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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 116 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very nice color laser printer!

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    Telstar
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    Brother - HL-L3270CDW Wireless Color Printer - White The L3270 is printer-only, so no faxing or copying as you might using an all-in-one printer. For my use, I prefer a printer-only machine. I've had several other Brother printers over the years, all laser rather than inkjet printers. They were monotone/grayscale only (no color), which worked for me since much of my office printing could get by without color. By the way, I hate inkjet printers. I've had many of those, too, before the laser printers. The ink cartridges were expensive and, the most irritating problem for me was the print head would somehow dry causing illegible or marginal quality when trying to print something. This meant that I had to clean the print heads, try it again, and if it didn't take care of the problem, clean the print heads again, and so forth. I don't want to ever go back to inkjets. So, I got my first couple of Brother laser printers and loved them - one cartridge (dry) to deal with and none of the problems I faced with inkjets. Got an upgraded one later and loved it. I decided that the costs for a color laser printer weren't much more so that's when I got the L3270. The L3270 is a good choice for your home or smaller office. The footprint of the L3270 is only slightly larger than my previous ones, so it sets in the same spot. The L3270 color laser printer requires 4 cartridges rather than 1. There are 3 different color cartridges with the 4th one being black. These take up more room than just a black cartridge for a monotone laser printer. If most of your printing is black & white, as is the case for me, you won't have to replace the color cartridges but once in a great while. It operates more quietly than my previous Brother laser printers, as well. Here are some of the specs: ⦁ Up to 25 pages per minute ⦁ Has a manual feed slot, to override the paper tray if needed and 2-sided printing (Duplex) if desired (saves paper) ⦁ Handles letter size or legal size paper (up to 250 sheet paper tray) ⦁ Handles card stock, envelopes, plain or bond paper, labels, glossy paper etc ⦁ Connect by Wi-Fi, Ethernet or USB to your computer and print from your smartphones, tablets etc. Can even print through your phone's NFC if you want or Wi-Fi without using the network your printer in connected to. ⦁ Use the onboard 2.7" display to print directly from various cloud services or even social media sites. The display shows your toner levels in each cartridge and is easy to read and use for the printer settings. I have to say that the quality of the L3270's printing output is very good. Whether you're talking about correspondence, graphics or photos, it does very well. You could use its output in-office or direct to clients because the product quality is excellent. Traditionally, laser printers have been behind photo-focused inkjet printers when it comes to quality photo printing. The L3270 does a good job with photos coming very close to inkjet quality and certainly exceeds requirements for business and marketing photos. Few things to keep in mind: 1. Envelopes won't auto-feed so you have to run them through the manual feed slot 2. This thing is built to last, so no setting it on a cardboard box somewhere. It weighs about 39 lbs, but that won't be an issue with ordinary furniture. 3. Use the CD that comes with it to load the software onto your computer (of course, if you don't have a CD/DVD player then you'll need to download the software from Brother's website). I downloaded the necessary software from Brother, and everything went smoothly except when all was done and I tried to test print some things. It just said my printer was offline. The printer was hooked up by Wi-Fi and was on. Having been here before, I thought that, somehow, the drivers for the printer hadn't installed. Sure enough, they hadn't (that's why my computer said the printer was offline). Back to Brother's website & downloaded the drivers for the L3270 and everything was golden after that. I had assumed the drivers were part of the software package but not so in this case. Anyway, not the printer's fault. If you install the software from the CD, it will install everything needed. Afterward, it will update the software. Using the CD is more pedestrian, but for those not familiar with the setup it will just save you additional steps or a call to tech support. Overall I am very well pleased with the L3270. It's quiet, sets where my old printer sat, is easier to use from the onboard display than my previous laser printers, and my costs will hardly be more than before. Of course, most of my printing is black & white, but now I have the advantage of printing in color when needed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect Color Laser for SOHO

