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Brother HL-L8360CDW printer

A color laser printer from Brother, with Ethernet and WiFi networking, and wireless printing with Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print. Works with Windows, macOS and Linux.

About

The Brother HL-L8360CDW is a color laser printer. It works with Windows, macOS and Linux. The capacity of the main paper tray is 250 sheets, a generous size. There's a second tray for full-size paper, allowing you to load letterhead paper, for instance. The printer has a medium-size 2.9-inch display screen with a touchscreen interface. You can connect directly to a PC with a USB cable, or to your network router either wirelessly with WiFi or with an Ethernet cable. It can access the Internet directly, using downloadable 'apps' stored in the printer, letting you print information from news and entertainment services. When setup for use, the Brother HL-L8360CDW requires a space that measures 15.2 inches high by 17.3 inches wide by 29.5 inches deep, and weights 48.1 pounds.

Connections

Networking Networking The printer may connect to a home network either via an Ethernet (E) or a WiFi (W) connection. Ethernet is the common wired network and WiFi is the wireless format commonly found in laptop computers. Many printers also support Apple AirPrint (A) and/or Google Cloud Print (G).
E, W, A, G
WiFi Auto-connect WiFi Auto-connect An installation feature that links a printer to a home network by copying the settings from a computer that is already linked to the same network. Avoids typing passkeys and pressing WPS buttons.
Yes
WiFi Direct WiFi Direct Provides a wireless connection for local printing from a mobile device like a smartphone, even if the printer and smartphone are not joined to a home network.
Yes
PictBridge PictBridge This feature allows direct printing (without the use of a computer) from any brand of digital camera to any brand of printer. More recently, Wireless PictBridge has appeared on some models.
No

Features

Auto-duplex printing Auto-duplex printing Can print automatically on both sides of the paper.
Yes
Individual color cartridges Individual color cartridges Most inkjets use a separate cartridge for each ink color. But some models instead have a tri-color cartridge that supplies three colors from one unit. Individual color cartridges allows you to individually replace only the color that runs out, rather than tossing out a tri-color cartridge that may have some ink left.
N/A
Refillable ink tank system Refillable ink tank system Refillable ink-tank inkjet printers dispense with pricey replacement cartridges in favor of refillable reservoirs replenished with a bottle of ink.
No
Can print if color empty Can print if color empty Can still print (usually in black and white only) if a color ink cartridge runs out. May require changing a setting, and leaving the empty cartridges installed. The printer may offer this option for a short time only. The option may not appear at all unless you've first installed the printer's full software package.
No
Swap black for photo ink Swap black for photo ink The photo ink for some inkjet printers comes in an extra cartridge. To use these photo inks, you must remove the black-ink cartridge and replace it with the photo-ink cartridge. To go back to printing text or graphics, you must do the reverse. This can get tedious. Models that hold all the inks simultaneously minimize the hassle.
N/A
Borderless photos Borderless photos This feature lets you print photos that go edge-to-edge without a white border.
N/A

Specs

Product type Product type Models are directed at specific segments of the consumer market. The SOHO or Small Office-Home Office type model is intended for higher-volume printing than the Personal type.
Letter-size small-office color single-function printer
Printing method Printing method Indicates which technology a printer uses to create an image onto paper or other media. Most printers use inkjet technology, printers intended primarily for text use laser technology.
LED
Standard-sheet capacity Standard-sheet capacity How many sheets of standard-thickness (20-lb.) paper can be stored in the printer's input tray.
250
Height (in.) Height Measured in inches, the height of printer when it is open and ready to use, with trays extended and paper in trays.
15.2
Width (in.) Width Measured in inches, the width of the printer when it is open and ready to print with paper loaded.
17.3
Depth (in.) Depth Measured in inches, the depth of printer when it is open and ready to use, trays extended and paper in trays, and allowing for rear connectors.
29.5
Text speed (ppm) Text speed (ppm) Our measure of how fast the printer can print pages of monochrome text.
16.7
Text cost (cents) Text cost The ink-related cost of one page of black text.
2.6
Graphics cost (cents) Graphics cost The cost of printing one page of a colorful chart or web page, in cents.
23.8
4x6 photo cost ($) 4x6 photo cost 4x6 photo cost per print.
0
8x10 photo cost ($) 8x10 photo cost 8x10 photo cost per print.
1.25
Maximum paper size Maximum paper size The maximum size paper which the printer can accept for printing.
8.5x14
Maximum paper basis-weight Maximum paper basis-weight All printers can accept standard-thickness/stiffness paper, referred to as 20-lb. basis weight. But many accept thicker/stiffer paper. The basis weight actually corresponds to paper density, which affects thickness and stiffness.
18
Platform Platform Which operating system(s) will support a given printer. Most printers can work with both Windows and the Macintosh, although models differ on which versions they require.
Windows, macOS, Linux