Brother HL-3170cdw Review: First Look

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Earlier this year, Brother introduced the new HL-3000 line of color LED printers targeted at small businesses looking to reduce their printing costs.

Today, we’ll be taking a hands-on first look at the flagship HL-3170cdw, a single function device offering print speeds up to 23 ppm, automatic duplexing, 250-sheet paper tray and both wired and wireless network connectivity.

So take a gander at the Brother HL-3170cdw and come back soon to read our full review where we will share the results of our testing!

Build and Design

The Brother HL-3170cdw is replacing the HL-3075cw in Brother’s color LED lineup so you will see several similarities if you read our review last year. They share the same compact footprint with the approximate dimensions of 16 x 18 x 10 inches in non use but Brother has updated the design which I find more aesthetically pleasing, if nothing else.

The control panel has been pushed to the left side of the device and with a single line backlit LCD display and an eight key navigation. If you choose to set up the HL-3170cdw over a network connection, you can also access the mobile print options including Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Brother iPrint&Scan, Cortado Workplace and Wi-Fi Direct.


Lift up under the control panel to access the four toner cartridges (CMYK). One of the features introduced with this new series is the optional high capacity toner cartridges. Standard capacity cartridges yield about 1,400 pages while the high capacity cartridges yield about 2,200 pages.


Like previous generations, the HL-3170cdw offers a single sheet manual bypass slot found on the front of the device as well as a 250-sheet paper cassette. The HL-3170cdw can handle a variety of paper sizes up to legal sized documents (8.5 x 14 inches).

As mentioned previously, the HL-3170cdw can be set up over a wired network, wireless network or standard USB. All connections are found on the back of the HL-3170cdw.

HL-3170cdw Specifications:

  • Single function color LED
  • Print speeds: up to 23 ppm
  • Print resolution: up to 600 x 2400 dpi
  • Single line LCD
  • Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Brother iPrint&Scan
  • Automatic duplexing
  • Monthly duty cycle: up to 30,000 pages
  • Paper capacity: 251 pages (250-sheet drawer, single sheet tray)
  • Memory: 128MB standard
  • Connectivity: Hi-Speed USB 2.0, Ethernet, Wireless
  • Operating systems: Windows, Mac OS, Linux
  • Energy Star qualified
  • 1-year limited warranty

Pricing and Availability
The Brother HL-3170cdw is available through authorized retailers for the suggested retail price of $279.99.

Supplies and accessories can also be purchased through retailers. Toner prices will vary based on the retailer.

The Brother HL-3170cdw comes with a 1-year limited warranty.



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