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Brother HL-5170DN

alaTest has collected and analyzed 19 reviews of Brother HL-5170DN. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Printers for all reviews. People really like the noise and print quality. The usability and price are also appreciated, but comments about the paper handling and reliability are different.

performance, price, usability, print quality, noise

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Brother HL-5170DN is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by : James Galbraith (

Brother HL-5170DNLT


Rendezvous ; Inexpensive ; Built-in duplexing ; Comes with additional paper tray ; Excellent print quality for text

Graphics had bading in gradients

Jan, 2005

Expert review by : James Galbraith (

Brother HL-5170DNLT - Monochrome Laser Printers


All of these printers produced excellent text, but the Lexmark E332n led the rest with its ability to produce the best graphics in a timely fashion. Even though the Brother HL-5170DNLT's graphics printing was not quite as stellar as the Lexmark's, its...

Rendezvous ; built-in duplexing ; inexpensive ; excellent print quality for text ; comes with additional paper tray

Graphics had bading in gradients

Jan, 2005

Expert review by : PCQ Bureau (

Brother HL-5170DN


In the overall combination of performance, price and features, this printer was the best as compared to Canon and Lexmark. It scored the highest in features and pricing compared to the other two printers in its category. One thing that

Feb, 2005

Consumer review (

Great Printer


Good resolution, fast, inexpensive, clear graphics

None so far

Consumer review (

This thing is a work horse!


I have had this printer for about 4 maybe 5 years. It is a work horse. I do a lot of heavy duty printing for my church and I have not found one to work as hard as this one. Despite the number of years I have had it I have not had any repair problems. I...

May, 2009

Consumer review (

Great printer for a couple in grad school


Great buy!

I wanted 3 things in a printer: 1) Fast, 2) automatic duplex (double sided printing), 3) Network compatible. After some research I went with this printer. Never been unhappy with it. Easy to install on network. Prints lots of sizes of paper easily. The...

buying the second paper tray for it costs about half as much as the printer. If you want one with 2 paper trays, buy one that comes standard with 2 trays

Mar, 2006

Consumer review (

Brother HL-5170DN far exceeded my expectations.


For this price? For duplex (2-sided) printing, 21ppm speed, fast warmup, and Ethernet connection. A great printer at a great price. Printer driver does watermarks, booklet printing, and more, with a nice system tray quick config applet. Setup over...

Mar, 2005

Consumer review (

Fine for the whole family


Affordable, relatively cheap consumables, print server, duplexer

Probably nothing affecting the non-Linux world, and little that affects Linux

Oct, 2007

Consumer review (

Brother, They Just "Work"


Value. Bang for the buck.

First envelope crinkled slightly.

Oct, 2005

Consumer review (

An excellent choice for SOHO or workgroups


Purchase price, print quality, print speed, cost per print, ease of networking and setup.

None yet.

Oct, 2005

Product Specifications

If your office needs a network printer that's big on features but compact in size, the Brother HL-5170DN provides the perfect solution. It comes with 10/100BaseTX Ethernet connectivity as standard, so adding it to your network is not a problem. It features duplex printing as standard, a high quality print resolution of 2400x600 dpi (HQ1200), can output up to 20 pages per minute, and the software has been optimized to make it compatible with a wide range of computing environments.

Dimensions & Weight


Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


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

Input Capacity

Maximum input capacity:250


Internal memory:32


Microsoft Certification:Works with Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Works with Windows Vista


Type: None


Type:Print server

Other Features

Compatibility:PC & Mac
Compatible operating systems:Windows 95/98/Me/NT 4.0/2000/XP \nMac OS8.6-9.1, OSX 10.1 or later \nDOS & Linux compatible\n
EP-cartridge:DR-3000 20,000 A4 or letter pages (one page per job)
Mac compatibility: Yes
Memory upgrade:0.16
Networking features:TCP/IP, IPX/SPX, AppleTalk, DLC/LLC, Standard Fast Ethernet 10/100BaseTX
Standard input trays:Standard Tray. Multi-purpose tray: 50 sheet
Toner cartridge:TN-3030 Standard yield of 3,500 A4 or letter pages @ 5% coverage. TN-3060 High yield of 6,700 A4 or Letter pages @ 5% coverage

Output Capacity

Maximum output capacity:150

Paper Handling

Maximum ISO A-series paper size:A4
Maximum print area:A4 (210 x 297 mm)
Maximum print size:A4 (210 x 297 mm)
Media size (tray 1):Standard Tray: Cut sheet: A4, Letter, B5(ISO), A5, B6(ISO), Executive, Legal. Optional Lower Tray: Cut sheet: A4, Letter, B5 (ISO), A5, Executive, Legal. Multipurpose Tray: Custom: Width (69.9 – 215.9mm) x Length (116.0 x 406.4). Duplex Cut sheet: A4, Letter, Legal
Media weight (tray 1):Standard Tray: 60 – 105g/m². Lower Tray: 60 – 105g/m². Multipurpose Tray: 60 – 161g/m². Duplex 60 – 105g/m²


Built-in processor: Yes
Processor:Fujitsu SPARClite
Processor frequency:133
Processor model:Fujitsu SPARClite

Print Technology

Color: No
Maximum Resolution:2400 x 600


Connectivity Technology:Wired
Duplex Printout:Duplex
Interface:Ethernet 10/100Base-TX / Parallel / USB
Language Simulation:EPSON FX / IBM ProPrinter / PCL 6 / PostScript 3/PCL 6 / PostScript 3
Max H-Resolution B/W:2400dpi
Max Media Size (Standard):A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in) / Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)/Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
Max Printing Speed (ppm):20ppm/21ppm
Max V-Resolution B/W:600dpi
Media Type:Bond paper / Envelopes / Labels / Plain paper / Recycled paper / Transparencies
Monthly Duty Cycle Range (Printer Class):20,000 - 49,999 pages
Output Type:Monochrome
PostScript Support:Standard
Total Media Capacity:300sheets/550sheets
Type:Workgroup printer


Print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter):20
Time to first page (black, normal):10


Installed Size:32MB
Max Supported Size:160MB


Type: None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Sound Emission

Print noise level:50
Printing noise level:50
Standby acoustic emission:30 / 32

System Requirements

OS Required:Apple MacOS 8.6 - 9.2 / Apple MacOS X 10.1 / Apple MacOS X 10.2 / Linux / Microsoft Windows 2000 / NT4.0 / Microsoft Windows 95/98/ME/XP/Apple MacOS 8.6 - 9.2 / Apple MacOS X 10.1 or later / Debian Linux / Linux Mandrake / Microsoft Windows 2000 / NT4.0 / Microsoft Windows 95/98/ME/XP / Red Hat Linux / SuSe Linux/Apple MacOS 8.6 - 9.2 / Apple MacOS X 10.1 or later / Linux / Microsoft DOS / Microsoft Windows 2000 / NT4.0 / Microsoft Windows 95/98/ME/XP / Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition/Apple MacOS 8.6 / Apple MacOS 9.1 / Apple MacOS X 10.1 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP / Microsoft Windows 98/ME / Microsoft Windows NT 4.0

Weight & Dimensions

Dimensions (WxDxH):15 x 15.8 x 9.92