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BrotherHL-5470DW Wireless Monochrome Laser Printer
 
4.5

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Sharp detail (9)
  • Fast (8)
  • Efficient (5)
  • Fast print time (5)
  • Compact (3)

Cons

  • Noisy (3)

Best Uses

  • Home (6)
  • Everyday documents (4)
  • High volume printing (3)
  • Office (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Frequent user (7), Infrequent user (6)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I would buy this product again!

I bought the printer for home use and it is used on an occasional basis. I leave it turned on and it remains in the sleep mode when not printing. It took a little...Read complete review

I bought the printer for home use and it is used on an occasional basis. I leave it turned on and it remains in the sleep mode when not printing. It took a little effort to follow the set up instructions but was able to complete it in about 20 minutes. I have two iPads and an iMac in the house and they all print effortlessly to the printer. It is extremely quiet in the sleep mode and prints very high quality one or two sided documents from any of our Apple products which are all connected wireless to our router. I really like the quality of the printer and the copies it produces and would recommend this printer to anyone who would like a reliable, high quality and affordable wireless printer.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great Printer, if it works

The print quality and speed is excellent. The printer seems well built and has had no hiccups with paper handling.

This printer only gets a 3-star review because I had a terrible...Read complete review

The print quality and speed is excellent. The printer seems well built and has had no hiccups with paper handling.

This printer only gets a 3-star review because I had a terrible experience with Brother's support team. They advertise Google Cloud Print, but when I followed the instructions to set it up, it didn't work and gave me a useless error message. The Brother support team tried to tell me it wasn't their problem, then finally admitted that it was, but that they had no way of figuring out what went wrong because the printer does not report any diagnostic information besides "Error". After days of back-and-forth with support, I finally found an online forum of disgruntled Brother printer users who had figured out workarounds for several reasons why Google Cloud Print might not work, which helped me get it working, although not optimally.

So the printer hardware and initial wireless setup (except for CloudPrint) gets 5 stars. I love it. But Brother loses one point for their lousy Google Cloud Print support (there are a lot of gotchas which people have discovered that Brother hasn't done anything to fix), and another for the poor support experience.

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5.0

Glad I made the decision to purchase

By grace

from Toccoa, GA

About Me Frequent User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast
  • Quiet
  • Sharp Detail

Cons

    Best Uses

    • High-Volume Printing
    • Office

    Comments about Brother HL-5470DW Wireless Monochrome Laser Printer:

    The quality and speed at which this printer performed is exceptional.

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    3.0

    Great Printer, if it works

    By Mark

    from San Diego, CA

    About Me Infrequent User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable construction
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Fast Print Time

    Cons

    • Poor Support

    Best Uses

      Comments about Brother HL-5470DW Wireless Monochrome Laser Printer:

      The print quality and speed is excellent. The printer seems well built and has had no hiccups with paper handling.

      This printer only gets a 3-star review because I had a terrible experience with Brother's support team. They advertise Google Cloud Print, but when I followed the instructions to set it up, it didn't work and gave me a useless error message. The Brother support team tried to tell me it wasn't their problem, then finally admitted that it was, but that they had no way of figuring out what went wrong because the printer does not report any diagnostic information besides "Error". After days of back-and-forth with support, I finally found an online forum of disgruntled Brother printer users who had figured out workarounds for several reasons why Google Cloud Print might not work, which helped me get it working, although not optimally.

      So the printer hardware and initial wireless setup (except for CloudPrint) gets 5 stars. I love it. But Brother loses one point for their lousy Google Cloud Print support (there are a lot of gotchas which people have discovered that Brother hasn't done anything to fix), and another for the poor support experience.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

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      4.0

      Printer excellent, but setup confusing.

