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Brother HL-3045

alaTest has collected and analyzed 74 reviews of Brother HL-3045. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Printers for all reviews. Reviewers really like the durability and design. The size and usability also get good feedback. Many are critical about the print quality and reliability. Reviews are divided on the noise.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Brother HL-3045 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 34 user reviews of Brother HL-3045 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.7/5 for other Printers on

82% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Brother Printer HL3045CN Color PrinterBrother Printer HL3045CN Color Printer

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: (

Brother HL-3045CN


The two printers are built around the same LED engine. (LED printers work the same way as lasers, except that they use LEDs rather than a laser to draw the image of each page on a drum before printing.) Having the same engine gives them the same raw...

Fast. Ample paper capacity for a small or micro office or workgroup, plus manual feed tray

Although output quality is good enough for most business use, it's slightly below par across the board

The Brother HL-3045CN color laser offers output quality that's good enough for most business use, but its best points are speed and, to a lesser extent, paper handling.

Consumer review by: totemwolf (

Great Product


Very happy with the purchase. The set up was easy and user friendly. The print quality is great!!

Jan, 2013

Consumer review by: JimmieMagic (

another fine Brother product for me


The Brother line of printers is always my go-to line. The economy of this unit sold me. My HL1440 is still going strong after 9 years and over 50,000 copies, I expect the same from this new 3045. There is only one minor glitch for me. It is necessary...

Dec, 2012

Consumer review by: mcamp (

Great Home Color Printer


I purchased this printer because I teach a night class and wanted to give printouts in color to the students. I had another brother laser B/W and this was an upgrade to get color. I'm very happy with the printer... it has great prints and although it's...

Dec, 2012

Consumer review by: tiredphys (

Good Printer


I am pleased overall with this printer. Most of our printing is black on white, but it's good to have other options.

Dec, 2012

Consumer review by: cpete (

Great, except for---


good copy quality, first copy a little slow, only downside is very high inrush current when going from sleep mode to printing. This is not at all desirable.

Dec, 2012

Consumer review by: dcmaki (

I like this printer


I went with the laser printer because my previous printer ink cartridges kept drying out. No such problems with this printer.

Nov, 2012

Consumer review by: BuddyB (

Good deal


It has worked flawlessly for over a year. I like it and would recommend it for any home office. Easy set up, wireless connection, and easy operation.

Nov, 2012

Consumer review by: mark (

Brother HL-L2360D


This machine is a work horse. I've had this make of machine for years.

If your printing on both sides, it prints one side, then Pulled it back in to print the other.

Apr, 2017

Consumer review by: David (

Brother HL-L2360D


Compact and pretty quick once it gets going

It is slightly noisier than the HL2070N which it replaced

Jan, 2017

Product Specifications


Blue Angel certified: Yes
Certification:Nordic Swan, GS Mark
Energy Star certified: Yes


Built-in display: Yes
Color of product:Black / White
Display number of lines:1

Energy Management

Energy Star Typical Electricity Consumption (TEC):1763
Input frequency:50/60
Input Voltage:120
Power consumption (max):640
Power consumption (off):0.04
Power consumption (PowerSave):6.5 / 8
Power consumption (standby):6.5 / 70
Power consumption (typical):390 / 480

Input Capacity

Maximum number of paper inputs:2
Maximum number of paper trays:2
Multi-Purpose Tray capacity:50
Number of standard paper trays:2 / 3
Standard input capacity:250


Internal memory:256 / 32
Maximum internal memory:512
Maximum memory:512
Memory slots:1
Memory Type:DRAM


Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Mobile printing technologies:Apple AirPrint,Brother iPrint & Scan,Google Cloud Print,Mopria Print Service
Network ready:No / Yes
Wi-Fi: No

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):20 - 80
Operating relative humidity range:20 - 80

Other Features

Cartridge(s) included: Yes
DVD/CD printing: No
Mac compatibility: Yes

Output Capacity

Standard output capacity:100 / 150

Packaging Content

Bundled software:BRAdmin Professional 3
Cartridge(s) included:Y
Drivers included: Yes
Manual: Yes
Power cord included: Yes

Paper Handling

Custom media length:5 - 14
Custom media width:3 - 8.5
Duplex media weight:60 - 120
ISO A-series sizes (A0...A9):A4, A5, A6
ISO B-series sizes (B0...B9):B5, B6
Maximum ISO A-series paper size:A4
Maximum print area:Legal (216 x 356 mm)
Maximum print size:Legal (216 x 356 mm)
Multi-purpose Tray media types:Bond paper, Envelopes, Labels, Letterhead, Plain paper, Recycled paper, Thick paper, Thicker paper, Thin paper
Multi-Purpose Tray media weight:60 - 200
Non-ISO print media sizes:Executive, Folio, Legal, Letter / Executive, Legal, Letter
Standard tray media types:Bond paper, Envelopes, Labels, Plain paper, Recycled paper / Plain paper, Recycled paper, Thick paper, Thin paper
Standard tray media weight:60 - 120


Built-in processor:VR5500 / Yes
Linux operating systems supported: Yes
Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks / Yes
Processor:Cortex-A9 / VR5500
Processor frequency:300 / 800
Processor model:Cortex-A9 / VR5500
Windows operating systems supported: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Standard interfaces:Ethernet, USB 2.0
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Energy Star Typical Electricity Consumption (TEC):1763
Input frequency:50/60
Input Voltage:120
Power consumption (max):640
Power consumption (off):0.04
Power consumption (PowerSave):6.5 / 8
Power consumption (ready):32
Power consumption (standby):6.5 / 70
Power consumption (typical):390 / 480

Print Technology

Color:No / Yes
Duplex printing:No / Yes
Economical printing: Yes
Maximum duty cycle:25000 / 50000
Maximum Resolution:1200 x 1200 / 2400 x 600
Number of print cartridges:1 / 4
Print technology:Laser / LED
Printing colors:Black / Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
Recommended duty cycle:0 - 3500 / 1500
Standard printer languages:BR-Script 3, Epson FX, IBM ProPrinter, PCL 6, PDF 1.7 / GDI


Duplex print speed (Black, normal quality, A4/US Letter):20
Duplex printing modes:Manual
N-up printing:2, 4, 9, 16, 25
Print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter):19 / 40
Print speed (color, normal quality, A4/US Letter):19
Secure printing: Yes
Time to first page (black, normal):15 / 7.2
Time to first page (color, normal):16

Sound emission

Noise level (ready):34

Sound Emission

Print noise level:52 / 53
Printing noise level:52 / 53
Standby acoustic emission:30

Weight & Dimensions

Dimensions (WxDxH):16.1 x 18.3 x 9.84
Package dimensions (WxDxH):24.7 x 21.9 x 18.1
Package weight:776
Weight:35.9 / 670.2