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Brother MFC-7360N

Est. $165
Reviewed
March 2014
by ConsumerSearch
Brother MFC-7360N

Best laser all-in-one printer

Pros
  • Good-quality printouts
  • Solid performance (printing, scanning, copying and faxing)
  • Very low cost per page
  • Great company reputation
Cons
  • No color printing
  • No auto-duplexer (available on the 7460DN)

Bottom line

Simple, reliable and inexpensive (both to buy and to run), the Brother MFC-7360N is a workhorse all-in-one printer for home or small business use. This black-and-white laser printer swiftly cranks out crisp-looking text and graphics -- crisper than any inkjet printer -- and it copies, scans and faxes, too.

Ease of use

Straightforward to use, with a low cost per page. Testers -- and most owners -- find the Brother MFC-7360N perfectly simple to set up and use. It hooks up via USB or Ethernet; there's no built-in Wi-Fi, but owners point out that they just plug the printer into their wireless routers to print wirelessly from PCs or Macs. Physical buttons and a two-line, monochrome LCD display make it easy to control the printer.

Brother printers also earn the highest customer satisfaction ratings of any brand in two top surveys, and they also prove most reliable in one survey (and runner up in the other).

Performance

Speedy, laser-quality prints. Compared with inkjet printers, laser printers -- including the Brother MFC-7360N all-in-one printer -- print dazzlingly sharp text. Copies and scans look just as crisp. Graphics and photos look perfectly fine for general use (internal business documents, school reports, etc.); "depending on how much of a perfectionist you are, you may or may not feel it's good enough for PowerPoint handouts and the like," PCMag.com says. You can buy laser printers that deliver even higher quality, but not at this price. Text pages print in a flash -- 14.3 pages per minute, in one test.

Features

Few frills, cheap thrills. Business users will appreciate this printer's robust paper capacity -- 250 sheets in the main tray, plus a 35-sheet automatic document feeder. There's no auto-duplexer for double-sided printing, but you can get one on the very similar Brother MFC-7460DN (*Est. $225). Thanks to Brother's relatively inexpensive toner cartridges, the Brother MFC-7360N has one of the lowest costs per page you'll find: 1.9 cents for a text page in one leading test.

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Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

The Brother MFC-7360N is one of 74 all-in-one printers tested here. Experts rate each printer's performance in a dozen categories (print quality, ink use, etc.) before ranking the printers from best to worst.

Review: Brother MFC-7360N, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

2. PCMag.com

There's no duplexer, but otherwise the Brother MFC-7360N is a good choice for home use or in a small office, PCMag.com says. It's no trouble to set up, with good speed and printout quality in tests here.

Review: Brother MFC-7360N, M. David Stone, June 1, 2011

3. Which? magazine

This British magazine is similar to ConsumerReports.org. Editors have tested 118 printers; although they haven't tested the Brother MFC-7360N specifically, they have surveyed about 12,700 readers to find out which printer brands are the best.

Review: Printer Reviews: Reliability, Editors of Which? magazine, Not Dated

4. PCMag.com

Brother printers have won PCMag.com's annual reader satisfaction survey for five years running. The brand earns high scores for reliability, tech support and overall.

Review: Readers' Choice Awards 2013: Printers, Ben Gottesman, July 31, 2013

5. Amazon.com

This is one of the top-rated all-in-one printers at Amazon.com, earning an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars from more than 420 owners. Relatively few report problems, including toner running out early.

Review: Brother Printer MFC7360N Monochrome Printer with Scanner, Copier and Fax and Built In Networking, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2014

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