Brother HL-4570CDW

Brother HL-4570CDW

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    • Brother HL4570CDW Printer
    • Brother HL4570CDW Printer

    • $588.09
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  • 4 / 5
    • The good:
      Fast Print Speed, Ethernet And Wi-Fi, Duplex Printing
    • The bad:
      No Copier, Fax, Scanner, Subpar Photo Printing, Tiny LCD Screen
    The Brother HL-4570CDW is a wireless color laser printer aimed at small businesses and workgroups. It's a heavy-duty printer that offers a lot of business-friendly functions. And in the price range, it's a decent value as well for businesses that print regularly but not in huge volumes. It has Wireless Networking and Duplex features, Up to 30ppm color and black printing, Automatic duplex printing, Wireless, Ethernet and Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interfaces, Up to 2400 x 600 dpi resolution and USB direct interface. It produces brilliant, high-quality output at an impressive print speed of up to 30 pages per minute in color and black. The HL-4570CDW has a business-friendly appearance with its two-tone gray finish and rounded corners. It has a relatively small footprint for a color laser printer at 12.3 by 16.1 by 19.1 inches, though it’s still too large for most desks. . Fortunately, the built-in Wi-Fi and Ethernet will give you a great deal of flexibility in placing the unit either nearby or in another room. It weighs 46.3 pounds, however, which you may not consider light enough to move into place without some help. It feels sturdy and substantial. The unit’s trays, covers, and doors closed with a solid thud. The control panel is minimal. The interface consists of a two-line, 16-character-per-line LCD, along with seven buttons. The LCD is backlit and tilts up or down for easier viewing. The buttons provide for basic functions and menu navigation. The Go and Cancel buttons let you start and stop various tasks. The printer was fairly easy to set up, though the tiny, yellow LCD screen was hard to read from any angle. Wireless set up was more tricky - there's no keypad and the process can't be done via the Web interface as it can with other Brother printers. Still, it's a one-time deal. Once it was up and running, it did a great job. First pages for small jobs took about 11 seconds to come out, with pages flying out at under three seconds per page afterwards. Larger jobs (such as large PDF files) took longer to get started, with first pages taking at least 18 seconds (subsequent pages still took about three seconds each). Unfortunately, the printer doesn't do as well on output quality, although the quality is good enough for most business purposes. Text is a match for the majority of color laser printers, which makes it good enough for anything short of desktop publishing applications. It even handles small fonts reasonably well. Graphics output is in the middle of the fairly large range where most color laser printers fall, but, once again, it's a match for the majority of printers. Colors tend to be a little dark in terms of a hue-saturation-brightness color model, but the output is certainly good enough for any internal business use up to and including PowerPoint handouts and the like. Depending on your level of perfectionism, you may or may not consider the graphics good enough for output going to an important client. Photos, unfortunately, are well below par for a color laser, with colors obviously off in almost every photo in tests, and with the darkened colors looking muddy in photos. The quality is good enough for printing recognizable photos from Web pages, but it's not for more demanding tasks, like client newsletters. Overall, the Brother HL-4570CDW impresses with its combination of speed, paper handling, low running costs and output quality for text and graphics. It will be able to stand up to the rigors of a small to medium-size office. However, its color accuracy isn't all that good as many midpriced models are.