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    DaveW
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    I have worked from home fairly often as of late, so I needed a printer that could keep up. I am a mechanical engineer, so I am often printing off item specs, and drawing files I need to check - it's easier for me to find dimensioning errors with the paper in hand vs. on the screen. Before the Brother HLlL3270CDW I had an older Brother MFC-J430W all in one printer. It was an inkjet printer/scanner/copier - and it will be my last inkjet ever. This new Brother Color Laser printer is so much better than the inkjet. For starters I probably only got 50pgs out of the high capacity cartridges before they dried up. I planned on working from home more at the time, and I overestimated my ink needs. Nevertheless, I lost a lot of ink to it drying out. I've also had this happen with a Dell AIO and an HP, so this is more of an inkjet issue for me rather than that one printer. Setup Setup for this printer was super easy. I loaded in some standard 8.5" x 11" paper into the tray and it was ready. FYI the max paper width is 8.5" so the largest standard paper size you can print is legal (8.5" x 14") via the fold down front tray. The main tray can accommodate paper down to A6 (4.1" wide) and the fold down tray can go down to 2.5" wide paper. I network tested wired and wireless connections, and both were just as easy. I left it wired since I had the space and the cable already. I installed the drivers and Brother's print utility from their website. My Windows 10 PC discovered the printer on my network immediately. I was able to print a word document within a few minutes of plugging the printer in. I also installed the Brother App on my phone to allow WiFi direct printing, which was easy to setup as well. The printer can also print directly from a number of web services - One Drive, One Note, Dropbox, BOX, Google Drive, and Evernote. I connected my One Drive, BOX, and Google Drive accounts to the printer. From on the little screen on the printer select the service you want, follow the instructions on a nearby PC to get an access code, and punch that code into the printer. From that point you are connected to the service and can select a document straight from the touchscreen - no computer needed afterwards. You can also schedule a print via email, which I haven't tried yet but actually sounds useful for remote printing. Interface The 2.7" resistive touch screen and 3 side buttons are your only on-device interface features. With that said they are simple and intuitive to use. My only gripe was punching in the numbers for the web services was frustrating due to the size of the number pad. Navigating the web services to print straight to the printer is pretty easy, and the touchscreen is fully adequate for this task. The only other interface you will have is the Brother iPrint&Scan Utility. It's a pretty simple utility to use and pretty straightforward. Both the touch screen and the iP&S utility also display your toner life/levels if you need to check it. Ease of Use So far this is the least frustrating printer I have had to deal with. I wrote connection and help documents for the 6 printers in my office because of all the quirks and issues that would pop up, so I am at least more than familiar with what can go wrong. This little color laser has given me no such issues. Select what you want to print, and it will print. I've had no jams or connection issues through 100 pages printed. I've done a 25 page double sided document with no issues, which is where I usually expect a printer to fall on its face. I have printed from 4 different devices - wired, wireless, Windows 10, Android, and Chrome OS. No issues have cropped up. Print Performance and Quality Print performance is perfectly adequate for me. I am able to hit the 25 ppm advertised speed on word documents, and I hit 20 ppm on a color Power Point that had several simple graphics, and random text formatting. The 25 page double sided print (13 pieces of paper total) took about 2.3 minutes, so double sided a little more than doubles the print time. I think that is perfectly reasonable print time for that operation. Print quality is very sharp. I printed legibly down to a font size of 6, and I'm sure it can go lower. The color .pptx document graphics were sharp and clean. The very first few pages printed had some stray toner dots but were gone by the third page printed - printing a test page would clear this up before you get to a real print. Overall I am pretty happy with the Brother HLlL3270CDW color laser printer. It performs admirably well for its price range, and I think its packs good value. The ability to print directly from web services without needing a computer is a nice feature. It works well for me in my small home office setup, and I think it would work just as well in a small business scenario. I don't think this printer will meet its end in a grassy field any time soon - if you know what I mean.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Entry Level Color Laser Printer

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    abl001
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    Whether you are looking for a great home printer or something to fill a need in your small office, the Brother LC3270 is a great option. Out of the box, the LC3270 is certainly a sturdy and well built printer. It. Is. Not. Light! (40lbs+) Do not mistake this for some portable option just because it is wireless. This is could be used as an anchor for the Titanic and is meant to be placed somewhere and left. That's where the wireless function comes into place. But more on that later. After I contracted a crane to get it out of the box and onto my desk, it takes up about the same space as most office-grade laser printers. Lasers have gotten smaller over the years, but it'll still take up a decent amount of real estate on your desk or wherever you decide to place it. Since it is wireless, it would make a great centralized printer to serve multiple people in an office which is a huge cost saver over every person having a local printer that only they can use. Once hoisted out of the box, setup was a breeze using the touch screen interface. I was up and connected to my wireless network in under 5 minutes. From there I could easily and automatically use AirPrint from my iPhone or select it as a printer option from my Dell laptop. Print quality was excellent as you would expect from a laser printer. Colors were crisp and clear. It prints graphs, charts, maps, and other graphics that you could take to any meeting and look professional. Pictures are decent, but this laser printer isn't designed for photos so keep that in mind. That being said, you can still print full page pictures and they look nice. You just won't be framing any of them. As with most color laser printers, they come with a black toner cartridge and 3 color cartridges which can be ordered separately. Having used color laser printers in my day job over the years, I would HIGHLY recommend anyone on a budget to adjust your print settings so that your default print setting isn't color. ESPECIALLY if this printer is shared with a group of people. It's amazing the things people print out in full color that are a complete waste and totally unnecessary. An example would be emails that get printed with things like hyperlinks any logos in your signature in color. It may not seem like much, but a few hundred emails with a logo can drain one or more of your color cartridges and they are not cheap to replace. This isn't specific to the L3270, but just some helpful advice. Just to give you an idea, replacing the color cartridges alone will cost you more than the printer itself. The paper feed has a 250-sheet capacity which is nice and should keep you from having to refill too often. One lacking feature is the manual feed for envelopes and other odd-sized pieces. These have to be fed one at a time which is shame. If you have a business, you are likely wanting to print more than one envelope at a time. In conclusion, I think that the Brother L3270 is an excellent entry level color laser printer. I think it's especially nice if you only have need for occasional (but higher quality) color printing where an inkjet might dry up or not provide the quality that you desire. Pros: *Cost *Build Quality *Print Quality *Wireless functionality *Setup Cons: *Weight *Size *Cost of toner replacement

