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Brother MFC-L3770CDW Laser Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed May 11, 2020 at 11:57 am
Brother MFC-L3770CDW Laser Picture
6.4
Family
8.9
Small/Home Office
7.7
Student
8.4
Black & White
4.8
Casual Photo
Type All in One
Technology Laser
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
No

The Brother MFC-L3770CDW is an excellent color laser printer for home or small offices, but can be a good fit for other uses as well. It has an outstanding build quality that should last for years, and its input tray can hold a large amount of paper, making it a great choice for big print jobs. It prints fast and won't take up too much of your time; however, it may not be the best choice for photo printing, as color accuracy is quite poor and its cost-per-print can rise significantly if you print in large numbers. Nonetheless, it should still satisfy those who mostly print in black.

Our Verdict

6.4 Family

The Brother MFC-L3770CDW is a mediocre family printer. While it can print in color and its cost-per-print is good, the quality of printed photos is rather poor. Photos tend to look muted and the colors are inaccurate. On the bright side, its scanning resolution and color depth are exceptional, so you can use it to enlarge photos or do some light editing.

Pros
  • Outstanding build quality.
  • Fast print speed.
  • High-yield cartridges.
Cons
  • Expensive photo printing.
  • Mediocre color accuracy
  • No support for external storage devices.
8.9 Small/Home Office

The Brother MFC-L3770CDW is an excellent printer for home or small offices. It can print a large number of copies at a low cost when printing in black only, but the cost for color printing can rise significantly. Its build quality is outstanding, and it's equipped with an automatic document feeder that can save you a lot of time. Its printing speed is superb, but its wireless connectivity options are somewhat limited, as it doesn't support Bluetooth or external SD cards.

Pros
  • Outstanding build quality.
  • Fast print speed.
  • High-yield cartridges.
Cons
  • Slow to print first page of a document.
7.7 Student

The Brother MFC-L3770CDW is an okay printer for students. Printing black-only documents in large numbers won't cost significantly more, and it can print very fast, though the first page tends to be on the slow side. You can connect to the printer via Wi-Fi, and its mobile app supports most common file types, but you won't be able to print from an external drive like an SD card.

Pros
  • Outstanding build quality.
  • Fast print speed.
  • High-yield cartridges.
Cons
  • No support for external storage devices.
  • Slow to print first page of a document.
8.4 Black & White

The Brother MFC-L3770CDW is a great printer for printing black and white documents. Although this printer can print in color, it's much more suited for black only documents, as the cost-per-print remains low even if you print a lot. Printing speed is excellent and it accepts high-yield cartridges, so you won't have to replace the toners as often.

Pros
  • Outstanding build quality.
  • Fast print speed.
  • High-yield cartridges.
Cons
  • Slow to print first page of a document.
4.8 Casual Photo

The MFC-L3770CDW is a bad printer for printing photos. Pictures lack detail, the colors are muted, and there's a lot of banding as well. Additionally, its color accuracy is mediocre and it can't print on photo paper.

Pros
  • Outstanding build quality.
  • Fast print speed.
Cons
  • Expensive photo printing.
  • Mediocre color accuracy
  • 6.4 Family
  • 8.9 Small/Home Office
  • 7.7 Student
  • 8.4 Black & White
  • 4.8 Casual Photo
  1. Update 6/16/2020: We had previously listed an incorrect price for the black toner cartridge. It has been corrected.
  2. Update 6/8/2020: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.1.

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White MFC-L3770CDW
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Test Results

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Design
9.0
Design
Build & Design Quality

The Brother MFC-L3770CDW has an outstanding design. It's mainly built with hard plastic that feels solid and sturdy. The input and output trays are well-designed, with sliders that adjust to the paper's format, and the toners are easy to access. The scanner's lid has hinges that can extend vertically to accommodate thicker documents or books; however, the display console is horizontal and can't be adjusted, which can be difficult to see if you're seated or if the printer is placed too high.

Design
Dimensions
Height 16.1" (41.0 cm)
Width 16.1" (41.0 cm)
Depth 19.4" (49.4 cm)
Weight
53.4 lbs (24.2 kg)

The printer is fairly large, tall, and very heavy. Since the display console is horizontal, the printer needs to be on a lower table for better visibility.

9.0
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
3.7" (9.5 cm)
Touchscreen Yes

The Brother MFC-L3770CDW has an excellent display. It's easy to read and it's touch-sensitive. However, because the display faces upward and isn't adjustable, it can be hard to see if you're seated.

