Summary: I know it's time to get another printer, a newer one, but this is a workhorse that I like so much that when my first one died, and I couldn't find this same model, new, I bought a used one. Glad I did. It's fast, does the job of making nice copies and is very dependable. Don't know why Brother stopped manufacturing them as opposed to upgrading them. Still, I applaud the fact that they created drives that allow me to use the Brother HL-5170DN with Windows 8.
This has been an absolute workhorse for our organization
Scott D. Walters, Amazon
9 October 2013
Summary: We used up the toner that came with it, replaced that, and then mowed through most of that to the tune of hundreds of thousands of pages. Our non-profit prints sign up sheets, count sheets for field volunteers, petitions, fliers, and other things on this. It's been a workhorse. We're adding a color Brother laser printer. One huge selling point that's under advertised is PostScript emulation.
Summary: I purchased the Brother HL-5170DN Laser Printer on sale for a very very good price. It worked exceptionally well for a long time. Then it developed problems. The USB port stopped working. I called tech support and they had no solution to the USB port problem, but suggested that I use the Paralell port. WOW, I though, let't go back in history. But that got the printer back in service for a while. THEN the paper started jamming.
Summary: This printer jams all the time. Tech support advised using 24 lb paper, and this worked! So: Tech support knows about the jam. They know the problem can be fixed with heaver paper...but why won't they provide a fix that works with 20lb paper? If you want to print with normal paper, try another printer.
Summary: I'm a computer consultant specializing in the Mac platform. Two different clients of mine already had this printer for over a year and both were happy with it. I must say that it works nicely with both Macs and Windows PCs. Just load the drivers from the CD and go. Very nice print speed and quality. The duplexing and toner saver is excellent for saving resources. I also like the clever manual feed tray for checks and envelopes.
Summary: The machine is fast. The two flaws are: 1. the paper jams and curls frequently 2. the ink is not as bold as the inkjet. I bought the printer for faster and cheaper printing (use a lot of inkjet cartridges) since I do my own printing for classwork (school teacher).
Summary: I can only use it as a PC printer because it crashes my windows 98 PC if i try to print when it's connected to the router. Duplex printing takes longer than printing on one side and then fliping the paper over for the next side. Otherwise, it seems to work well. The best thing about it is that i can get toner from[...] for $20 a refill instead of spending $60 on the cartridge. I've used the same cartridge and drum with about 10 refills so far.
No duplex for Mac, tough network setup for Windows XP
7 August 2007
Summary: Overall, I'm pretty happy with the Brother HL-5170DN, which I have set up in my home network of Macs and Windows computers. Print quality is crisp and it's plenty fast for a home network environment. I had to ding the printer for two reasons. The D and the N in the part number tout the two big features in this printer, namely duplex printing, and networking. This printer won't support duplex printing on Macs, and my network setup for Windows wasn't a smooth ride.
Summary: My review is limited to print capabilities: I bought the 5170 and the extra tray for the sole purpose of printing mortgage documents which alternate between legal and letter paper. This machine will not perform this function automatically. I write this review because I wish I had known this. I know other printer's exist which will perform this function. Live and learn.
Summary: After being very pleased with my Brother MFC-8220 laser fax/printer , I bought the Brother HL-5170DN for my office. I'm somewhat disappointed in that the printer has ocassional trouble handling envelopes. It will frequently jam. Also, while it installs smoothly and easily into Windows XP, and works conveniently with the controls in MS Word (2003), it is awkward to set printer paper controls from within WorkPerfect 11.