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The solution for expensive color inkjet printers

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    EagleCroft
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    I love this printer! Is it weird to feel that way about an inanimate object? I’m a customer of Brother products from way back… Long before there were inkjet and laser printers there were these things called “typewriters”! I had one of those, and it was made by Brother. And I still have it! I haven’t turned it on in years, but I bet it works! Sadly there’s no reason for me to use it, and god only knows if the ribbon cartridge is available anymore. Anyway the point is that Brother makes quality products, and HL-L3270CDW keeps up their reputation. It’s a terrific product! Setup can be a challenge for the non-techie, and I would recommend utilizing Best Buy’s Geek Squad to install this for you. Particularly if you have a small business, it’s worth every penny to have them take care of the installation for you. This is a feature-rich color laser printer with tons of features. If you want to tap into all its capabilities, and you yourself are not a geek - seriously pay to have someone install this for you. Thankfully I’m a nerd and installation was a little bit of a challenge and quite fun to be honest. But that’s just me. The HL-L3270CDW has a small footprint; it fits neatly on the desk I set it on. It is unobtrusive and is a professional, quality looking unit. It’s sturdy, the plastics don’t look cheap, the LCD panel adjusts in angle, and is bright and easy to read. The paper tray is deep and holds 250 sheets of paper. The color cartridges and the mechanism they are inserted into are extremely well engineered. I am impressed by the engineering that went into this machine! Why do I love this printer? Because it does what it was made to do - awesomely! The efficient LED printer mechanism does a great job! The print output is excellent! Whether I was printing black only print, or dazzling color graphics - the end result was crisp, clean and vibrant. I printed everything from typical text only documents, to calendars, to birthday cards to envelops! It took them all on, and did a great job every time! I have no complaints on the performance at all. I replaced an HP inkjet printer with the HL-L3270CDW, and I’m so glad I did. While the HP had nice output, it was super slow and super expensive replacing the ink cartridges. In comparison the Brother is a breath of fresh air! It’s like having a professional office printer in your home or home office. True when you have to replace the individual cartridges they’ll be expensive. But the time in between changes is substantial, at least for the amount that I print. In the long run this is a much more economical solution. There are a multitude of mobile connectivity options, if you have a device that can transmit data over some type of stream - this printer will probably accept and understand it. But I recommend visiting Brother’s website first to make sure your devices are compatible. I had not problem printing from any device on my network, as well as directly from my mobile smart devices. The built-in LCD panel is a bit small at 2.7 inches. At my age my eyesight doesn’t do well with small fonts, thus I see nothing but fuzz on the screen unless I’m wearing a pair of readers. But if you have good and young eyes - the screen has good resolution. It’s also a touchscreen, which is nice except if you have big sausage sized fingers like me. I have to aim precisely if I want to use the small LCD. Fortunately I don’t need to use it under normal circumstances. I recommend the HL-L3270CDW LED printer, it’s a terrific value! I wouldn’t hesitate recommending it to anyone that wants to save money in the long run printing in color. This is the perfect remedy for expensive inkjet printers and cartridges. It’s fast, it’s quiet and the quality of print is exceptional. I love it! I'll bet you will too!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Quality versitle work horse printer

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    Marine778
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    Let me start by saying this is the second Brother laser printer I have owned. The first being an earlier model Brother model, without WiFi and it was black and white. That thing has been a work horse for me, being that my wife is a college student and she prints a LOT of work for school. So the HL-L3270CDW was just what I needed. I feel I familiar with the quality products made by Brother, and I was excited to get this one. At first glance, it is a large printer which you will realize when you see it at the store. If you are looking for a basic printer where you are not going to use it that often, this may not be the option for you. This falls somewhere between a serious college student, a home office, or even a small business. I would even go as far as saying maybe a house where you have a few high school students that use it a lot. Again, it is a large printer and it will take up a lot of space if you have a desk or more if you have a small desk. I personally chose to give it it’s own area centralized in the house. The set up was easy. It has a 2.7” color touch screen that was very intuitive. Connecting to my home network is just as easy as commenting a laptop. You then do your test print and you are good to go! Aside from being able to print from my computers, I now have the ability to print via my iPhone or iPad. Basically it means it allows for the “AirPrint” capability. I like to use an iPad Pro over a computer because I can do all I need to off of it. This allows connectivity with my device. I think it is compatible with the windows equivalent. It says it has the unique ability to print from the cloud. What that means is you can print documents and photos directly from cloud storage providers like Evernote, Dropbox and Google drive. That is a really great feature that is a huge time saver. I save a lot of items online via a few different cloud providers, so this option is great for my lifestyle. So obviously the most important part of a printer is how it prints right? I have seen laser printers that come out grainy compared to inkjet systems. Let’s be real, inkjet printers are known for the detail and ability to creat almost photo quality prints. Laser printers are not known for that. But to be fair, this provides excellent prints and using the right paper it’s even better. I use a multi-purpose paper, just avoid anything glossy. It will work, just not well. The quality of the print was surprisingly detailed and I didn’t expect it to be so nice. I use one at work (different older model brand) and it is not even close. It’s presentation quality for sure. The color is very bold, from the full spectrum of dark and light colors. Furthermore, it prints much faster than an inkjet and it holds half a ream of paper (250) pages. One thing that I wanted the printer for, was the fact it is so much more economical when you compare it to your average inkjet printers. Inkjet printers are much less expensive, that is why people are so attracted to them. They don’t think of the upkeep involved. The cartridges are cheaper than toner cartridges, but when you compare how many pages it will print per cartridge, laser printers are a no brainer. You can get 1400-3000 pages black and white pages (using either a standard or high yield cartridge). Inkjet printers average around 200-250 pages, just a fraction of the amount this printer will. In conclusion, I love this printer and it meets my family’s needs and then some. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a high capacity quality printer for home use or a small business. It’s versatile, fast, and makes quality prints. Consider this as a great option.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Fast printing, wifi printing needs improved

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    TechFan
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    I have several Brother products including a WF-7520 All in One printer that I use as my primary printer/fax. I was anxious to get this printer because all though my other printer is fast for an inkjet, nothing compares to the speed of a laser and for it to have color as well, I couldn't wait. The printer is very well packaged and included some starter toner cartridges that are good for an estimated 1,000 pages. Which is good because each cartridge runs about $80 each, so that is about $320 if you have to replace them all. In reality, that isn't that bad given the quantity of pages you can print with a cartridge before replacing it. Setup was a bit tedious with this unit. I had to remove each cartridge, then remove the plastic strip from each one and then the paper underneath the area the cartridges were installed. After re-installing the cartridges, I powered on the unit, followed the general setup instructions and then attempted to connect the printer to my wifi. The little LCD screen made it difficult to enter my wifi password and I started to get a bit frustrated with it. The downloaded directions said that I can use a USB cable connected to my laptop and setup the wifi connection. That didn't work for me either. Finally, I was able to correctly enter the password, despite my big hands. I did a few test prints and the printer responded quickly and the prints were fast. I also downloaded the iPrint & Scan app from the app store and was able to print from my mobile devices with no problem. The reason I gave this three stars is because when the printer goes into sleep mode after being inactive for a while, I wasn't able to print anything without going to the printer and pressing the power button to "wake" the device. This is pretty disappointing and is kind of a big deal to me. It would be fine if when I went and powered on then the documents I printed would begin printing, but that wasn't the case. I also wish there was an email address assigned to the printer so if I wanted to print something while I'm away from home, I can simply email the document and it would print. I have several other printers and I honestly thought this was a standard feature for a wifi enabled printer. If Brother fixed these two issues, it would have five stars hands down from me, but until then, three is the best I can give for this printer. If you want a fast color laser printer and don't care about printing while away from home and it doesn't bother you turn on the printer prior to each print, then this printer might work for you. If the items I just mentioned are important, then I would look elsewhere.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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      Thank you for taking the time to review the Brother HL-L3270CDW printer. I appreciate your feedback to help improve of our service and your opinion is very important to us. This is saddening to see that some of the features that you love and expect to be on this machine is not available but we are working on future printers that will have these features soon. If you require any additional assistance, please visit the following URL to reach out to me so we can further help you: https://www.brother-usa.com/brother-support

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Color Laser Printer for SOHO

