Archive for April 9, 2021

Review: Brother HL-L2390DW Multi-Function Printer

Posted in Products with tags on April 9, 2021 by itnerd

Last weekend my wife and I got appointments to get our COVID vaccines. However there was paperwork associated with this. When we tried to print out the paperwork on our 13 year old printer, we discovered that it wasn’t working. Every single light was flashing on it. A quick Google search discovered that this was a terminal event for this printer. So instead of getting it fixed seeing as it was 13 years old, we decided to get a new one. Now I have been a fan of the Brother brand for some time having installed a large number of them for customers over the years and they have rarely having any trouble with them. And the printer that I chose was the HL-L2390DW which is a multi-function printer that delivers the following functionality:

  • Monochrome laser printer with 2 sided printing
  • Copying and scanning capabilities
  • Connectivity via USB or WiFi 802.11b/g/n
  • AirPrint and WiFi Direct functionality among others

This printer is designed for small and home-based offices with low-print-and-copy-volume requirements. It doesn’t have features lsuch as an automatic document feeder or sending multipage originals to the scanner. But for the target market for this printer likely won’t care about that. It measures 10.7 by 15.7 by 10.7 inches (HWD) and weighs only 22.7 pounds. That means that it doesn’t take up a whole lot of real estate. Input configuration, connectivity, and walkup tasks, such as making copies or printing from a cloud site, are handled on the HL-L2390DW via a monochrome non-touch display surrounded by a handful of buttons.

Setup was trivial. It took me longer to get it out of the box, drop paper into it and put the toner cartridge into it than it took for me to get it onto my WiFi network. You won’t need someone like me to set it up and chances are you might not even have to crack open the manual to do it. Brother provides its own mobile device connectivity through its iPrint&Scan mobile app for connecting to cloud sites. Other third-party configuration connectivity options include: Google Cloud Print, Apple AirPrint, and others. Since our household has mostly Apple gear in it, we tested printing from our iPhones and didn’t have any issues doing so.

Brother rates the HL-L2390DW at 32 pages per minute, which fringes on insanely fast for an entry-level printer like this. In my testing, it was quick to fire up from sleep and fired out pages very quickly. Thus speed isn’t a weak point with this printer. And everything we printed from text to graphics was sharp thanks to the ability to print up to 2400 x 600 dpi. Scanning from this printer was a non-issue as well as text and graphics in both color and black an white were sharp and accurate thanks to the 1200 x 1200 dpi that the scanner is capable of. One thing that I will note is that if you do use this as a photocopier, it will only copy in black and white seeing as it is a monochrome printer.

Cons? You can’t pop a thumb drive and print something from this printer. Nor does it have an Ethernet jack. But I am guessing that these were left out for this printer to hit the price point that Brother had in mind. In Canada this printer retails for $199 CDN, but Brother Canada was out of stock. Thus I had to get it from Staples which had it for $209 with free shipping. Though they had low stock. And if you were thinking of going to Amazon, I wouldn’t as they are selling this printer for an insane $289. My advice would be to shop around to find the best deal that you can as clearly this is a popular printer. Given the fact that it was easy to install, and prints and scans well, I’m not surprised.