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Brother HL-4070 Laser Printer

alaTest has collected and analyzed 327 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the print quality and paper handling. The usability and performance also get good feedback. Many are negative about the noise and control panel.

value for money, performance, usability, paper handling, print quality

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Brother HL-4070 Laser Printer is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 327 reviews)

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Brother HL-4070CDW


Employee of the Month.

Easy duplex printing. Can print directly from USB drives or PictBridge cameras. Full installer app for the Mac.

Noisy. Expensive toner. cartridges. Small LCD. only. Can't be used via FireWire.

The HL-4070CDW is a speedy, versatile printer, and an economical choice until the toner runs out. With a maximum duty cycle of 35,000 pages per month, it's a solid performer for a small business.

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Brother HL-4070CDW


Fast ; First-rate print quality ; Wireless networking ; Inexpensive ; Built-in duplexing

Less-refined color-text print quality ; Complicated wireless networking setup

Expert review by:

Brother HL-4070CDW


The HL-4070 is a great way to add adequate and reasonably fast color printing to your office. And it's more than worth the low price, making it the best value in the review.

Excellent value, sharp text output

Some colors a bit off, problems printing letters over text


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Review: Brother HL-4070CDW


With duplexing and wireless or wired network connectivity, the HL-4070 offers a very impressive set of features for the price. Performance and print quality are top-notch too, making this a superb color laser printer for smaller offices and workgroups.

The HL-4070CDW is easy to set up, other than the fact that it weighs 64 pounds and requires at least two people to unpack safely. Installing the toner cartridges is simple; you can access the printer’s drum unit by pressing a convenient release button...

Consumer review by:

Weighs as much as a rock with matching functionality.


Under no circumstances should you buy this printer - or IMHO any printer from Brother. It is massive, requires expensive toner and, most importantly, my unit burned up which filled my house with smoke. Brother's "customer service" was initially fair...

Excellent if you were building a barricade

Brother customer service ; Awful user interface ; Expensive Toner

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Brother HL-4070CDW


I would not buy this or any other Brother products after the experience I have had with this machine. In the past year, I have spent more on the machine than it originally cost. That is not including cartridges! Each year, the cartridges alone cost as...

Prints duplex with fairly reasonable color

Very expensive to use and maintain. No customer service from Brother after 1st year - which is when it begins to fail. Need to replace parts too often. Supplies are expensive. Stops operating if only one color ink is out. Cannot even print black and white

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Too expensive to operate and maintain. Do not buy it.


I would not buy another Brother product after my experience with this machine and their so-called customer support. The first person I spoke with did not even look up the error message. Once the support person read the error message all they could do...

Prints color duplex on a variety of paper stocks

The cartridges are expensive. You will be paying the original cost of this machine each year just for cartridges. Life of machine parts is short. I spent as much of the machine cost just on parts and service in the past year. No service from Brother. You

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Brother MFC-8480DN product and support


The product seems pretty good for Windows applications; however no one that has to earn a living has time to navigate the Brother Support nightmare. Unfortunate, as the product seems pretty good but will try another vendor that is more accessible for...

Not a bad product but crippled by trying to get support and especially for Macs

Calling the Brother Support line starts with "your support comes from Canada" and degrades from there. No one to answer calls and no escape from queue jail. I spent all day trying to get someone to talk to and when I did they said "sorry don't do Mac" but

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Brother HL-4070CDW


This printer does the job. I am a low volume user and the printer did everything I needed it to do and some. Then all of sudden the printer stopped working. Customer Support at Brother came through for me. They told me where to take it and arranged for...

Nice, clean printing. Being wireless it can be accessed by any machine in the building

Nothing specific but I had one significant problem but Customer Support came through for me

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A total piece of junk


Do not buy it unless you normally replace your printer every year. My personal experience is a 1 1/2 year MTBF.

It works well out of the box

My first one died after 2 years. The replacement (that I purchased out of pocket) died at just after one year. If you have unlimited funds, this is a grat printer

Product Specifications

The HL-4070CDW is the fast, affordable color laser printer that everyone has been waiting for. Offering the same print speed and print quality as the HL-4040CN, the HL-4070CDW also features built-in duplexing for two-sided printing, a wireless network interface for connecting to your wired or wireless workgroup, and BR-Script3 for PostScript compatibility.

Dimensions & Weight



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


Microsoft Certification:Compatible with Windows 7
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista


Type: None


Type:Print server


Connectivity Technology:Wired / Wireless
Duplex Printout:Duplex
Interface:802.11b / 802.11g / Direct print USB / Ethernet 10/100Base-TX / Parallel / USB
Language Simulation:PCL 6 / PostScript 3
Max H-Resolution B/W:2400dpi
Max H-Resolution Color:2400dpi
Max Media Size (Standard):A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in) / Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
Max Printing Speed (ppm):20ppm
Max Printing Speed Color (ppm):20ppm
Max V-Resolution B/W:600dpi
Max V-Resolution Color:600dpi
Media Type:Bond paper / Envelopes / Labels / Plain paper / Recycled paper
Output Type:Color
PostScript Support:Standard
Total Media Capacity:300sheets
Type:Workgroup printer


Installed Size:64MB
Max Supported Size:576MB


Type: None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty