Brother HL-L8360CDW

Av­er­age colour qual­ity, but this ex­pand­able A4 colour laser de­liv­ers good speeds and se­cu­rity mea­sures

PC Pro - - November 2017 Issue 277 - DAVE MITCHELL

SCORE ✪✪✪✪✪ PRICE £296 exc VAT

Brother’s lat­est L8000 colour lasers de­liver heaps of new fea­tures that will ap­peal to both small of­fices and busy work­groups. Sit­ting at the top of the tree, the HLL8360CDW of­fers great per­for­mance, im­proved colour qual­ity and all the con­nec­tion op­tions you could pos­si­bly want. It can also grow with your needs, as its stan­dard 250-sheet in­put tray can be sup­ple­mented with a 500-sheet tray or a base unit that takes four 520-sheet cas­settes.

The printer uses a sim­i­lar chas­sis to the HL-L8350CDW, but its 800MHz CPU is twice as fast and mem­ory has been quadru­pled to 512MB. This ex­tra mus­cle showed through in our print tests: where the older HL-L8350CDW only man­aged a pedes­trian 9ppm in our 24-page colour DTP doc­u­ment, the HL-L8360CDW de­liv­ered a much faster 29ppm at 600dpi and 27ppm us­ing the driver’s in­ter­po­lated 2,400 x 600dpi Fine set­ting.

Mono prints also lived up to Brother’s prom­ises, with a 31-page Word doc­u­ment printed at 31.5ppm in both res­o­lu­tions. Du­plex­ing the same doc­u­ment dropped speed to 15.5ppm; the time to first page for all tests was no more than 12 sec­onds. Text qual­ity var­ied de­pend­ing on the pa­per: with cheap 75gsm pa­per we saw a slight dust­ing around small fonts, but switch­ing to higher qual­ity 100gsm pa­per cleared this up.

Pho­tos and busi­ness graph­ics mean­while looked good, re­gard­less of pa­per weight. Pho­to­graphs came out with bags of de­tail and no no­tice­able band­ing, even in large sin­gle-colour blocks. Some pho­tos looked a lit­tle murky but we could im­prove them us­ing the driver’s bright­ness and con­trast slid­ers. Switch­ing to Fine res­o­lu­tion also helped, par­tic­u­larly with mono pho­tos, ex­pos­ing greater de­tail in darker ar­eas.

There are quite a few con­sum­ables to keep track of. As well as four toner car­tridges, the im­age drum tray, trans­fer belt and toner waste box are all re­place­able. Toner costs aren’t too bad, though: once you’ve used up the stan­dard starter car­tridges, you can switch to su­per-high-yield ver­sions, which work out to 1.3p per mono page and 9.4p for colour.

The printer is very sim­ple to con­fig­ure, al­though you’ll have to choose be­tween wired and wire­less op­er­a­tion, as you can’t have both in­ter­faces ac­tive si­mul­ta­ne­ously. NFC for tap-to-print is a new fea­ture, AirPrint worked fine on our iPad and we had no prob­lems reg­is­ter­ing the printer with our Google Cloud Print ac­count from the web in­ter­face. We were also eas­ily able to print from our iPad and Lu­mia 640 Win­dows Phone us­ing Brother’s iPrint&Scan app. The iOS app is bet­ter fea­tured: along with a sta­tus view, it of­fers op­tions to print from iCloud, Google Drive, Ever­note, OneDrive and Drop­box.

Print con­trols and se­cu­rity are solid, too. Brother’s Se­cure Func­tion Lock 3 fea­ture lets you con­fig­ure up to

“The con­fi­den­tial doc­u­ment pro­tec­tion fea­ture holds jobs and only re­leases them once the user en­ters a PIN at the printer”

200 user ac­counts and as­sign them print pro­files, which de­fine per­mis­sions for mono and colour print­ing, as well as page lim­its and ac­cess to Web Con­nect fea­tures for in­ter­net print­ing. The printer sup­ports LDAP and Ac­tive Direc­tory au­then­ti­ca­tion plus NFC ID cards, and any at­tempts to ac­cess a de­nied func­tion via the touch­screen are sim­ply met with a “Func­tion Locked” mes­sage. One slight nig­gle here is that you don’t get a lo­cal warn­ing mes­sage on your desk­top when you try to carry out a re­stricted print func­tion, which could lead to sup­port calls when users don’t fully un­der­stand why their jobs aren’t go­ing through. An­other fea­ture is con­fi­den­tial doc­u­ment pro­tec­tion, which holds jobs and only re­leases them once the user en­ters a PIN at the printer.

Brother’s HL-L8360CDW is up against some tough com­pe­ti­tion: the Xerox Ver­saLink C400 ( see is­sue 276, p101) costs the same but is faster, and de­liv­ers su­pe­rior colour print qual­ity. How­ever, Brother’s in­te­grated wired and wire­less net­work sup­port, tough print se­cu­rity mea­sures and widerang­ing con­nec­tion op­tions make it a strong choice. SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS 600dpi A4 colour laser 31ppm colour/mono l

800MHz CPU 512MB RAM 6.8cm colour l l l touch­screen Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net 802.11n l l wire­less NFC 2 x USB 2 du­plex l l l l 250-sheet drawer 50-sheet MPT l l rec­om­mended monthly duty cy­cle: 4,000 pages 441 x 486 x 313mm (WDH) 21.9kg l l

1yr on-site war­ranty. Op­tions: 2yr war­ranty l ex­ten­sion, £80 4 x 520-sheet in­put tray, l £580 (all exc VAT)

LEFT Brother’s Se­cure Func­tion Lock 3 pro­vides con­trols for colour print­ing and pa­per us­age

ABOVE The Brother’s chas­sis looks sim­i­lar to the pre­vi­ous model, but it’s much speed­ier

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.