Comparison Table of the Different Monochrome Laser Brother Cloud Printers
with links/updating prices on Amazon
Updated: July 2017
I personally like the MFC-2740DW Best — because it provides all these Key Features.
Feel free to study this table & read the notes (below) to help you make your own educated decision…
These Brother Cloud Printer AIO Multifunction Printers support these…
“Six Mandatory Key Features”
|LCD Touch Control Panel||Cloud Print & Scan||Wi-Fi Connect|
|All in One ~ P/C/S +/- Fax||Duplex Printing||ADF (doc feeder)|
Brother Monochrome Laser MultiFunction Cloud Printers Table
(Best of 2017)
Brother DCP/ MFC Cloud Printers
All these Cloud Print & Cloud Scan
|2-line Mono||2-line Mono||2-line Mono||2.7″ TouchScreen||2.7″ TouchScreen||2.7″ TouchScreen|
|Connect||Wi-Fi, USB||Wi-Fi, USB||Wi-Fi, Ethernet, USB||Wi-Fi, Ethernet, USB||Wi-Fi, Ethernet, USB||Wi-Fi, Ethernet, USB|
|Memory||32 MB||32 MB||32 MB||64 MB||64 MB||64 MB|
|Print Speed||27 ppm||30 ppm||30 ppm||30 ppm||32 ppm||40 ppm|
|W x D x H (in)||16.1 x 15.7 x 10.5||16.1 x 15.7 x 12.5||16.1 x 15.7 x 12.5||16.1 x 15.7 x 12.5||16.1 x 15.7 x 12.5||19.3 x 16.3 x 17.6|
Important Table Related Notes:
LCD Control Panel: DCP vs MFC Nomenclature — the Digital Compression Devices (DCP) have tiny two line display control panels, and lack the ability to fax. The higher version Multifunction Capacity (MFC) units do include a Fax. Unless small size is critical, go with the MFC versions.
Cloud Print: Not only are these Google Cloud Print Ready, but also compatible with other mobile device with AirPrint, Brother IPrint & Scan, Cortado Workplace and Wi-Fi Direct ready. The Wi-Fi Direct feature can be turned on to allow for wireless printing from a computer or mobile device without the need for a router (if that capability is needed). These all print fast – probably not a distinguisher: so this spec not included in the table (ie: 27 ppm on the low end to 40 ppm on the high end).
Cloud Scan: Brother’s Web Connect – Google Drive allows you to scan and create a PDF document directly to the Cloud – ie: right into your Google Drive (or other cloud service: Box, Dropbox, Evernote, Facebook, Flickr, OneDrive, OneNote) or email the scan to your Gmail inbox.
USB Scan/Print: Nice feature on the Brother Cloud Printer MFC-8710DW. This is a front facing USB “data transfer” Port. Slide your USB Flash Drive in and you can scan a document & create a PDF (or tiff, bmp, jpg, xps, max) file and directly save it to your USB Flash Drive. Further, using the Printer’s LCD Display, you can view your USB Drive’s Folders, then find and print individual documents directly off of this USB Storage Drive. Too bad the other Brother units lack this.
Connect: All these units connect to the router by Wi-Fi (without the need for cables or ethernet ports). However, if you are using it a wired office building, and the router is far away in a basement, and wi-fi not turned on then having an ethernet port on the back of the printer — to plug in the patch cable into the wall may be needed. Also, if you want to go right into a stand alone printer, without using the Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection to a router, then a USB connection port from the non-chromebook computer to the printer will be of value to you.
ADF: You’ll be happy you got an automatic document feeder if you make more than a single page copy or scan.
Duplex: You’ll also be happy if you have the option “print to both sides” of a sheet of paper, saving paper. The MFC-2740 goes even further, it allows you to run a two sided documents through the ADF and scan both sides to your PDF, or copy both sides either as a two sided or single sided document.
Fax: Why not? You may or may not use it but it doesn’t seem to add much to the price. It is nice to have just in case.
Paper Trays: The standard is 250 sheets, but the MFC-8710DW allows you to use Legal Size 8.5″ x 14″ paper, if you’d need that. It also has a smaller 50 sheet second-paper tray. Nice if you want to keep a different color paper in there ready to go for special color paper print jobs.
Printer’s Memory & Print Speed: If the cost isn’t really that much higher end units (64 MB and 32 ppm) go guard against slow processing/increased wait times. The larger MFC-8710DW can get up to 40 ppm.
Size & Weight: Nobody really wants a boat on their desk, but if you want an ADF, that extra hardware is going to extend the height a little (I think it is worth it!). If you want a legal size glass platen and printing or second paper tray (ie: the MFC-8710DW on the far right of the table), you know it is going to be larger. Overall, these Brother MFCs are really not that huge and much smaller and compact than previous generation laser AIOs.
Paperport Software Bonus: These Brother Monochrome Printers come with a software disk or download option. My Brother MFC-L2740 DW came with a fresh copy of Papeport Version 12; (and my Dell B1265dfw even came with latest Paperport 14 Version) . Paperport isn’t important if you only use chromebooks or chromeboxes (because they do not accept such extra software). However, if you also have to use a Windows machine (for example at work or occasional use), then Paperport is a big free bonus. Paperport is a powerful windows scanning and file organizer program (packed with a boatload of useful features) that can be used with most types of printers/scanners. Before the age of chromebooks, I was an avid Paperport user. If you buy Paperport separately it usually retails for about $100. You may not get the absolute latest version of paperport with your printer, but its free! — and kind of like microsoft word — one or two versions back still works fine. I believe that Presto Software is also included with many of these MFPs as a Mac alternative to Paperport.