Brother DCP-L2550DW Review

A laser printer by some other name…

At the point when is a monochrome laser multifunction or across the board (AIO) printer not a laser across the board printer? All things considered, while, as indicated by Brother, it's a multifunction copier. Also, what's a multifunction copier? Is it another item sort, maybe? For a very long time now, holding nothing back ones that do not have a particular capacity, for example, fax usefulness or a programmed archive feeder (ADF), have by the by been called AIOs—until the point that Brother's current round of monochrome laser items, that is.

The organization's most recent monochrome laser printer/scanner/copier (sans fax), the $160 -list L2550DW is seen here, and also its L2540DW kin have been named multifunction copiers, which does minimal more than sloppy the item naming waters this late in the diversion. In any case, hello, we're excessively worried about more vital things, for example, value, execution, print quality, running expenses, and general esteem, to stress over terminology. What sort of clients does the item serve and how well does it serve them, correct?

To answer that inquiry for the most part, the Brother DCP-L2550DW is a section level monochrome laser printer intended for use in a locally situated or little office or workgroup. It's quick at its cost, and it prints all around ok, as long as your application doesn't require a great deal of decent looking grayscale designs and photographs; at the end of the day, it's most appropriate for printing content. That isn't a confinement for all monochrome laser printers; a portion of Canon's monochrome AIOs, even passage level models like the Canon imageClass MF249dw$219.00 at Amazon, deliver great grayscale yield. (Despite the fact that if gorgeous photographs are what you're after, you ought to peruse an inkjet printer audit.)

Regardless, the DCP-L2550DW is an awesome content printer, and we can consider a lot of settings where a sensibly quick low-volume content printer fits well, particularly situations where snappy conveyance of one-and two-page reports is only the ticket.

That incorporates pretty much every front office or front work area setting—specialists' workplaces, drug stores, auto repair shops, tire shops—and anyplace else that necessities to print statements, receipts, et cetera. Not exclusively will they profit by the quick, attractive content reports, however few of these workplaces print more than 100 to 200 pages every month, which kind of limits the DCP-L2550DW's precarious running expenses. The last are our greatest protestation about this printer (and the passage level laser showcase when all is said in done).

Outline and Features

The DCP-L2550DW is one of a few passage level monochrome laser AIOs Brother discharged before the end of last year. The introduction incorporated a few multifunction copiers like this one, maybe a couple all out AIOs finish with fax and ADFs for sending multipage records to the scanner, and a few AIOs sans ADF. Costs go amongst $99.99 and $299, depending, obviously, on usefulness and limit. The DCP fits, the two highlights and value shrewd, about smack in the center.

The ADF holds 50 sheets, however it's not auto-duplexing, which isn't uncommon for laser machines in this value go. The unit measures 12.5 inches tall by 16.1 creeps crosswise over by 15.7 crawls from front to back, and weighs 25.6 pounds. That is little for any laser AIO, even section level models. Ordinance's MF249dw, for example, is taller by two or three inches and measures more by two or three pounds. The DCP-L2550DW should fit easily on most work areas; notwithstanding, if space is one of your real concerns, you can discover monochrome laser AIOs, for example, the HP LaserJet Pro MFP M130fw (11 by 16.7 by 11.4 inches and measuring a slight 16.8 pounds), much littler.

For network, there's Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, and associating with a solitary PC by means of USB. Beside Wi-Fi Direct, other portable highlights incorporate Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, and Brother's own iPrint&Scan. Dissimilar to the vast majority of the other Brother printers we've taken a gander at as of late, this one doesn't bolster USB streak drives or SD cards.

Another component missing here that you'd find on most higher-end printers is a shading touch screen control board. Rather, the DCP-L2550DW depends on a 2-line monochrome LCD tying down a few catches. Setup and stroll up capacities, for example, making duplicates or filtering to the cloud, are taken care of through bore down menus that you explore with an arrangement of directional keys and an OK catch…


These days, couple of things are less demanding to set up than laser printers. Without a doubt, bigger, high-volume machines are enormous and substantial to the degree that getting them out of the crate and onto their dispensed surface space can be testing, yet that is not an issue here. At a little more than 25 pounds, unloading and lifting the DCP-L2550DW to your work area, or wherever you put it, is simple.

