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HL-3170CDW

Digital Color Printer with Wireless Networking and Duplex

Estimated Street Price: $279.99*




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181 of 223 people would recommend this product.

Overall Rating: 1 out of 5
Will not duplex
February 4, 2016
By Anonymous from Las Vegas, NV
I like the printer but after reviewing the manual, emailing brother, searching for answer on the web, trying everything and I still can not make this printer duplex. I went through the wizard it seemed to complete but still can not duplex.
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Overall Rating: 4 out of 5
Great printer
February 4, 2016
By Peter40 from Iowa
The text is great and the colors are very good. Two side printing is super to have when needed.

The printer is bigger and heaver than a inkjet printer, but the cost per page is much lower. Unlike inkjet printers the print will not smear when wet.

I did not use color printing much when I had an inkjet as it was too expensive to clean and replace inkjet cartridges.
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Overall Rating: 3 out of 5
Installation software disappoints
February 3, 2016
By WhitingJr from Alamogrodo, NM
I found the installation more difficult on two computers operating Win 10, than I expected. The system is served by a Netgear C3700 modem/wifi router. I was able to get the printer to work briefly using WIFI. After turning off the computers and rebooting the next day, the printer did not respond to the wireless setup. I am currently using a USB connection, and it works well. I did not try an Ethernet connection; there were not enough open ports available on my modem.
I tired printing on some Christmas Card/glossy cardstock, and experienced streaking and smearing. I have not experienced the same degree, of that type of problem, using a laser printer in the past. If I were in the position to purchase a new printer, I would step-up to a laser unit. When using the glossy cardstock, I found the printer grabbing and positioning the card to be less than firmly positive, making it difficult to tell if the cardstock was properly positioned. This grab and position manual feed-through feature is more positive, and works well, when using normal printer paper of custom sizes.
The automatic duplex printing works well, along with color rendering on non-photographic compositions. I have not tried photo cardstock or picture reproduction from digital media. Regular printer paper feeds well from the automatic tray.
The set-up instructions are a bit more challenging than some printers I’ve used in the past. The instructions are very inclusive in documenting set-up options, except when it comes to differentiating the use of the units LED screen and buttons vs software options offered from the printer, “print choices” when selecting “print.” A lot of thought has gone into the set-up instructions in an attempt to make them more than adequate for a sophisticated user to get the most out of their printer.
Printer construction compares well with, perhaps even better, than other printers in this price range. I would rate it as a good value for the price paid.
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Overall Rating: 5 out of 5
great value for a basic printer
February 2, 2016
By boxboyjim from Chicago, IL
Color quality is very good. Supply (amount) of ink that comes with the printer is more than I expected. I have been using it for 2 months and have almost 85% of my black remaining. It doesn't scan or make copies, but if you just want an inexpensive printer that is reliable it's great. It has not jammed or malfunctioned once.
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