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Brother HL-L2460DW [HL-L2400D, HL-L2405W] Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed Mar 08, 2024 at 10:44 am
Latest change: Writing modified Mar 20, 2024 at 09:51 am
Brother HL-L2460DW [HL-L2400D, HL-L2405W] Picture
4.8
Family
6.6
Small/Home Office
7.1
Student
7.3
Black & White
1.0
Photo

The Brother HL-L2460DW is a basic monochrome laser printer. It's a print-only unit that uses TN830, high-yield TN830XL, or super high-yield TN830V toner cartridges. It features a 1-line monochrome LCD screen, Wi-Fi, and USB connectivity, and it supports Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service.

Our Verdict

4.8 Family

The Brother HL-L2460DW is a bad choice for family use. It's a monochrome laser printer, making it wholly unsuited for photo printing, and it lacks a scanner, so you can't do things like copy pages from a magazine or a book. While printed text looks crisp and legible, you'll need to dive deep into its settings menu to make some adjustments if you print photos or graphics regularly. On the upside, it uses inexpensive cartridges with a high page yield, and it offers a wide array of connectivity features, so everyone in your home can print from their laptop, tablet, or phone.

Pros
  • Standard cartridges have a high page yield.
  • Wide array of connectivity options.
Cons
  • No scanner.
  • Does a terrible job of resolving fine details in graphics and photos.
  • Not a color printer.
6.6 Small/Home Office

The Brother HL-L2460DW is an alright home office printer. It uses a toner cartridge with a high yield, minimizing maintenance requirements, and it outputs a lot of pages in a hurry. However, the lack of a scanner for digitizing documents is rather limiting for some offices. While printed text looks sharp and crisp, you'll want to make some in-depth adjustments to its print settings if you regularly incorporate graphics or photos in any submitted documents, as in its default state, the printer does a terrible job of resolving fine details.

Pros
  • Standard cartridges have a high page yield.
  • Fast print speed.
  • Wide array of connectivity options.
Cons
  • No scanner.
  • Does a terrible job of resolving fine details in graphics and photos.
  • Takes a bit of time to warm up.
7.1 Student

The Brother HL-L2460DW is a decent option for students, as long as you don't need to scan anything and only print in black-and-white. It uses relatively inexpensive toner cartridges with a high yield. It also offers Wi-Fi and USB connectivity along with support for Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service, and it's compatible with Brother's feature-dense mobile app. It outputs pages pretty quickly, too, which is great if you need to print an assignment in a hurry, though it does take a little while to warm up.

Pros
  • Standard cartridges have a high page yield.
  • Wide array of connectivity options.
  • Printed text looks crisp and legible.
Cons
  • No scanner.
  • Does a terrible job of resolving fine details in graphics and photos.
  • Takes a bit of time to warm up.
7.3 Black & White

The Brother HL-L2460DW is a decent black-and-white printer. While printed text looks consistently sharp and legible, it does a poor job when it comes to resolving fine details in graphs or photos. Thankfully, it prints quite quickly, and even the standard-size TN830 cartridges have a high page yield; it's also compatible with high-yield TN830XL and super high-yield TN830V toner cartridges.

Pros
  • Standard cartridges have a high page yield.
  • Printed text looks crisp and legible.
Cons
  • Does a terrible job of resolving fine details in graphics and photos.
  • Takes a bit of time to warm up.
1.0 Photo

The Brother HL-L2460DW isn't designed for photo printing. It can only print in black-and-white, and its printing pattern is very visible and completely masks fine details.

Pros
Cons
  • Does a terrible job of resolving fine details in graphics and photos.
  • Not a color printer.
  • 4.8 Family
  • 6.6 Small/Home Office
  • 7.1 Student
  • 7.3 Black & White
  • 1.0 Photo
  1. Updated Mar 20, 2024: Added mention of the Brother MFC-L2820DW as an alternative with a scanner in the Scanner Features section.
  2. Updated Mar 08, 2024: Review published.
  3. Updated Mar 05, 2024: Early access published.
  4. Updated Mar 01, 2024: Our testers have started testing this product.
  5. Updated Feb 27, 2024: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  6. Updated Feb 20, 2024: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

 There are multiple variants of this printer, all with slightly different features and performance; you can see them in the table below.

Model Connectivity Duplex Printing Capability Advertised Printing Speed (Letter) Region of Sale Additional Features
HL-L2400D USB Yes 32 PPM North America -
HL-L2400DW USB, Wi-Fi Yes 30 PPM Europe -
HL- L2400DWE USB, Wi-Fi Yes 30 PPM Europe Comes with a 4-month subscription to the EcoPro ink subscription service
HL-L2405W USB, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct No 30 PPM North America -
HL-2420DW USB, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct Yes 30 PPM North America  
HL-L2460DW USB, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi direct, Ethernet Yes 36 PPM North America -
HL-L2460DWXL USB, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Ethernet Yes 36 PPM North America Includes 1x high-yield TN380XL and 1x starter TN cartridges.
HL-L2865DW USB, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Ethernet Yes 34 PPM Oceania Compatible with super high-yield TN835 cartridge.

