Enhance your productivity and lower your cost per page with business printers built to handle higher volume and faster speed. Most models offer enhanced security and are network-ready to get you up and running fast. Look for features like…
Higher-capacity memory, paper trays and ink/toner cartridges
Automatic feeding and duplexing to save time and paper
User authentication for greater security
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Create vivid documents with this Brother HL-3170CDW color laser printer that features print speeds up to 23 ISO ppm* for fast results and 128MB memory for handling complex print jobs. The built-in wireless LAN lets you easily connect to the Internet.
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Posted by: uhmgawa from: Southern NH on
It saddens me to write this review. I'm a long time cheerleader for Brother laser printers, from the perspective of value and unwavering linux support. So when I wanted the convenience of a color laser printer at home, I took the bait here. While prior to doing so I'd read reviews which called out the mediocre image performance of this machine, I found it to more accurately be a complete disaster. I'm not sure why you'd even want to look at a color JPEG burped out by this thing as the image resolution and solid area fill artifacts are horrific even in fine image mode. Horrific! Unfortunately even the black text image dithering is quite rough as well. So I can't even think of a reason not to usher this sad puppy back to BB. At considerably less than $200 and downright cheap aftermarket toner refills, it is compelling from an economic perspective. But if the printer doesn't live up to its only purpose in life, the proposition just doesn't pan out. About the only scenario where this degree of compromise might be justified is for someone who needs a color laser printer really bad, here is your really bad color printer.
5 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Cost Effective Option with perks
Posted by: MBofathens6 from: Athens Ga on
After several years of owning an inkjet that constantly ran out of ink [usually in the middle of a project] with 4 school age children, it was beyond time to find another option besides a B/W laser. This LED printer fit the bill perfect! It uses color toner cartridges that have a longer shelf life and a greater production capacity which is a must for children who are doing color graphic reports for school. It also is much easier to select B/W only when needed and it automatically prints to both sides of paper so I do not have to remember before I hit print. It also gives the option for alternate paper sizes. Best of all it offers multiple options to connect wirelessly regardless of your device [Apple, Windows, etc] so each member of the family can use. This is NOT a photo printer by any means, the dpi resolution and print technology are not conducive for it but it is perfect for everyday printing of reports and/or graphics in color or B/W at a high speed and definitely a very cost effective option for a large family or even a small business.
32 out of 34 found this review helpful.
Adaquete but not great
Posted by: LittleAVGuy from: Mass on
I saw this was for sale and I was in the market for a color laser printer so I checked it out. I found a lot of glowing reviews both on BB and in other places so I went ahead and purchased it. After having it for a few weeks now I can diffinitively say that this printer is ok, but not spectacular. Taking the very low price tag I paid for it my expectations were not outrageous. I will say that I played around a lot with the settings both on the printer and my computer and tried a variety of print stock and I think that the colors and tones of the images are just not that great. I would say that if you want a basic, inexpensive color laser printer this is a decent choice, but don't expect the kind of color and resolution you would get with a higher end model.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Great Home Laser Printer
Posted by: SteelerBrad from: Lexington, KY on
Finally got fed up with inkjet printers, and decided to make the move to laser. After much research, landed on this Brother. Prints very fast, no annoying back and forth and slowness of an inkjet. The wireless works great as I don't have to have it near the computer desk. Was very easy to set up and have had zero printing problems. Price cannot be beat for such a quality laser printer.
48 out of 48 found this review helpful.
Good for General Use in a Mixed OS Environment
Posted by: Tahoe from: on
PRO: Auto-duplexing; color laser printing; reasonable consumables costs; can be left sitting unused for extended periods because it uses toner, not ink; decent web interface; can be set to email user when toner is low, problems, etc.; low energy consumption; works PCs and iOS devices; adjustable fuser temp; fast throughput; networkable via USB, Cat 5, and Wi-Fi; true AirPrint for Apple devices; easy setup, but not 10-min if you are one who reads directions first; decent, but not great, print quality.
CON: Mediocre color saturation and black density which cannot be adjusted denser. The color output is appropriate for nearly all personal and business purposes, but it won't leave you bragging and don't expect commercial photograph quality prints -- but then you're not paying tens of thousands of dollars either; Loud.
SUMMARY: I bought this printer when a Dell C1660w, which has incredible print quality for the price, failed to meet expectations in my mixed OS environment. It was easy to setup, especially considering I had never setup an AirPrint printer for Apple iOS devices. The PC setup, Wi-Fi setup, and AirPrint setup all went quickly following instructions. I would gladly give this printer 5-stars if the color print quality was on a par with the Dell. Recommended for mixed OS environments where a color laser printer is desired and business-grade color for charts, fliers, etc., is adequate.
11 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Good for a quick, decent print
Posted by: BobBrokenBuilder from: Salem, OR on
I bought this to protest inkjets and their appetite for more ink. So far, toner hasn't run out. I expect it to last a lot longer than my last printer. That was about 1.5 years (cartridges, every few months, even with no printing...).
Wire-less was completely useless. The software that shipped with it was completely unusable on my Mac. The online area for Brother printers had what I needed, though. USB works fine.
This prints 'good' quality, but I wouldn't try printing a high quality photo. Inkjets still rule that domain...
IT IS heavier than a lowly inkjet, and it DOES take up more space than even an all- in-one inkjet.
12 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Great color printing, love the duplex
Posted by: RonMcC123 from: Atlanta on
I love the wifi and on/off" I select Print on my document, it wakes up and prints then goes back to sleep -- I don't have to ever turn it off and on. I get great color documents. Becuase it's wireless I can put it somewhere more convenient -- it's not tethered to the PC. The duplex is wonderful and I've never had a jam. I don't have ink cartridges that keep drying up and needing to be replaced.
28 out of 29 found this review helpful.
Nice printer but i had issues
Posted by: glmsas from: on
I ended up with 2 of these 3170 printers from Best Buy and both did the same thing, so it's some-kind of design flaw, as Brother Support couldn't figure it out either. Seams when i printer paper from the front manual feeder, my printouts would print the top half of the page just fine,, but then the bottom half would look faded or even missing toner color altogether.
I could remove everything from the top of the page and print the bottom and it would look fine.
You can see in the picture the black was very noticeable.
This was a semi gloss paper i was using, but i tried many set up settings and none worked. It appears to me that there's an issue with the way the toner rollers pick up the toner for my paper.
4 out of 6 found this review helpful.
A big leap from inkjet printer. It's worth it
Posted by: ownerwithcarpet from: New York, NY on
I'm tired of using inkjet printers. I especially hate the Epson inkject catridges with programmed chips, they forced me to keep buying new ones although there's still a half-full ink. I picked Brother after doing some research. So far I like its superior quality, fast color printing, the duplex capability, plus it works with wirelessly. Also it has Energy Saver feature and yet it still can wake up, print quite fast. I wish they make a CD/DVD print tray adapter or something so that I can print on CD/DVD directly. Brother does make another Multi Function Color Printer that does it but it's not a laser printer, it uses inkjet. I finally selected and bought this one instead. Mostly I need it for my kid's school homework or project rather than printing on a CD/DVD (if ever).
22 out of 27 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Milixa from: on
I am happy with this printer. Good quality, easy to use, fast.