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Brother HL-2270DW Laser Printer And Canon MG5320 Ink-Jet Comparison Review

Updated on November 19, 2013

Printing is something that everyone will eventually have to do. Viewing something on screen only goes so far. Sooner or later you will need to have a hard copy on paper. There are many places that allow you to print something, but the time may come that you need your own printer.

For those in need of a printer, there is a choice between a laser and ink-jet printer. Examples of these are the Brother HL-2270DW laser printer and the Canon PIXMA MG5320 all-in-one ink-jet printer respectively.

Both are similar in that they have a compact, space-saving design and have similar manufacturer’s suggested prices. However, the Canon is more likely to be found on sale. They also offer must have features such as duplex printing and wireless connections. On the other hand, they also have their own advantages and disadvantages that people should be aware of.


Why do you need duplex printing

Duplex printing allows you to automatically print on both sides of a piece of paper. This means that you can cut the amount of paper you need by half. This helps you save money, but also helps the environment by reducing waste.

It's true that you can always print on both sides of a piece of paper, but this requires you to do it manually. This is an added hassle and waste of time that can be done quicker and more easily if that feature has been build into the printer.

Why do you need wireless capabilities

Wireless capabilities make everything so much more convenient. It allows you to connect two parties without them having to come together. There is no need for cables and so on. Connections can be done quickly and easily, helping people save time and without any hassle.

Due to its convenience, wireless capabilities have become ubiquitous in more and more devices for this very reason. Whether it's smart phones or computers, wireless abilities have become part of the standard feature set. Printers have now begun to move in that same direction.

What is in the box of the Canon MG5320

The Canon MG5320 contains:

  • PIXMA MG5320 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-In-One
  • CD/DVD Printing Tray
  • PGI-225 Pigment Black
  • CLI-226 Cyan ink cartridge
  • CLI-226 Magenta ink cartridge
  • CLI-226 Yellow ink cartridge
  • CLI-226 Black ink cartridge
  • Power Cord
  • Print Head
  • PP-201 Sample Photo Paper Glossy II (5 Sheets)
  • Document Kit with Cross Sell Sheet, Getting Started, Important Information Sheet, Safety Environment Information, Setup Software & User's Guide CD-ROM, Warranty Card

What is in the box of the Brother HL-2770DW

The Brother HLL-2770DW contains:

  • Laser printer
  • Starter Toner Cartridge (yields approximately 700 pages)
  • DR420 Drum Unit (yields approximately 12,000 pages)
  • CD-ROM with User's Manual and Printer Drivers
  • AC Power Cord
  • Quick Setup Guide

What are the pros and cons of laser printers such as the Brother HL-2270DW

As a laser printer, the Bother HL-2770DW has superior print quality compared to ink-jet printers. There is no smudging and text and graphics look crisp and clean. The Brother HL-2770DW can print extremely fast. No ink-jet printer can match it in terms of performance.

The Brother HL-2270DW also has lower print cost per page. This can really add up the more you print out. If you use a high-yield toner, your cost goes down even more. Do note that the included toner is a starter cartridge and not a full capacity one. You may want to take that into account when shopping around.

The Brother HL-2270DW is a monochrome laser printer, which can only print in black and white. Color laser printers are much more expensive than color ink-jet printers. Laser printers also use a lot more electricity than do ink-jet printers. This may be an issue for some people.

What are the pros and cons of ink-jet printers such as the Canon MG5320

The Canon MG5320 is an all-in-one printer, which offers more features for less money. It can do anything that the Brother HL-2770DW can and more. It can print in color and offers scanning abilities. It can also print on a CD or DVD.

The Canon MG5320 uses 5 separate ink cartridges for each color, which means that you only have to replace the one that has run out. Some other ink-jet printers use a single multicolor cartridge, which has to be replaced if even one of the colors has run out. This is very wasteful and costs money.

On the other hand, the Canon MG5320 cannot match the Brother HL-2770DW in print quality and in speed. Its cost per page is also much higher. Consumables, such as the ink cartridges, will need to be replaced more often.


The Canon MG5320 and Brother HL-2270DW can both be better than the other depending on what the user is looking for. Which one is better depends entirely on what your needs are. The Canon MG5320 offers more features for less money and may be best for the casual user, who doesn't print that often.

The Brother HL-2770DW has less features, but does the one thing better that most people will probably need more than anything else. It prints superior looking pages faster, while doing so at lower cost. It's up to you to decide, which is best for you.


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