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What are the differences between the Brother printer series?

You want to buy a Brother printer, but you're not sure which one to get. To help you get started, we've listed 3 different series of Brother printers for you. We'll compare the HL, MFC, and DCP. So you can choose the best Brother printer for you.

Similarities and differences

Brother HL Brother MFC Brother DCP
Printer type Printing only All-in-one All-in-one
Size Small to large Medium to large Medium to large
Print technology Inkjet, laser, and LED Inkjet and laser Inkjet and laser
Usage location Home and office Home and office Office
Automatic printer functions Yes Yes Yes

The different series

Brother HL printer

Brother HL: only print

You can only print with the Brother HL printers. These printers don't have other functions such as scanning. You print in color or in black and white, because the HL series from Brother also has color printers. Are you looking for a printer which can do more than just printing? In that case, the MFC or DCP series are perhaps interesting choices.

Brother MFC printer

Brother MFC: all-in-one

You're looking for a printer which can do a little more than just printing. In that case, the MFC series is a good choice. Because these printers are known for their functions. They're all-in-one printers, so they can print, scan, copy, and even fax. Almost all printers in this series are color printers. You can use these printers at home or at the office. Do you need a printer for intensive use? In that case, the DCP series is suitable for you.

Brother DCP printer

Brother DCP: all-in-one intensive use

The Brother DCP printers, just like all the MFC, are all all-in-one printers. The difference with the MFC series is that the DCP printers are suitable for intensive use. The printer definitely is at home in a large office. Brother has black and white and color printers in this series. You can use a DCP printer at home or at the office, because Brother also has models which are compact and more suitable for home use.


The 3 series look similar, but the main difference is in the type of printer and the usage type. The HL printers can only print and they're more compact. The MFC printers have more functions than HL printers, but they're also less compact. If you want to use the printer intensively and you need an all-in-one printer, than the DCP printers are the most suitable.

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