May 6, 2013 by Sarah Meyer Reads (11,914)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service & Support
    • 6
    • Print Quality
    • 8
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 8
    • Performance / Print Speed
    • 8
    • Features
    • 6
    • Operational Costs
    • 8
    • Total Score:
    • 7.33
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Energy Tests
The Brother HL-3170cdw is Energy Star qualified and I found the energy use to be consistent with what we’ve seen from competitor’s models in the same class when printing, but found the sleep mode a little higher than normal.

In ready mode, the HL-3170cdw pulls about 21W of energy. When it drops into deep sleep mode, the HL-3170cdw pulls in about 14W of energy.

Whether printing black & white or color documents, the HL-3170cdw was fairly consistent, staying in a range of 600-800W throughout the print job. The printer’s energy use can spike higher than that, usually when warming up (aka heating the toner).

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


Like its monochrome counterparts, the Brother HL-6180dw and HL-5470dw, the HL-3170cdw is a no nonsense printer. If you want large displays, web connected apps or front side USB ports you are looking in the wrong place.

With that said, the HL-3170cdw does offer reliable, quality color printing at a competitive price point. With black and white/color print speeds up to 23 ppm, automatic duplexing, a 250-sheet paper tray, built-in network connectivity and mobile print apps (if set up over wired or wireless network) for $279.99, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better deal.

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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