      By john

      from Salem, Virginia

      About Me Frequent User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Double-sided printing
      • Fast Print Time
      • Sharp detail
      • Speed Size Versatility

      Cons

      • Instructions Incomplete
      • Wireless Setup Confusing

      Best Uses

      • Everyday documents

      Comments about Brother HL-5470DW Wireless Monochrome Laser Printer:

      I like the size, the foorprint, the speed, and the double-sided printing. One reason I bought it was to be able to print from smart phones and tablets as well as wirelessly from laptop. I had some surprises as I got them all going.

      I got an education when I tried to print from all the remote devices. I found out that all computers using the printer must have the print driver for this computer installed. I also found that to print from an Android tablet (Samsung), I had to download and install a Brother app from Google Play. No big deal - and it was quick and works ok except you have to go to the app to print instead of printing from whatever app you're in (your e-mail, for example).

      Not a huge issue and it may be true of all printers.

      The instructions for installing the printer and using it wirelessly and with remote devices were not very comprehensive or and were somewhat incomplete in my opinion.

      However, my call to Brother support cleared up the confusing issues of printing from my laptop (must have drivers installed) and printing from a tablet.

      Really seems to be working well now that I've cleared up the issues.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

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      5.0

      Great Wireless Monochrome Laser Printer

      By midika

      from North West NJ

      About Me Frequent User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Fast Print Time
      • Sharp detail

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday documents
        • Professional Documents

        Comments about Brother HL-5470DW Wireless Monochrome Laser Printer:

        For my home office. Small footprint, easy set up, stylish, fast & sharp.

        • Primary use:
        • Business

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        5.0

        Very fast and quiet and very good value!

        By TNT

        from San Jose

        About Me Heavy Duty User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Easy To Use
        • Fast Print Time
        • Low toner consumption
        • Sharp detail

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday documents
          • Professional Documents

          Comments about Brother HL-5470DW Wireless Monochrome Laser Printer:

          Very fast and quiet and very good value! Also, toner is compatible with my MFC and is very cheap to replace.

          • Primary use:
          • Business

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          4.0

          Laser Printer

          By pman

          from RSM, CA

          About Me Infrequent User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Fast Print Time
          • Sharp detail

          Cons

          • Hard Setup

          Best Uses

          • Everyday documents

          Comments about Brother HL-5470DW Wireless Monochrome Laser Printer:

          Home use
          wireless
          not the easiest to connect to the computer. I would've given it 5 stars, but it took some time and computer know how to get it connected to my mac

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          5.0

          I would buy this product again!

          By Tom

          from Newark, DE

          About Me Infrequent User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast
          • Quiet
          • Sharp Detail

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Dorm
            • Home
            • Office

            Comments about Brother HL-5470DW Wireless Monochrome Laser Printer:

            I bought the printer for home use and it is used on an occasional basis. I leave it turned on and it remains in the sleep mode when not printing. It took a little effort to follow the set up instructions but was able to complete it in about 20 minutes. I have two iPads and an iMac in the house and they all print effortlessly to the printer. It is extremely quiet in the sleep mode and prints very high quality one or two sided documents from any of our Apple products which are all connected wireless to our router. I really like the quality of the printer and the copies it produces and would recommend this printer to anyone who would like a reliable, high quality and affordable wireless printer.

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            5.0

            Good, Home, Light-Use Printer

            By TBrown242

            from Eugene, OR

            About Me Infrequent User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Efficient

            Cons

            • Noisy

            Best Uses

            • Home

            Comments about Brother HL-5470DW Wireless Monochrome Laser Printer:

            I needed a home printer that didn't break the bank with equipment or toner pricing. My deal breakers were that it had to be wireless, laser, duplex and decent pricing for supplies.

            After much research and price comparison, this one came closest to needs in my price range. It is very noisy, but easy to use and functions well. This website had the best pricing I could find at the time.