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    ricks
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    If you’re a small office/home office that prints under 1500 pages/month, this is an excellent machine. Brother has built a solid, first class printer with one of the easiest set ups I've encountered in any home device. PROs • Easy setup. Took under 10 minutes to pull out of the box, remove the packing material, insert the toner, and set up the wifi. The touch screen makes it simple to enter a wifi password. A couple of nice touches: 1) As you type in the password, it does not mask your password with asterisks so you can catch errors right away; 2) The printer can only connect to 2.4 Ghz wifi band and will not display the SSID of 5 GHz networks. I've more than once tried to connect other home devices to the 5 GHz network only to discover later they only operate on 2.4 GHz networks. Once connected, the printer will check for firmware updates, of which there are two which are installed sequentially. • Excellent 25 ppm speed (color or b/w) and quiet output. • 250 sheet input capacity is greater than most printers in this entry level class. The extra capacity does add height to the machine, so make sure the dimensions will work for you. • Easy networking or printing from phone/tablet. Once turned on and added to my network, it automatically showed up as an AirPrint printer on my iPhone. • Also a nice touch, the printer was properly named on my wifi Xfinity wifi network. Often when I add a device, the name shows up based on the networking chipset which may have nothing to do with the product. • Sharp, clean output for both text and graphics. Excellent color and saturation. CONs • The manual paper tray for envelopes, odd sized paper, labels etc can only feed one sheet at a time. You will not be able to load a stack of envelopes, for example, and print out addresses on them. (The paper tray takes Letter, Legal, Executive, A4, A5, A6, and Folio (8" x 13")). • Pages curl on two-sided printing. Depending on the type of paper you use, it may flatten out after a while, but you will definitely notice curling when printing two-sided. Printing one-sided did not curl the paper. • No edge-to-edge printing. The print area will enforce a 0.16 inch (4.23mm) margin on all sides. • Heavy – weighs around 40 pounds. • USB 2.0 only. If you plan to connect this directly to a computer, you cannot use the faster USB 3.0. There's a lot to like but I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars because of the page curling and single-page manual feed…two items that will irk many offices. Regardless, I still recommend the printer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Forget your Inkjet

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    Shae
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    This is our first laser printer and we couldn't be happier with this product. First thing to note is its size. It is quite larger than a regular inkjet printer and its weight is around 40lbs. So make sure that you have a sturdy place for it. It is definitely something for a home office or spare space because of its larger footprint, it isn't as easy to conceal in another area of your home. However, it is way smaller than those you find at your workplace. This isn't a portable printer that you can move around. I've been testing it out for two weeks prior to writing this review and its great. It's super fast and that's what we needed. It's quieter than I expected it to be for its size, but don't expect a whisper. It has a manual feed slot that can be used if the paper tray isn't feasible for your work. It also allows for dbl side printing. So for my use, it saves paper. I use it primarily for our homeschool activities, printing out multiple assignments and planning activities a day. I'm also starting a small business, so the faster printing has helped tremendously. For quick prints, I use AirPrint from my iPhone, iPad, and Mac, and it works great. Also, the ink usage was a huge factor for us. We spend so much on inkjet ink because it runs out so quickly, but this will allow us to use less ink and have more things printed. Do be mindful that the ink toner for these are a bit more on the pricier side upfront, but once you break down costs per use it comes out way cheaper than an inkjet ink cartridge, which are expensive. Because it's color as well as black and white, it comes with 4 toners (3 color and 1 black). Which can be purchased separately, so if you only use black you don't have to purchase the colors and vice versa. This model is printer only, so if you need things such as fax or copy, look elsewhere. It has build in wireless and I didn't have too much trouble setting it up. You can also connect via Ethernet or usb if needed. The screen also comes in handy, but it is super small for thicker fingers. It's only 2.7" but it does the necessities so it doesn't need to be the size of a tablet. You can see ink levels, print from different sources and other helpful information. Also, envelops or thicker paper will not auto feed so you will have to manual feed those. I take tons of photos and I wanted to test out the print quality with this printer, because laser printers aren't known for their photo printing. However, this model produced some really great photo printing. It's not inkjet quality results, but it's darn near close and not visible unless you're using a magnifying glass to look at lines. It was crisp enough for my needs and all prints will be framed. All in all, we will not be returning to inkjet after converting to laser with this model. I hope that it lasts a long time and when the time comes to upgrade we will be coming back to Brother. It's been a great experience with this printer so far.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great printer!