Design
In The Box

  • 4 toners: magenta, black, yellow, cyan
  • Phone cable
  • Power cable
  • User guide

9.3
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
3
Black Cartridge Model
TN-223BK
Tested Black Page Yield
73.00 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
1387 prints
Color Cartridge Model
TN-223C/M/Y
Tested Color Page Yield
72.00 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
1650 prints
Third Party Cartridge
Yes
High Yield Cartridge
XL
Drum Unit
A Separate Unit

The Brother MFC-L3770CDW has an excellent cartridge system. The toner is separate from the drum unit, so you won't have to replace the drum when you replace the toner. The printer accepts third-party toner, but using them may void the warranty.

9.9
Design
Scanner
Scanner
Yes
Scan Flatbed
Yes
Scan Sheetfed
Yes
Automatic Document Feeder
Yes
Duplex Scanning
Yes
Scan Resolution
1200 DPI
Scan Color Depth
24 bit
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
Yes
Copy
Yes

The Brother MFC-L3770CDW has outstanding scanning features. The scanning resolution and color depth are good enough for photo scanning, and it has an Automatic Document Feeder, making it easy to scan multiple pages and two-sided documents as well. Additionally, the scanner's lid has hinges that can extend to accommodate thicker documents or books. If you don't need a scanner option, check out the Brother HL-L3270CDW Laser.

Printing
8.5
Printing
Cost Per Print
Black Cartridge Price
57.49 US$
Color Cartridge Price
217.47 US$
Black Only Printing
0.041 US$/print
Color Printing
0.132 US$/print
Photo Printing
0.319 US$/print
Ink Subscription
No

Update 06/16/2020: We had previously listed an incorrect price for the black toner cartridge. It has been corrected and the score has been adjusted accordingly.

The Brother MFC-L3770CDW's cost-per-print is excellent. If you print mainly in black, the cost rises slightly as you print over a certain number of pages, but the cost of printing in color rises significantly the more you print. Do note that the cost of the color cartridge includes all three colors, though they can be purchased separately.

8.1
Printing
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
27 PPM
Color Document
25 PPM
Photo Printing Time
34.0 sec
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
24.0 sec
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
250 pages

Printing speed is great. It takes longer to print the first page, but subsequent pages are much faster.

6.3
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
10.55

Printing color accuracy is mediocre. Most colors aren't printed correctly; as such, it's not recommended for photo printing or graphic design.

3.5
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
No

The Brother MFC-L3770CDW has bad photo printing quality, though still decent for a laser printer. While it can bring out small details, the overall image isn't as sharp and colors look muted and inaccurate. Additionally, there's quite a bit of banding when printing with green and blue. Note that the printer can't print on 4" x 6" paper, so glossy 8.5" x 11" paper was used instead. If you need to print off glossy images with a good amount of detail and vibrancy, the HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 has significantly better photo printing quality.

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 Brother MFC-L3770CDW's input tray has sliders that adjust to the paper's size up to the legal format. However, it can't print large documents such as tabloid size or small photos.

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

Update 05/26/2020: This printer does support Wi-Fi Direct. We've updated the review.

The Brother MFC-L3770CDW has decent connectivity. It supports wireless printing from mobile devices such as AirPrint for Apple devices and Mopria for Android devices.

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

The Brother iPrint&Scan app is outstanding. It supports nearly every file type and you can also scan directly to your mobile device. You can access the printer's settings as well and to check on the printer's ink levels. It also supports NFC, so you can quickly connect your mobile phone to the printer.

Compared to other printers

Brother HL-L3270CDW Laser
SEE PRICE
BestBuy.com

The Brother HL-L3270CDW Laser and the Brother MFC-L3770CDW Laser are two very similar printers. They both have outstanding build quality, print fast with a low cost-per-print, but neither is the best choice for photo printing. The main difference is that the HL-L3270CDW doesn't come with a scanner, while the MFC-L3770CDW does.

Brother HL-L2390DW
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Brother MFC-L3770CDW is a much better printer than the Brother HL-L2390DW. The MFC-L3770CDW has the ability to print in both black and white and color, has an outstanding build quality, and can hold a large amount of paper. Neither are good for photo printing, but the MFC-L3770CDW is still decent for a laser printer.

HP OfficeJet Pro 7740
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Brother MFC-L3770CDW Laser is a better printer for office use than the HP OfficeJet 7740 Pro. The Brother is a laser printer, so it can yield even more pages before its toner cartridges need to be replaced, and its print speed is much faster too, although its first black-only page takes a bit longer to get started. However, the HP is more versatile. It has a significantly better photo printing quality, it has a USB port so that you can print directly from your thumb drive, and its overall cost-per-print is slightly lower too. That being said, you'll need to change its inkjet cartridges a bit more frequently though.  

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