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Brother HL-L2360DW review: A simple black laser printer with quick prints and a future-proof design

The Good Easy installation, small footprint, supports cloud printing through Google Cloudprint and Apple AirPrint, inexpensive.

The Bad Brother includes a "starter" grade toner cartridge that won't take long to deplete.

The Bottom Line The HL-2360DW is a strong choice if you're shopping for a text-only printer that can print from the cloud and won't empty your wallet on toner refills.

8.0 Overall
  • Design 8
  • Features 8
  • Performance 8
  • Support 8

The Brother HL-L2360DW monochrome laser printer is an upgrade to the HL-2270DW , a similar model that we gave high marks in 2011 for its ease of use, inexpensive toner cost, and lightning print speeds. This time around, Brother wisely prices it at $150, and beefs up the features with the addition of a small one-line LCD readout on the top panel for easier menu navigation and support for mobile printing by way of Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Google Chrome Print, and an array of other platforms.

The comparable model is designated L2360DN in the UK, and is available for £100. In Australia, it is named L2365DW and is available for AU$170.

For its future-proof support for virtually every device on the street, this Brother is worthy of consideration if you're looking for an affordable B&W laser printer for light to medium duty output. Just be sure to compare it versus the increasing panoply of bargain laser competition in the space from Samsung, HP, and even Brother itself -- some of which offer multi-function support.

Design and features

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If you have the HL-2270DW right now, you probably won't notice the aesthetic differences between that older model and the HL-L2360DW unless you look closely. The new model is slightly thinner than the legacy model and cuts the weight by a little more than a pound, or 0.3kg.

The front lip folds down to reveal the toner port, and like most laser printers, you can remove the paper tray, located on the face of the unit, for toner refills. You probably won't need to refill too often considering the printer can hold 250 sheets of 8.5-by-11-inch paper has a 10,000 page monthly duty cycle -- that's how much paper volume the print is capable of spitting out every month.

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There's also a single-sheet manual-feed bypass tray that can handle an assortment of different paper sizes including Letter, Legal, Executive, A4, A5, A6, B5, B6, and envelopes. Though we can't exactly spend a year testing the dependability of its design, we did print more than 150 pages during our lab testing and never experienced a paper jam or delay, so we're confident in its ability to do the work.

As usual, you'll have no problem linking the printer with your computer thanks to the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) standard that lets you establish an additional device to your home network in a few easy steps that are laid out in the accompanying instruction manual and aided by onscreen drivers. As long as you have your network name and SSID password on hand, you should be able to connect your printer and computer without wires like we did, in less than 10 minutes.

If you don't have a wireless connection you can instead opt for a USB connection to your Mac, Windows PC, or Chromebook. Drivers, software, and manuals are available on the included CD or via download on the Brother's website.

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