Brother HL-L2350DW Review

High-quality duplex wireless printing with a low cost of ownership

Brother HL-L2350DW Review

Plus

  • Print wirelessly thanks to the built-in wireless card
  • Can automatically print on both sides
  • Affordable price and ongoing costs
  • Compact size

Minus

  • Mono printer – no color printing
  • Basic LCD display
  • Doesn’t include a USB A-B cord

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Introduction

The Brother HL-L2350DW is a black-and-white laser printer that gives you good text quality, fast speeds, and low ongoing costs, all with a low initial price. You can print to the HL-L2350DW across a wireless network without requiring a connected PC. You can also print on both sides of the paper without having to flip the pages manually.

Physical Features

The Brother HL-L2350DW has a pleasant boxy shape and a self-contained compact size. As the paper trays and duplex model are built into the printer, you need not worry about the printer taking up valuable desk space. At around 14 x 14 x 7 inches, the HL-L2350DW is the perfect size for a home or small office.

Brother HL-L2350DW - Buttons

On the top of the machine, you’ll find a basic LCD for setting up and using your machine, and seven buttons used for day-to-day operation. Besides the power button, a network button is used for setting up wired and wireless network connections, and a Go button is used for clearing error messages. Up, down, back, and OK buttons are used for traversing the printer’s menus, though once the printer to set up you also have the option of using web-based administration.

Capacity and Paper Trays

The HL-L2350DW has a front-loading automatic paper feed tray that holds up to 250 pages of normal weight paper. It supports a wide range of paper sizes including legal, folio, A5, letter, and A4. Using legal size paper requires the automatic tray to be extended out a few inches to the rear of the machine.

The automatic feeding tray supports paper weights between 60 and 163 g/m². Duplex printing is supported up to 105 g/m².

Brother HL-L2350DW - Tray

The HL-L230DW is more versatile than most home printers thanks to its two input trays.

For heavier sheets and envelopes up to 230 g/m², you can use the frontloading manual feed slot situated above the standard paper tray.

The output tray is designed to store a maximum of 100 sheets of standard paper.

Printing Speed

Tired of slow home printers? The HL-L2350DW prints an admirable 26 pages per minute, which is a lot faster than its budget price would suggest. Switching on the toner save option will improve toner use efficiency but has no effect on print speeds.

The ‘D’ in the printer’s name signifies its ability to automatically print on both sides of the paper if you set it to do so in the printer driver options. This is nice and convenient, but it does slow printing to around 10 pages per minute.

Printing Quality

Text documents come out sharp and clear. The HL-L2350DW defaults to 600 dots per inch and even at this resolution, text has no noticeable jaggedness. If you choose to use the toner save function, you may notice some light spots in small fonts.

Brother HL-L2350DW - Design

Grayscale graphics also print well. Printing monochrome versions of photos gives you less than great results, with some areas of images printing too dark. Of course, few people will be printing large numbers of photos on a monochrome printer.

Connectivity

As expected, you can connect your computer to the Brother HL-L2350DW through the USB connection. Driver installation is straightforward. Note that like most printers these days the HL-L2350DW does not come supplied with a USB A-B cable, which must be purchased separately.

A downside of the Brother HL-L2350DW’s basic interface is that setting up a Wi-Fi network for the first time is a little cumbersome. Typically, you will enter the Wi-Fi password on the single-line LCD using the up and down buttons.

Brother HL-L2350DW - Connectivity

You can connect to the Brother HL-L2350DW through multiple connection methods.

Having said that, other options are available. If your wireless router supports it, you can use Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS). You can also connect directly to your printer from your mobile device using Wi-Fi Direct.

After the printer is connected to your wireless network or directly connected to your device using Wi-Fi Direct, printing to the HL-L2350DW and changing settings can be done remotely with ease.

Advanced features unavailable on other small office or home printers include secure printing over SSL and support for Certification Authority security certificates. Setting these up will secure the privacy of the documents you print over your network regardless of who else is using it.

Consumables and Cartridges

Brother HL-L2350DW - Cartridge

As a mono laser printer, the HL-L2350DW requires only one black toner cartridge. The printer comes with a starter toner cartridge that will get you around 700 prints before you need to replace it.

Two options exist for replacing the toner cartridge. The standard TN730 will give you around 1,200 prints and the larger TN760 will give you around 3,000 prints.

The other consumable that occasionally needs to be replaced is the drum. The printer comes with full drum that on average will need to be replaced every 12,000 prints.

With one of the lowest estimates lifetime costs on the market, the Brother HL-L2350DW just makes financial sense.

When it comes to operating costs, Brother currently dominates the market. The low initial retail price paired with low lifetime cost of toner means the Brother HL-L2350DW has one of the lowest estimated lifetime costs on the market. The more you are looking to print, the more the Brother HL-L2350DW makes sense.

In addition to saving on the price of consumable replacements, the Brother HL-L2350DW has two levels of power saving from which to choose. Both of these reduce the amount of electricity the printer uses in standby at the expense of start-up time. The printer will continue to listen for printing jobs while in one of these modes, but expect the printer to take around 12 seconds to warm up.

Conclusion

The Brother HL-L2350DW is the perfect printer to sit quietly in the corner of the small office home office and get the job done when it needs to. The key selling points are its wireless functionality, automatic duplex printing, mass printing speed, and low ongoing operating costs.

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