BROTHER HL-3170CDW Colour LED Printer : Good machine. Fast efficient service.

Easiest printer i’ve ever set up – prints at lkeast as well as expec ted – very happy customer.

Defective rollers shorten usable life. It’s a good printer – until, as another reviewer has noted, a roller gives out, and then, he notes, it costs a lot to repair, and you’d be better off buying a new printer. You can’t help concluding that this is a built-in defect intended to generate more income. Why, when everything else works well and lasts, would they make it with a defective component so fundamental and simple as a roller?.

To print from ipad download the brother iprinter & scan app from applestore. You can select colour or mono (b&w) printing in the app and select paper size too. Even select the paper type (glossy photo or plain). Rear manual feed tray i have used 300 gsm but not from the paper tray as it will jami also have a brother j4510-dw ink jet printer. Here are the specifications for the BROTHER HL-3170CDW Colour LED Printer:

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  • Save time with fast 18 ppm mono/colour printing
  • Enjoy flexible paper handling with a 250 sheet paper capacity, single sheet bypass tray and automatic two-sided printing
  • Enjoy the freedom provided by fast WLAN 802.11n, Fast Ethernet and effortless mobile connectivity which enables printing direct from Apple iOS, Android, Windows Phone or Blackberry devices

Excellent printer, just slightly noisy when operating. Needed to download the latest printer driver for os x mavericks but that wasn’t a problem. Must pull down the tabs at the back ( as recommended) for printing envelopes otherwise they will come out creased. Wi-fi is excellent as can place printer anywhere there is a mains cable – no need for usb or network cables. Ipad printing works just fine. Overall, excellent printer for the price.

Design fault – defective rollers – repaired after warranty. Beaware – design fault – defective rollersthis printer has a common design fault, which is known to brother. The orange roller for the fuser unit has a short limited life, so it will disintegrate resulting in embossed print outs. Check the reviews on amazon. Com for more details (including photos and videos)http://www. Com/gp/customer-reviews/rkx2s5u90ht01/ref=cm_cr_pr_viewpnt?ie=utf8&asin=b00bqu141c#rkx2s5u90ht01so the printer is good until this fault happens, and if the printer is out of warranty when this happens, then the repair cost is similar or higher than the cost of buying a new printer. I have the printer for just over a year when this happened (1 year and 1 month exact), and we only used it very lightly (i use my epson desk jet printer for most of my printing and use the laser only for final work documents). However, brother customer service refused to fix the printer because it passed the 1 year warranty, refused to sell me the roller, saying it should only be replaced by an authorised engineer, and referred me to one of their repair agents. The agent quoted £59+vat for labour and £79+vat for the parts.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Excellent printer, just slightly noisy when operating
  • Good machine. Fast efficient service.
  • Easy to set up and use

No connection problems, good speed, great printer. Connection to wireless network and usb unproblematic out of box – followed instructions with no issues. Supplied toner cartridges really do not last long, so be sure to have replacements in place soon after you know it’s working.Booklet printing from driver only available on windows systems – disappointed it’s not available on mac osx driver. Takes 300gsm card fine through the manual feed, particularly if allowed pass through by opening back hatch. Cartridge changing is easy, though manufacturer cartridges are very pricey compared to compatibles, though their quality is finer and truer colour – you get what you pay for. One note – usb plug socket is not very secure after a couple of knocks – glad i use the wireless setting.

Does everything it says on the advert as far as i can see.

One comment on “BROTHER HL-3170CDW Colour LED Printer : Good machine. Fast efficient service.

  1. Which was not the suppliers doing but they where excellent win sending me a replacement promptly. Original printer had fault which was not the suppliers doing but they where excellent win sending me a replacement promptly. The printer itself works well but infuriates when in deep sleep mode and then cannot be found. On and off and it’s visible again. Probably a setting thing that i have not found yet but drops it to 4 stars.
    1. Which was not the suppliers doing but they where excellent win sending me a replacement promptly. Original printer had fault which was not the suppliers doing but they where excellent win sending me a replacement promptly. The printer itself works well but infuriates when in deep sleep mode and then cannot be found. On and off and it’s visible again. Probably a setting thing that i have not found yet but drops it to 4 stars.
  2. This review is from : BROTHER HL-3170CDW Colour LED Printer with Wireless Networking and Duplex

    Very nice, but i hope ot lasts longer than the previous printer.
  3. This review is from : BROTHER HL-3170CDW Colour LED Printer with Wireless Networking and Duplex

    Very nice, but i hope ot lasts longer than the previous printer.
  4. This review is from : BROTHER HL-3170CDW Colour LED Printer with Wireless Networking and Duplex

    Easy to set up and use, print quality is good and it is fairly quiet. Only difficulty i experienced was printing on card stock where the toner would not set on the paper. Took a lot of fiddling about with various settings to resolve.
  5. This review is from : BROTHER HL-3170CDW Colour LED Printer with Wireless Networking and Duplex

    Easy to set up and use, print quality is good and it is fairly quiet. Only difficulty i experienced was printing on card stock where the toner would not set on the paper. Took a lot of fiddling about with various settings to resolve.
    1. Really pleased – excellent value for money – great company to deal with.
  6. This review is from : BROTHER HL-3170CDW Colour LED Printer with Wireless Networking and Duplex

    Really pleased – excellent value for money – great company to deal with.
    1. This is a reasonably good office colour printer that uses led instead of laser technology. It lives up to its marketing claims but be aware it cannot replace a quality inkjet when it come s to photo quality prints.
      1. This is a reasonably good office colour printer that uses led instead of laser technology. It lives up to its marketing claims but be aware it cannot replace a quality inkjet when it come s to photo quality prints.
  7. This review is from : BROTHER HL-3170CDW Colour LED Printer with Wireless Networking and Duplex

    I bought this device for printing simple graphics & text newsletters, and for this purpose it’s ideal, particularly a built-in duplex. Stable wireless connection makes printing from several different computers dead easy; setting it up was straightforward.
    1. I bought this device for printing simple graphics & text newsletters, and for this purpose it’s ideal, particularly a built-in duplex. Stable wireless connection makes printing from several different computers dead easy; setting it up was straightforward.
  8. This review is from : BROTHER HL-3170CDW Colour LED Printer with Wireless Networking and Duplex

    I spent a lot of time researching this printer. The only options were samsung and hp. I was very skeptical about buying a brother machine but the price was irresistible (even though it’s a company buy) so i took a gamble. The main selling points are the duplex printing very quiet operation and seamless software with apple and android phones. I can happily say that everything about this printer works fantastically. I’m really pleased and my poor opinion of brother products has improved immeasurably.
  9. This review is from : BROTHER HL-3170CDW Colour LED Printer with Wireless Networking and Duplex

    I spent a lot of time researching this printer. The only options were samsung and hp. I was very skeptical about buying a brother machine but the price was irresistible (even though it’s a company buy) so i took a gamble. The main selling points are the duplex printing very quiet operation and seamless software with apple and android phones. I can happily say that everything about this printer works fantastically. I’m really pleased and my poor opinion of brother products has improved immeasurably.

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