Brother HL-2170W Wired and Wireless Network Ready Compact Mono Laser Printer : best printer I have ever had

Very decend printer for pc or mac. I brought this printer to replace an ageing hp inkjet. I read many of the other reviews before purchase for this machine and i generally with those however but one aspect was missing from these reviews which i will draw to the reader’s attention later. The printer is ideal for domestic environment as it is really quite small and cute and occupied no more space than my old inkjet. It has very useful multiple connectivity options, but there is a small but important snag more of which later. Installation of toner cartridge is a doddle, rather like loading an oversized vcr tape and it just gets on with it, somewhat easier than some inkjets. Setup of drivers is reasonably clear, you are asked to make a choice of interface to use connect up and install the drivers. If you want to use the printer wireless you should hunt for a spare usb or network cable as my experience as others suggest you will need it, but otherwise this is unproblematic so long as you know your wireless network details. Mine interfaced with an existing infrastructure wpa network supplied by an old netgear dg834 router no problem even with a 63-character super long wpa key. Once you have it on the wireless you can unplug the usb and start printing wirelessly.

I’ve never known a printer that jams so much. While i’m having a rant (see previous review) i’ve got a few words to say about this printer. I’ve always bought brother laser printers and found them the best on the market. Until i bought this hl-2170w. In many ways it’s as good as any of its predecessors. The print quality is good, crisp and clean, and it feeds through at a good knot of rates. You can also print a lot of pages before having to change the toner and/or drum. I’ve never known a printer that jams so much.It sometimes seems that every other time i print something i end up with either several pages coming out at once or even worse, the paper chewed up and jammed inside the machine.

Very occasional paper jam is a headache to clear but the machine is robust and copes with the tugging and pulling. Here are the specifications for the Brother HL-2170W Wired and Wireless Network Ready Compact Mono Laser Printer:

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  • Compact and stylish wireless network ready laser printer
  • Flexible connectivity thanks to built-in wired and wireless interface
  • Fast 22 pages per minute laser quality printing
  • Optional high yield toner available offering cost-effective printing
  • PCL6 emulation
  • 32 Mb standard memory

I’ve never known a printer that jams so much. While i’m having a rant (see previous review) i’ve got a few words to say about this printer. I’ve always bought brother laser printers and found them the best on the market. Until i bought this hl-2170w. In many ways it’s as good as any of its predecessors. The print quality is good, crisp and clean, and it feeds through at a good knot of rates. You can also print a lot of pages before having to change the toner and/or drum. I’ve never known a printer that jams so much.It sometimes seems that every other time i print something i end up with either several pages coming out at once or even worse, the paper chewed up and jammed inside the machine.

I’ve had his printer for about a month now and am very pleased with the purchase. For the price, it offers excellent print quality and fast wireless operation. I’m only giving it 4 stars (instead of a full 5) as, after printing, it takes a few minutes for the fan to stop operating and at first i found the noise of the fan irritating. After using it for a while though i’m noticing this less and less so don’t let this put you off. I have a mac computer and initially i tried to be fancy and install and set up the printer wirelessly. After struggling for a while, i couldn’t get this to work so switched to setting up by connecting the printer by cable to my internet hub. Installation was then very straightforward and i would recommend that everybody takes this approach. The wireless operation is excellent as it allows me to print from my laptop anywhere in the house. An excellent printer and good value for money.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Very decend printer for PC or Mac
  • Great Printer – Going on 5 Years Now and Still Working Great!
  • Really excellent backup

At last we found a laser printer we can wirelessly link to from all over the house. Also, for the first time ever, we managed to set it up on all three laptops without requiring the help of our regular it expert.

Great printer – going on 5 years now and still working great. I purchased this printer in year 2009 and it’s time to write a review. This little printer has been mightily used. I work from home for several companies and i have worked this little guy hard. True, it is a dedicated printer and doesn’t have the ability to fax or copy, but i have never had the slightest difficulty getting it to print. It does exactly what it was designed to do – print. Paper jams are rare if the printer is used properly and on the occasion, one does encounter a paper jam, it is easy to unjam. There is a separate slide-through compartment to place individual sheets such as when printing labels so that the sheets don’t get jammed in the printer. You may also use this separate slide-through compartment to print other, thicker pieces of paper. I do stock transfers and will, on occasion, use the slide-through compartment for certificates, however, most of the time, the printer has no difficulty accepting the certificate paper when placed in the main tray and the certificates come out great.

One comment on “Brother HL-2170W Wired and Wireless Network Ready Compact Mono Laser Printer : best printer I have ever had

  1. Best printer i have ever had. Best printer i have ever had. A little clumsy at the start. Since its seamless with its operation.
  2. This review is from : Brother HL-2170W Wired and Wireless Network Ready Compact Mono Laser Printer

    Best printer i have ever had. Best printer i have ever had. A little clumsy at the start. Since its seamless with its operation.
  3. This review is from : Brother HL-2170W Wired and Wireless Network Ready Compact Mono Laser Printer

    I’m not an expert in what printers ought to do, so i can’t comment in detail on the merits of this one – though it has been absolutely fine for my limited purposes. (though when the toner ran out it did so decisively, and refused to print further; my previous laser printer allowed me to carry on with faint print, in spite of the warnings. )however, my main reason for adding this review is that after a while the printer went off line and i couldn’t get it back in spite of reinstalling from factory settings several times. I phoned the brother helpline, and they were extraordinarily good and helpful. Intelligent people at all levels. The first one couldn’t deal with my mac in enough detail and got someone to phone me back from the next level of expertise. It is all now working perfectly again. It’s a great pleasure to talk to people who sound as though they know what they are talking about, and take the trouble to interact properly with customersbrother hl-2170w wired and wireless network ready compact mono laser printer.
    1. I’m not an expert in what printers ought to do, so i can’t comment in detail on the merits of this one – though it has been absolutely fine for my limited purposes. (though when the toner ran out it did so decisively, and refused to print further; my previous laser printer allowed me to carry on with faint print, in spite of the warnings. )however, my main reason for adding this review is that after a while the printer went off line and i couldn’t get it back in spite of reinstalling from factory settings several times. I phoned the brother helpline, and they were extraordinarily good and helpful. Intelligent people at all levels. The first one couldn’t deal with my mac in enough detail and got someone to phone me back from the next level of expertise. It is all now working perfectly again. It’s a great pleasure to talk to people who sound as though they know what they are talking about, and take the trouble to interact properly with customersbrother hl-2170w wired and wireless network ready compact mono laser printer.
  4. This review is from : Brother HL-2170W Wired and Wireless Network Ready Compact Mono Laser Printer

    I don’t have this printer very long so i don’t yet know about costs of toner/drum kit. Had no problems installing to my desktop. My laptop (windows vista) was a struggle to install. Com websites found very helpful. Finally got connected (simple problem was my own wireless connection wasn’t connected) great printer. Didnt need a router for this printer and you don’t need to use the cable for installing on to a laptop.
  5. This review is from : Brother HL-2170W Wired and Wireless Network Ready Compact Mono Laser Printer

    I don’t have this printer very long so i don’t yet know about costs of toner/drum kit. Had no problems installing to my desktop. My laptop (windows vista) was a struggle to install. Com websites found very helpful. Finally got connected (simple problem was my own wireless connection wasn’t connected) great printer. Didnt need a router for this printer and you don’t need to use the cable for installing on to a laptop.

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