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    Jordan
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    For this review, I'll start off with the cons. If you are looking for a 3 in 1 printer, look away. This is a printer and nothing else. Another thing, it's bulky and heavy. Another thing, the toner cartridges are expensive, but you will get many prints before needing to buy more. On to the pros. The print quality is amazing on the Brother - HL-L3270CDW. Prior to getting my hands on this machine, I was using a similar model at my job. I used it on a daily basis and never had any problems. Brother printers are truly quality machines, so I expect to get lots of use out of this Brother - HL-L3270CDW for a long time. It's hard to go wrong with it. One of the best features in this machine is the ability to connect to multiple cloud services and print directly to the printer. It makes it so much easier to get the documents that I need for school and work now. I can email prints to the printer, and if I want to keep something private, you can setup a pin option for confidential documents. As for the setup, it was a breeze! I had the Brother - HL-L3270CDW printer up and running in around 20 minutes, that includes linking my cloud services and connecting the printer to my wifi network. So far, I have had no connectivity issues. I'd say what took the longest was the fact that you have to take out the toner cartridges to remove a plastic protector from them. It looked intimidating at first, but it's just a matter of pushing tabs to a side and pulling the cartridges out. Overall, I would definitely recommend the Brother - HL-L3270CDW to anyone in the market for their office, or even professional students in need of a reliable printer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An excellent color laser printer for the masses

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    stevefromtheburbs
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    I have wanted to get a laser printer for years, for home and home business use, but was unable to justify the cost in my mind. And to imagine getting a color laser printer was like a dream that seemed unattainable for many. Fast forward and I am so happy to say that there is finally a color laser printer that is affordable and works as good or better than the one you have at your office. This was by far the easiest printer I have ever worked with both in setup and in using it. Setup was a matter of removing some blue tape, remove the orange protectors over the toner cartridges, remove a few pieces of paper that were there for protection, and plug it in. Once plugged in I told it the WIFI password, and I was printing in probably 5 minutes max. Then, I went in and did a firmware update, which went well. In fact it had two of them to do...and it appears it looks for them automatically if you don't manually do it. This is just a color laser printer, not a scanner too, but I also have a wonderful WIFI portable scanner that is on my desk next to my computer. However, this printer does cloud printing, WIFI printing, NFC printing, and wired LAN printing. Basically it does it all. WIFI printing allows me to put this somewhere out of the way and not fuss with leaving it out in the open. It has a very easy to use and understand menu. Very easy. It works just like my brother inkjet all in one machine. I was shocked at how easy this was to setup, use, see how many pages you printed, the life left on the drum, etc. It is so easy anyone can do it and you can get professional results in a 5 minute setup. Even your not so tech savvy relatives can setup something this easy. The only con is the size and weight of this printer. It is not a small inkjet, but it also prints like a commercial grade laser printer. I have a black and white laser on my desk at work that is bigger than this and it is a small use older model laser - so size is getting smaller for these, just know that it isn't going to be a good fit if you have a smaller living space and don't have a need to print via laser.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    If you only need a printer, this is it

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    TheTruQ
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    Picking a good printer can be tricky sometimes. Most of them appear to produce quality documents, with one or 2 occasionally standing out above the rest. For me, print quality aside, the intangibles make the difference – size, speed, connectivity/accessibility, flexibility are all hug factors. The Brother HL-L3270CDW is the latest printer added to my household. It serves as the first printer I have used with toner cartridges. Heck, this is the first Brother printer I have ever used! The box housing this printer is pretty standard as printer packages go. It’s well protected and requires no assembly. This baby is a bit on the heavy side, in comparison to other printers of similar size. I was a bit worried about the space the printer would take up, but that turned out to be one of Brother’s first successes with me. Its footprint was no larger than the all-in-one office machine it replaced. Brother seems to have found the sweet spot for getting a device from purchase to operation. I plugged this thing in, followed the instructions, and had it working in no time. The only issue I ran into was the inability to install the software package. I could successfully download the package, but the install failed repeatedly. Eventually, I relented and just allowed Windows 10 to install the driver. Viola! Just like that, it was up and running. Once setup, the printer performed beautifully. It has a better than average printing speed and produces crisp documents and images. I found the HL-L3270CDW to produce quality on par and, in some cases, better than some of the best ink jet printers I have used. This printer seems to have that perfect balance between the crispness of a laser printer and the detail quality of the better ink jet printers. Brother is now near the top of my list for printers, when I’m in the market for purchase. The HL-L3270CDW won me over by being a toner printer with minimal footprint producing excellent documents consistently. So far, one of the best printers I have owned.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Reliable & Efficient Printer

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    MGoose
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    This a quality printer and it easily handles most any home office print job. My wife is a teacher and this fits our needs much better than the inefficient inkjet it replaced. Pros - Wireless printing. My iPhone found it on the network and I could print immediately. It also has no issue with my mesh network (TP-Link Deco). - Easy setup. I never had to pull out the included CD. On my Windows 10 laptop, it appeared in the printers list after a refresh and when selected it setup automatically. I love that this works as it should. - Printing via email and the cloud when not at home is convenient (see caution below). - Much quieter than you would think. - Cost efficient Things to consider - It is heavy and a little bigger than the average light duty home printer - Warm up (all laser printers due this) takes a few seconds and can delay printing if it has been idle for a while. - It uses some power when printing, especially on warm up. Just make sure you don’t have it plugged in to the same circuit as a bunch of other stuff. - When printing from the printer’s cloud options the file selected from the cloud or email prints how it came – no option to switch to black and white is given, no editing/resizing can be done on screen. - The touch screen is just ok. The menus are a bit dated looking, it is not sharp, and the sensitivity could be better. You really don’t use it that much once it is set up so it is a minor issue. This is a keeper.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good home/small office printer

