When considering printers, HP is undoubtedly the biggest and most popular printer brands, battling out with Canon as the biggest brand within printing for the last few years. In spite of this, Brother still hold their own and are also one of the bigger brands within the industry, though not quite as big as HP.
But knowing this, can one brand be claimed as ‘better’ than the other, or are there characteristics of each brand that may make them a better choice for some? Well, we’ll look at both of the brands and see which of them would make a good choice for the majority of people and which brand produces the best low cost yet high quality type of printer.
HP vs Brother Laser Printer
If we’re comparing HP to Brother, the general consensus is that HP provide a better quality printer. However, you are going to pay a price for this, as HP products as a whole are very expensive. You will probably be able to get a Brother printer of the same specifications from Brother for a cheaper price.
This does depend on whether you’re looking for a home printer or an office printer – when we’re considering laser printers, most of the time we’re talking about an office printer. This is because laser printers tend to be more expensive to purchase, however they have a lower cost per page in the long term. If we’re just considering laser printers, then Brother is actually going to be a lot closer to HP, particularly because of their great customer service. So, lets take a look at a little bit of each brands history, then delve deeper into any differences between the brands.
HP is the biggest computing brand in the world and it was for a long time. Lenovo briefly overtook HP as the biggest brand in the world between 2013-2017 (although there still wasn’t a lot in it), but now they’re back as having the biggest portion of the computer market.
Born at the start of the second world war, HP (standing for Hewlett Packard) started from humble beginnings and have gone on to become one of the biggest names within it’s industry. Both founders have interesting stories, with Packard joining the Nixon administration and Hewlett serving in the army taking time away from the company to perform these duties.
Like most big brands, HP are known for having pretty awful customer service. Whilst the brand started from grassroots, now it’s known as one of the behemoths and unfortunately, poor customer service seems to come part and parcel with expansion for many brands. However the products themselves tend to be pretty good in terms of quality, so that doesn’t mean that you should discount them completely.
Fun fact: One of the most common misconceptions about HP is that they are the same as the brand Packard Bell. HP (standing for Hewlett Packard, the two founders) actually aren’t related, and the fact that HP founder David Packard and Packard Bell founder Leon Packard bear the same name is just complete coincidence.
Although it might not sound like it, Brother are actually a Japanese company that are much older than HP, originating before the first world war all the way back in 1908. Whilst it was best known for it’s sewing machines originally, nowadays it’s better known for it’s printers and other electronic goods. Brother launched in Europe in the 50s, and by 1987 they had released their first laser printer like many other big brands at the time.
In terms of customer service, they actually have a fairly good reputation on this front (better than HP at least). Whilst their customer service isn’t on par with some bigger brands, it’s certainly not bad and more often than not you’re going to find a resolution to your issue.
Although most people aren’t aware, HP were the first brand to introduce a desktop laser printer all the way back in 1984. And since then they’ve gone from strength to strength, introducing all sort of different color laser printers, suitable for both corporate environments and for your home office too. They’re one of the first brands that many people look to when they need to replace their laser printer. Let’s check out some of their best models.
HP LaserJet Pro M404dn
- Built to keep your business moving forward: Print consistently high-quality documents with the HP LaserJet Pro M404dn, A monochrome laser printer designed to let you focus on growing your business
- Best in class security: a suite of embedded security features, like instant threat notifications and optional Pin/pull printing, help protect your laser printer from being an entry point for attacks and help ensure the safety of your sensitive data
- Speed through tasks: stay productive with automatic 2 sided printing, A 250 sheet input tray, fast first page out time, and Print speeds of up to 40 pages a minute from this Black and White laser printer
For those looking for a monochrome laser printer, then it’s difficult to find a better option than the HP LaserJet Pro M404dn. It has a 250 sheet input paper tray and an automatic document feeder. It can print at a rate of up to 40 pages per minute, which means that you’ll easily be able to print a large amount of pages per month.
One of the best things about this printer is it’s duplex printing function, which allows you to print on both sides of A4 paper at the same time. This can come in very handy, and can help you to save paper costs in the long term too. It has a solid print quality, and the toner cartridges are relatively cheap as well, so it’s a low cost way to continue printing.
HP Color Laserjet Pro M281fdw – Best Color Laser Printer?
