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HL-3170CDW

Digital Color Printer with Wireless Networking and Duplex

Estimated Street Price: $279.99*




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Product Reviews

179 of 221 people would recommend this product.

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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Overall Rating: 5 out of 5
Just what I was looking for
February 1, 2016
By althorpe from Avon park, FL
I have an older mono brother laser printer that just keeps on trucking so when I wanted a colour one I looked no further than Brother. I have to admit the printer far exceeds my expectations. Wireless convenience for my laptop and wired for my desktop. Colour is great and everything is sharp. I don't care about speed so the time to print is fine with me (home use) and so far same dependable service as my older laser printer.
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Overall Rating: 4 out of 5
Good printer
January 31, 2016
By Yanmar from Connecticut
The printer works well. The wireless feature works well except that the Android app doesn't work with my Samsungs. The fuser on my unit apparently overheated and melted some of the rubber on the roller so I needed to replace it after about a year. I am a very light user and am on my third set of toner cartridges.
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