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Brother MFC-L2710DW Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed Jun 19, 2020 at 08:36 am
Brother MFC-L2710DW Picture
Small/Home Office
Black & White
Type All in One
Technology Laser
Wireless Yes
Color 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

6.4 Family

The Brother 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.

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

The Brother 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.

  • Excellent printing speed.
  • Outstanding cost-per-print.
  • Can't print in color.
  • No duplex scanning.
8.1 Student

The Brother 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.

  • Excellent printing speed.
  • Outstanding cost-per-print.
  • Can't print in color.
  • Doesn't support external storage devices.
8.8 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.

  • Excellent printing speed.
  • Outstanding cost-per-print.
  • No duplex scanning.
1.4 Photo

The Brother 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.

  • Bad photo printing quality.
  • Can't print in color.
  • 6.4 Family
  • 8.4 Small/Home Office
  • 8.1 Student
  • 8.8 Black & White
  • 1.4 Photo
  1. Updated Sep 08, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  2. Updated Aug 25, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.
  3. Updated Apr 14, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  4. Updated May 11, 2021: Changed Photo Printing value in Cost-Per-Print box from $0.125 to N/A.
  5. Updated Jun 19, 2020: Review published.
  6. Updated Jun 16, 2020: Early access published.

Test Results

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Build Quality

The Brother 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.

Height 12.4" (31.5 cm)
Width 16.2" (41.1 cm)
Depth 15.9" (40.4 cm)
Height When In Use
12.4" (31.5 cm)
Width When In Use
20.0" (50.7 cm)
Depth When In Use
17.4" (44.2 cm)
25.6 lbs (11.6 kg)

The Brother 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.

Expected Maintenance
Ink Related Maintenance
Not Needed
Drum Unit
A Separate Unit
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
2.0" (5.1 cm)
Touchscreen No

The Brother 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.

Photo Cartridge
Number Of Color Cartridges
Black Cartridge Model
Tested Black Page Yield
102 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
1,938 prints
Color Cartridge Model
No Color Cartridge
Tested Color Page Yield
Estimated Color Page Yield
Third Party Cartridge
Purchased One Worked
Ink Type
High Yield Cartridge

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. If you want a printer with a higher page yield, check out the Canon imageCLASS MF445dw.

Scanner Features
ADF + Flatbed
ADF Capacity
50 pages
Scan Speed
Duplex Scanning
Max Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Max ADF Scan Size
8.5" x 14"
Flatbed Hinge Adjustability
1.11" (28 mm)
OCR Included

The Brother 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.

If you need duplex scanning, check out the Brother MFC-L2750DW.

Scan Quality
Max Scan Resolution
1,200 DPI
Max Scan Color Depth
In The Box

  • 1x TN-730 Black toner cartridge
  • 1x DR-730 Drum unit
  • Phone cable
  • Setup CD
  • User guide

Advertised Battery Life
Tested Charging Time
Black & White Documents
Color Ink Needed For Black & White
Color Documents
Black Cartridge Price
42.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
Black-Only Printing Cost
0.022 US$/print
Color Printing Cost
Photo Printing Cost
Ink Subscription

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 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.

Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
32 PPM
Color Document
Photo Printing Time
14.0 s
Single Page Out Time (Black Only)
11.7 s
Duplex Printing
Input Tray Capacity
250 pages

Excellent 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.

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/m²

The Brother 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.

Color Gamut
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE

The Brother MFC-L2710DW can only print in black.

Small Details
Max Print Resolution (DPI)
1200 x 1200
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
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App And Connectivity
USB Input To Computer
Wi-Fi via Router
Wi-Fi Direct
External Storage Support
Apple AirPrint
Mopria Print Service

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.

Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App
Mobile App Yes
App Name Brother iPrint&Scan
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Android and iOS
Android and iOS
Microsoft Office Files
Android and iOS
Text Files (TXT)
Android and iOS
Webpages (HTML)
Android and iOS

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.

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

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.

Compared To Other Printers

The Brother MFC-L2710DW is an excellent printer for printing black and white documents. However, it isn't as versatile as a color inkjet printer like the Brother MFC-J995DW, which is sold at the same price. For more options, check out our recommendations for the best all-in-one printers, the best home printers, and the best laser printers.

Brother MFC-L2750DW

The Brother MFC-L2750DW and the Brother MFC-L2710DW are very similar printers, but the MFC-2750DW is better overall. The  MFC-L2750DW has a higher page yield that results in a lower cost-per-print, it can perform duplex scanning, and it prints faster.

Brother HL-L2395DW Laser

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.

Brother HL-L2390DW

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 a scanner with an automatic document feeder and it has an Ethernet port.

Pantum P2502W

The Brother MFC-L2710DW and the Pantum P2502W are both monochrome laser printers, but the Pantum doesn't have any scanner features, while the Brother has an ADF and a flatbed scanner for digitizing media like photos and important documents. The Brother is much better, with significantly better build quality, faster printing speed, automatic duplex printing, and an Ethernet port. On the other hand, even though the Pantum yields many more pages before its cartridge needs replacing, it has issues when handling and outputting paper that make it inconvenient to use.

HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1202w

The Brother MFC-L2710DW and the HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1202w are both monochrome laser printers, but the Brother uses toner cartridges while the HP has a tank that you refill with toner. The HP is a better choice if you don't want to worry about spending money on toner as often. It prints nearly 8000 more pages, and its toner bottle cost is less expensive, too. On the other hand, if you need an ADF, the Brother has one. It also prints significantly faster, and it can automatically print double-sided. Unlike the HP, you don't need to flip over the sheets manually.

Pantum P3012DW

The Pantum P3012DW and the Brother MFC-L2710DW are both monochrome laser printers, but the Brother has an array of scanning features, while the Pantum has none at all. Because of its array of scanner tools, the Brother is better for small or home offices; its flatbed scanner's high resolution means you can capture very fine details, while its ADF can easily scan or make copies of multi-page documents. On the other hand, the Pantum yields many more pages at a cheaper cost-per-print; however, it's hard to set up, and its iOS companion app is cumbersome.

HP OfficeJet Pro 7740

The Brother MFC-L2710DW and the HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 are very different printers. The Brother is a monochrome laser printer while the HP is a color inkjet printer. The HP is better for home or small offices, as it can print higher quality photos on glossy photo paper, and it has an automatic document feeder with duplex scanning capability. However, if you only need to print in black, the Brother is a better choice, as it yields more black pages per cartridge and prints faster.

Brother MFC-J995DW

The Brother MFC-L2710DW is an all-in-one monochrome laser printer that's better suited for printing in black and white. It prints black-only documents significantly faster, though it takes a bit longer to warm up to print the first page. On the other hand, the J995DW is a more versatile all-in-one color inkjet unit with a significantly better cost-per-print and page yields, and it can print photos on photo paper with impressive quality and adequate color accuracy for casual use. 

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