Brother HL-3070CW Review

The Brother HL-3070CW colour printer is just about the company's first to use LED technology. Competing with entry-level colour laser printers, the HL-3070CW is fairly quick and it is simple to setup.
The HL-3070CW prints in the same basic way as any kind of laser: the model uses toner powder to paint an image on to a revolving drum which is then copied to paper. Rather than employing a laser to paint that image, the printer in essence uses a series of LEDs; the same sort employed to backlight several current LCD monitors and TVs.
The technology's advantages are certainly obvious on the HL-3070CW. For a start, it is approximately half the height it would probably be if it was in fact a laser printer. It still has rather a deep footprint. The decreased height makes it straightforward to switch consumables, just lift the printer's top cover and then pull
the toners out.
Page yields continue to be approximately the same; you'll get 2,500 pages with the HL-3070CW's black toner and also 1,500 pages out of every colour. The machine is rather costly to operate with regard to a laser printer.
The HL-3070CW has only a single-line black and white LCD, but it is adequate for the purpose of altering elementary settings, navigating the contents of flash drives and securing settings accessibility. You may also get access to functions such as Secure Print, that just prints a task when a four-digit PIN is inserted, and Reprint, that stores the information for subsequent reproduction. (Unfortunately, both of these features can not be utilised jointly.)
The HL-3070CW links through USB, Ethernet and also Wi-Fi. Regardless of the printer's tiny Liquid crystal display screen, wireless setup is unexpectedly straightforward.
You can also directly print right from USB flash drives and PictBridge-compatible equipment. File format support is comprised of JPG, PRN, TIFF, XPS as well as PDF documents.
The front paper cassette features a max total capacity of 250 sheets. This looks a little bit on the small side, particularly if you're planning to get to Brother's advertised monthly duty cycle of 25,000 pages.
The HL-3070CW is sold with 64MB of memory, that's sufficiently good to manage a steady flow of print work in a small place of work. This can be upgradeable to 576MB by way of a small side panel.
Print speeds may not be great, however the machine produces good output. Text quality while using the Brother HL3070CW toner cartridge is extremely precise at all font sizes however the printer's fine line quality choice makes for improved results at 7pt. Colour is not automatically much better than results from laser printers, because documents still sometimes suffer from mis-registration as well as inadequate alignment. Colour accuracy is varying: the "vivid" choice enhanced red and green shades in the test document, however it made blues look purple.
Brother's HL-3070CW colour LED printer may well boast a relatively new technology, but at the end of the day, it looks as well as works similar to most laser printers. It certainly performs nicely for the cost, but it's not without defects often encountered on lasers.
Brother HL3070CW printer cartridges are available here.
Theodore Beach is a member of the Cartridge Concept team which specialises in printer cartridges.


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