The Brother HL-L8360CDW is a color laser printer. It works with Windows, MacOS, 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 small 2-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. The Brother HL-L8360CDW measures 15.2 inches high by 17.3 inches wide by 29.5 inches deep, and weights 48.1 pounds.
NetworkingThe printer may connect to a home network either via an Ethernet or a WiFi connection. Ethernet is the common wired network and WiFi is the wireless format commonly found in laptop computers. Many WiFi-enabled printers support Apple AirPrint and/or Google Cloud Print.
E, W, A, G
WiFi Auto-connectAn 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.
WiFi DirectProvides 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.
PictBridgeThis 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.
LCD viewerPrinter has a built-in LCD screen for viewing and editing images from a memory card. The screen is small, usually only 1 to 3.5 inches, and editing capability is very limited.
Individual color tanks
Individual color tanksSome inkjet printers use a separate tank for each color. Others have tri-color cartridges with three colors in one. Individual tanks let you replace only the color that runs out rather than tossing a tri-color cartridge that may have some ink left.
Can print if color empty
Can print if color emptyCan 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.
Auto-duplexingCan print automatically on both sides of the paper.
Borderless photosThis feature lets you print photos that go edge-to-edge without a white border.
Swap black for photo ink
Swap black for photo inkThe 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.
Water-resistant photosWhen printing on glossy photo paper, water-resistant ink will not run or smear if it gets wet.
Memory-card readerIndicates whether the printer has a built-in memory-card reader. If so, this feature lets you print image files from a digital camera's memory card without using a computer. You can also transfer the files to a computer.
Printing methodIndicates 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.
Standard-sheet capacityHow many sheets of standard-thickness (20-lb.) paper can be stored in the printer's input tray.
HeightMeasured in inches, the height of printer when it is open and ready to use, with trays extended and paper in trays.
WidthMeasured in inches, the width of the printer when it is open and ready to print with paper loaded.
DepthMeasured 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.
Text speed (ppm)
Text speed (ppm)Our measure of how fast the printer can print pages of monochrome text.
Ink cost/monthEstimated cost (in dollars) for ink or toner in a month of typical use, based on our tests and how our readers told us they print. For inkjets: 23 text pages, 9 graphics pages, 2.4 large photos, 3.6 small photos, and 3.5 photos on plain paper. For lasers: 62 text pages, 24 graphics pages, 1.7 large photos, 1.9 small photos, and 2.3 photos on plain paper. Photos cost the most, text documents the least, so your results may vary from these figures, but they are useful for comparing models.
Text costThe ink-related cost of one page of black text.
Graphics costThe cost of printing one page of a colorful chart or web page, in cents.
Maximum paper size
Maximum paper sizeThe maximum size paper which the printer can accept for printing.
Maximum paper basis-weight
Maximum paper basis-weightAll 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.
PlatformWhich 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.
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