- BIG PERFORMANCE IN A SMALL PACKAGE – This compact color laser printer features fastest in class first page out and double-sided printing, plus scan, copy, fax and wireless, as well as an auto document feeder, USB port and 2.7 inch color touchscreen
- FAST PRINT SPEEDS - Prints up to 22 pages per minute black/color, first page out as fast as 10.3 sec black and 11.7 sec color, input tray paper capacity up to 250 sheets. Dimensions Maximum (W X D X H)-16.7 x 18.7 x 13.3 inches
- EASILY PRINT FROM YOUR MOBILE DEVICE – Simply connect your iOS or Android device to the same network as your printer to print, or print without a network using WiFi Direct.Operating temperature range:59 to 86ºF
The HP Laserjet pro is a great all in one printer if you have a decent budget. Like the rest of the Laserjet Pro series, it’s a good choice if you’re looking for something that can do pretty much everything.
One of the main reasons that the HP is a good choice, especially for those looking for something really easy to use, is that it has an easy to use HP app. This allows you not just to use the printer easily with Airprint, but you can also use it easily with other features on your computer. If you’re like me and use an iPhone but also use other things like Dropbox and Google Drive, then you’ll want this kind of ease of use within a printer.
I also have an Amazon Alexa at home. And guess what? The M281fdw is easy to integrate with your Amazon Echo or Dot as well. So this means that if you’re looking for something that you can use with voice activate, then it’s definitely a good idea to look at this model. It has a decent printing rate (22PPM), so if you’re used to using older printers, then this is definitely going to be a big step up.
The only problem that I can see with this model is that it’s going to be particularly expensive for some people. If you’re looking for a budget printer, this probably isn’t the best option for you to choose.
What is Brother’s Best Laser Printer?
When it comes to Brother, they’re well known for their well priced printers, which also have relatively cheap printing costs as well. Here’s just a few of the better models that the brand have released over the last few years.
- Print more, wait less. Engineered for increased efficiency with class leading print speeds of up to 32 pages per minute.
- Dynamic features accommodate your evolving needs. The 250-sheet paper capacity helps improve efficiency with less refills and handles letter or legal sized paper.
- Flexible printing. The manual feed slot offers flexible paper handling for a variety of papers and sizes, such as card stock, envelopes, etc. to help you create professional looking documents.
Looking at the Brother range, most of their printers are actually made for offices. However, this smaller HL-L2350DW model can be the perfect option for your home. It has pretty much everything you could need from a printer, including the ability to scan and a lot of connectivity options too.
It has a print speed of 32 pages per minute, it’s one of the best options if you’re going to be printing a lot of different things, like envelopes and on card, whilst it’ll still be best for printing text documents. It’s one of the more affordable options from the Brother series, which makes it definitely at least worth considering.
- B/W & Color Scanning
- Optical Scan Resolution (dpi): 600 x 2400 dpi
- Standard Input Paper Capacity: 250-Sheet Input Capacity
The Brother MFCL2700DW offers similar usability and features to the HP Laserjet, but it’s actually considerably more budget friendly. If you’re trying to save some cash, then this might prove to be a good choice.
This isn’t a color printer, so if you’re looking for something that specifically prints color, then you’re going to have to look somewhere else for a good color printer. But if you don’t necessarily need color and you’re just looking to print files, then it’s definitely a good idea to opt for a black and white printer. People underestimate how much you can save with a black and white printer, as they’re a lot cheaper for printing costs. If you need a printer with good scanning capabilities, then it might be worth considering the MFCL2700DW. It’s a really good option for anyone looking for something that has a good scanning resolution (600 x 2400 dpi).
The main thing that I hate about this Brother printer (and all printers in general) is that they have a chip in the side of the toner. When the toner runs low, you automatically have to replace it with another toner cartridge – even though it might not be fully empty. This is a bit ridiculous in my opinion, and if you hate paying companies extra money for nothing (I sure do), then this is something you’ll want to think about and check into. Aside from this, the printer itself is decent.
Overall, these are just a couple of the best printers that both Brother and HP have to offer. They’re two of the better laserjet printers around, which can be some of the most difficult printers to find (it’s much easier to find a good inkjet printer than a laserjet printer). Both brands offer a good option – whilst HP tend to offer the best quality overall, Brother tend to have a little better customer service, so bear that in mind too.
Last update on 2020-11-28 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API