Brother HL-L3210CW Colour Wireless LED Printer Review
The Brother HL-L3210CW ($ 199.99) is a step back from its sibling, the HL-L3270CDW Editor’s Choice. Designed for small offices, both single-function colour laser grade printers share the same paper capacity, volume rating, operating costs, and a few other similar features. In other words, it is worth weighing the feature set versus price when considering the HL-L3210CW over its older sibling. Expensive.
Running With Packages
Instead of being a true laser printer, the HL-L3210CW is an LED (light-emitting diode) based machine. In other words, instead of using a laser mechanism to tell the printer where to put the toner on the page, the HL-L3210CW does this task with a series of LEDs. From a user perspective, LED-based printers do the same thing as their laser printers.
The paper capacity of the HL-L3210CW is 250 sheets, with a single sheet replacement tray, which is equal to or higher than the competitors listed here. It has a maximum monthly duty cycle of 30,000 pages, with a recommended monthly print volume of 1,500 pages, which is again in line with or better than its competitors. However, it does not have an automatic duplex printer for mixing double-sided pages without you having to flip them over manually.
Initial Level Print Speed
Brother rates the HL-L3210CW at 19 pages per minute (ppm), slow for laser machines and laser class. The HL-L3210CW prints a standard 12-page Microsoft Word text document at a speed of 19.4ppm. That’s 5.6ppm slower than the HL-L3230CDW and HL-L3270CDW, 4.5ppm behind the Lexmark C2325dw, and 1.6ppm faster than the Canon LBP612Cdw.
Long Term Costs
If you are using Brother’s highest yielding toner cartridge (1,400 colours and 3,000 monochrome pages) for this printer, using the HL-L3210CW (as well as the other Brother models mentioned throughout this review) will cost around 2.6 cents for a black and 15 print. 6 cents per colour page. After the first 18,000 pages & every 18,000 pages thereafter, you’ll need to replace the imaging drum, which adds another 0.7 cents to running costs, increasing the cost per page to 3.3 cents for black and 16.3 cents colour.
Features vs Price
All major printer makers offer similar machines with slightly different feature sets and prices. However, a closer look reveals a clear difference between the HL-L3210CW, HL-L3230CDW, and HL-L3270CDW. If your budget is your top priority and only print a few hundred pages a month, the HL-L3210CW will serve you well. Otherwise, it’s worth paying the extra $ 50 for a more powerful feature set and higher print quality from the HL-L3270CDW Editor’s Choice.
Brother HL-L3210CW Colour Wireless LED Printer Specification
Printing SpecDisplay Features: Touch screenMax Media Capacity: 800 sheetsPrinting Technology: LEDMax Speed: 18 ppm, 19 ppmConnectivity Technology: wired, wirelessInterface: USB 2.0, Wi-Fi(n)Media Handling: 1-sheet manual tray, 250-sheet input trayType: printerMedia Type: Envelopes, labels, plain paper, bond paper, recycled paper, thick paper, thin paper, glossy paper
Supported operating systems
MS Windows XP, MS Windows 7, Apple Mac OS X 10.6.x, Apple MacOS 9.0 or later, Apple MacOS X or later, MS Windows Vista, MS Windows XP 64-bit Edition, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
Brother HL-L3210CW Colour Wireless LED Printer Manual
Brother HL-L3210CW Colour Wireless LED Printer Software & Drivers
Full Driver & Software Package
- 01/28/2020 | 211.37 MB | HL-L3210CW
- Compatible systems : Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Server, Vista, XP
- Version : C2
Firmware Update Tool
- 09/10/2020 | 3.97 MB | Firmware Update Tool
- Compatible systems : Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista
- Version : 1.30
- 01/06/2020 | 21.11 MB | HL-L3210CW
- Compatible systems : macOS (10.15)
- Version : 1.09
Firmware Update Tool
- 09/10/2020 | 5.30 MB | Firmware Update Tool
- Compatible systems : macOS (10.15), macOS (10.14), macOS (10.13), macOS (10.12), OS X (10.11), OS X (10.10)
- Version : 1.30