Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer

23 ppm Black/ 23 ppm Color - USB & Wireless - 2,400 x 600 dpi - Duplex Printing - View Complete Details

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Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer - The HL-3170CDW is an affordable, fast and reliable digital color printer for small businesses. It features automatic two-sided printing and wireless networking, plus prints high-impact color and crisp black documents. It's compact and offers versatile paper handling with a letter/legal paper tray and a single-sheet manual feed slot for envelopes or thicker media. This energy-efficient printer has a deep sleep mode for conserving energy when not in use. The optional high yield color toners can help lower your cost per page, and its top-loading design makes it easy to replace and install toner cartridges. You can also print wirelessly from your mobile device via AirPrint™, Brother iPrint&Scan, Google Cloud Print™ and Wi-Fi Direct™.

  • Fast, reliable digital color printer ideal for small businesses.
  • Features wireless networking and duplex printing.
  • Prints blazing fast color and black printing.
  • Compact design.
  • Adjustable paper tray.
  • Offers mobile device printing via AirPrint™, Brother iPrint&Scan, Google Cloud Print™ and Wi-Fi Direct™.
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Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer
 
4.1

(based on 306 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (166)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (70)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (32)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Most Liked Positive Review

 

High Quality. Low Price.

As a community concert band, we need to be able to revise our flyers and handouts on a moment's notice. Our schedule changes, our music changes, and we need to print short runs...Read complete review

As a community concert band, we need to be able to revise our flyers and handouts on a moment's notice. Our schedule changes, our music changes, and we need to print short runs of our promotional material to reflect those changes. Local printers were happy to print 100 color copies for us for $100, single-sided. We would blow through our advertising budget in no time! We've been using the Brother HL-3170CDW for a couple of months, and we couldn't be happier. Excellent quality. Automatic duplex printing. We can print what we need, when we need it, at a price that isn't going to break the bank. This was an excellent investment for us..!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Installation software disappoints

I found the installation more difficult on two computers operating Win 10, than I expected. The system is served by a Netgear C3700 modem/wifi router. I was able to get the printer...Read complete review

I found the installation more difficult on two computers operating Win 10, than I expected. The system is served by a Netgear C3700 modem/wifi router. I was able to get the printer to work briefly using WIFI. After turning off the computers and rebooting the next day, the printer did not respond to the wireless setup. I am currently using a USB connection, and it works well. I did not try an Ethernet connection; there were not enough open ports available on my modem. I tired printing on some Christmas Card/glossy cardstock, and experienced streaking and smearing. I have not experienced the same degree, of that type of problem, using a laser printer in the past. If I were in the position to purchase a new printer, I would step-up to a laser unit. When using the glossy cardstock, I found the printer grabbing and positioning the card to be less than firmly positive, making it difficult to tell if the cardstock was properly positioned. This grab and position manual feed-through feature is more positive, and works well, when using normal printer paper of custom sizes. The automatic duplex printing works well, along with color rendering on non-photographic compositions. I have not tried photo cardstock or picture reproduction from digital media. Regular printer paper feeds well from the automatic tray. The set-up instructions are a bit more challenging than some printers I’ve used in the past. The instructions are very inclusive in documenting set-up options, except when it comes to differentiating the use of the units LED screen and buttons vs software options offered from the printer, “print choices� when selecting “print.� A lot of thought has gone into the set-up instructions in an attempt to make them more than adequate for a sophisticated user to get the most out of their printer. Printer construction compares well with, perhaps even better, than other printers in this price range. I would rate it as a good value for the price paid.

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3.0

Good printer but...

By 

from Hanover, PA, United States

Comments about Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer:

I've had this printer ( 3170CDW) for a year now. It is a great size, I love the color prints I get and it is normally quick once it gets going... however, it gets paper jams so easily it is maddening. I use a lot of card stock and always change my settings to 'thicker' but still they jam up. could use better settings for crafters :) Also, it goes into deep sleep and is really time consuming to wait for it to wake up when needed.

 
5.0

great color

By 

from Ashland, OH, United States

Comments about Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer:

I love this printer, it is easy to use, fast and produces great color.

 
5.0

compact

By 

from Henefer, UT, United States

Comments about Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer:

This little printer has been great for what I bought it for. It only prints in black, it does not copy or scan. But what it does it does well. Print black.

 
5.0

Great All Around Color Laser

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from Undisclosed

Comments about Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer:

Second Brother Laser printer but first color laser - Easy to set up - Works with Apple AirPrint - Responsive - Just an all around great buy -

 
5.0

Great Color Printer

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from Bellevue, WA

Comments about Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer:

The HL-3170CDW printer was easy to set up and connect to my network. The performance is great, the colors close to true and the printer Hybernates when not in use but wakes up when I command "print". Overall a very useful printer.

 
3.0

Ink Management System is Too Arbitrary

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from Charlotte, NC, United States

Comments about Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer:

The printer works as advertised but the ink management system (software) is too arbitrary and the toner cartridges are too expensive. I would only recommend this to a friend who could work around the replacement toner cartridge cost problems, etc.

