Brother MFC-L5750DW Print for rel­a­tive peanuts

Does ev­ery­thing, ex­cept colour

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Brother’s printer model names look at first glance like some­body has dropped a box of Scrab­ble tiles, but there is method in their mad­ness. MFC means this is a multi-func­tion con­trap­tion; L stands for laser; and DW means it fea­tures du­plex (print­ing both sides) and Wi-fi. USB and Eth­er­net con­nec­tions are also in­cluded.

This is a black-and-white A4 printer aimed at home users and small of­fices that need quick, crisp doc­u­ment print­ing. It comes with enough toner for 2,000 pages (given the usual as­sump­tion that an A4 page con­sists of an av­er­age amount of text). You can re­place this with Brother’s 3,000-page TN-3430 car­tridge for around £65, but it would make more fi­nan­cial sense to spend around £100 on the TN-3480, which prints 8,000 pages, giv­ing a very rea­son­able run­ning cost of a penny and a quar­ter per page. The cheap­est we found it was on Ebuyer ( www.snipca.com/25787).

The scan­ner works in colour, and its 50-sheet au­to­matic doc­u­ment feeder (ADF) can also do both sides of the paper. The max­i­mum res­o­lu­tion is 600dpi – more than enough for most doc­u­ments – but if you open the lid and put orig­i­nals on the glass your­self, you can select 1200dpi to get more de­tail. It wouldn’t be what you’d choose to digi­tise your photo col­lec­tion, but for ev­ery­day scan­ning and pho­to­copy­ing it’s fine.

Print­ing is at 600 or 1200dpi, and strangely we found both set­tings were as fast as each other, match­ing Brother’s claim of 40 pages per minute (ppm) in our test. Un­like some ri­vals, it only took a few sec­onds to warm up. As you’d ex­pect, photos looked poor, but text and busi­ness graphs were sharp and clean. Scan­ning a 10-page one-sided doc­u­ment took 35 sec­onds. All the usual de­vices, op­er­at­ing sys­tems and cloud ser­vices are sup­ported, with Brother apps for check­ing on the printer’s sta­tus and scan­ning di­rect to phones and tablets. Also, un­usu­ally for a laser, its big colour touch­screen makes choos­ing op­tions easy.

VER­DICT: It’s not the small­est or cheap­est of print­ers, but you get a full range of fea­tures and fast, crisp out­put at an af­ford­able run­ning cost

★★★★☆

AL­TER­NA­TIVE: HP Of­fice­jet Pro 8720 £139 It’s only half as fast, but this dis­counted inkjet MFP of­fers sim­i­lar run­ning costs and adds colour

Crisp, quick prints, colour scans and easy con­trol with low run­ning costs

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