We tested the HL-L2460DW model, and you can see its label here. Let us know in the comments if you encounter another model variant not listed here.

Compared To Other Printers

The Brother HL-L2460DW is a lot like the Brother HL-L2325DW, being a basic monochrome print-only unit. It feels very well-built for something in this price bracket and uses cartridges with a high page yield. That said, you'll need to delve deep into its settings menu to reach an acceptable level of print quality for things like photos or graphics.

If you're looking for alternatives, see our recommendations for the best laser printers, the best office printers, and the best all-in-one printers.

Brother HL-L2325DW

The Brother HL-L2325DW and Brother HL-L2460DW are very similar printers. The HL-L2325DW uses TN730 cartridges, whereas the HL-L2460DW uses TN830 cartridges; both offer very similar page yields. The biggest difference between the two regarding physical design is that only the HL-L2460DW has a detachable power cord. However, the HL-L2325DW delivers superior print quality out-of-the-box, requiring no fiddling.

Pantum P2502W

The Pantum P2502W and Brother HL-L2460DW each have their own advantages. The Pantum uses cartridges with a higher page yield and delivers superior print quality when left in its default state. However, the Brother feels better built, can output pages much faster, and supports automatic double-sided printing.

Canon imageCLASS MF3010

The Brother HL-L2460DW is better than the Canon imageCLASS MF3010. The Brother feels better built, is compatible with a full-featured mobile app, and prints faster, though the Canon does take less time to initialize. The Canon also features a flatbed scanner, so it's a much better fit if you need to digitize documents regularly.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
8.0
Design
Build Quality
Type Printer Only

The Brother HL-L2460DW feels impressively well-built. It's very similar in feel to other Brother printers like the Brother HL-L2325DW, with a dense plastic body, robust hinges, and a solid-feeling paper tray. Unlike the HL-L2325DW, however, the power cord is removable, so you can easily replace it if it gets damaged. The toner cartridge and drum are easily accessible through the top front of the printer, and the printer doesn't need to be on to access this. A drawback of the design is that the manual feeder can only hold one page at a time and lacks an extender to hold the page properly, so the paper just hangs off the feeder. Also, accessing paper jams can be difficult for people with large hands as the rear access door is quite narrow, and while you can get to the roller through the front by removing the cartridge and drum, space is still at a premium.

Design
Dimensions
Height 7.3" (18.5 cm)
Width 14.3" (36.4 cm)
Depth 14.8" (37.5 cm)
Height When In Use
7.9" (20.0 cm)
Width When In Use
14.3" (36.4 cm)
Depth When In Use
16.1" (40.8 cm)
Weight
16.8 lbs (7.6 kg)
7.5
Design
Expected Maintenance
Ink Related Maintenance
Not Needed
Drum Unit
A Separate Unit

This is a low-maintenance printer. Unlike inkjet printers, there's no risk of printhead clogging if you don't print for an extended period. You don't need to replace the toner cartridge often as it yields a large number of prints. When you need to change it, the cartridge is easily accessible through the front, and the printer doesn't need to be on to do so. You have to replace the drum separately, although it's usually good for around 12,000 prints, so it's not too bad.

There are a few ways to access paper jams. The first is through the panel on the back of the printer. However, this panel only opens up to a 45ยฐ angle, so it might be hard to reach in if you have large hands. You can also remove the paper tray, the toner cartridge, and the drum to access paper jams or remove the duplex feeder in case the jam happens while duplex printing. The main paper tray holds 250 sheets of paper, the output tray holds 100, and the manual feeder holds one.

You can see the user's guide here.

3.5
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
2.0" (5.0 cm)
Touchscreen No

The Brother HL-L2460DW has a rudimentary 1-line monochrome display that can only display 16 characters at a time. It doesn't allow for tilt or swivel adjustments, but it has good viewing angles, so it's easy to see from all sides. Navigating the settings menu is tedious as the screen can only show a limited number of functions at once, and the buttons have minimal labeling even though they serve multiple functions.

7.7
Design
Cartridge
Technology Laser
SuperTank
No
Photo Cartridge
No
Color No
Number Of Color Cartridges
N/A
Black Cartridge Model
TN830
Tested Black Page Yield
67 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
1,273 prints
Color Cartridge Model
No Color Cartridge
Tested Color Page Yield
N/A
Estimated Color Page Yield
N/A
Third Party Cartridge
Not Found At Time Of The Review
Ink Type
Toner
High Yield Cartridge
Yes

The cartridge system is very good. The standard TN830 cartridge has an impressive page yield, so you won't have to swap in a new one that often. Better yet, high-yield TN830XL and value high-yield TN830V cartridges are available, with advertised yields of 3,000 and 3,300 pages, respectively. Super high-yield TN835 toner cartridges, with an advertised yield of 5,000 pages, are exclusive to the HL-L2865DW variant of this printer.

The printer stops printing when the internal page counter detects that the installed toner has reached its estimated end of life. However, you can change the settings so that printing continues even when the printer thinks there isn't any toner left.

