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Brother MFC-L2710DW Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Jun 19, 2020 at 08:36 am
Brother MFC-L2710DW Picture
3.3
Family
6.8
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 MFC-L2710DW is a monochrome laser printer that's meant for those who only print in black. Like most laser printers, it prints quickly, and its single cartridge can yield a good number of pages, which is great for offices that frequently print in bulk. However, the printer's inability to print in color is extremely limiting, so careful consideration is necessary before committing to such a printer. The scanner has great features, but the lack of duplex scanning is a bit disappointing, as it makes scanning double-sided documents time-consuming. Printing photos isn't recommended, as printed photos just look awful. Overall, it's an excellent printer, as long as you print in black only.

Our Verdict

3.3 Family

The MFC-L2710DW is a bad family printer. If you only print black and white documents, this printer performs well in that regard. However, the lack of color printing is severely limiting if you want to print a photo once in a while or add some colors to a document. The scanner is great, but it can't perform duplex scanning.

Pros
  • Outstanding printing speed.
  • Outstanding cost-per-print.
Cons
  • Bad photo printing quality.
  • Can't print in color.
  • Doesn't support external storage devices.
6.8 Small/Home Office

The MFC-L2710DW is an okay printer for small or home offices. It should perform well in offices that only print in black, as it can print quickly and its cost-per-print is outstanding. However, not being able to print in color may be a deal-breaker for some offices, as well as the lack of duplex scanning.

Pros
  • Outstanding printing speed.
  • Outstanding cost-per-print.
Cons
  • Can't print in color.
  • No duplex scanning.
6.9 Student

The MFC-L2710DW is an okay printer for students. It's able to print black documents quickly and the toner cartridge lasts a long time, which helps you save money in the long run. Unfortunately, it can't print in color and it doesn't support external storage devices like USB thumb drives.

Pros
  • Outstanding printing speed.
  • Outstanding cost-per-print.
Cons
  • Can't print in color.
  • Doesn't support external storage devices.
8.6 Black & White

The Brother MFC-L2710DW is an excellent printer for printing black and white documents. Even though it takes a bit longer to print out the first page of a document, subsequent pages come out a lot faster. Due to the black cartridge's exceptionally high yield, cost remains low over time. And if you often print at large scale, the printer also accepts high-yield cartridges.

Pros
  • Outstanding printing speed.
  • Outstanding cost-per-print.
Cons
  • No duplex scanning.
2.3 Casual Photo

The MFC-L2710DW is a bad printer for printing photos. Like most laser printers, it isn't meant for printing photos, as the quality is just awful. It can only print in black, and there's a lot of graininess and banding in the pictures. Also, it can't print on any type of glossy photo paper.

Pros
Cons
  • Bad photo printing quality.
  • Can't print in color.
  • 3.3 Family
  • 6.8 Small/Home Office
  • 6.9 Student
  • 8.6 Black & White
  • 2.3 Casual Photo

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Test Results

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Design
8.5
Design
Build & Design Quality

The MFC-L2710DW has an excellent design. The toner cartridge is easily accessible from the front, and although paper jams can only be removed from the back of the printer, you only need to open a single panel to gain access. The scanner's lid can be extended slightly if you need to scan thick documents or books. If you need to have better access to the output tray, the scanner bed can be raised and it stays open on its own, so you don't have to keep holding it. The whole printer feels sturdy, but the non-removable power cord makes it harder to replace if damaged.

Design
Dimensions
Height 12.4" (31.5 cm)
Width 16.2" (41.1 cm)
Depth 15.9" (40.4 cm)
Weight
25.6 lbs (11.6 kg)

The MFC-L2710DW is a pretty compact printer and should fit easily into most small home offices or dorm rooms. The printer is tall though, so additional clearance is needed if you want to use the scanner.

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

The MFC-L2710DW has a bad display screen. It's a small monochrome, two-line LCD. It isn't touch-sensitive either, so all navigation is done using the surrounding buttons. Viewing angles are bad, making it difficult to see if you're seated or viewing from the side, and there are no adjustments at all, tilt or swivel. Navigating the menu is easy enough, and the presence of a numeric pad is convenient for typing in Wi-Fi passwords and such. There are also dedicated buttons for the printer's main functions: fax, scan, and copy.

Design
In The Box

  • 1x TN-730 Black toner cartridge
  • 1x DR-730 Drum unit
  • Phone cable
  • Setup CD
  • 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. Since it can only print in black, there's just a single black toner cartridge. It can yield a very respectable number of pages, which means that you don't have to replace it often. There's also a high-yield cartridge available if you need more. The printer accepts third-party toner cartridges, but using them may void the manufacturer's warranty.

8.1
Design
Scanner
Scanner
Yes
Scan Flatbed
Yes
Scan Sheetfed
Yes
Automatic Document Feeder
Yes
Duplex Scanning
No
Scan Resolution
1200 DPI
Scan Color Depth
24 bit
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
Yes
Copy
Yes

The MFC-L2710DW has great scanning features. It has a flatbed and an automatic document feeder to process multi-page documents, but unfortunately, it can't perform duplex scanning.

Note that when scanning with the flatbed, the default resolution is 1200 DPI, but when using the feeder, the resolution drops to 600 DPI. Also, when scanning with Brother's iPrint&Scan on a PC, the default resolution is set to 300 DPI. To scan at a higher resolution, you must set it manually from the drop-down menu.

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 MFC-L2710DW's cost-per-print is outstanding. The toner cartridge is relatively cheap and it lasts a long time due to its high yield, so the long-term cost remains low. However, the drum is a separate unit and isn't factored into the cost of the toner cartridge. The drum needs to be replaced roughly every 12,000 pages.

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

Outstanding printing speed. It takes a bit longer to print the first page, but once it's warmed up, it can churn out pages at a very quick pace.

0
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
N/A

The MFC-L2710DW can only print in black.

1.0
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
No

The MFC-L2710DW has awful photo printing quality, which is expected of a monochrome laser printer. The pictures are grainy and there's a lot of banding. Our test image was printed on a regular 8.5" x 11" paper since the printer can't print on glossy photo 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

The MFC-L2710DW has a manual feed and a regular paper tray, and both are accessible from the front. The paper tray supports most paper sizes up to the standard legal size, but it doesn't support any photo papers.

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

Great connectivity options. It supports most wired and wireless connections, except for Bluetooth and external storage devices, such as USB thumb drives and SD cards.

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 mobile app is superb. With this app, you can print, scan, or copy. You can also access the printer's settings to perform maintenance tasks.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

We tested the Brother MFC-L2710DW, and there are two other variants of this printer, the Brother MFC-L2730DW and the Brother MFC-L2750DW. These three printers should perform very similarly, as the only difference between them comes down to features. Both the MFC-L2730DW and the MFC-L2750DW have a larger touchscreen display, and the L2750DW can perform duplex scanning. There are also some very minor differences between them, such as the amount of available memory and the ability to perform duplex copying.

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