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Brother HL

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6178 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the build quality and design. The paper handling and size are also mentioned favorably. Many are critical about the reliability and noise, while comments are divided on the value for money.

print quality, size, paper handling, design, build quality

noise, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Brother HL is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Brother HL-4570CDW


In most respects the Brother HL-4570CDW color laser printer is a good value. Its $500 price tag (as of December 16, 2010) is budget-friendly for small and medium-size workgroups, as are its reasonable toner costs. Its speed and features are competitive...

Excellent text output ; Good speed

Lackluster photo quality

Competitive in speed and features, but not photo quality, this small-business workhorse laser printer is best for mainstream use.

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Brother HL-2170W


The Brother HL-2170W laser monochrome printer provides a viable alternative to the bottomless money pit that has become today's inkjet printer. Modern photo, tricolor, and high capacity ink cartridges can cost anywhere between $20 to $100 per refill,...

Speedy text document printing; modest price tag; compact form factor; wireless option is convenient after initial setup, short initial lag time.

Wireless installation has some difficulty; poor graphics quality; lacks autoduplexing.

The Brother HL-2170W laser printer can be the perfect money saving sidekick to your existing inkjet, but don't expect it to handle even the most minor graphic jobs.

Editor's Choice!

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Brother HL-2170W


If you're in the market for a personal monochrome laser printer or a printer for a small or home office, put the Brother HL-2170W ($150 street) on your must-see list. It's fast, it prints at reasonably high quality (particularly for text), and it's...

Small. Fast. Network and Wi-Fi connections. Ample paper capacity. Low cost per page for an inexpensive laser

Graphics quality—typical for a monochrome laser—is less than ideal

The Brother HL-2170W delivers a lot of printer for the price, with high speed, more than acceptable output quality, and suitable paper capacity for a small or home office.


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Brother HL-4570CDW


At 12.3 by 16.1 by 19.1 inches (HWD), the printer is suitably compact for a small office, and even small enough to share a desk with. Note that it weighs 46.3 pounds, however, which you may not consider light enough to move into place without some...

Fast. Reasonably high-quality text. Paper handling suitable for a small office or workgroup. Ethernet and WiFi

Photos are below par for a color laser, with colors noticeably off in most cases

Despite somewhat below-par photo quality, the Brother HL-4570CDW delivers an impressive combination of speed, output quality, and paper handling for a small office or workgroup.

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Brother HL-4150CDN


The HL-4150CDN is a good fit for anything from a shared printer in a small to medium size office or workgroup down to a home office with heavy duty printing needs. It offers a 300-sheet input capacity as standard, divided into a 250-sheet drawer and a...

Reasonably fast with suitable paper handling for a small office or workgroup. Reasonably high quality text

Colors are noticeably off in most photos

The Brother HL-4150CDN's combination of speed, paper handling, and output quality is a potentially good fit for most small offices and workgroups.

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Brother HL-2240 Laser Printer - Solid, Fast and Stylish


I bought this Brother HL-2240 to replace a Samsung laser printer. In contrast to constantly-jamming Samsung laser printer I had before, this Brother works flawlessly. Not only does it feature a compact design and solid construction, its color and ...

Compact, stylish, solid and fast, good print quality, even in toner save mode, features

Not cheap

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Best small office printer


Earning rave reviews from professional reviewers and users alike, the Brother HL-4570CDW (*Est. $350) produces superior quality output at a respectable speed, with exceptional printing in both color and black and white. Its high duty cycle of 60,000...

Fast, good paper handling, wireless, excellent color and black and white printing

Subpar photo printing, only 128 MB of standard memory


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Brother HL-4570CDW


Of late, we've seen a bumper crop of color laser printers—at very attractive prices. The problem is, with so many choices, how do you decide which one is for you? Obviously, the price of the printer, text print quality, and per-page print costs are...

Excellent text quality ; Fast multipage print times ; Wi-Fi connectivity ; Built-in duplex printing ; Optional 500-page input tray

Text-only LCD ; Printed photos had too much contrast, muddy look ; Slow first-page print times ; Noticeable hum after print jobs

This moderately priced color laser delivers very good text print quality and multipage print speeds for small or home offices. Graphics prints and first-page-out speeds were subpar, however.

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Brother HL-4570cdwt review


The HL-4000 series is targeted at the small office, home office (SOHO) market with affordable models chock full of business ready features including quick print speeds, a print resolution up to 2400 x 600 dpi, automatic duplexing and a front side USB port

Good print quality ; Secure Print feature ; Large paper capacity

No Word docs using front side USB port ; An occasional print pause ; Two-line display

The HL-4570cdwt comes with a 1-year on-site limited warranty

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Review: Brother HL-4570CDW color laser printer


Competitive in speed and features, but not photo quality, the HL-4570CDW small-business laser printer is best for mainstream use.

The text output of the HL-4570CDW is superb, appearing sharp and deep black, with nary a jaggy or other defect. Color graphics and photos printed on plain paper look slightly dull and exhibit distracting moiré (background patterning). You'll notice...