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    charliehustle77
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    Unboxing this printer I noticed this isn't just some small little printer that will fall apart in a couple years. This thing feels like it weighs about 40-45lbs. We had our older, smaller HP inkjet on a flimsy fold out table used to eat in the living room. Needless to say the Brother needed a beefier table to sit on. Not a small printer by my standards. After taking all the packing tape and ink cartridge guards off I plugged it in and it fired up and asked for my WiFi password. Within a few minutes I was printing from my iphone. There are also options on the color touchscreen where you can print from online doc storage areas like Dropbox, Google Drive and Onenote. There's also a NFC option which I haven't tried yet. The printer will crank out 25 sheets per minute and the tray will hold around 250 letter sized sheets. If you want to run envelopes you have to load them into the bypass tray one at a time. So if envelopes are going to be a big part of your printing operation, you may look elsewhere for a printer that works better for you. I printed out a few color photos on regular 20lb paper and they came out ok. Would probably look better on a heavier stock or a glossy stock. I'll probably try that later. From the looks of the 20lb images I printed, this doesn't seem like a printer that you want to print artwork out with, more of a text and image type printer. I work in the print industry and didn't buy it for that reason but I had to at least test it out. My wife will be using this quite frequently for finishing school. So far it's been very reliable and easy for her to use and perfect for what we needed it for. I'm hoping these starter ink cartridges last a while as they cost anywhere from $60-$80 each. Good printer for a smaller operation, I recommend it if you're looking to step up from a crappy inkjet but don't want to break the bank.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great home office or small business printer

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    btb2k
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    This machine is a very good printer and would be well suited to anyone that does a moderate amount of printing. As with a lot of laser printers it is heavy so be prepared for that! In terms of footprint it is compact for being a color laser printer that can hold 250 sheets of paper! The Wifi Direct and Cloud based printing options are pretty cool and enable you to print from just about any device or even remotely. The Brother app works pretty good and was straightforward to use. This machine does do automatic 2-sided printing which is pretty cool considering how compact it is. In terms of print quality, it's pretty good and the colors come out as advertised crisp and clear! Photos actually come out pretty good so if you're printing documents that have photos in them they will look pretty good. The color display is pretty nice and it does make it easier to use the printers embedded features. Navigation through the menus is better than some other comparable printers. As with all laser printers it does have some noise but isn't that bad and arguably quieter than some.. As with all laser printers there is a bit of a warm up time though this machine is pretty quick and ready to go relatively fast from the energy saver/sleep mode. A huge plus with this machine is the speed in which it prints color and black/white documents is the same for both types! Obviously printing in duplex slows it down some but you're printing 2 pages to one piece of paper. Toner is easy to find where it's a Brother printer and easy to install. In all, I'd recommend this machine for its quality, speed and features. It's a pretty solid machine with great print quality and speed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A good color printer as a good price

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    Lonestarlizard
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    After doing much online research on color laser/LED printers, I bought this Brother. It was packed very securely and, as it weighs in at about 40 pounds, it was a task to get it out of the box. Once I had it in position, I did the recommended install process and ran into difficulty with the networking setup. This surprised me because I have a Brother multifunction laser printer that installed easily. After messing with the setup for several hours I got frustrated and packed it up for return. I have installed many, many printers over the years and this one just didn't want to work for me. Before I took it back to BB I checked the website and saw that the price had dropped $50 the day after I purchased mine. Now that the price was even better, I took the receipt to BB and they cheerfully refunded the difference in price. Now I was determined to make this printer like my network. I took it back out of the box and, after removing all previous install files and drivers, simply used the WPS method of network setup. That worked wonderfully and the printer and my network were happy. Since then the printer has performed perfectly, producing sharp, detailed printed documents. It doesn't seem to like printing pictures on glossy photo paper but the pictures on regular good quality 20 pound paper are fine for presentation and newsletters. It prints very fast and makes no noise at all until you execute the print order. Quite pleased with this Brother printer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect Printer for Every Home/Office

