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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.