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Brother HL-3170 CDW

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1701 reviews of Brother HL-3170 CDW. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People are impressed by the print quality and noise. The performance and price also get good reviews. Opinions about the multifunction and reliability are different. Many are critical about the control panel.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Brother HL-3170 CDW is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Brother HL-3170 CDW

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 21 user reviews of Brother HL-3170 CDW from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.co.uk. Comments about the performance and noise are generally positive. The reliability and price also get good reviews.

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57% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: BROTHER HL-3170CDW Colour LED Printer with Wireless Networking and Duplex + Full Set Of Original Brother TN241 TonersBROTHER HL-3170CDW Colour LED Printer with Wireless Networking and Duplex + Full Set Of Original Brother TN241 Toners

Dec, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Brother HL-3170 CDW

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1008 user reviews of Brother HL-3170 CDW from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com. Views about the print quality and noise are generally positive. The performance and price are also mentioned favorably. Views about the multifunction and control panel are different. Some have doubts about the reliability.

usability, price, performance, noise, print quality

reliability

84% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer with Wireless Networking and DuplexBrother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer with Wireless Networking and Duplex

Dec, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Brother HL-3170 CDW

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 92 user reviews of Brother HL-3170 CDW from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.ca. People really like the print quality and noise. The performance and price are also mentioned favorably. Comments are divided on the reliability.

usability, price, performance, noise, print quality

92% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Brother HL-3170CDW Colour Laser PrinterBrother HL-3170CDW Colour Laser Printer

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Brother HL-3170CDW review: A cheap and charming color laser printer

 

This basic color laser printer (technically it uses a different light, not a laser) just plain works, which is more than I can say for most color inkjets I've tried.

This digital-LED printer is a low-cost color laser printer in all but name. Toner cartridges last a long time.

Despite being a single-function printer, it's big and heavy. Laser printers aren't great for color photos. Setup without a touchscreen is a pain.

This no-nonsense color printer from Brother cuts extra features to keep the price down.

Aug, 2018

Expert review by : Melissa Riofrio (pcworld.com)

Review: Brother's HL-3170CDW color laser-class printer is inexpensive, but graphics are mediocre

 

The Brother HL-3170CDW color laser-class (LED) printer offers good speed and adequate print quality for an inexpensive purchase price, plus, its toner costs are reasonable. However, users seeking better output quality should look at a business inkjet.

Low purchase price ; Good text quality

Color graphics are mediocre ; Control panel lacks a menu button

Jul, 2013

Expert review by : Justin Yu (cnet.com)

Brother HL-3170CDW review

 

The HL-3170CDW is Brother's office-friendly workgroup printer that uses the company's Digital LED print technology for black and color outputs at up to 600x2,400 dpi resolution. While that limits its usability for offices that print a lot of photos,...

The Brother HL-3170CDW boasts office-friendly features like automatic double-sided printing, wireless and wired networking options, a generous monthly duty cycle, and two separate trays for standard and thicker-than-average paper.

The photo quality lacks detail and the fixed control panel can be awkward to operate.

Despite its photo printing shortcomings, the Brother HL-3170CDW is a capable color laser printer that meets all the major requirements for a small office workgroup.

May, 2013

Expert review by : M. David Stone (pcmag.com)

Brother HL-3170CDW

 

The Brother HL-3170CDW delivers fast speed, good paper handling, and support for mobile printing.

Fast. Duplexer (for two-sided printing). Ethernet and Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi Direct for easy connection to smartphones and tablets.

Sub-par text and photo quality.

Despite the shortcomings in output quality, and particularly photo quality, the Brother HL-3170CDW offers a lot to like, with fast speed, good paper handling, and support for mobile printing, including printing through the cloud. If the photo quality...

Apr, 2013

Expert review by : Bob Wood (mymac.com)

Brother HL-3170CDW Color LED Printer – Review

 

This innovative printer employes Light Emitting Diodes in place of a laser in the Xerographic process. Although Brother makes no such claims or promises, this new technology should lead to lower power consumption over a longer useful in-service...

Jan, 2015

Expert review by : Mike Wuerthele (electronista.com)

Review: Brother HL-3170CDW LED Printer

 

Brother HL-3170CDW

Quiet ; Flexible connectivity ; Duplex printing

Subpar photo quality ; Large footprint

May, 2013

Expert review by (printercomparison.com)

Brother HL-3170cdw Review: Reliable Color Printer

 

Read our full review of the Brother HL-3170cdw Digital Color Printer offering small businesses a low cost alternative to office AIOs.