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    AcurNet
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    The Brother - HL-L3270CDW Wireless Color Printer is perfect for home offices and small offices. It's easy to setup; plug it in, connect to your wireless network, discover the printer on your device and you're ready to send print jobs from you computer/laptop, or even print directly from your tablet or phone. With the Brother HL-L3270CDW, you have a several connection options. If wireless is not an option, you can connect the printer to your network using an ethernet cable, or you can connect it directly to your device using USB. The printer is fast, and the print quality is amazing. I use it to print high quality vibrant photos from my phone that I can immediately place in my home. When printing documents, I like that I can print double-sided and I can use different paper formats. The pages complete so fast it's incredible. Large print jobs of 200 pages are finished within minutes. Very impressive. The integration options on the Brother HL-L3270CDW are awesome. Using my phone/tablet, I can print directly to the printer from my Google Drive app. This is fantastic, because I no longer have to save the image to my device locally or send it to an email and then print it. The Brother HL-L3270CDW adds efficiency to printing, making it a time saver. The front panel LCD touch screen is really nice. Menus are easy to navigate, and you can make adjustments to the printer very easily right on the screen. I recommend the Brother -HL-L3270CDW wireless printer.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Office quality at a reasonable price

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    Snarltoof
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    I wasn't expecting much from such an inexpensive printer, but I was really impressed when I pulled it out of the box. The construction and materials are solid, and it looks like a professional piece of office equipment. It was really easy to set up. When you first turn it on, it wants to join your wifi network. It will only see the 2.4ghz band though, which seems common for network things that aren't computers phones or tablets. I plugged it into my ethernet network because it's taking over for an existing printer. This prints. That's all it does. It isn't a multifunction device, it doesn't scan and can't send/receive faxes. I have an awesome scanner so I didn't have to get a compromise device. The print quality is phenomenal for text and casual colored things, but it isn't suitable as a photo printer. There's no 4x6 paper setting and the colors just aren't as sharp and vivid as the best inkjets. It prints pretty quickly and it does duplex printing. Unlike inkjets, your paper doesn't get wet so there's no issue with flipping the page before it's dry. I'm experimenting with the settings; it defaults to fine quality, 2400 dpi. I'm changing the default to normal, 600x600, to see if that prints more quickly. So far so good though. If you want a workhorse printer for home or small office, this is great!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome printer

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    Josh76
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    I have wanted a laser printer for my home for awhile, they are faster and the print quality is just better than ink jet. I need to print presentations and marketing materials for my sales calls and my old ink jet wasn't getting the job done. The 3270 was just what I was looking for. Setup was a breeze, using WPS, I was able to connect it to my network in seconds. I downloaded the Brother app onto my iPhone and Mac and starting printing documents to test it out. AirPrint on the iPhone worked flawlessly as did printing from my Mac. When not in use, the printer goes into sleep mode and it woke up immediately when I sent documents to print. Pages came out clear and the colors and blacks looked perfect. The tray holds a ton of paper and I am confident that the included toners will last me a long time. The printer is bigger than I imagined, really just deeper than I thought it would be, but that's my fault for not measuring my space. This is an awesome printer and will definitely save me some trips to the print shop when i am away from my office and working from home. I have had a few Brother products and they have never disappointed!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best business class home printer ever!

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    buckbabes
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    Over the years I have spent a ton of cash on average quality, consumer grade printers. All of them were plastic pieces of junk that either quickly ran out of ink, the ink was as as expensive as a new printer or it failed to some unknown reason. Either way they all ended up in the trash usually after one year. This printer is nothing like those. It is a full sized business printer. Some of the things I liked about it were that is was easy to set up. There is no bloatware to install on your computer. I basically just connected it to the WiFi and all my computers found it immediately. The paper tray fits a ream of paper with ease, the ink was a large business style cartage with enough ink to last for a long time. The print quality was outstanding, the speed was great and it can do dual sided print jobs. The only negative about it was the little screen used to set it up. I was a little too small to type in my WiFi password. I had to use my finger nail to tap all the letters I wanted. With all that being said, in my opinion this is the best business class home printer ever!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Affordable quality home printer

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    niteryder
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    The opportunity to get a quality home laser printer was just what I was looking for. When the chance came I just couldn’t pass it up. I’ve wanted a laser printer for a long time but the cost was just too prohibitive. The Brother solved that. Setup was a breeze, it took just a few minutes and I was printing high quality documents. I have a high resolution map of the Golden Chain Highway I like to test print. This gives me a good example of the quality output of my printers. The Brother did not disappoint, it produced the best quality print of any home printer I’ve tried. The prints are fast and communication from my devices are fast as well. I printed from my laptop, iPad and my iPhone. All the devices found the printer right away with no issues. The only possible issue I was concerned about is the cost of cartridges. The cartridges are around $70 and it takes 4 of them, that is $280 about the same cost as the printer. I don’t know how many pages can be printed but time will tell. As of now, this printer is exactly what I had hoped it would be and I would highly recommend for anyone looking for a quality home laser printer.

    I would recommend this to a friend