Brother Printer HL3045CN Color Printer
|Printer Output Type||Color|
|Printing Media Type||Envelopes, Paper (plain)|
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- Prints up to 19ppm in color and black
- High-quality output at up to 600 x 2400 dpi
- Ethernet network interface (For Wireless Model See Brother HL3075CW)
- Adjustable 250-sheet capacity paper tray
- Manual feed slot for envelopes or thicker media
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|Sold By||Available from these sellers||88printers||Amazon.com||Amazon.com||Woot|
|Connectivity Technology||Wired;Ethernet||Wireless;Ethernet; USB||Wi-Fi, Wireless||Wi-Fi, USB, Ethernet||Wireless, Ethernet, USB|
|Item Dimensions||18.35 x 16.10 x 9.84 inches||18.35 x 16.10 x 9.84 inches||16.80 x 17.20 x 11.50 inches||16.50 x 15.40 x 9.70 inches||15.50 x 16.20 x 9.60 inches|
|Item Weight||41.89 lbs||41.89 lbs||41.80 lbs||32.60 lbs||35.50 lbs|
|Maximum Print Speed (Black and White)||19 pages per minute||19 pages per minute||22 pages per minute||22 pages per minute||26 pages per minute|
|Maximum Media Size||Legal (216 x 356 mm)||Legal (216 x 356 mm)||8.5 x 14 inch||8.5 x 14 inch||8.5 x 14 inch|
|Operating System||Windows, Mac||Windows, Mac||Windows, Mac||Linux, Mac, Windows, iOS, Android||Linux, Mac, Windows|
|Print media||Paper (plain), Envelopes||Envelopes, Paper (plain)||Paper (plain)||Envelopes, Paper (plain)||Paper (plain)|
|Resolution||600 x 2400||600 x 2400||—||—||—|
|Special Features||network-ready||network-ready||Auto-Duplex, Duplex Print||Auto-Duplex, Network-Ready, Cloud Print Enabled, HP Auto-On/Auto-Off Function, Optional HP High Yield Replacement Cartridges||Network-Ready, Portable, Auto-Duplex|
The HL-3045CN is a digital color printer that is ideal for home offices or small offices. It produces brilliant, high-quality output at a fast print speed of up to 19ppm in color or black. This compact printer offers versatile paper handling with a 250-sheet capacity paper tray for letter or legal and a single-sheet manual feed slot for envelopes or thicker media. It has a built-in Ethernet network interface for sharing with others on your network and also a top-loading design to easily replace and install toner cartridges.
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1. RAM: The printer ships with only enough RAM to print documents. I was attempting to print graphical menus for a party at 600 DPI and found that I could not print them because the printer would run out of memory. I actually had to turn off layers in Photoshop and run the print through several times, building up the image layer by layer, because I could not print the entire image at once. After purchasing a RAM upgrade, this problem was solved. However, now the printer takes several full minutes to boot as it checks all the memory when powering on.
2. Toner Cartridges: As likely seen on other reviews, after about five hundred prints, the printer will refuse to print, claiming that the toner is low. Some googling will reveal that you can reset the toner information while the printer boots and you will be able to print literally thousands more prints before you have any visual indication in the prints that the toner is low. This is frustrating when you're trying to print something in the middle of the night for work or school. In these situations, a poor quality print would suffice, but refusing to print entirely is wholly unacceptable.
3. Bypass Feed: When attempting to use the front-loading bypass feeder, 19 times out of 20 the printer will say that it's jammed and not even accept the paper. I've only gotten the front feed to work five or less times in the entirety of my ownership of the product. This forces me to always run prints through the main tray if I need to print on two sides or do multi-layer printing as described above in point one.
4. Print Durability: The image flakes off the paper after you print! I've printed on photo paper, regular paper, card stock, labels, and parchment, and in every case, color images (even at 600 DPI) will rub/flake/crack off if the paper is folded or rolled. This makes printing labels entirely useless. When you peel the label and rub your finger over it to adhere it to something, the image flakes/rubs off leaving the white showing through. This is not a symptom of laser printers in general as every other color laser printer I've used (e.g. at school or work) have been unbelievably durable and smooth.
To sum up, I can deal with having to purchase more RAM, having to reset the toner cartridges, and always using the main paper tray, but when the final result is a print that isn't durable, the printer is of little use to me. If your only use for this printer is printing documents and the occasional photo that you'll never fold or roll, then you may be happy with this. However, anyone with even a modicum of graphic design or printing experience will be very disappointed with the product.
I do want to caution - this printer can be networked, but it's not inherently wireless. It CAN be used as a wireless printer if your wireless router allows you to plug in a network printer - my wireless router is Apple's Airport Extreme. This printer functions perfectly as a wireless printer via the Airport.
I really dislike it when a printer decides I'm out of ink as opposed to letting me make the decision that the print is becoming spotty, and yet, so many printers do this. There is a solution.
Some people have made comments that this printer burns through toner. Months ago, I read an Amazon review for a similar printer; the reviewer had pointed out that the codes on toner cartridges can be re-set. I saved that item in my Wish List so I'd be able to find that review. When this printer told me I was out of black toner (after about 400 copies) I looked up the review and re-set the code on my toner cartridge. I probably got another 500 copies out of that cartridge (yes, I had to tip it back and forth a couple of times to get even distribution). I ended up with MORE than acceptable use for a starter cartridge. So, I don't anticipate toner use being a problem with this printer.
I'm very happy with the price, and love the fact that it was available via Prime.
It prints quickly, and there's no ink to dry. I love this printer, simple as it is. You need to upgrade the memory for high-resolution printing, which is only $25 on Amazon. (I have a memory upgrade on the way but have no input on that topic regarding this printer, yet.)
I don't know if there's a newer version of this or not, but I'm extremely happy with this one especially for the price. NO ink & I have color for less than an arm & a leg of traditional color laser printers.
This is NOT a color laser printer!!! It uses Digital Color LED technology, hence why you can get laser-printer-like results for a lower cost. This is a similar technology but is NOT a color laser printer by definition.
"An LED printer is a type of computer printer similar to laser printer. LED technology uses a light-emitting diode array as a light source in the printhead instead of the laser used in laser printers and, more generally, in the xerography process. The LED bar pulse-flashes across the entire page width and creates the image on the print drum or belt as it moves past.
LEDs are more efficient and reliable than conventional laser printers, since they have fewer moving parts, allowing for less mechanical wear. Depending on design, LED printers can have faster rates of print than some laser-based designs, and are generally cheaper to manufacture. In contrast to LED printers, laser printers require combinations of rotating mirrors and lenses that must remain in alignment throughout their use. The LED printhead has no moving parts." (Wikipedia)