Brother HL-4570cdwt performance

January 28, 2011 by Sarah Meyer Reads (17,715)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service & Support
    • 6
    • Print Quality
    • 8
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 7
    • Performance / Print Speed
    • 8
    • Features
    • 8
    • Operational Costs
    • 8
    • Total Score:
    • 7.50
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

HL-4570CDWT PERFORMANCE

Setting up the HL-4570cdwt
The Brother HL-4570cdwt comes with a Quick Setup Guide that instructs users on the usual installation process: unpack printer, remove packing material from preloaded toner cartridges, connect to power and load paper. The Quick Setup Guide doesn’t even instruct the user to install the second paper tray so I just unpacked the additional paper tray first, then unpacked the printer and set it on top of the second paper tray. Not official, but it worked like a charm.

After the printer is ready, you’ll need to choose a connection type. Since wireless connectivity is standard on the HL-4570cdwt, that’s what I went with for this review. It was fairly easy to set up: select the network option, then WLAN and then Setup Wizard. You’ll be asked to choose from a list of wireless networks; select the correct one and input your network key. If set up correctly, a connection message will appear on the LCD and WLAN report will be printed.

From here, users will need to install the drivers provided on the installation CD. A welcome menu appears asking you to choose which model you purchased from the HL-4000 series. We selected HL-4570cdw and the top menu comes up where you’ll need to select which print driver you want to install based on the region you are located in.

You’ll need to confirm the connection type you chose and how you want to set it up – we went through the control panel to set up our wireless connection as previously mentioned. The printer will search for possible matches on available networks; select the correct one and the wizard takes over from there.

The wizard will pop up a notice that the installation is complete and ask some basic questions, but feel free to print to your new HL-4570cdw or HL-4570cdwt!

Ease of use
The Brother HL-4570cdwt is designed to be used over a network (although you can set it up over a USB connection if you so desire) and so it comes with a good embedded web server. Users can access said web server by punching in the HL-4570cdwt’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.

Navigating the LCD menus wasn’t too terrible considering the two line display; luckily, Brother kept the main menu options simple and the menus were labeled well enough with basic monikers like General Setup or Network. I found my way through without a guide for testing purposes but I did end up printing a printer settings report which listed all the main menus, menu options and current setting.

What I thought was a pretty cool feature was the Secure Print. 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 have time to get to the HL-4570cdwt, you’ll notice the data light is flashing. Press the Secure quick key and 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 and the HL-4570cdwt gets to work.

I know that many business printers have security features but they usually have to be set up by an administrator or IT professional and can be difficult to use. The Secure Print feature on the HL-4570cdwt was easy to use, accessible to all computers on the network and kept documents private.

The HL-4570cdwt also has a front side USB port that enables users to print directly. Insert the flash drive and select the file you’d like to print. The HL-4570cdwt brings up a number of editing and settings options or hit the GO quick key to bypass all of that. I had no problems printing JPEG or PDF files but mysteriously, the HL-4570cdwt would not print a Microsoft Word document that I prepared using Microsoft Word 2007, not exactly out of date software.


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