Reviewers say the Brother HL-5370DW is one of the best Wi-Fi-enabled monochrome laser printers in its class for PCs and Macs. It replaces the Brother HL-5280DW, dropping that model's LCD screen in favor of smaller dimensions (about 14.5 inches by 15 inches by 10 inches) and less weight (21 pounds). The HL-5370DW adds a straight paper path, which allows printing on thicker card stock and on envelopes. It's designed for use in a small office, with a midrange maximum duty of 30,000 pages per month and a 250-sheet input tray. There's an option to add up to two more 250-sheet trays. The 5370DW is rated at 32 pages per minute, though reviewers assert that real-world speeds are slower, especially when using the included automatic duplexer. If you don't need wireless networking, the Samsung ML-2851ND (*Est. $105) costs less and scores equally well with critics.
PC World and Britain's TrustedReviews.com both rate the Brother HL-5370DW highly, and provide balanced, if short, descriptions of the printer's performance and salient features. ConsumerReports.org also includes this Brother model in its latest group test of printers. User reviews at Amazon.com and Newegg.com are plentiful and generally positive.
TrustedReviews.com's Simon Williams tests and reviews printers frequently, and he gives the Brother HL-5370DW a Recommended seal of approval. He says the unit works "flawlessly," delivering very good print quality at a reasonably high speed.
Review: Brother HL-5370DW, Simon Williams, May 27, 2009
2. PC World
The Brother HL-5370DWT (a variant of the 5370DW) is in the middle of PC World's list of top laser printers. In this separate review, Susan Silvius praises the printer's economy and versatility. However, with a tested speed of about 26 ppm black and 6 ppm color, she finds the printer slow, and the multipurpose tray feels "flimsy."
Review: Brother HL-5370DWT, Susan Silvius, June 22, 2009
ConsumerReports.org tests monochrome laser printers, including the Brother HL-5370DW, as part of its broader, ongoing report on printers. Though models aren't given detailed descriptions, they are clearly ranked and grouped.
Review: Printers, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
More than 170 owner reviewers give the Brother HL-5370DW a good average score of 4 out of 5, with more than half awarding the maximum rating. A few users report problems with the wireless network setup, though others say it isn't difficult if you read the instructions carefully or contact Brother's phone support.
Review: Brother HL-5370DW Laser Printer, Contributors to Amazon.com
More than 45 users rank and comment upon the Brother HL-5370DW. About half give it the maximum 5 out of 5, while another 25 percent give it 4 out of 5. The very few dissenters note trouble with the wireless connection and with Brother's customer service.
Review: Brother HL Series HL-5370DW, Contributors to Newegg.com