Brother HL-L2380DW Wireless Monochrome Laser Printer Review:(Updated 2018)
A Printer has become a regular resource in homes these days and with several new models available in markets. I already had some parameters fixed in my minds such as compact size, control touch panel, hug paper tray, changeable dpi and toner level.
Browsing took me few days and I got confused with which one to buy just when I opted for Brother HL-L2380DW Wireless Printer suggested by one of the closest friend. 6 months on and I feel its worth every time I use. So, today I am going to throw some light on this compact, monochrome printer which I tag it as a special one for the infrequent users. Let’s start.
The printer looks very compact and won’t occupy much space on your working desk. Brother HL-L2380DW is rectangular in shape with curved edges on the front side along with an opening at the top featuring scanning board.
You get a touchscreen control panel at the top displaying a number pad with nine numbers and a power button. Below that you can see the brand name Brother written in capital letters with an opening to eject the prints.
The dimensions are 15.7 x 16.1 x 10.5 inches which guarantee less space capture. Weighing 21.6 pounds, shifting it from one place to other won’t be bulkier but, I would suggest choosing a permanent place with a proper power supply such that your back doesn’t feel the stress. Looking at its control panel, you get a touchscreen making the functionality easier.
I will be talking about it in detail in the next section. A shot out for those entire infrequent printer users, HL-L2380DW is the need of today promising printouts.
Built for small office and home users, the printer offers low-cost laser monochrome printing. Its user-friendly design gives high quality and reliable prints at a speed of 32 pages /minute.
It is certified as Cortado Class 1 Product with an enclosed power output. With so many features to offer, let us have a glance it in detail.
You can find the paper tray beneath the scanner unit. A print speed of 32 pages per minute is efficient only when you have a large stock of pages. Brother HL-2380DW assists you by providing a paper input tray that accommodates 250 papers at a single time such that adding papers becomes an occasional task.
You can manually feed the papers through the straight paper path such that every page you print looks professional and worthy.
You Get sharp, clear images as you get prints of 2400 x x600 dpi resolution. Dpi stands for dot per inch covering an entire image with the dots. More dots per inches lead to a clear and colour-filled image. Pre-plan your toner usage as more dpi results in more usage of toners. Talking about toner consumption, you can manage the toner amount using the option present on the control panel.
The Toner Save Mode will reduce the toner usage when we are printing some of the less important documents. You save cost per page by using TN-660 toner cartridges (sold separately).
Savings will be the priority for all the startups and I make it easier by revealing the duplex mode which prints on both sides of the paper.
The duplex mode can do marvels while printing business documents like reports, spreadsheets, invoices bills, letter etc. So, a low dpi combined with duplex mode with fewer toner consumption can be penny-pinching. You save up to 50% on less important documents by using this reliable mode.
The toners are long lasting and nondrying as they are available even after you forget its date of purchase. They are quite expensive and are the main component for printing.
Printing without toners cannot happen as it is the main component adding colour to what you print. With high price and more usage, cutting on toner cost has become a formidable task these days. But, let me give you a worthy formula that will cut down your toner expenses.
As I have already discussed the term dpi in printing. I won’t focus on keeping the dpi consistent with less important docs rather I would keep the alphabets less clear and with light toner level up to a readable visibility. Moreover, duplex print will help you save the amount of paper.
The formula could do marvels when you need a huge number of prints but not for business purpose. A great example can be studied notes, a formal notice or an advertisement which doesn’t require shimmering colours and brightness.
Let’s move on to the most interesting part of Brother HL-L2380DW which is its control panel. Be it searching the file name, typing passwords or selecting options, the 2.7 inch color display gives you enough area to maneuver your fingers over the screen. And if you are performing the same functions over and over again then the shortcut option helps you to reach the required menu quickly.
You get Wireless Assistant that makes it easier to connect to a wireless network. Use 802.11b/g/n to share your printer with other devices or grab the opportunity to connect a 2.0 USB cable into the high speed USB port. Brother offers cloud services by the Web connect interface accessed through the control touch panel.
Using computer for printing will become infrequent as you can access the all important Dropbox, GoogleDrive, Onedrive, and Onenote. The pre-installed suite can be accessed from the brother’s touch screen display. Take the advantage of all these document storing apps that makes your printer a storage device. You can easily access all these apps on the control touch panel making it user friendly. The presence Wi-Fi features helps you connect with your PC for easy printing.
Just enter the settings through the control panel and select Settings and click on Network reset. Switch the network interface to wireless. The Printer reboots as soon as you do this and once it starts, go to Wi-Fi and select Setup Wizard followed by clicking yes. Now the printer will search your network and when it populates you can select your id and enter the network key from a QWERTY keypad. Once, it gets connected go to the print settings such that the printer will print the IP address .so that you can register it with your Google account.
Conclusion for Brother HL-L2380DW Wireless Monochrome Laser Printer
When delivered, you get AC Power cord, Owner’s manual and a Starter Black Toner cartridge. The printer is backed by 1 year limited warranty with free phone support for printer’s life. The Toner level is measured by the Amazon Dash Replenishment service such that you a new toner is automatically ordered when the current toner level is low. Summing up all said, I would like to stress on buying this monochrome printer that not only offers reliable printing but also proves to be a money saver especially for those who don’t prefer frequent need of printing. Slow printing speed is something which may bother some users but, like I said before, I am in no hurry to get my prints and there will be many users who won’t mind checking their phones while the machine is printing. So, this is the need of my article getting you through all the details about the printer. Lastly, I was trying to cut my costs and looking for a budget saving printer and this one perfectly filled that void. Have a great day ahead!
Frequently Asked Question for Brother HL-L2380DW Wireless Monochrome Laser Printer-FAQs
- How Fast can this Printer print the Pages?
The Brother HL-L2380DW Wireless Printer is pretty fast in printing. With the monochrome laser printing, this printer can print almost 32 Pages in Each minute at maximum capacity. If you look at this number from a professional perspective, it’s way better than the so-called dedicated office printers.
- Am I tired of frequently changing Toners in my current Printer? Does this printer have Durable toner?
With the Brother HL-2380DW Printer, you don’t have to worry about changing the Toner frequently. The Durable toner is useful for taking high-resolution prints and works for a long time. Also, the Toner Saver mode is available in the Control Settings of the Printer, which helps you to increase the lifespan of Toner.
I accept the fact that most of the printers are hard to set up for any newbie Printer user. You have to follow the instructions from the manual and then set up everything as per the instructions. That’s not the case with Brother HL-2380DW wireless printer.
Just plug in the power cord, add the toner cartridge that came with the Printer, connect the printer to your wifi network and you are ready to take multiple prints from this printer.
Unfortunately, no. This printer does not support the color printing as it is the laser printer. Although, you can take high-quality professional level Black and White prints. If your sole purpose of buying a printer is to make color prints, then this is not the choice of printer for you.
Yes. That’s correct. With this printer, you can wirelessly print documents via AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Brother iPrint&Scan, Cortado Workplace and WiFi Direct. There are some many ways by which you can wirelessly print the documents from any place. Not just the wireless printing, it supports the Cloud prints and cloud scans, which stores the scanned documents to your connected Google Drive, DropBox, and Microsoft OneDrive accounts.
Don’t worry. The Brother HL-2380DW is a wireless printer, but the connectivity options are not limited to the Wifi. You can connect this printer via USB Cable. The USB Connectivity option provides faster printing, quick connections and helps the users when their Wifi network is down. So, don’t worry if you don’t have a Wifi router in your home.
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