May 3, 2012 by Sarah Meyer Reads (8,364)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service & Support
    • 6
    • Print Quality
    • 8
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 6
    • Performance / Print Speed
    • 8
    • Features
    • 6
    • Operational Costs
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 6.83
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


Setting up the HL-3075cw
The HL-3075cw is pretty easy to set up since it’s a single function unit. Unpack, install toner cartridges, load paper, plug in and turn on, print a test page and select the connection type.

If you decide to set up the HL-3075cw over a wireless connection, you will need a USB cable (unless you have a WPS router). I personally think if you are going to require a USB cable for installation, you should provide one, but Brother didn’t in this case.

Either way, once you decide how you’ll set up the HL-3075cw, you can pop in the provided driver CD. The wizard will take you through all the necessary steps, and then you’ll be ready to print!

Ease of Use
There is no additional software downloads for PC use with HL-3075cw which I am sure many users will appreciate. However, if you do want to access or adjust printer settings, configuration, maintenance information, admin settings or network configuration, you can use the embedded web server if the HL-3075cw is setup over a network. Users can access said web server by punching in the HL-3075cw’s IP address into his/her preferred browser.

Once in, there are basic pages that can be seen by anyone including a home page with real time status updates and data information. There is also a view configuration page with toner info, paper info and general settings as well as a maintenance information page for collecting data and maintenance information.

There are five other pages that can be locked; printer settings and spool function fall under the green key while administrator settings, reset & test and network configuration fall under the red key. With the key pages, admins can determine who gets rights to which areas. The default passwords are found by selecting either key until they are changed by the admin.

Users can also use the printer preferences menu to access the printer settings or the status monitor for real time status updates on the printer and consumables.

The HL-3075cw only has a single line back lit display so it may be a bit tricky to navigate the menus for users at first. But there aren’t an overwhelming number of options and the navigation pad is labeled to help avoid confusion. After one or two uses, users will pick it up.

And really, the HL-3075cw will usually only be used as a standalone device one of two ways; with the USB direct print option or with the Secure Print option.

For the USB/PictBridge direct print, insert the flash drive and select the file you’d like to print. You can choose the index print option (which will give you a print out of all available options) or select the file you’d like to print and then select the paper size and number of copies.

When users want to print confidential or sensitive documents/materials, they can open the print preference menu, select the advanced tab and click Secure Print. It will ask for a password of your choosing as well as if you’d like to select a user name or just use the default computer name. Then hit print and the data is sent to the printer.

When you head over to the HL-3075cw, you’ll notice the data light is flashing. Press the Secure Print quick key on the control panel; select the username you chose and the job you want to print. Enter your password, select print and then choose how many copies of your document you’d like.

Many business printers have security features, but often they have to be set up by an administrator or IT professional and can be difficult to use. The Secure Print feature on the HL-3075cw is easy to use, accessible to all computers on the network and kept documents private.

Print Speeds and Quality Tests
Brother advertises print speeds up to 19 ppm for the HL-3075cw and I found that to be accurate during our testing. When printing our 40-page black and white text document in normal mode, I saw print speeds up to 19 ppm consistently. But if coming out of sleep mode, the HL-3075cw would take an extra few seconds, bringing down the print speeds to 16 ppm before rebounding to 19 ppm.

I saw no difference in speed when printing color documents; the first page out was just as quick – around 12 seconds – and an average print speed of 19 ppm.

The print quality was good when printing in both black and white and color. I printed the full color brochure provided by Brother on the HL-3075cw and scanned it in for viewing purposes. The colors were bright and varied and the text was crisp.

HL-3075cw color print sample

The HL-3075cw does not offer automatic duplexing but you can use the manual duplexing feature if you want double sided prints or copies.

A Toner Saver mode is offered and, gain, there was no speed difference using this mode compared to normal mode but I did notice a slight quality difference, but the overall results were still quite good.

HL-3075cw normal print sample, left, HL-3075cw toner saver print sample, right



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