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Brother MFC-L2710DW review: Lots to like, but its drawbacks and high running costs may lead you to think twice before buying

Simon Handby
23 Oct 2018
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
115
inc VAT

Brother's MFC-L2710DW is a competent mono laser MFP, but let down by running costs

Pros 
Quiet despite its speed
Printer supports duplexing
Not a bad specification for the money
Cons 
Confusing interface
Expensive running costs
Photocopies far too dark
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Brother’s MFC-L2710DW looks a bit like it’s carved out of coal, but otherwise it ought to fit the bill for a home or small office. In its base sits a mono laser rated at a giddy 30ppm, and on top there’s a scanner with a 50-page ADF.

You can connect the MFC-L2710DW via USB, wired or wireless networking, and make prints, scans, copies or faxes. It’s not a bad specification for the money, but while the printer supports duplexing, the ADF doesn’t – multipage double-sided copies could be a fiddle.

Setting up the MFC-L2710DW involves sliding the paper stops in the clattery and brittle-feeling paper tray, dropping in some paper, then inserting the supplied drum and toner. You get only 700 pages in the box, after which replacements can be bought with either a 1,200 or 3,000-page life. Even calculated for the latter, costs are a considerable 2p per page, or 2.5p once you factor in the new drum you’ll need around every 12,000 pages.

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Start using the MFC-L2710DW and there’s plenty to like. Despite its speed it’s relatively quiet, seeming almost silent next to the industrial Oki MC363dn.

The ADF is quick enough that, should you forget to extend its paper stop, you’ll be picking originals up off the floor after cloning them. We timed a ten-page mono copy at just 33 seconds, with a single page needing nine seconds. Printing was also rapid, nudging 24ppm on black text and only fractionally slower with complex graphics.

Unfortunately we encountered the same issues with Brother’s TWAIN scan interface as we did with its sibling, the DCP-J774DW. While previews worked perfectly, a scan wouldn’t return an image to the host application.

Again, we completed our testing using the iPrint&Scan app, but here the results were far better: dark shades were clearly distinguished, right down to the second-darkest shade in our test target. Black text prints were excellent, so it was disappointing to find that graphics and photos were dingy. Photocopies emerged far too dark, too.

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Brother MFC-L2710DW review: Verdict

The MFC-L2710DW is a simple, compact mono laser MFP with lots to recommend it, but its drawbacks include dark graphical prints and photocopies. More significantly, steep-ish page costs mean it will prove expensive if it’s put to anything other than light use.