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Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer

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

Product Number: BRTHL3170CDW

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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 370 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (200)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (86)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (39)

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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1.0

Fuser roller wears out prematurely

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from Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Comments about Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer:

I purchased one of these printers and then two more as I was thrilled with the print quality and price. So far two of them have had their fuser rollers lose their coating just shortly after the one year warranty expired. Bits of brown roller material started to come out of the printer one day in little bits and then larger and larger bits. This continued with large spots of unwelded toner occurring on the pages. Finally a large enough area wears off that the paper would feed and then terminally jam in the roller. At that point you unplug it and it becomes a paperweight. Interestingly the rollers of both wore out on the left side in the exact same spot. On checking the internet, this seems to be a common problem with the fault in the same location, so to my eye, this seems to be a quality problem. No remedy has been offered. There seems to be a considerable side industry with an abundance of off brand rollers for sale for this printer on the internet but I couldn't be bothered. The repair of the roller is more than the cost of the original printer so I am hoping that the 3rd printer will at least run long enough to use up the toner cartridges that I invested in. We will see but I'm doubting it. And yes, they are genuine brother toner cartridges. I've been laser printing since the 1980's and have had some workhorse printers from Brother but this model is quite a disappointment.

 
4.0

Brother HL-3170 color with duplex

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from Indiana, United States

Comments about Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer:

This printer has worked very well for me. The color printing is not photo quality but good none the less. Duplexing very handy for paper saving. Also my black toner went out and I ordered just a black toner, put it in and the printer recognized it and set it up so I didn't have to reset the printer at all. Overall a very good printer for home use or home business.

 
4.0

Easy to setup

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from Nj

Comments about Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer:

Very easy to setup. Ok start up time from dep sleep mode. Only complaint that when printing graphics with large area of a single color it has areas of inconsistency and loose speckles.

 
3.0

Nice for the price

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from California

Comments about Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer:

I like my new color printer but there are a couple of things that I would like it to do better. For example, it isn't great with heavier card stock and the front loading envelope feature can only take one at a time. It's also a little slower than I'm used to. Other than that, for the price, the quality of the print is very good and I like the compact size and simple style. Easy to use.

 
5.0

Super printer

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from Mountain Home, AR, United States

Comments about Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer:

Super printer, only regret is not buying the one that included the scanner, copper. Prints better than the others I have owned. I have to print large quantizes when I have to print, up to 250 copies, Last copy is as good as the first.

 
5.0

Great printer

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from Wisconsin, United States

Comments about Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer:

This printer is great. Easy to set up and works flawlessly with AirPrint. I've only had it a few months but so far this printer doesn't disappoint. If you are looking for a great color laser printer I'd recommend this one.

 
5.0

A really good color laser printer!

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from Memphis, TN, United States

Comments about Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer:

This is my second Brother color laser printer. The first one still works but I made the mistake of using third party toner in it and there are often streaks of color, especially red, and I finally got tired of dealing with it. I gave it to Goodwill and bought this one. I also purchased Brother multi-function ink jet printer which I can use for photos along with the copying and scanning function. My only regret is that the ink jet does not have the ability to print directly on DVDs or CDs.

 
5.0

Great Printer

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from Spring Valley, NY

Comments about Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer:

Printer Brother HL-3170CDW is a great printer. We would recommend it.

 
1.0

Needs work

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from Albuquerque, NM, United States

Comments about Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer:

I returned the printer for two reasons: 1. Start up time from sending print command to actual printing is too slow. 2. The feeder tray that I use to bypass the main paper tray and feed envelopes or letterhead only handles one page or envelope at a time.

 
4.0

Great -- except for envelopes!!!

