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Brother HL-3070CW

alaTest has collected and analyzed 216 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the print quality and build quality are on the whole positive. The performance and value for money also get good reviews. Opinions are divided on the size, while many are less positive about the noise and paper handling.

usability, value for money, performance, build quality, print quality

paper handling, noise

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Brother HL-3070CW is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 216 reviews)

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Great Printer - Rip-off Toner Cartridges


This is a great printer that produces quality output and is very reliable. The wireless function is great and makes it very easy to use in a workgroup.Don't be fooled by the starter cartridges though. The printer will display a message they are empty when they aren't. Check out for more info and a solution that can give you over 6x more prints from your starter cartridge.

Compact design, Reliable, Fast operation, Great print quality, Easy to use

Starter cartridges set to show empty when still have plenty of toner

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Brother HL-3070CW


The HL-3070CW color printer from Brother is an economical printer for any small business environment or home and can print at decent resolutions of 600 x 2400 dpi. The product has an excellent build quality and a comparatively smaller footprint helping...

Specifications: Dimensions (WxHxD): 16.1 x 9.8 x 18.3 inches; Weight: 19 Kg; Resolution: 2400 dpi; Buffer size: 64 MB; Tray capacity: 250 sheets; Interface: USB, LAN, WLAN.

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Brother HL-3070CW


Editor's note: PCWorld has updated the speed results for this product. After identifying a conflict with a test file that affected this and a few other, unrelated printers, PCWorld Labs revised the file and retested the product. Its speed results for...

Wi-Fi connectivity ; Low purchase price

Slow performance ; Mediocre graphics quality

Getting wireless connectivity at this price point is a nice bonus, but the HL-3070cw color printer is fairly slow and sparsely featured.


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Brother HL-3070CW


Brother's second-generation laser-class printer is built around an LED engine instead of a laser, which is only a minor difference from a practical perspective. LED printers are essentially identical to lasers, except that they use LEDs instead of...

Fast. Reasonably small size. High-quality text. Graphics and photo quality suitable for internal business use

Relatively high cost per page. Limited paper handling

The Brother HL-3070CW delivers high-quality text, reasonably high-quality graphics and photos, and fast speed at a price and size suitable for a small office.

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Brother HL-3070CW


Brother's HL-3070CW targets small offices and workgroups. Does it have the right stuff for the job at hand?

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Review: Brother HL-3070CW color printer


The Brother HL-3070CW color LED printer gives small offices color printing on the cheap and it has Wi-Fi, too.

Wi-Fi connectivity is still uncommon among color laser and LED printers, so its presence on the HL-3070CW is a nice bonus. The setup involves a lot of steps, though: For us, clicking blindly through the terse and overly technical dialog boxes proved...

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Brother HL-3070CW LED Printer


The Brother HL-3070CW offers wireless color printing for your small or home office. With a rated print speed of 17ppm the numbers gives this printer the potential of being powerhouse around the home. Read on to find out what the HL-3070CW brings to...

Wireless printing ; Exceptional print quality ; Fast print speed

No duplex printing ; LCD display has poor visibility

The Brother HL-3070CW printer doesn't have all the bells and whistles of copying and scanning but it is packed with features. From unpacking to setup, the HL-370CW was a pleasure to work with. The overall power consumption was reasonable and part of...

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Brother HL-3070CW


If you are looking for a laser printer that offers beautiful images and is fairly compact, the Brother HL-3070CW may be an ideal printer for you. This device offers a vast array of features including built-in wireless and Ethernet capabilities, a large...

The Brother HL-3070CW features a maximum printing resolution of 2400 x 600 dpi

This laser printer has a measly 64MB of installed memory

The Brother HL-3070CW is a basic laser printer that needs a few improvements before it can compete with the best printers.

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Brother HL-3070CW


Great printer for the money. It's quiet, starts up and goes back to sleep quickly which saves power and heat.

WiFi is very convenient in a mixed (Mac/PC) environment. Very easy to setup with SES on new routers. The built in web server has lots of detail about pages printed, life left on each toner cartridge as well as life left on durable items such as drums...

Graphics quality is not great but thats true of all color lasers. Comparing images printed on this printer against the $3k HP color printer at work, the difference is very minor

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Brother HL-3070CW


I bought my printer from since 3 of the other stores I've checked ran out of stocks already. I was thinking since this model was so in demand, it must be really good but after owning one, I could say people were only after its...

Cheap, easy to install and use, lots of options and capabilities

Printing quality is low and low paper capacity, not good for busy offices

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Good home laser printer


Read that using 96 bright paper will help with color printing clarity, will try this later on. Satisfied with printer for home use, does not take up much more room than our old inkjet printer

Cheap price, good print quality for black and white also for color pages. Wakes up and prints in less than a minute, still loads faster than old Inkjet printers. Easy to setup when using the provided CD

Color printing looks a bit grainy when lots of colors are present but its still decent enough for home use

Product Specifications

The HL-3070CW is a fast, compact printer that produces brilliant color output at up to 17ppm in both color and black. It is ideal for printing high-impact, color brochures, presentations and other important business documents, quickly and affordably. In addition, its stylish, space-saving design helps save valuable workspace and complements virtually any environment. The HL-3070CW also provides built-in wireless 802.11b/g and Ethernet interfaces for sharing on your network, a generous paper input capacity, PCL6 and BR-Script3 emulations for greater compatibility, and 64MB standard memory for faster processing of important print jobs. Additionally, it includes a USB direct interface to print from your USB flash memory drive

Dimensions & Weight


Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes


Compatibility:Mac / PC
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Brother HL


Microsoft Certification:Compatible with Windows 7


Type:Print server


Connectivity Technology:Wired / Wireless
Interface:802.11g / Ethernet 10/100Base-TX / 802.11b / USB / Direct print USB
Language Simulation:PCL 6 / PostScript 3
Max H-Resolution B/W:600dpi
Max H-Resolution Color:600dpi
Max Media Size (Standard):Legal (8.5 in x 14 in) / A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in)
Max Printing Speed (ppm):17ppm
Max Printing Speed Color (ppm):17ppm
Max V-Resolution B/W:2400dpi
Max V-Resolution Color:2400dpi
Media Type:Recycled paper / Bond paper / Plain paper / Labels / Envelopes
Monthly Duty Cycle Range (Printer Class):20,000 - 49,999 pages
Output Type:Color
PostScript Support:Standard
Total Media Capacity:250sheets
Type:Workgroup printer


Installed Size:64MB
Max Supported Size:576MB


Type: None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty