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Lexmark MB2236adw vs Brother MFC-L8690CDW

Confused by all the options? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

Selecting and purchasing office equipment can oftentimes seem like a daunting task. The evolution from copiers to multifunction printers that now copy, print, scan, and fax is baffling and a bit stressful. 

Lexmark MB2236adw

The budget-priced Lexmark MB2236adw monochrome all-in-one laser printer is fast and churns out good-looking output, making it a great value for small and home-based offices.

The Lexmark MB2236adw ($292) is an entry-level monochrome all-in-one (print, copy, scan, and fax) printer designed for use in small or home-based offices and small workgroups. It prints well, it’s faster and has higher monthly volume ratings than more expensive competing models. Unlike most of its competitors, though, the MB2236adw doesn’t have an auto-duplexing ADF (automatic document feeder), which can be a significant inconvenience. Despite that, the MB2236adw offers enough great perks to make it a solid option for modest-volume small offices.

The MB2236adw comes with a 50-sheet manual-duplexing automatic document feeder, compared with the auto-duplexing ADFs on both the MF249dw and the MFC-L2750DW XL. These, of course, allow you to scan two-sided multipage documents without having to turn the originals over manually to capture the other side. The HP M148fdw’s ADF holds only 35 sheets, though, and it, too, doesn’t support auto-duplexing.

You can set up walk-up tasks, such as making copies or scanning to the cloud, from the MB2236adw’s sparse, vintage-looking control panel. That panel, shown in the image below, consists of a handful of buttons, including two navigation arrow keys for scrolling through a somewhat confusing set of drill-down menus on a two-line monochrome text display, and a number pad.

Lexmark MB2236adw vs Brother MFC-L8690CDW

Brother MFC-L8690CDW

The Brother MFC-L8690CDW(opens in new tab) is a chunky multifunction device designed for a busy SMB and the specifications are geared toward speed and volume. It’s big enough to hold 300 sheets of paper in its two in-trays and 150 sheets in the centre out tray, while the supplied black toner cartridge is good for a very respectable 3,000 monoprints. An even higher yield cartridge is available that will double that figure. 

It can’t handle A3 paper and there’s no NFC connectivity without buying the optional dongle, but in all other respects, it is very well-featured. You have touchscreen control via a large 9.3cm LCD, duplex printing and Wi-Fi Direct control via a rather impressive companion app. 

The Brother MFC-L8690CDW is a big unit that would rather stand on its own table than share a desk. It’s also reassuringly heavy. Apparently, Brother has strengthened its printers to improve longevity and it certainly feels very solid for a largely plastic device. The generous size means there’s plenty of room for paper and toner. You can even buy an additional paper drawer that acts as a plinth adding another 250 sheets of plain paper. 

The Brother MFC-L8690CDW is unusual in not having a setup wizard on the display, or the companion app to walk you through initialisation, but it wasn’t a problem because the printed setup manual is very easy to follow.

One element should be at the top of your list… who are you going to purchase the product from? With a large purchase like this, it is important to consider the quality of the vendor you are buying from.

Protecting that investment after installation calls for working with a qualified dealership that has a credible track record in supporting the copier after your purchase.

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