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Best small business monochrome printer

I can wholeheartedly recommend the Brother MFC-L5900DW 4-in-1 Monochrome Laser Printer or its smaller brother the MFC-L5700DN.

The MFC-L5900DW has been replaced by the MFC-L5710DW – I have no experiece yet with this printer but it sells for around R10,000 and includes a 5 year warranty which says a lot about Brother’s confidence in the machine.

They may seem expensive but as you may have noticed cheap printers tend to be expensive to run whereas these 2 are probably the most cost effective currently available.

The MFC-L5900DW does duplexing for copying and scanning. Includes a 5 year warranty

Brother MFC-L5900DW



What’s in the Box?

The MFC-L5900DW Mono Laser All-in-One ships with the following:

  • 8,000 Page toner
  • 50,000 Page drum unit
  • Power supply cord and USB cable
  • Fax line cord
  • Driver software for Windows®
  • Quick Set-Up Guide

Key Features

  • Duplex Print, Copy, Scan and Fax
  • Fast print speeds of up to 40ppm
  • Fast scanning speeds of up to 56ipm
  • Up to 300 sheet paper input
  • Expandable paper input of up to 1,340 sheets
  • 70 Sheet ADF
  • 50 Sheet multi-purpose tray
  • 8,000 Page inbox toner
  • 9.3cm Touchscreen LCD display
  • Wired and wireless networking
  • Wi-Fi Direct and WebConnect
  • Brother Apps
  • Mobile Connectivity
  • Secure Function Lock 3.0
  • Optional paper trays require additional purchase
  • Free 5-year* on-site warranty


  • Toner Cartridge – Brother TN3467 – 12,000 pages – R1,799
  • Drum Unit – Brother DR3405 – 50,000 pages – R1,699, R2,599

Brother MFC-L5170DW


What’s in the Box?

  • 6,000* Page toner
  • 75,000** Page drum unit
  • Power supply cord and USB cable
  • Quick Set-Up Guide
  • Fax Cable

Key Features

  • Print up to 48 pages per minute
  • 2-Sided print, up to 24 sides per minute
  • 2-Sided scan, up to 56 images per minute
  • 8.9cm Colour touchscreen
  • Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi and Wifi Direct
  • 1GB Internal memory
  • 50 Sheet 2-Sided Automatic Document Feeder (ADF)
  • 250 sheet paper input tray expandable up to 1,290 pages
  • Comes with 6,000 page yield toner, 11,000 maximum yield available
  • Compatible with Brother and 3rd Party solutions
  • Free 5-year* on-site warranty


Toner Cartridges

  • TN3607 – 3,000 pages
  • TN3607XXL – 11,000 pages

Drum Unit

  • DR3607 – Approx 75,000 pages at 3 pages per job

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