An Overview of the Brother HL-3170CW Color Laser Printer

November 15, 2013 in Brother Laser Printer, Laser Printer, Laser Toner Cartridges by Raymund

Do you need a color laser printer with speed and capacity that completely suit a small or micro offices and workgroup? Well depending on how you look at it, the Brother HL-3170CW offers you a lot of fine features, most especially its wireless networking features. It is reasonably a good choice due to its speed and paper capacity, on top of its Wi-Fi Direct support. When it comes to physical looks, it’s totally sleek and compact, plus its simplicity gives it a nice attractive appeal.

Brother HL-3170CW Color Laser Printer

Brother HL-3170CW Color Laser Printer

General Overview

Before we mention anything else, allows us to brag its type, the HL-3170CW is indeed a laser printer in every way except that it uses LED lights to draw images and text. In short it is an LED printer. Unlike laserjets, this type of printer creates more accurate, precise and fast results. They’re typically smaller compared to lasers, but both of their mechanisms resemble each other. Such that they even use the same type of consumable, well in the case of this model, it uses Brother HL-3170CW toner cartridges. Its size and weight give you more free space to utilize for extra office materials.

Media Capacity

Its paper handling capacity is neither short nor limited, since it’s intended mainly for small or micro offices/workgroup. A 250-sheet standard input drawer may serve enough, considering that it is supplemented by a single-sheet manual feeder. If you’re looking for duplex functionality you might just get disappointed. Plus, there are no secondary drawers that you can to upgrade its input capacity.

Print Speed

Brother rates the unit with speed of up to 19 pages per minute (ppm) for both monochrome and colored printing. As we all know, the engine of laser types are mostly reliable when it comes to producing mono prints, while they can be a tad slower with graphics even if it’s touted as a color printer. Two competitors in the same range are also rated with the same engine speed, the HL-3045CN and CLP-415NW are some of its rivals.

Output Quality

For a color LED printer, it is expected to get above-average results, but with the HL-3170CW its text quality if surprisingly below par, but nonetheless better than mid-tier laserjet printers.  Issues about small fonts are absolutely clear, you can even use it for desktop publishing or the likes. Graphics are more likely good enough for business needs, but not highly recommended for professional-quality printing. Photo and image printouts are recognizable, and PowerPoint handouts look great, even Web pages are of the average range.

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