in-one monochrome laser printer that excels at printing in black and white. It prints black text documents significantly faster and has an Ethernet port. On the other hand, the MFC-J805DW INKvestment Tank is an all-in-one color inkjet printer suited for a wider variety of tasks, that has a higher page yield and better cost-per-print for black pages, and which also prints in color and produces decent-quality photos with middling color accuracy. Also, it has an automatic document feeder.
The Canon imageCLASS MF242dw and the Brother HL-L2395DW Laser are both monochrome laser printers, but the Brother has better scanning features than the Canon. Although both printers lack an automatic document feeder, the Brother has a higher scanning resolution and can pick up finer details. It also has a larger touchscreen display, and it feels better built. On the other hand, the Canon has much higher page yields and a lower cost-per-print. The Canon also has the drum unit built into the toner cartridge, so you won't have to replace it separately.