• Reasonably priced


  • Color graphics were too dark

At A Glance

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

Manufacturer’s Description

Network-ready Desktop Color Laser Printer The HL-2700CN is a network-ready desktop color laser printer. This compact printer delivers fast print speeds at up to 31ppm in monochrome and up to 8ppm in color, with vibrant color and monochrome output at up to 2400x600dpi resolution. PCL6 and BR-Script3 emulations ensure compatibility with most applications and 64MB of standard memory enables fast processing of complex documents.

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The Specs

Part Number HL2700CN
Operating System Compatibility
  • Microsoft Windows 2000
  • Microsoft Windows 98
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0
  • Microsoft Windows XP
General Information
UPC Code 4977766623520


PCWorld Test Center (Quality)
Print quality: Text Very Good
Print quality: Color photo Poor
Print quality: Grayscale photo Fair
PCWorld Test Center (Speed)
Print speed: Text 24.4   ppm
Output Score, Color Photo, Best Quality Settings (formerly pf-Output-Print-Color-Best) Poor
Grayscale Glossy Output Quality n/a
Output Score, Color Graphics, Default Settings (formerly pf-Output-Print-Color-Default) Poor
Two-Page Excel Document (secs) 29.65
Sports Action Shot (secs) 135.29
Line Art Output Quality Very Good
4 by 6 Grayscale Photo (secs) 33.34
Tested Color Speed (ppm) 2.6
Overall Scan Quality n/a
One-Page Webpage (secs) 25.43
Tested Lineart Speed (ppm) 2.4
Color Output Quality Fair
Ten-Page Word Document (secs) 32.03
Output Score, Line Art, Default Settings (formerly pf-Output-Print-LineArt-Default) Good
Output Score, Grayscale Graphics, Best Quality Settings (formerly pf-Output-Print-Grayscale-Best) Fair
Tested Photo Speed (formerly pf-PCWPhotoSpeed) 0.0
300dpi Line Art Image (secs) 25.47
Tested Grayscale Speed (ppm) 1.8
Three-Page Word Document (secs) 33.89
Tested Glossy Photo Speed (ppm) 0.4
Output Score, Text, Default Settings (formerly pf-Output-Print-Text-Default) Fair
4 by 6 Color Photo (secs) 36.12