User Rating: Excellent
Ease of Use:
Pros:Small footprint, Great price, nice print
Cons:Difficult to setup as wireless.
The Bottom Line: Great Printer at a great price. If using wireless, thoroughly read the instructions before setup.
I am replacing an HP Laser 5L that finally bit the dust. I have looked at laser printers for some time and wanted one that didn't take up much room and could be wireless so I could print from my laptop when I was most anywhere in the house. I was excited to find this Brother HL2170-W printer on sale at Staples for $99.00. I was a little bit skepticle about Brother products, but gave it a try. I have had the printer about a month. I am pretty tech savvy and tried to setup the printer as wireless from the enclosed instruction book and just couldn't get the printer connected. After reading other reviews, I decided to "hit the internet" for assistance. I finally found very detailed, 36 page, instructions for setup. Go to product support on the Brother.com web site for the HL 2170W, Facts & Troubleshooting > Initial Setup and find Wireless Setup Instructions. The setup took several tries, because you don't know if it worked until almost the end of the steps. Then I'd have to reset the printer & start all over again. One important item is to be sure to turn off the firewall on both the pc and the network router. Once installed, I really like the printer. The images are clear and the printer's footprint is small. This printer has more installed memory than other comparable printers. It is a little noisy, but no more than my other printer, a Canon color laserjet. The plastic drawer seems a little cheap and I'm afraid I'll break it when I pull it out to insert more paper. This is a great deal for the price.
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Amount Paid (US$): 99.00
Operating System: Windows