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Brother HL-2700CN

At a Glance
  • Brother HL-2700CN

    PCWorld Rating

    This model prints text fast, but letters looked fuzzy and graphics were dark. Compact design has letter-size paper limit.

Brother HL-2700CN
Photograph: Rick Rizner

The Brother HL-2700CN earned our highest overall score for output performance, and the model is reasonably priced at $500. Text printing was remarkably quick, at 18.7 ppm--the fastest speed on the chart--and color graphics printed at a respectable 3.1 ppm.

The built-in Web interface is convenient for managing the printer, but Brother also includes administration software. Larger companies can use their existing SNMP applications.

Text quality wasn't tops, however, as letters looked slightly fuzzy and had lots of jagged edges. Color graphics were too dark.

Paper handling is simple, making this model best suited for groups with simple printing needs. The HL-2700CN has a 250-sheet paper drawer, with no bypass tray. To print on legal-size paper, you'll need to buy a $150 tray for the main drawer. An additional 500-sheet drawer costs a whopping $550--and this drawer doesn't accept legal-size paper.

Impressive speeds and easy management make this a good choice for small offices, but simple paper handling and poor graphics quality limit its appeal.

Paul Jasper

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At a Glance
  • PCWorld Rating

    This model prints text fast, but letters looked fuzzy and graphics were dark. Compact design has letter-size paper limit.

    Pros

    • Reasonably priced

    Cons

    • Color graphics were too dark
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