PROS / The Brother HL-3070CW features a maximum printing resolution of 2400 x 600 dpi.
CONS / This laser printer has a measly 64MB of installed memory.
VERDICT / The Brother HL-3070CW is a basic laser printer that needs a few improvements before it can compete with the best printers.
Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.
The Brother HL-3070CW is a color printer that prints gorgeous images. This laser printer offers the highest printing resolution for color and black-and-white prints we saw on any laser printer. Not only are color prints outstanding on this device, but it also offers a wide range of features including built-in wireless connectivity, Ethernet and small dimensions. However, this device is in need of several key components before it can become a top laser printer.
The Brother HL-3070CW offers the highest maximum resolution we saw on a laser printer. This device can print black-and-white and color prints at a resolution of 2400 x 600 dpi (dots per inch). With its high resolution, colors are bright, sharp and crisp, and you'll rarely see a blurry image printed from this device.
The HL-3070CW features a monthly duty cycle of 25,000 pages. This means you can print up to 25,000 pages in a month without causing any technical damage to the device or overheating it. The 25,000 duty cycle may seem like a large number of prints, but you may find that you reach the number quickly if you use this printer extensively in a busy office.
In addition, this laser printer features black-and-white and color printing speeds up to 17 pages per minute. For such a strong printing resolution, we were surprised by the slow speeds. If you are printing multiple pages frequently, you may find yourself waiting for your printouts for a long time.
This laser printer offers built-in wireless and Ethernet capabilities. These are designed for networking your printer with several computers. There is also a USB 2.0 port available on the HL-3070CW, allowing you to print directly from a flash drive or camera. This device offers 64MB of installed memory, which is a bit of a drawback because most laser printers include at least 128MB of internal memory. There is a one-year warranty available, which we were pleased to see.
The Brother HL-3070CW has a large paper tray that holds up to 250 sheets of paper. This allows you to create a large amount of prints without having to restock your paper tray. The HL-3070CW is an ENERGY STAR qualified device and consumes up to 480 watts of power during use.
The Brother HL-3070CW is a fairly compact printer. It is 16.1 inches wide, 9.8 inches tall and 18.3 inches thick. It still consumes a large amount of space on a desk, but it isn’t so bulky that it becomes overwhelming.
There are a few control buttons located on the top of the printer. With just a few controls, it makes the printer simple to understand and easy to use. You don’t have to push a series of keys to get the printer to work how you would like it to.
If you are looking for a laser printer that offers beautiful images and is fairly compact, the Brother HL-3070CW may be an ideal printer for you. This device offers a vast array of features including built-in wireless and Ethernet capabilities, a large paper tray and an easy-to-use interface. Brother could make a few alterations to improve this device, including adding more installed memory and increasing the printing speeds, but the features it has currently make it a basic laser printer that is easy to use.