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.

Read the entire review at PCMag.


In case you’re wondering why I refer to certain types of laser-like printers as “laser-class” devices, rather than simply laser printers, there’s a sound technical reason, I assure you. “True” laser printers use a laser mechanism inside to draw the page image to be printed onto the printer’s drum (which then picks up and transfers toner to the page). This is quite similar to what LED printers do, but they don’t do it with lasers.

Light-Emitting Diodes

LED-based machines, on the other hand, charge the page image onto the print drum with an array of light-emitting diodes. (Mind you, this isn’t a ploy by manufacturers to make knock-off laser printers; substituting LEDs for lasers simply allows printer manufacturers to make smaller and lighter printers with fewer moving parts.) All else being equal, LED models tend to cost less to manufacture than do their laser counterparts. Aside from the economics involved, though, LED-based printers function much the same as laser devices do, and they act identically from the outside; hence, I call them “laser-class” printers—though there is nothing laser about them.

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