Print quality ; Wired/Wireless connectivity ; Competitive pricing

Small display ; No front side USB

May, 2013

Expert review by : William Harrel (computershopper.com)

Brother HL-3170CDW Review and Ratings

 

This entry-level LED (laser-class) printer is fast, and it offers a wide range of cloud and mobile-device printing. Its high per-page cost and subpar image reproduction diminish its overall value, though.

Speedy for the price ; Automatic two-sided printing ; Wide support for cloud and mobile-device printing

Subpar image printing ; High CPP ; Old-school control panel

The HL-3170CDW is faster than most entry-level laser-class devices in this price range, and compared to some other low-cost LED printers we’ve tested lately, it comes with a robust set of features, such as auto-duplexing and support for a wide range of...

May, 2013

Expert review by : Jon L Jacobi and Melissa Riofrio (techadvisor.co.uk)

Brother HL-3170CDW review

 

Here's the real decision: Do you pick this all-around-average machine, or do you pick this other, like-priced colour laser, the Dell C1760nw, which has much better colour quality--but also much more expensive toner? Or do you think a bit outside of the...

To its credit, Brother offers a little more than most competitors do. The warranty lasts only one year, but there's free phone support for as long as you own the product. Speed is excellent, and for text and spot colour the HL-3170CDW's print quality...

Jul, 2013

Expert review by : Justin Yu (cnet.com.au)

Brother HL-3170CDW: An affordable color laser printer for small businesses

 

The Brother HL-3170CDW makes quick black and color prints with decent quality and an attractive price tag to match. As long as you're not using it to jump-start your photography business, the HL-3170CDW won't disappoint.

The ; boasts office-friendly features like automatic double-sided printing, wireless and wired networking options, a generous monthly duty cycle, and two separate trays for standard and thicker-than-average paper.

The photo quality lacks detail and the fixed control panel can be awkward to operate.

Despite its photo printing shortcomings, the Brother HL-3170CDW is a capable color laser printer that meets all the major requirements for a small office workgroup.

May, 2013

Product Specifications

Certificates

Blue Angel certified: Yes
Energy Star certified: Yes

Design

Color of product:Black, Ivory
Display:LCD
Power LED: Yes
Product color:Black, Ivory
Stand-by LED: Yes

Energy Management

Input frequency:50/60
Input Voltage:220-240
Power consumption (off):0.05
Power consumption (PowerSave):5.5
Power consumption (standby):60
Power consumption (typical):380

Input Capacity

Number of standard paper trays:1
Standard input capacity:250

Memory

Internal memory:128

Networking

Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Network ready: Yes
Security algorithms:128-bit WEP, 64-bit WEP, HTTPS, SSL/TLS, WPA-AES, WPA-PSK, WPA-TKIP, WPA2-PSK, WPS
Web-based management: Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g

Output Capacity

Standard output capacity:100

Paper Handling

Custom media length:4.57 - 14
Custom media width:3 - 8.5
ISO A-series sizes (A0...A9):A4, A5, A6
JIS 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)
Non-ISO print media sizes:Legal, Letter
Standard tray media types:Glossy paper, Labels, Plain paper, Pre-Printed, Recycled paper, Thin paper
Standard tray media weight:60 - 105

Performance

Linux operating systems supported: Yes
Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
Processor frequency:333
Server operating systems supported:Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 x64, Windows Server 2008
Windows operating systems supported: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Standard interfaces:Ethernet, USB 2.0, Wireless LAN

Power

AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:220-240
Input frequency:50/60
Input Voltage:220-240
Power consumption (off):0.05
Power consumption (PowerSave):5.5
Power consumption (standby):60
Power consumption (typical):380

Print Technology

Color: Yes
Duplex printing: Yes
Economical printing: Yes
Maximum Resolution:2400 x 600
Number of print cartridges:4
Print technology:LED
Printing colors:Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
Recommended duty cycle:300 - 1500
Standard printer languages:BR-Script 3, PCL 6

Printing

Duplex print speed (Black, normal quality, A4/US Letter):3.5
Duplex print speed (color, normal quality, A4/US Letter):3.5
Print speed (black, draft quality, A4/US Letter):23
Print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter):23
Time to first page (black, normal):16
Time to first page (color, normal):16
Warm-up time:25

Processor

Processor frequency:333

Sound Emission

Print noise level:53
Printing noise level:53
Standby acoustic emission:33

System Requirements

Linux operating systems supported:Y
Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.7 Lion,Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
Windows operating systems supported:Y

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:18.3
Height:9.45
Package depth:20.5
Package height:14.3
Package weight:47.4
Package width:23.5
Weight:39.9
Width:16.1