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Brother HL-3070CW Compact Digital Color Printer with Wireless Networking

by Brother
112 customer reviews
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  • Prints up to 17ppm in color and black
  • Built-in wireless 802.11b/g and Ethernet network interfaces
  • High-quality output at up to 600 x 2400 dpi resolution using Brother's Digital LED technology
  • Adjustable 250-sheet capacity paper tray for letter or legal size paper
  • USB Direct Interface
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Product Description

The HL-3070CW is a digital color printer with wireless networking that is ideal for small offices or small workgroups.  It produces brilliant, high-quality output at up to 600 x 2400 dpi resolution with a fast print speed of up to 17ppm in color or black.  It offers flexible paper handling with a 250-sheet capacity paper tray and a manual feed slot for envelopes.  Conveniently place your printer and share it with others on your network via its built-in wireless 802.11b/g or Ethernet interfaces.  The HL-3070CW also features a USB Direct Interface allowing you to print from your USB flash memory drive or PictBridge-enabled camera.


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 16.1 x 9.8 inches ; 48.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 48.8 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B002ONCDH4
  • Item model number: HL-3070CW
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 29, 2009

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546 of 551 people found the following review helpful By Steve in Hawaii on April 30, 2010
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My problem is that I printed a few hundred pages and then the printer reported IT WAS OUT OF TONER. WTF? The "starter" toner was supposed to be at least a few thousand pages.

I made the mistake of buying a new black toner cartridge. Then after it printed a few pages, it said the magenta cartridge was out of toner! I was trying to print black! This printer has a serious problem of not knowing when or if the toner cartidges is either out of, or completely full of toner.

After I found this trick, I got another 1,000 pages out of that "empty" toner cartridge.

Here's how to fix the problem (quoted from someone else but it really works... you can Google this problem and it will say to put electical tape on the sensor, but that does NOT NOT NOT work with this printer. Only this will work):

1)' Turn the printer off and then on again.
2) Open cover.
3) Press Cancel and Secure Print buttons at the same time.
4) Press the + button and scroll through the colors that need to be reset. (reset both STR and STD when prompted. I just reset them all.
5) Press OK (twice, once for STR and STD)
6) You're done. You don't even need to take the cartridges out and the printer thinks you just installed four new toner cartridges.

Reset menu for the durable parts counters:
1. Open cover where you access toners
2. Press GO and + button at once, you'll see menu come up displaying reset counters for drum, fuser, etc.

This unit has stopped printing four times, telling me that I've burned through three magenta toner cartridges. Each time I used this "secret" reset method and fixed it. I'm still on the original magenta cartridge.
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205 of 210 people found the following review helpful By Dave760 on December 4, 2009
In this day of laptops, netbooks, and sophisticated phones, a network printer can simplify things greatly. With a wireless network already running in the house, we could add a wireless printer and put it where it most convenient for us rather than where there was a network connection. Enter the Brother HL-3070CW.

First a bit about printing technologies: Inkjets are cheaper to purchase, but the cost of ink cartridges is staggering over time. The HL-3070CW comes with a set of "starter" toner cartridges, rated for 1,000 pages each. Compare that to an inkjet, where ratings of 150 - 200 pages from a full set of carts are common. (Our Epson CX5800F is lucky to get 75 pages out of a set of cartridges, given the amount of ink we waste on clogged print heads.) The Brother toner cartridges cost more to replace, but you'll be replacing them much less often. The replacement black toner cartridge is rated for 2,200 pages, and the replacement color cartridges are rated at 1,400 pages each. The printer's drum units are also user-replaceable, and are rated for 15,000 sheets. By my calculations, assuming that we get half of the rated pages from the toner cartridges, we'll have made up the cost difference between these technologies in less than a year. The Brother will be significantly cheaper to run over time, without the frustration of clogged printheads.

I bought the Brother HL-3070CW shortly after it was released. This was a bit of a leap of faith, given that there were no reviews available at the time. It took about 20 minutes to unbox the printer, set it up, and connect it to our (WPA-PSK secured) wireless network. It was a painless process from start to finish.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By John C on January 18, 2010
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Very easy to configure, at least with my Mac, and using the plug-in Ethernet connection. Great color, and very crisp printouts, nearly laser quality output (it's actually an LED printer, which uses a less-costly print technology than laser, but has the same basic laser-type toner cartridges). Even from an inch away the fonts look very crisp.

Toner cartridges are about $60 each. The starter cartridges are supposed to last 1000 pages but I've only had it a month so we'll see how that goes. You get (essentially) laser quality output but for $350, color, USB, Ethernet and wireless interfaces built in - so it's hard to beat. No problems at all to date, but as I say it's still new.

Colors are very good, but if you're looking to print photos it's not going to look as good as a photo printer. Great for color images and charts/graphs in documents, though, and better color quality than my $99 Epson ink jet (non photo printer).

Setup on the USB and plug-in Ethernet network connection is quite easy, there's a built in web interface in the printer that you login to. Had to download a driver from the Brother website but that was easy to do. Setting up the wireless interface looks like it would take 30 minutes or so, but the plug-in Ethernet setup only took ten minutes plus another ten to download the driver for my computer. Hardware setup (unpacking really, and inserting the four toner cartridges) was about 15 minutes.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By vivere on September 25, 2010
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After following all the instructions for installation both for wireless and wired mode (separately), at the last step where the Brother software indicated that everything was finished (including intermediate steps when a page was printed correctly), my computer came up with the message that the driver is not compatible with my system, Windows Vista, because it is kernel-mode driver. I downloaded the driver again from the web, same problem. The customer service person told me over the phone that Brother does not provide support for this printer over the weekend. This is printer for use at home. During the week I am at work and their evening hours are limited.
The printer clearly received a wireless command from my computer and printed a page during the installation, but the installation could not be completed for the driver.
I don't blame the printer; I blame the company for lack of information and help on their website and over the phone in connection with this type of problem.

Update 9-27-10
I contacted the Brother Customer service several times now. The last time I insisted to talk to a supervisor. All he could say is that the problem is with my operating system and to contact Microsoft! He could not offer any help nor could he verify whether the print driver is kernel-mode print driver, which is apparently incompatible with my operating system.
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