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from Austin, TX

Comments about Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer:

This printer is excellent, as long as you don't need to print envelopes with it. The color is great, the speed is great, even the time to start printing when it has been asleep for a couple of days is almost instant. I love it for 99% of my printing tasks and am so glad that I bought it!!! But envelope printing leaves a LOT to be desired. It basically mangles the envelope, and usually prints crooked on the envelope. Not a pretty sight. Fortunately, I don't need it to do very many envelopes, and I have a secondary (inkjet) printer that I can print envelopes with when I do need one. So I can live with this one negative. Otherwise, it's a great color laser printer!!! But keep the envelope printing issue in mind if you need this for an office where you need to print a lot of envelopes.

 
5.0

Great double sided printing

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from Kansas City, MO, United States

Comments about Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer:

My family loves this printer. It makes wonderful pictures and papers for school and for my business it does a great job at printing out my reports and charts. I definitely love the automatic double siding that's built in. And the Exter big bonus is that it is compatible with the Apple air print technology.

 
4.0

Love this printer, but impossible to find MICR

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from Undisclosed

Comments about Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer:

Love this printer and it covered our office well, but it doesn't print on heavy weight card stock and it's impossible to find MICR toner for it now. We still use it for printing everything but our carstock and photo paper items and wish we could still use it for printing our checks from scratch. Disappointing that Brother has moved away from MICR toners altogether. Thank you for having a Windows Mobile app!

 
4.0

Takes care of business

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from Undisclosed

Comments about Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer:

We've had this printer for about a year, and are very happy with it. It's going strong, the duplex function slows printing down quite a bit, but no other complaints.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Easy setup for Wifi

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from Ocala, FL, United States

Comments about Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer:

Setup was very easy, print quality is at about 95% or so. Depends on the quality of the paper used. HOWEVER, the cost of consumables is higher than I thought it would be.

 
1.0

Awful product with serious network issues

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from Wyoming, United States

Comments about Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer:

The printer prints well. HOWEVER I have had recurrent problems connecting it to our network. It self disconnects frequently . It goes into "deep sleep" frequently and can't be revived without unplugging it and often that doesn't work. Have to frequently reset the network connection etc etc etc. I HATE this printer. I will never buy a brother product again. Nearest service center is 4 1/2 hours away. Very helpful Also the printer won't print when the toner is "low". That is not the same as out. Not even near so that Brother can get you to spend more money on toner. There is a way to bypass that but it is not intuitive.

 
1.0

Unreliable setup and crumples paper when printing

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from So Cal

Comments about Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer:

The driver setup is very unreliable. On some computers the installation software has no trouble identifying the printer. On other computers, it can't find the printer. This comes down to a limitation of the software and device not communicating over the network when the device is connecting to, say, a 2.4 GHz channel and the software pinging only a 5 GHz channel. Finally, once the driver installs and you go to print, the device crumbles up the paper every time. I've tried different paper stock and live in a low humidity area so not sure what else could be wrong besides this device.

 
5.0

Absolutely terrific!!!

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from Hiram, OH, United States

Comments about Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer:

My neighbor suggested it....hooked me up with all my devices...it is terrific,.prints clear...no issues communicating with devices! Love it!

 
4.0

Excellent value for the money

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from San Antonio, TX, United States

Comments about Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer:

It was easy to setup, worked with all of our mobile devices, and quality of print is good

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

works- no hassle setup

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from Lafayette, IN, United States

Comments about Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer:

Wanted a lazer printer to print Signage and produce Iron on templates for wood carving. Color printing produces better quality pictures than the inkjets I am using. Very versital printer, fast printing speeds.

 
3.0

Great printer, but does not awaken from deep sleep

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from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Comments about Brother HL-3170CDW Digital Color Printer:

I purchased this printer so I can print wirelessly from all of my computers and devices. The output is great, but there is a little problem, the printer will often remain asleep when a print job is sent. This requires powering it off, and then on again in order to be able to print. Brother had me ensure that the latest firmware was applied, and had me create a new TCP/IP port for a fixed IP address for the printer, but the problem persists. For this reason, I am not recommending this printer for wireless use.

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