Updated 4 May 2018

Brother

HL-L5100DN

Snapshot: The Brother HL-L5100DN connects via ethernet and has a 2" display screen. But how well does it print?

HL-L5100DN
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$296

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Test results

Overall score
63
Print quality
?/10
Energy use
?/10
Networking
?/10

Good points

  • OK printing.
  • Excellent energy use.
  • Very cheap printing costs.
  • Has a setting for automatic double-sided printing.
  • Can connect via ethernet.

But

  • Poor networking.
  • No WiFi.

How we test

Non-multifunction printers

Overall score includes:
Print quality (90%)
Energy use (5%)
Networking (5%)

Multifunction printers

Overall score includes:
Print quality (63%)
Scanning (13.5%)
Copying (13.5%)
Energy use (5%)
Networking (5%)

We don’t retest older printers. To account for their age, each year we alter their overall and individual scores. This can affect whether a printer maintains recommended or worth considering status.

Extra ink used is the percentage of extra ink used for maintenance cleaning when printing 30 pages (text, graphics and photos) intermittently over 4 weeks, compared to the same printer printing 30 pages continuously.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$296

Running costs

Cost per black page ($)
0.032
Cost per colour page ($)
n/a
Cost per page - 4x6 photo ($)
n/a
Extra ink used (%)
n/a
Colour
×

Specifications

Type
Laser
Dimensions WxLxH (cm)
37 x 44 x 29
Ethernet
WiFi
×
USB
×
Fax
×
Auto duplexing
Number of cartridges
1
Display size
2"
Page capacity
250
Separate 4x6 photo tray
n/a
PictBridge
n/a

Features

Touchscreen
×
Can print through email
×
Supports Google Cloud Print
Print CD/DVD
×