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Great text - photocopy quality graphics

  • May 16, 2008
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I was a little hesitant to buy this printer after reading how difficult it is to set up for wireless networking. Fortunately, since the printer lives a couple of feet from my Linksys wireless router, I could skip using the built in wi-fi and potentially a lot of time and headaches. With reading the instructions very carefully and perusing Brother's online faq, the process went smoothly, though plug and play this isn't.

The printer is fast and prints great text. 4 point Times New Roman is crisp and easily readable. One problem that I haven't seen mentioned is that this printer is pretty lame when it comes to printing graphics, and that's not just photos but Excel charts and clip art, anything with gradients. The graphics quality is about what I expect from a not too well calibrated Kinkos copier But, since I bought this for text, my main printing output, and I have an excellent Canon inkjet for graphics, that is a minor concern.

Conclusion: This is an excellent text centric machine at a great price for a printer with networking capabilities. Though, network setup is tedious. Don't give away your inkjet if you need to print nice looking reports.

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Amazon.com Product Description Ideal for both home and office use, the affordable Brother HL-2170W Laser Printer features network connectivity via wireless/wired interfaces, and prints up to 23 pages per minute at a high-quality resolution, giving your work and personal documents a polished finish colleagues and friends are sure to envy.

The Brother HL-2170W Personal Laser Printer offers:
  • Built-in wired and wireless networking for printer sharing.
  • Fast, 23 pages-per-minute performance.
  • High-quality (2400 x 600 resolution) prints.

With built-in wireless networking, everyone on your network can easily share the printer.

The manual by-pass slot lets you print envelopes and letterhead. Versatile and Professional
This monochrome laser printer not only warms up in less than 10 seconds and prints up to 23 pages per minute to give you near-instant access to important reports, documents, and annual family letters when you need them, it also includes a manual bypass feeder for professional printing on envelopes and letterhead. The high-quality resolution (up to 2400 x 600 dpi) of this personal black-and-white laser printer reflects the time and care that you put into each document, while giving you the benefits of low cost per page laser output. The printer also includes 32 MB memory, and a 250-sheet capacity tray that can conveniently accommodate standard, legal, and custom-sized paper.

Built-In Wired and Wireless Networking
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