The Brother HL-2170W Laser Printer is the first LASER PRINTER that I have purchased. I bought it because I wanted to be done with ink expense. When our last All-In-One INK printer died, I decided to give up color in favor of saving money.
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This printer offers 2600 pages of printing per toner cartridge AND HAS A TONER SAVER FEATURE. Another review mentioned that the toner saver feature resets after each print, but Operating in Windows XP, I was able to permanently set my printer to Toner Saver ON as well as setting the DPI resolution to 300 by following this path: START / SETTINGS / PRINTERS & FAXES / HL-2170 / PRINTER / PRINTING PREFERENCES / ADVANCED / (choose personal preferences) / APPLY / OK. After doing this my preferences do not reset after each print.
BROTHER has a user friendly website. http://www.brother.com. Manuals, software downloads, it's all there and EASY TO FIND!
I was used to having a printer with copy and scan ability. I found that the Laser printers with all those features are much larger than I wanted. Therefore, after buying this small single function laser printer, I also bought a small Cannon LiDE 100 flatbed scanner which now sits perfectly on top of this Brother Laser printer without interfering with the printing process. I'm very happy with this solution.
I've never owned a wireless printer before. Now, I would never buy one without wireless again. I have a NetBook computer and it's nice to be able to print from my lap anywhere in the house!
As for the function of the Brother HL-2170W Laser Printer, I could not be happier. The print is so crisp, I find the lowest DPI setting with Toner Saver is still dark enough to read easily. I also like the big blue button. It glows dimly all the time until you print something, and then, as soon as the printer warms up, it starts blinking brightly.
Laser printers require a warm up time before printing the first page. I discovered that by pressing the big blue button BEFORE I was ready to print, the printer begins the warming process, and by the time I am ready to print, the first copy is able to print very quickly.
I do not usually print pictures, but just as a test, I printed several pictures in black and white to see how they would come out. I am impressed with the subtle shades of gray this printer uses to replace color. This little printer is capable of reproducing a nice black and white version of a photograph, even printing in 300 DPI resolution with Toner Saver ON!
I'm very happy with this printer and because it is made by BROTHER, I expect this printer to continue to function properly and save me a lot of money for many years!
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Amount Paid (US$): 75.00
Operating System: Windows