Multi-function devices, or, MFD as they are known are generally large and bulky. However, the Brother MFC-L3770CDW was a pleasant surprise to us. This is a compact MFD that is perfect for homes and small businesses. Weighing in at 24.5 kg you won’t need a whole team of people to shift it around when required.
Despite being an entry-level laser printer, it should serve most of your printing needs. Brother is known for producing affordable printers, so it is a good brand to consider when working on a tight budget.
Paper capacity and print volume
The Brother MFC-L3770CDW can hold up to 250 sheets of paper in paper tray 1. Not the same as heavy-duty units but should suffice for the intended market. Should note that it also supports a range of paper types including plain, thick, thicker, recycled, label and gloss. The latter being more useful for colour prints.
The maximum duty cycle is also at about 30,000 pages. That said, Brother recommend around 1,500 pages – again quite suitable for an entry level unit. This capacity should be plenty for homes and small businesses.
Controlling the printer has been simplified by Brother. Using the user-friendly 3.7” LCD touchscreen on the MDF you can easily control the unit. For those that don’t like touchscreens, the MFC-L3770CDW also has soft touch buttons that can be used for limited functions.
Brother also include AIO’s Web Connection option with the MFD. This allows you to connect to external sources such as social media and cloud services. It’s there and easy to use but please exercise with caution if you are uploading directly to a public cloud service or social media account.
Having connectivity options is a must with any modern device. We were impressed by the many connectivity options that come with this MFD. You can connect via wi-fi, ethernet, and even NFC. So, all your cloud and networked printing needs are covered – Google Cloud Print, iPrint and Scan, AirPrint and more.
Scanning and Faxing
Faxing – not a lot I can say about faxing as I didn’t test this functionality. To be honest, I am surprised manufacturers still include faxing capability in entry level MFDs. Scan to email would be a more popular feature rather than scan to fax.
Likewise, if you are after a quality photo scanner, you wouldn’t be looking at a MFD. You would be looking at dedicated photo scanners. What most people would use an MFD to scan (e.g. documents) it does the job as well as any other MFD in the same category class.
Speed and Print Quality
For us, the real test is assessing the speed to print the first page, subsequent pages and the quality. With the Brother MFC-L3770CDW you get speeds of 25 pages per minute and under 14 seconds to first page. Our printing tests were close to this mark as well. This is a decent speed considering where in the market this unit is positioned.
The print quality is decent even when printing in a smaller font. It also gives you colour details that you expect from a good colour printer. You might not use it for a photo studio, but for your photos and even small business photos, it is an excellent addition to your office.
For people are planning to buy their first colour multi-function device, this is a great option. It prints fast, and the quality is great, and scans are excellent. It ticks all the boxes and you get the advantages of network connectivity with smartphone access.
The LCD touchscreen simplifying user interaction makes it easy for anyone to use. For a home and small office, this is an excellent addition. That said, if your printing needs are consistently more than 1,500 pages per day, you might want to invest in a bigger printer. Occasional spikes in demand are still no problem for the Brother MFC-L3770CDW as it does cater for a maximum 30,000 page per month duty cycle.