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Review of the Brother HL-L3230CDW at PCMag

  • PROS

    Excellent print quality. Wi-Fi Direct mobile device support. Deep 250-sheet paper tray. One-sheet override tray.

  • CONS

    High running costs. Lacks support for Brother’s cloud apps.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Brother HL-L3230CDW is a color laser-class LED printer that’s fast and churns out quality output for low-volume small offices that don’t rely on cloud printing.


The Brother HL-L3230CDW ($249.99) is an entry-level color laser-class LED printer designed for use in home-based or small offices and workgroups, or as a personal printer. It’s similar in many ways, including price, to our recent Editors’ Choice, the Brother HL-L3270CDW. Both machines offer the same high duty cycle and paper capacity, as well as, unfortunately, the same high running costs common to entry-level printers. Choosing between them comes down to a few very small differences: The HL-L3230CDW lacks the touchscreen onboard cloud apps, and NFC connectivity of the HL-L3270CDW, instead offering Wi-Fi Direct printing. Once you choose your preferred feature set, though, either model should serve as an excellent small office companion.

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Review of the Brother RuggedJet 2PROS

Good print quality. Speedy. PC, network, and mobile connectivity options. First-rate label design and print software and mobile apps. Low running costs.

  • CONS

    No charging apparatus in the box. Expensive.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Brother RJ-2050 is a rugged, portable label and receipt printer designed for heavy-duty, on-demand use.


The Brother RJ-2050 ($695) is a strictly business label maker, designed primarily for highly mobile on-demand applications. As part of Brother’s RuggedJet series, it’s built to a high set of durability standards. In many settings, such as your showroom, warehouse, or order fulfillment desk, staff can carry it around with them, printing receipts, markdown tags, order pickup tickets, and so on, on the fly. These attributes combined with its multiple connectivity options make it a great choice for enterprises where printing and distributing a lot of labels on demand (and on the fly) is mission critical.

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    • PROS

      Small and light. Prints up to legal-size pages. Numerous accessories. Long-life battery. Good output quality. No ink required.

    • CONS

      Pricey. Slow. Requires additional purchase for input tray. Can’t print color.

    • BOTTOM LINE

      Review of the Brother PocketJet 7 PJ763MFi-WK at PCMagThe Brother PocketJet 7 PJ763MFi-WK is a super-portable thermal printer for car-mounting and other on-the-go applications that require quality monochrome output at up to legal size.

Brother’s PocketJet 7 PJ763MFi-WK ($779) portable thermal printer is an update to the PocketJet PJ673-K we reviewed back in 2013. The biggest change comes in the form of Bluetooth connectivity for Apple iOS devices (that link could previously only be handled via a Wi-Fi connection). It also comes with a Li-ion battery for impressive life off of the cord. It’s expensive, but if you’re on the go and down and dirty black-on-white documents are all you need, the PJ763MFi-WK is an excellent option. And depending on your needs, it may be the sole option; it’s the only thermal printer we know of that prints up to legal-size pages. If you require color prints, though, the Editors’ Choice HP OfficeJet 200 Mobile Printer will be more your speed.

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My review of the Editors' Choice Brother MFC-L3770CDW multi-functon printer at PCMag

  • PROS

    Relatively fast. Excellent print, copy, and scan quality. 50-page single-pass ADF. A myriad of mobile device connection options, including NFC.

  • CONS

    High running costs.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Brother MFC-L3770CDW is a fast entry-level color laser-class multifunction printer that churns out quality output for low-volume offices.

The Brother MFC-L3770CDW ($399.99) is an entry-level color laser-class all-in-one (AIO) printer designed for relatively light use in small and home-based offices and workgroups. It has the same list price as our current Editors’ Choice, Canon’s Color ImageClass MF634Cdw. But compared with that Canon, the Brother model’s paper input capacity is higher, it prints faster, and it supports near-field communication (NFC), the protocol that allows you to connect a mobile device to the printer by simply touching the former to a hotspot on the latter. Overall, it provides better value for your company’s money—just enough to edge the MFC-L3770CDW into the Editors’ Choice slot for entry-level color laser-class AIOs.

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My review of the Brother HL-L3270CDW single-function

    • PROS: Fast. Excellent print quality. Many mobile device connection options. 250-sheet paper tray. Web Connect feature links printer to cloud and social media sites.
    • CONS: Running costs are a bit high. No multipurpose tray or slot.
  • BOTTOM LINE: The Brother HL-L3270CDW color laser-class LED printer is fast for an entry-level, low-volume machine, and its text, graphics, and photo output is among the best.

The Brother HL-L3270CDW ($249.99) is the printer-only version of the MFC-L3770CDW, Brother’s flagship laser-class LED all-in-one printer. It’s a fast entry-level printer with good-looking output, and it offers a respectable duty cycle and paper input capacity. All that is more than enough to elevate the HL-L3270CDW to our latest top pick for a standalone color laser-class printer for light-duty use in home-based and small offices.

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My review of the Brother MFC-J995DW INKvestment Tank All-in-One Printer at PCMag

  • PROS

    Good output quality. Tight, easy-to-use color display and control panel. SD card and USB thumb drive support. Ethernet connectivity. 20-sheet ADF.

