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Brother HL-3170CDW Wireless Color Laser Printer

  • Up to 23 ppm
  • 600x2400 dpi
  • USB, Wireless and Ethernet Compatible
  • Duplex Printing
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Jonathan N.
  • 5/19/2015 8:54:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWorthless Wireless

This review is from: Brother HL-3170CDW Wireless Color Laser Printer

Pros: It prints and the quality is decent.

Cons: Whenever it goes into a deep sleep, the wireless turns off and the entire printer falls off the network. The only way i have found to get it to reconnect is to shut the printer down and restart it. I contacted support and they told me that there was no way to fix this "feature", sleeping can not even be turned off. They need to update the firmware, then maybe, you can use the wireless.

Other Thoughts: The support staff was not knowledgeable at all. Every bad suggestion they had came after they put me on hold for 20 minutes to do research. I spent three hours on the phone and I got no where. I'd return it, but I need a printer and it doesn't print well.

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  • Isaac E.
  • 5/9/2015 8:29:49 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Replacement for any Inkjet

This review is from: Brother HL-3170CDW Wireless Color Laser Printer

Pros: Fast and efficient. Very inexpensive for printing in color for a laser-jet. Has a deep sleep mode to save power, but wakes up and starts printing almost immediately after you click print. Prints are fast, and large print jobs are much less tedious. Dual-sided printing was also a plus

Cons: When printing color, pictures aren't high photo quality. Average users probably won't notice this, but as a graphic editor, I notice the slight differences in color quality.

Other Thoughts: This printer is fast and efficient, and is great for my everyday student use. My old inkjet constantly failed and left me high and dry with assignments, but this printer is reliable. It is also one of the most inexpensive COLOR inkjet printers, which definitely caught my eye.

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  • Glen T.
  • 4/24/2015 2:07:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsBrother HL-3170CDW Wireless Color Laser Printer - Great Features!!

This review is from: Brother HL-3170CDW Wireless Color Laser Printer

Pros: Very fast, efficient, elegant and easy to operate printer. I was impressed by most every element from it's looks to its setup and even the tech support (though they didn't resolve any of the issues I encountered--they were there and helpful). I love that you have various options for connectivity, auto-duplexing, easy access to internals, and it has a relatively good manual (as I found some of my answers to issues I encountered in there). I didn't buy this printer at New Egg (shame on me!) cause when I bought it, New Egg was not the best price! I got it from BandH.com for like $179 and that was with 3 yr warranty. I selected this printer cause I just couldn't beat that deal (at the time) for I needed a good color laser for my Small Business needs.

Cons: Though I like the manuel tray, it's been kind of a pain. The manual instructs you to only feed 1 item thru it at a time regardless of what your using (card stock, envelopes, labels...). And for me, with this printer, when the paper medium is pulled thru, it never pulls it thru straight--resulting in printouts that do not print straight down the page (output prints at a slight angle). Tech support claimed this was due to the paper weight/type being used, but it doesn't matter what I feed it, the rollers pull the paper thru at an angle. I have to hold the guides against the paper as it feeds thru--this helps but does not fully correct the issue. Also the rollers do leave an impression on the printed output (I was told by Brother tech support this would happen-heat from fusing process and type of paper used), it's not detrimental and though it fades slightly over time it's still visible.

Other Thoughts: My biggest problem was when I started using the printer, my colors and blacks were all washed out (blues were green, blacks were dark grey) and Brother tech support, though helpful, did not resolve anything for me. I've worked as an A+ tech so I asked Brother's Sr. Level tech if possibly the toner was the issue (answer: NO). It was the issue. I'd ordered toner shortly after getting the printer cause I didn't know how long the starter cartridges would last and once I got going with the printer I couldn't afford to be caught in an "out of toner" position. After they arrived (and these were re-manufactured), I replaced the Brother Starter cartridges. And to my delight, my colors fell in line (still not perfect) but sooo much better and now I could use the printer for what I bought it for without huge color adjustments in Photoshop. Aside from these few annoyances mentioned, I really really like this printer--it simply performs great. And I did do research on it prior to buying and most owners who reviewed it (as also here at Newegg), did not encounter issues and were happy with the product.

