Summary: Not at all pleased with the color quality. This is the third Brother printer I purchased and I thought the quality would be as excellent as the first two, but I was wrong. I printed the user's manual and followed the instructions exactly to improve the color copy and unfortunately, it wasn't much better.
Summary: I live mostly in the UK where I purchased the same model Brother after reading the reviews. It was very easy to set up and I like it .very much. Not so this time. I unpacked the printer and started the setup process following the Quick Setup Guide. Almost immediately I encountered difficulties. One must remove the four toner cartridges in order to remove the orange plastic protective shielding on each cartridge and continue the setup process.
Excerpt: This printer was very well-priced, arrived on time, and was easy to unpack for installation. But the software provided (on CD) wouldn't load properly on my fully up-to-date PC. Eventually I was forced to download, from the Brother site, a stripped down printer-driver-only version of the software package to get it functioning. The print quality is okay for most purposes, but not nearly as crystal-clear as my two previous HP color laser printers.
Excerpt: The machine is still new, so I don't know everything about it yet. But set-up was easy. (You don't have to use the wireless feature and I am using a cable instead.) The machine is fast, and does not seem to jam.Photo printing is not as pretty as I'd hoped, though. The difference between ink jet and laser is still a big of a gulf.
Excerpt: As with all printers, laser or inkjet, the cost of replacing cartridges far outpaces the original purchase price. That said, this printer is easy to set up and operate, offers a straight paper path for single pages you do not want to go through the regular "curly" path, which was one of my requirements. Print quality is very good and when it is at rest, it is nice and quiet.
Excerpt: This printer, in general, meets my needs very well. Love the duplex printing, both color and b&w printing is adequate for business use, and it is easy to use. Except for the secondary paper tray, which is used for printing labels. Never have I had a printer that had so much trouble printing decent labels. The tray only handles one page at a time, which is inconvenient but not major.
Excerpt: Tried to print labels through the manual try and kept getting a Paper Jam notice. Apparently you have to shove the labels in or they won't grab and cause the error message. Irritating. Last night it told me I was out of paper when I wasn't. Print quality is ok. I woulnd't expect high quality, but good.
Summary: This seems like a very capable small business printer, despite the shock we had when researching replacement cartridges the price of the machine was very reasonable. It took us 5.5 hours to connect our printer to our home wireless router. This is completely unacceptable for the average person. The manual is ambiguous and the setup wizard is useless. If you are planning on using this computer on your home network and you are not an I.T.
Excerpt: We previously had a Brother 4070, which we loved, except early on, the tray stopped working, so we had to use the manual feed. This was fine, because it took multiple sheets. After about 5 years, we kept getting "error message #32," which told us to turn it off and back on again...sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't. Eventually it stopped printing at all, so we got a new one, this 3170.
Pros: Compact Design, Durable Construction, Easy To Set Up, Fast Print Time, Reliable, Sharp tones & colors