Updated 4 May 2018

Brother

HL-3170CDW

Snapshot: The Brother HL-3170CDW connects via ethernet, WiFi and USB and has a 2" display. How well does it print?

HL-3170CDW
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$299

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Test results

Overall score
54
Print quality
?/10
Energy use
?/10
Networking
?/10

Good points

  • OK printing.
  • Very good energy use.
  • Has a setting for automatic double-sided printing.
  • Can connect via ethernet and WiFi.

But

  • Poor networking.

How we test

Non-multifunction printers

Overall score includes:
Print quality (90%)
Energy use (5%)
Networking (5%)

Multifunction printers

Overall score includes:
Print quality (63%)
Scanning (13.5%)
Copying (13.5%)
Energy use (5%)
Networking (5%)

We don’t retest older printers. To account for their age, each year we alter their overall and individual scores. This can affect whether a printer maintains recommended or worth considering status.

Extra ink used is the percentage of extra ink used for maintenance cleaning when printing 30 pages (text, graphics and photos) intermittently over 4 weeks, compared to the same printer printing 30 pages continuously.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$299

Running costs

Cost per black page ($)
0.055
Cost per colour page ($)
0.450
Cost per page - 4x6 photo ($)
n/a
Extra ink used (%)
n/a
Colour

Specifications

Type
Laser
Dimensions WxLxH (cm)
41 x 51 x 28
Ethernet
WiFi
USB
×
Fax
×
Auto duplexing
Number of cartridges
4
Display size
2"
Page capacity
250
Separate 4x6 photo tray
n/a
PictBridge
n/a

Features

Touchscreen
×
Can print through email
×
Supports Google Cloud Print
Print CD/DVD
×

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