The establishment program found the DCP-L2550DW on our system quickly, introduced the drivers and going with programming easily, and printed a test page inside minutes. The Brother went from unpacking to imprinting in around 10 minutes.

Cost Per Page

As we've said in numerous a section level laser printer audit, this class of printer is excessively expensive, making it impossible to use, on a for every page premise. This isn't just an issue with Brother section level machines, yet in addition bring down end models from Canon, HP, OKI, and others. The main path around it (other than purchasing outsider toner, which we don't cover) is to purchase an alternate sort of innovation, for example, a monochrome inkjet printer, or a higher-volume laser.

All things considered, utilizing Brother's promoted cost and page-yields for the most noteworthy yield cartridge for this printer and imaging drum, we figured the DCP-L2550DW's cost per page at 3.5 pennies for every page. That is an indistinguishable running expense from other Brother section level printers and AIOs said before, including the DCP-L2540DW, and also the Canon MF249dw. The HP LaserJet Pro MFP M130fw's running expense is 3.9 pennies for each page. While it costs more in advance, you can likewise settle on the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-M5694 Multifunction Monochrome Printer$400 at Epson, a monochrome inkjet. Contingent upon the amount you print, it might take a couple of months to compensate for any shortfall in price tag, however at 1.6 pennies for each page, you'll spare 2 pennies for each page, which, after some time, can add up to hundreds, even a huge number of dollars.

Paper Handling

The DCP-L2550DW holds up to 251 sheets of letter-or lawful size paper, split between a 250-sheet cabinet forthright and a solitary sheet abrogate plate found simply over that…

Printed pages arrive on a 100-page yield plate that reaches out underneath the control board…

Amid our tests, we printed many pages and ran a few heaps of archives through the ADF and scanner, all without a solitary misfeed or some other issue.

The DCP-L2550DW is appraised at 36 pages for each moment (ppm), which is the same as a few of Brother's entrance level monochrome laser printers. This is quick for a sub-$199 laser AIO. For correlation's purpose, we set it against four other passage level (and marginally above) monochrome laser AIOs, and a monochrome inkjet AIO, the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-M5694 Multifunction Monochrome Printer$400 at Epson.

The laser AIOs were: Brother's own particular HL-L2395DW, Canon's imageClass D570, an AIO sans ADF and imageClass MF249dw $220.00 at Amazon; and HP's LaserJet Pro MFP M130fw. As our outlines beneath portray, the DCP-L2550DW held up well amid our tests.

Content Printing Speed Test

The Text Printing Speed Test is a 12-page delicately arranged Microsoft Word content report comparative (in ink scope) to those utilized by printer producers to think of their own monochrome ppm appraisals. We print the archive various circumstances, and after that normal the outcomes to think of an agent execution rate…

Here, the DCP-L2550DW tied the other Brother show for to start with, trailed by Canon's D570. In the event that you're asking why this score is so a long ways behind Brother's evaluating, there are two approaches to take a gander at multipage archive speeds: with the main page out considered in, or with it marked down. Makers ascertain the ppm in the wake of subtracting the main page out. We don't. When we figure the score with the principal page out subtracted, we get 34.7ppm.

Here are similar outcomes in slipped by seconds. Here, we've additionally broken out the main page-out circumstances...

While the situation of the printers in connection to each other is the same, seeing the real time it took our test report to print gives an alternate point of view. The DCP-L2550DW handed over the slowest first-page-out score here. You can utilize this number to assess a printer for situations that print a considerable measure of one-and two-page records, for example, deals counters. A normal of 12 seconds for the main page out is so-so.

Business Document Suite Test

This is our most far reaching benchmark. It's ascertained by joining the print times for our 12-page Microsoft Word content report in the past test, and also discrete Acrobat, Excel, and PowerPoint records containing shading, designs, and photographs. The Effective Pages Per Minute outline underneath demonstrates the combined rate of printing that we get from this gathering of business records. (We print them numerous circumstances, averaging the outcomes.)