 
5.0

more accurate color than my old Brother

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from Undisclosed

Comments about Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer:

After 8 years and 35,000 pages, My old Brother color laser printer died so I wanted another Brother. This one will only feed one sheet at a time with special paper unless I take empty the regular paper from the paper drawer and put in the special paper. The up side is that the colors come out right without any adjustment

 
4.0

Great Price and Quality

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from Houston, TX, United States

Comments about Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer:

The quality and speed is great for the price. It would be 5 stars, but the one problem is that it needs to by cycled on and off to use as it goes to deep sleep mode and does not wake up when not used for a period of time.

 
5.0

Really like the 2 sided print. so far, works great

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from Buffalo, NY, United States

Comments about Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer:

No problems except on first mechanical set up. I didn't have a good view of the insides (my fault) and didn't notice the color coded slots. I put the toner in the wrong order and didn't notice a problem until I printed a color picture, The cartridges should be physically different (keyed to their slots) and/or the test sheet should label the colors.

 
4.0

Excellent print quality

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from Central Oregon

Comments about Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer:

This printer does (almost) everything I ask of it, both in my work and personal use. It gets four stars instead of 5 because every time I try to use the hand feed tray it jams. It's really annoying not to have that function available.

 
3.0

Worked well

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from Albany, NY

Comments about Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer:

This model so far has been a little bit of a disappointment. Only had it a little over a year and already have replaced some major parts. Did not feel like service department was willing to work with me on getting it repaired because warranty already expired.

 
4.0

Good, inexpensive color laser printer

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from Memphis, TN, United States

Comments about Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer:

I am using the printer wirelessly connecting to 6 computers. I have had no problems with install or using the printer on both MS or iOS. It is not a good printer for picture prints, but is great for document printing. The printer is fast, and while the fans make some noise during printing, the printer quiets very shortly after the print job. It uses 4 toner cartridges that last me months.

 
4.0

Excellent Value

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from Aurora, CO, United States

Comments about Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer:

I am very happy with this printer overall. Speed is outstanding and I think the cost per page will be exceptional, as opposed to my inkjet - which is the main reason I bought it. There are a few weaknesses, however. The color is slightly off for photos. Inkjets are superior. But it still prints a pretty good picture. A worse drawback with pictures is you can see a faint "track" running down the picture presumably where the roller runs the paper through the machine. It's not extremely obvious, but is noticeable. One other glitch is the instructions to hook up to WIFI did not stick, and I had to call "Big Brother" for help. He was awesome. There was a slight variation in his verbal instructions (compared to the manual) and voila, it worked perfectly. I did buy an extended warranty because I"m tired of printers failing within days of their mfg. warranty expiration date (which has happened to all of my Epson and HP printers - I think they're programmed to fail!). I have my fingers crossed on this printer's durability.

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5.0

ABSOLUTELY GREAT PRINTER

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from San Antonio, TX, United States

Comments about Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer:

THE QUALITY OF THE PRINT IS SPECTACULAR. I HAVE RECEIVED MANY, MANY COMPLIMENTS ON PRINTED PICTURES.

 
5.0

Quiet, efficient, small office color printer

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from Columbus Ohio

Comments about Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer:

This Brother is an upgrade from a 5 year old competitor's model. This one is very price competitive and works well in a small office environment. It does duplexing and it sets up the first print quickly. This also has a good set of software tools and auto refill on the ink/cartridges. The quality is also very good. This model also has a small footprint so it will not "overtake" any desk top it is placed. This is a newer model so I know the updates/mechanical/software components will be useful for the life of the unit

 
1.0

Printer Brother - HL - 3170cdw

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from Undisclosed

Comments about Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer:

This is my second Brother printer of the same model; we had poor life span from the 1st unit that lasted just over 2 years; not good. There was a non repairable printer error problem. Had to buy same new unit to save the investment in the printer cartridges.

 
5.0

Great product

By 

from Texas, United States

Comments about Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer:

Excellent Color only printer. Price was right! I'm already on the mail list that how I got review request.

 
5.0

Excellent Printer

By 

from Northwest

Comments about Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer:

This printer has performed as promised by the sales staff. The ink cartridges are easy to change. But only after you figure out how. It is fast and efficient. Colors are clear and true to tone.

 
4.0

Good Printer

By 

from Lewes, DE, United States

Comments about Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer:

Lots of nice features which enables user to do a quality job printing anything they have in mind. Wireless features work well.

 
2.0

disappointed

By 

from Kenova, wv

Comments about Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer:

I owned a HL-4070 before this one. Much heavier so this one is nice in how light it is. BUT I cannot print cardstock on this printer. Who makes a printer nowadays that cannot print cardstock paper, or at least 67 lbs paper. Very disappointed. Also, the setup instructions were not the simpliest for the wireless feature - I just went with the normal cable route.

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