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  • CARL M.
  • 2/14/2015 6:45:21 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect

This review is from: Brother HL-3170CDW Wireless Color Laser Printer

Pros: All good

Cons: none

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  • Michael S.
  • 2/12/2015 6:20:20 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsEpic For Small Business

This review is from: Brother HL-3170CDW Wireless Color Laser Printer

Pros: Fast printing of extremely high quality, using the least expensive ink of any printer we compared. LD brand ink has worked great for us, printing thousands of high color, high gloss, product labels. No annoying popups saying, "counterfeit / remanufactured ink detected", when using reasonably priced ink. Great reliability so far, after lots of use. 8 networked PCs print to this printer in our office, and there have been none of the typical "queue" errors we see often with other brands... Really a no-brainier.

Cons: At first, we were getting some smudges & ink inconsistencies when we used high-gloss label paper. Setting up different printing profiles for different styles of paper made a HUGE difference, and is incredibly important if you want the best quality prints. It took us a few tries to nail-down the specific settings, but once that was done. Below, I've copied our favorite preferences.

Our Glossy Label Paper Settings:
Print Quality: 2400dpi
Source: Tray (manual feed is a pain, if you do any volume printing)
Media Type: Gloss
Document Type: Photo/Image
(All others set to default - Hit "Add Profile" to save this setting)

Our Matte Label Paper Settings:
Print Quality: 2400dpi
Source: Tray
Media Type: Label
Document Type: Photo/Image
(All others set to default - Hit "Add Profile" to save this setting)

If you are printing to standard paper, all default settings work perfectly. None of this was reason to lose an egg, just a lack of experience with the printer.

Other Thoughts: We analyzed MANY color laser printers before settling on the HL-3170.

1) No HP (or other brand) bloatware. Simple, non-intrusive device management without any additional unwanted stuff.

2) Incredibly low cost of ink that lasts awhile, via LD (the brand we use), Rosewill, and other manufacturers. Considering the quantity of pages to dollar, this is a huge benefit.

3) Excellent reliability, even after thousands of pages printed. We have 8 PCs networked to this printer, and the performance is just stellar.

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  • Steven R.
  • 1/17/2015 1:03:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat color laser printer

This review is from: Brother HL-3170CDW Wireless Color Laser Printer

Pros: This printer warms up very quick and prints just as quick! I knew this isn't meant for very detailed graphics but it does the job very well. The toner is holding up excellent. Exactly what I expect out of a Brother laser printer, quality.

Cons: None.

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  • Scott S.
  • 1/14/2015 10:45:04 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery good printer

This review is from: Brother HL-3170CDW Wireless Color Laser Printer

Pros: Decent print speed. Good tech support. I had a little trouble getting this to work as a stand alone wifi printer. Called Brother Techsupport and they quickly determined that I had USB selected in the setup instead of wireless. Once I made this change the printer has worked flawlessly on either Win7 or Mac IOS 10 operating systems.

Cons: No Cons

Other Thoughts: Good printer, excellent price.

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  • Chris S.
  • 9/14/2014 10:35:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome value

This review is from: Brother HL-3170CDW Wireless Color Laser Printer

Pros: Affordable color laser.
Cheap color printing.
Toner does not dry up like inkjets do.
Duplex mode saves paper.
Works perfectly on Linux.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I always buy Brother printers because of their Linux support. I easily found and installed the driver from the Arch User Repository.

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  • Jonathan P.
  • 8/13/2014 9:42:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsbrother Hl-3170cdw

This review is from: Brother HL-3170CDW Wireless Color Laser Printer

Pros: Color Laser, Low Cost, Wireless, Duplex, Easy Setup, I was printing in less than one hour of the printers arrival to my home to the two laptops. Can print from IPhone with Brothers printer application.

Cons: Toner & Drum

Other Thoughts: 1st Laser Printer. Will never purchase an Inkjet type printer. Cost dropped 21% after I purchased. At 71% of retail price this printer is a good purchase for home or very small business use.

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  • DAVID Z.
  • 8/6/2014 10:55:57 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: Brother HL-3170CDW Wireless Color Laser Printer

Pros: BRILLIANT

Cons: None

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