The Brother HL-3075cw is Energy Star qualified and compared to a color laser printer in its class, the energy use stays relatively low.
In ready mode, with the display backlit, the HL-3075cw pulls about 12 W of energy. When it drops into sleep mode, with the display dark, the HL-3075cw pulls in about 7 W of energy.
Whether printing black and white or color documents, the HL-3075cw was incredibly consistent, staying in a range for 400-500 W throughout the print job. The only time we saw higher numbers was when the printer was warming up before printing with spikes near 1000 W of energy before dropping into the 800 W range, 300 W range, then finally the 20 W range before settling into ready mode. The entire cycle took less than 30 seconds.
- Single function color LED
- Print speeds: up to 19 ppm
- Print resolution: up to 600 x 2400 dpi
- Front side USB port
- Single line LCD
- Brother iPrint&Scan app
- Secure printing
- Monthly duty cycle: up to 25,000 pages
- Paper capacity: 251 pages (250-sheet drawer, single sheet tray)
- Memory: 64MB standard, 512MB maximum
- Connectivity: Hi-Speed USB 2.0, Ethernet, Wireless
- Energy Star qualified
- 1-year limited warranty
The Brother HL-3075cw does everything it’s suppose to: it printed quality color and text documents at a consistent rate of 19 ppm. It offers plenty of features a small office or business could take advantage of including: wired and wireless networking, a front side USB port, Secure Print and a decent sized 250-sheet paper drawer.
So what’s the catch? This printer is really meant for a small workgroup or office in need of added color; it’s never going to be the sole device in an office with a decent sized print volume. And I’m not going to lie, I feel like Brother should offer automatic duplexing standard on the HL-3075cw.
Still, if what you are looking for is a reliable, consistent color printer with laser quality priced at under $300, the HL-3075cw could be the right fit.
Pricing and Availability
The Brother HL-3075cw is available now through Brother and authorized vendors for the suggested retail price of $299.99. As of this writing, Brother has the HL-3075cw on sale for $249.99, $50 off the suggested retail price online.
Supplies and accessories are also available online through Brother Mall and authorized vendors. The Brother HL-3075cw comes with a 1-year limited warranty.