Brother HL-2170W Laser Printer Review

By May 1, 2008Printers, Reviews



Here we go on another review. I recently got my hands on this Brother HL-2170W printer and it’s a keeper. The printer packs a lot of features into a cheaper laser printer. Come on inside and let’s chat about it.

First off, it’s easy to get this printer set up. If you’re doing a USB installation to one computer, then this thing is super duper easy to install. Now, one of the great features about this printer is that it has built in wireless. So, if you have a bunch of laptops floating around in your home or office, then this is a great thing. And if you have a newer router, then the set up is pretty painless. I, on the other hand, have an old wireless router that I need to replace. But, I thought I would go ahead and give it a whirl. In this case, you need to hook both the laser printer and a computer directly into the wireless router. This is where I had to insert a comedy of errors into the equation. Nothing went right, but I think that had more to do with my setup than anything else. That’s because I do everything custom, to my liking. Which works really well 99% of the time. Except for occassions like these. Oh well. I’ll update the wireless setup once I get that part done.

In the mean time, I just did the USB setup. This printer can also do wired networking and wireless. Pretty neat. The printer comes with a starter toner cartridge and has a separate drum. It can print 23 ppm and prints crisp and vibrant docs. I didn’t try pics because, honestly, I don’t see why you would get this printer to do pics. Go to the store to do that. By the way, inkjets will usually cost you an astounding 50% to 100% more on printing costs than laserjets! They hook you in by selling you an ultra cheap printer. Then they sell you outrageously pricey ink cartridges. This printer will set you back $150-$175, but it’s well worth it if you do any printing. The verdict on this printer is a 4 out of 5 stars. The setup leaves a little to be desired, but then again, it was in a custom environment with an old wireless router.



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