  • CONS

    Input and output capacities are low. ADF not auto-duplexing. A bit sluggish.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Brother MFC-J995DW is an entry-level office-oriented AIO with admirable output quality and, as a bulk-ink model, it costs a lot less to use than many of its competitors.

The entry-level Brother MFC-J995DW INKvestment Tank All-in-One Printer ($199.99) offers a good mix of convenience and productivity features that small offices will like. It comes with auto-two-sided printing and can print from and scan to various memory devices, two perks we don’t see in many of its competitors. Although its running costs aren’t the lowest out there, they are still very competitive, making the MFC-J995DW an excellent all-in-one printer for small and home-based offices with moderate print and copy volume.Read the entire review at PCMag



 

  • My review of Brother's QL-1100 wide-format label printer at PCMagPROS

    Reasonably snappy print speeds. Good print quality, for a label printer. Excellent label-design and -printing software.

  • CONS

    Consumables somewhat costly on a per-label basis. No internal battery.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    A winning wide-body label maker, the Brother QL-1100 prints to a variety of label stock from your PC, Mac, or mobile device, and it comes with nifty label-design software and mobile apps.

The Brother QL-1100 label printer ($179.99) is, at heart, a wide-format version of the Brother QL-800 we reviewed this time last year. Like its smaller sibling, the QL-1100 churns out labels in several sizes—in this case, up to 4 inches wide, both die-cut and continuous-length labels—snappily and in good quality. It uses rolls of direct-printed thermal paper, and like most such printers, the per-label cost varies a lot according to your source for the stock. That said, aside from its QL-1110NWB sibling (a network-connectable version with otherwise identical specs), this is the first wide-format label printer of its kind that we’ve seen at this low a price. It’s a fine value for small-office and home-office shipping, barcoding, and other types of wide-format labeling.

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My review of the Brother QL-1110NWB Wide-Format Label Printer at PCMag

  • PROS

    Prints wide-format labels up to 4 inches. Copious connectivity. Fast enough for moderate-size label jobs. Good print quality for a label printer. Handy design, printing, and database software. Easy to use.

  • CONS

    Consumables somewhat costly on a per-label basis. No battery for untethered use. Can’t print pre-designed labels from the unit itself.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    Brother’s QL-1110NWB supports network and mobile protocols galore and prints to wide labels from PCs, Macs, or mobile devices. Handy software and a nifty mobile app make this a strong pick among pro label printers.

The flagship model of Brother’s QL series of portable, pro-grade label printers, the QL-1110NWB ($279.99) is a step up from the Editors’ Choice QL-820NWB. These two label printers have very similar feature lists and capacities, except that the QL-1110NWB can print to wider labels (4 inches wide, versus 2.4 inches). However, the smaller version offers the option for an internal battery (making it truly portable) and a few other features missing on the QL-1110NWB—enough to keep this latest QL model from taking the place of the QL-820NWB as a PCMag top choice. That said, if your work routine calls for wider labels than the QL-820NWB can produce, the QL-1110NWB will serve as an excellent, networkable label printer for your home office, small office, or warehouse.

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      • My review of Brother's entry-level MFC-J690DW All-in-One Printer at PCMagPROS

        Handsome and well-built. Easy-to-use color display and control panel. Borderless printing. 20-sheet ADF. Good text output quality.

      • CONS

        High running costs. Low input and output capacities. No USB drive support. Backgrounds and fills not always spot-on in business graphics. Some holes in software bundle and connection options, versus barely pricier Brother models.

BOTTOM LINE

  • The Brother MFC-J690DW is a low-volume AIO that prints well enough for homes, home offices, and small offices. It’s a capable little machine, but its high running costs limit its monthly tour of duty.

The Brother MFC-J690DW ($119.99) is an entry-level all-in-one (AIO) printer designed for home offices, small offices, and workgroups. As a business-centric inkjet that prints, copies, scans, and faxes, it’s similar in features and close in price to our Editors’ Choice, the Canon Pixma TR8520 Wireless Home Office All-in-One. Though the MFC-J690DW prints at a relatively snappy pace for the price, it costs too much (in terms of ink) for frequent use, like most other so-called budget AIOs in this class. Given its high running costs and pared-down paper capacity, it fits best for offices that have light print and copy needs.Read the entire review at PCMag



My review of the Brother MFC-J895DW All-in-One inkjet printer at PCMag

  • PROS

    Good overall output quality. Easy-to-use display, control panel. SD card and USB thumb drive support. 20-sheet ADF.

      • CONS

        Running costs are high. Paper input and output capacities are low. Graphics backgrounds and fills not always spot-on.

B

OTTOM LINE

  • An entry-level, office-oriented AIO printer, Brother’s MFC-J895DW prints well, churns competitively quickly, and packs some higher-end features for the price. Its running costs, though, relegate it to low-volume duties.

It sure is hard to be an inkjet all-in-one (AIO) printer these days! Compared with our top pick for low-volume home printers, the Canon Pixma TR8520 Wireless Home Office All-in-One, the Brother MFC-J895DW ($129.99) is somewhat leaner in speed and capacity, and its color graphics output is a slight step down. But both printers churn out excellent-looking text and photos, and pack Ethernet ports for connecting to home and small-office networks. The MFC-J895DW is capable for light duty in homes and small offices, but (as we’ve noted about a few others of its kind), the competition in this class is stiff. A printer of this kind must practically run the board to take home our top nod.

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