Putting in a partially used toner cartridge prompts a 'Replace Toner' message, and the product user guide recommends only swapping in new, untouched cartridgesโ€”you can see the printer's help section here.

0
Design
Scanner Features
Scanner
No Scanner
ADF Capacity
N/A
Scan Speed
N/A
Duplex Scanning
No Scanner
Max Flatbed Scan Size
No Scanner
Max ADF Scan Size
No Scanner
Flatbed Hinge Adjustability
N/A
Fax
No
Copy
No
OCR Included
No Scanner

This is a print-only unit. If you need a monochrome laser printer with a scanner, check out the Brother MFC-L2820DW.

N/A
Design
Scan Quality
Max Scan Resolution
N/A
Max Scan Color Depth
N/A

This is a print-only unit.

Design
In The Box

  • Quick setup guide
  • CD-ROM with drivers
  • Power Cable cable
  • DR830 drum unit
  • Starter TN toner cartridge

Note: The HL-L2865DW model variant is bundled with a super high-yield TN835 toner cartridge.

Design
Battery
Advertised Battery Life
N/A
Tested Charging Time
N/A

This is a corded printer.

Document
6.0
Document
Black & White Documents
Color Ink Needed For Black & White
No

The print quality of black-and-white documents is mediocre when the printer is in its default settings. Prints show substantial print artifacts, poor contrast in colored areas converted to grayscale, and minimal retention of fine details. At the very least, the text is crisp and highly legible.

Seeing as how this level of print quality is substantially inferior to a lot of other Brother monochrome printers that share similar hardware, like the Brother HL-L2325DW, we made several attempts to rectify this issue. There's no change in print quality when sending from the iPrint&Scan software from a desktop PC or from an iPhone with the Mobile Connect app. Performing a factory reset doesn't affect print quality. Changing the print resolution also has no impact, and changing the 'Print Setting' mode to 'Text' instead of the default 'Graphics' actually makes print quality worse, as seen here. Instead, you'll need to go deep into the printer settings and select 'Use System Halftone' instead of the default 'Use Printer Halftone' setting. Changing this setting brings print quality closer in line with other, similar Brother models, as seen here.

You can see other sample prints made using the settings below:

Since these settings are deep within the settings menu and are unlikely to be something that most people will adjust, we evaluated the print quality based only on the default settings.

0
Document
Color Documents

This printer can only print in black.

9.0
Document
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
49.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
0 US$
Black-Only Printing Cost
0.039 US$/print
Color Printing Cost
N/A
Photo Printing Cost
N/A
Ink Subscription
Optional

The Brother HL-L2460DW's cost-per-print is outstandingly low. Its TN830 cartridges have a high yield and aren't unduly expensive to replace. However, you need to replace the drum separately, which is an additional expense that's not factored into the cost. The drum usually lasts 15,000 prints, so you won't have to do it too often. Having the drum as a separate unit also makes the toner cartridge less expensive and is more eco-friendly since you don't need to replace it as often as the toner.

8.4
Document
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
34 PPM
Color Document
N/A
Photo Printing Time
21.0 s
Single Page Out Time (Black Only)
20.1 s
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
250 pages

The Brother HL-L2460DW outputs pages impressively quickly. It takes a while to get the first page of a document out, but it gets much faster once it's warmed up and gets very close to the advertised speed of 36 PPM. The input tray is relatively large, so you don't have to reload it as often during big print jobs.

Document
Document Printing Sizes
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
Max Paper Weight
230 g/mยฒ

The posted maximum paper weight applies to the manual feeder. The main input tray can only support up to 163 g/mยฒ.

Photo
0
Photo
Color Gamut

The Brother HL-L2460DW is a monochrome printer that can't print in color.

0
Photo
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
N/A

This is a monochrome printer that can't print in color.

0.5
Photo
Small Details
Max Print Resolution (DPI)
1200 x 1200

The Brother HL-L2460DW does a terrible job of resolving fine details. The printing pattern is very noticeable and completely obscures fine details.

0
Photo
Photo Printing Sizes
Glossy Paper (4" x 6") No
Glossy Paper (5" x 7") No
Glossy Paper (8" x 10") No
Glossy Paper (8.5" x 11") No
Glossy Paper (13" x 19") No
Borderless Printing
No
Mobile App And Connectivity
8.0
Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
Yes
USB Input To Computer
Yes
Wireless Yes
Bluetooth
No
Wi-Fi via Router
Yes
Wi-Fi Direct
Yes
External Storage Support
No
Apple AirPrint
Yes
Mopria Print Service
Yes
9.5
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App
Mobile App Yes
App Name Brother Mobile Connect
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Android and iOS
PDF
Android and iOS
Microsoft Office Files
Android and iOS
Text Files (TXT)
Android and iOS
Webpages (HTML)
No

Brother's Mobile Connect App is fantastic. You can manage the Refresh EZ Print subscription service and print documents remotely. You can also perform maintenance tasks like updating the firmware, checking the toner level, and ordering replacement toner online. That said, unlike other Brother printers, you can't print HTML files directly.

Mobile App And Connectivity
OS Compatibility
Windows Fully
macOS Fully
Chrome OS Fully