Here are similar outcomes for the whole suite of records estimated in minutes and seconds, as opposed to pages every moment...

Indeed, we give this chart to demonstrate to you the real time the machine beat on our arrangement of business archives.

Photograph Printing Test

Our last benchmark, the Photo Printing Test, is a planned speed test subordinate of the normal time it took to print our example 4x6-inch preview photos. We print two definite and energetically shaded pictures, each few times, at that point include the outcomes and ascertain a normal...

Laser printers regularly print photographs quick. The more imperative issue is the manner by which well they print them.

Yield Quality

As specified, yield quality is one of the DCP-L2550DW's weaker traits—unless, that is, you're in the market for a generally quick content printer. The DCP-L2550DW's content yield is close typesetter quality down to the littlest text dimension we test, 4 focuses. Moreover, it additionally produces sharp, fresh guidelines and hairlines at little point sizes, even under 1 point. These two capacities—stellar content and principles—make it perfect for printing statements, solicitations, and spreadsheets.

Its business illustrations and photograph print quality were, then again, not exactly as great. We saw banding in both photographs and illustrations with inclinations and dim foundations, and also some graininess all over. It isn't so much that designs and yield are unusable; it's simply that some of it isn't usable in all situations. It's fine for in-house introductions and reports, for instance.


The DCP-L2550DW has a considerable measure of rivalry, even from a portion of Brother's other passage level monochrome lasers. In case you're searching for a monochrome printer for turning out bulletins, outside reports, and PowerPoint presents, you'll show signs of improvement comes about because of one of Canon's entrance level imageClass models, for example, the MF249fw talked about before. For heavier volume yield—say, in excess of a couple of hundred pages—look at a higher-volume laser. Sibling makes a few, including the superb MFC-L5800DW, with its running expenses of 1.6 pennies for every page.

At that point, as well, there's Epson's WF-M5694, that monochrome inkjet we talked about before. It, as well, is a monochrome AIO with a 1.6-penny cost per page, and more appropriate to printing a few hundreds or thousands of pages every month than machines with running expenses over twice that sum. Assuming, be that as it may, you require a little, proficient low-volume monochrome laser for printing as well as replicating content in your front office or at your front work area, Brother's DCP-L2550DW is a decent decision.

Here at Computer Shopper, we test many items a year, including an extensive variety of printers. Every one of them are given an Editors' Rating in view of value, execution, and highlights, and also other criteria. Cost and execution are constantly key obtaining factors, at the end of the day you should make certain that the printer is appropriate for the undertakings you have at the top of the priority list.

To quantify how well a printer performs, we run a progression of exclusive benchmark tests to perceive how the printer stacks up against its rivals. We run print-quality tests with two Computer Shopper-exclusive test records: a Text Document and a Mixed Text-and-Graphics Document. On the off chance that the printer can print onto photograph paper, we likewise run Photo Printing Tests, yielding a little test picture (onto 4x6-inch photograph paper) and an expansive test picture (onto 8.5x11-inch photograph paper). For multifunction printers, we additionally run a Scanning Performance Test and a Copy Performance Test, contingent upon the capacities of the printer.

When we have the aftereffects of our planning tests, we utilize the yield to judge the print nature of the content and blended content and-illustrations archives, and also the photographs. We likewise take a gander at the pictures we've checked and replicated to judge their individual characteristics. At long last, we complete a Cost Per Page Calculation in light of the page yields and costs of the inks and different consumables.

The point of this, obviously, is to enable you to make an all around educated, unprejudiced purchasing choice. Print, output, and duplicate paces shift from printer to printer, and periodically, it's a corresponding connection amongst speed and cost. (As you'd figure, more affordable printers have a tendency to be slower than more costly ones, all else being equivalent.) But that is never taken as a conviction until the point that we test. What's more, our test outcomes enable you to weigh different variables, also. For instance, on the off chance that you utilize your printer just periodically, its execution paces might be less vital to you than the price tag or the cost per page, contrasted and comparative models.

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