Summary: Good printer. Fast and reliable. We printed a 330 page dissertation on fine laser printer paper and it came out looking great. The issues were that the paper we used was a heavy short grain so it came out of the printer curled more than we wanted and when we had it bound, the curl was still there. It's enough to be noticeable. The book binder said it was the paper that needed to be long grain so we will know for next time.
Summary: This thing is a BEAST! Printed well over 100,000 pages on the first one, and it finally began to tank. I could have cleaned or replaced the fuser kit and ripped it apart for some maintenance, but for what I paid for the entire replacement unit, it unfortunately wasn't worth my time. As a matter of fact, I used some sort of coated inkjet paper trying to be cute, and the paper actually melted inside the unit. So don't do that.
Summary: I purchased this printer after having used ink jet printers for years for my home business. I print charts, notes and various types of documents. While I do not print a large quantity of pages each week, what I did print was always a cumbersome task and the quality was sub par. Finally I decided to go with a Laser Jet. I looked at some prices from HP and Brother and decided on this one. It has only been excellent since! THE BEST PRINTER I'VE OWNED IN 20 YEARS!
Pros: Someone uses oddball network setup, and gives this printer 2 eggs!? The printer itself isnt the problem!
Cons: I wish I could figure out how to make 2400dpi the default dpi output, as well has changing the default brightness setting in the printer itself. Color pages print a bit dark (heavy toner use). Although, we do use cheap copier paper which does not have the brighteners as quality laser paper.
Summary: I used this printer to print a job that was about 3,600 pages. The duplexing worked great. My only complaint was about half way through it said I was out of black ink. I reset the ink cartridges by using the other reviewer's instructions and finished my print job. I don't know why Brother has to fool consumers into buying ink well before the ink is really empty especially with the price of ink cartridges.
Summary: The color was dull and non glossy ( I was expecting this from other reviews). The manual input tray was very touchy. After a few days it started printing black spots on every page. I called brother for assistance twice and was put on hold for over 15 minutes each time and hung up. I have a black and white Brother laser which I am impressed with, but this particular printer seems sub standard. I returned it and bought another brand which I am very satisfied with.
Summary: 1) The first con is that the actual price of the toner SEEMS high because you often time have to purchase 4 toners at once. But in reality, if you break down the cost per page, it's actually cheaper than any inkjet i've ever met. So the con here is that it appears to be expensive, but it's just relative to the output. It's an implied con, not really a real hard con.
Pros: Let's make things clear, The printer is ROCK SOLID!
Cons: As far as cons are concerned, there are only three.
Summary: If you're looking for a high-quality color laser printer that does auto duplexing, look no further. Don't make the mistake of getting the series below this (e.g. HL3170), like I did. They are completely different printers. The 3170 had visible lines and hatches in all the colors, but especially noticeable in black. Can't say I care much for Brother customer service... reading off a script, with obviously no real troubleshooting experience.
Summary: I had two questions about the printer before I bought it. One was about the networking - I wanted it for home and I'm not very techy, and second, does it really take a long time to start printing and would that bother me? Wireless networking turned out to be easy. It's not a wireless printer but I plugged it in to my wireless router with an ethernet cable and installed the software driver from the included CD on my laptops and desktop, and lo, now my computers can print...