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Brother HL-4570CDW

Est. $360
Reviewed
April 2014
by ConsumerSearch
Brother HL-4570CDW

Pros
  • Fast
  • Good paper handling
  • Wireless
  • Excellent text printing
Cons
  • Subpar photo quality
  • Burns through consumables

Bottom line

The Brother HL-4570CDW wireless color laser printer earns great reviews for its good text print quality, fast speed and ease of use. But while text is crisp and clear, photo and graphics performance isn't the best -- fine, for sure, for internal business uses, but those producing professional presentations will want to look elsewhere.

Performance

Great text, but graphics and photos are a letdown. Reviewers say the Brother HL-4570CDW produces text output of exceptional quality. Graphics, and especially photo quality, is another matter. While it is sufficient for everyday business use, those creating newsletters, presentations, etc., for outside clients won't be impressed. Print speed is fast for a printer in this price class. A 250-sheet paper tray comes standard, and a 500-sheet tray is available as an option. Installed memory is 128 MB, which can be upgraded to 256 MB for those who want faster processing -- especially for complex print jobs. User reviews report that the HL-4570CDW is easy to use and setup is straightforward and well explained -- that also holds true for wireless networking, something that often bedevils users of other wireless printers.

Features and design

Well built and easy to access. While the Brother HL-4570CDW wireless color laser printer has a reasonably small footprint, measuring 12.3 inches by 16.1 inches by 19.1 inches, its 46.3-pound case may still be too heavy for one person to move. Its boxy, black-and-cream aesthetic looks pleasing enough and shouldn't be an eyesore in most rooms. The toner cartridges are easy to access and paper trays are easy to clear. PC World describes toner costs as "reasonable" and being "cheaper than average," though some users report that the HL-4570CDW isn't very economical in its use of these consumables; one Amazon.com contributor describes it as a "toner hog." The flip-up LCD display sits on the top of the printer and is easily accessible. Connectivity options include USB, Ethernet and Wi-Fi. Automatic duplexing is on board.

Durability

Solid, but some questions about customer service. While he says that the printer is solidly built, Simon Williams of Trusted Reviews says the flip-open shelf that holds printouts is a little flimsy, warning that it may break if someone bumps into it as they walk past. The Brother HL-4570CDW comes with a one-year limited warranty and access to tech support. A handful of user reviews report complaints with Brother's customer service, a few noting that the company is reluctant to honor the warranty and instead insists on continuous troubleshooting.

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Our Sources

1. PC World

PC World recommends the Brother HL-4570CDW as a "budget-friendly" workhorse laser printer for small businesses. Calling it "competitive" in speed and features, they are especially impressed with the quality of this printer's black text output. The printer receives a rating of 3 stars out of 5.

Review: Brother HL-4570CDW Laser Printer, Jon L. Jacobi and Melissa Riofrio, Dec. 20, 2010

2. PCMag.com

M. David Stone of PCMag.com highlights the Brother HL-4570CDW's combination of speed, output quality and paper handling. He recommends the printer for small businesses, saying its text printing is as good as any other color laser printer's, even for small fonts. He is far less impressed with graphics and, especially, photo output. Stone awards the printer a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5, with an editor's rating of Good.

Review: Brother HL-4570CDW, M. David Stone, June 1, 2011

3. TrustedReviews.com

The Brother HL-4570CDW earns a rating of 8 out of 10 from TrustedReviews.com. Reviewer Simon Williams likes the color laser printer's text quality and speed. Photos, on the other hand, are a disappointment and some tweaking might be needed to get things looking better.

Review: Brother HL-4570CDW Review, Simon Williams, Feb. 6, 2011

4. Amazon.com

Over 160 Amazon.com users review the Brother HL-4570CDW. Most of the comments are positive overall, and the printer earns an average user rating of 4 stars out of 5. While the printer earns praise for ease of use and print quality, some reviewers express concern about toner usage and the frequency with which cartridges need to be replaced.

Review: Brother HL4570CDW Color Laser Printer, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2014

5. About.com

Susan Ward ranks the Brother HL-4570CDW as third in a listing of Top 7 Color Laser Printers. She says the printer makes the list due to its automatic duplexing, connectivity features and "reasonable" price. Information and analysis here is limited to just a paragraph for each model, and the roundup isn't dated.

Review: Top 7 Color Laser Printers, Susan Ward, Not Dated

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