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            5.0

            this WORKING MANS PRINTER WORKS

            By superfoodie

            from Patagonia, AZ

            About Me Heavy Duty User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • This Printed Rocks

            Cons

            • I Did Not By In Sooner

            Best Uses

            • Work

            Comments about Brother HL-5470DW Wireless Monochrome Laser Printer:

            It took me 23 minutes (timed) to install this printer in our shipping warehouse. The warehouse manager just stared at me in disbelieve that it was so fast, to install, wire admin and register.

            From the first print this has been a thing of beauty in a work environment. IF it can handle a dirty, dusty warehouse in Arizona it can work anywhere.

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            5.0

            I should have bought it long time ago

            By UM45

            from San Diego, ca

            About Me Frequent User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate Colors
            • Efficient
            • Fast
            • Sharp Detail

            Cons

            • Noisy

            Best Uses

            • High-Volume Printing
            • Home

            Comments about Brother HL-5470DW Wireless Monochrome Laser Printer:

            I bought the printer for my wife for school works and she prints and prints and never run out of ink. It prints also wirelessly fast from ipad and PC. I have some difficulties print from my android phone.

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            5.0

            Much better than I though!

            By BobL

            from West Rockhill, PA

            About Me Frequent User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Efficient
            • Fast
            • Sharp Detail

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Office

              Comments about Brother HL-5470DW Wireless Monochrome Laser Printer:

              I bought this printer to replace an 15 year old TI Postscript laser printer. I thought the wireless and Ethernet connectivity and duplex printing would be a plus and allow me to use the printer with my tablets as well as my other computers. I set it up on the Ethernet connection and used the browser interface to configure the wireless input. The unit switches between the two automatically. I setup my tablets to print wireless while my other computers use the wired network. I was also able to set up printing from a Ubuntu linux laptop. I setup the printer to print duplex, save toner, reduce curl and operate quietly. In it's fastest mode the printer is noisy, but so was the TI. I only have two weeks experience with this printer and have not yet explored all it's features, but so far it is great.

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              4.0

              Only minor surprises

              By hope2select

              from San Diego County

              About Me Frequent User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Efficient
              • Fast
              • Quiet

              Cons

              • Tricky To Install

              Best Uses

              • Dorm
              • Home

              Comments about Brother HL-5470DW Wireless Monochrome Laser Printer:

              The installation guide is fantastic and setup was pretty smooth but very time consuming as the software took a long time to recognize that the printer had been plugged into a USB port.

              In addition, it was a bit tricky to install the recommended XPS driver for Windows Vista and Windows 7.

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              5.0

              give it a try and you will like it

              By um

              from san diego california

              About Me Infrequent User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Accurate Colors
              • Efficient
              • Fast

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home

                Comments about Brother HL-5470DW Wireless Monochrome Laser Printer:

                Easy to set up and print wirelessly with pc, ipad, and galaxy phones. It prints super fast and the text comes nicely. I have n't had laser printer at home before. It's so convenient and I'm less worried about ink being dry out when I need printing occasionally.

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                2.0

                No go on first attempt

                By Taylor B

                from San Antonio, TX

                About Me Infrequent User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast
                • Sharp Detail

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Brother HL-5470DW Wireless Monochrome Laser Printer:

                    I purchased this printer because it seems to be a great value. It has terrific specs, especially the wireless support, considering its cost. But upon receiving it and setting it up, it has demonstrated a fatal flaw. It blows my 20 amp circuit breakers no matter what breaker its on, even when all other loads on that circuit are removed. I'm hoping I just received a dud. I will try to update this review after I get the replacement; I'm going to give this model a second chance. B&H was of course very easy to deal with in the exchange process.

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                    5.0

                    Fast and sleek

                    By MARSHILLREALTY

                    from Georgetown, TX

                    About Me Frequent User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast

                    Cons

                    • Noisy

                    Best Uses

                    • High-Volume Printing

                    Comments about Brother HL-5470DW Wireless Monochrome Laser Printer:

                    Easy to set up, Love it so far. Prints fast and love the high-capacity toner.

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