Brother HL-5470dw Review: Low Cost Laser Option

by Sarah Meyer Reads (5,392)
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

Overview

  • Pros

    • Print speeds
    • Print quality
    • Low initial cost
  • Cons

    • 1-line display
    • No front side USB

Quick Take

The HL-5470dw is a low cost, reliable option designed to help boost productivity in your office.


Brother introduced nine monochrome laser printers geared towards small office environments earlier this summer. We reviewed the Brother HL-6180dw and now it’s time to check out the HL-5470dw, the middle option in the single function HL-5400 series.

All three configurations in the HL-5400 series offer print speeds up to 40 ppm, a print resolution up to 1200 x 1200 dpi, automatic duplexing, 250-sheet tray with a 50-sheet multipurpose tray, a monthly duty cycle up to 50,000 pages and a 400 MHz processor.

The HL-5470dw offers a standard memory increase – 128MB over 64MB on the base HL-5450dn model – as well as standard wireless connectivity and a one line backlit LCD.

But the real question is: will the Brother HL-5470dw perform at the high level of its big brother the HL-6180dw? Read our full review now to find out!

Build and Design

If you read our Brother HL-6180dw review, you’ll notice that the HL-5470dw and the HL-6180dw share nearly identical designs with the latter receiving a larger (500-sheet) paper tray, adding an inch to its height. The HL-5470dw’s approximate dimensions in non-use are 14 x 15 x 10-inches, but you need to consider the front side multipurpose tray when placing the printer in your office.

The box itself is fairly durable and offers little frills with only a simple control panel consisting of a 1-line backlit LCD, seven quick keys and two LED lights for standalone use. You won’t find a front side USB port, but I was prepared for that since neither of the higher end models — the HL-5470dwt or HL-6180dw — came with this feature.

To access the two-piece consumable set  (a 3,000 page yield standard capacity toner cartridge and a 30,000 page yield drum unit) you only need to press the small button located at the end of the 150-sheet output tray. Brother offers customers two replacement cartridge options: the standard capacity mentioned above and an 8,000 page yield high capacity cartridge.

The HL-5470dw has a decent sized 250-sheet paper drawer and a 50-sheet multipurpose tray, but customers with decent print volumes might consider the optional 500-sheet drawer.

As I mentioned earlier, the HL-5470dw features built-in wireless as well as wired network or Hi-Speed USB 2.0 connectivity. However, if you set up the HL-5470dw over a network connection, customers can access a variety of mobile applications including Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Brother’s iPrint&Scan, Cortado Workplace or Wi-Fi Direct.


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