Brother HL-3070CW LED PrinterMar 8th, 2010 | By Simon
The Brother HL-3070CW comes in a compact, colorful and descriptive box with text printed in both English and French. The printer’s wireless printing feature is highlighted on several sides of the box but Brother also includes details on print speed, ease of use, package contents and system requirements. Unpacking details are shown on the inside flaps, Brother claims that this printer requires two people to move but it can easily be managed by one person.
The accessories are layered on the inside of the box. The first layer has all of the basic literature and printer software. The second layer holds the 4 starter toners and power cable. The Styrofoam shell containing the accessories protects the printer from impacts or punctures on the box.
The printer is bagged to prevent scratches and debris from entering any slots and sits on top of another Styrofoam insert at the bottom of the box. You would need something that is three inches long to puncture the box in order for the printer to be scratched.
Pulling the printer out we can see that it is relatively compact for a color printer. The rough dimensions are 16″x18″x10″.
The front of the printer has the 250 sheet paper tray at the bottom with a manual feeder above. The paper tray is capable of holding your standard 8.5″x11″ letter size paper as well as 8.5″x14″ legal size sheets. The back end of the printer houses the input panel (power, USB or LAN) as well as a manual output tray. On one side we have the power switch and two fans for cooling the internal hardware. The opposite side has an access panel to allow for the installation of more RAM.
The 250 sheet paper tray:
The manual feeder:
The RAM cover:
The manual output tray and access to the imaging drum for replacement:
From below, the printer sits on 4 rubber feet. The printer weighs 19kg according to the specifications sheet and that weight itself will keep the printer from being accidentally knocked around. The rubber feet will help in dampening any vibration caused by printer warmup and printing.
From above, we can see the paper output tray which has a plastic hinge to stop letter size paper from shooting too far out of the printer. Access to the control panel which we will look at later is at the corner edge of the top and front.
The front cover can be lifted to install the individual toners. The cover will fall back down if you don’t hold it up. I would have liked to see a smaller locking arm to prop the cover up, similar to the front of a car.
Before we move onto setting up the printer we’ll have a look at the features and specifications offered by the HL-3070CW.