Competitive in speed and features, but not photo quality, the small-business laser printer is best for mainstream use.
- Excellent text output, good speed
- Lacklustre photo quality
Competitive in speed and features, but not photo quality, this small-business workhorse laser printer is best for mainstream use.
Price$ 799.00 (AUD)
In most respects the Brother HL-4570CDW color laser printer is a good value. Its US$500 price tag (as of December 16, 2010) is budget-friendly for small and medium-size workgroups, as are its reasonable toner costs. Its speed and features are competitive with those of the pricier Dell 3130cn. Where the HL-4570CDW falls a little short is in photo quality; it's best suited for mainstream business graphics as a result. The Oki C330dn costs less but is slower, has even dicier color quality, and charges more for its toner.
As mentioned, the HL-4570CDW's speed is exemplary for its class. Plain-text pages printed on plain paper emerged at 16 pages per minute on the PC and 16.4 ppm on the Mac. Snapshot-size color photos printed on the PC took 4.2 ppm on plain paper and 2.6 ppm at finer settings on glossy paper. On the Mac, color PDF pages flew out at 9.6 ppm, while our 22MB, full-page color photo printed at 1.6 ppm.
The text output of the HL-4570CDW is superb, appearing sharp and deep black, with nary a jaggy or other defect. Color graphics and photos printed on plain paper look slightly dull and exhibit distracting moiré (background patterning). You'll notice those shortcomings less on simpler graphics such as logos and pie charts. Changing to higher-quality settings on glossy laser paper improved the quality somewhat.
The HL-4570CDW augments the usual USB and ethernet connections with Wi-Fi, which is starting to gain momentum among office printers. We set up the unit wirelessly. You can join a network from the printer, but entering a lengthy password one character at a time on the top-mounted, two-line LCD is laborious. This kind of display feels old-fashioned, but the menu and controls are pretty easy to use otherwise.
Driver and network installations were a breeze. Brother even installs the printer on the Mac automatically -- a trick we wish they'd teach other vendors. Administrators get Brother's BRAdmin Lite utility to manage multiple networked units, and anyone can access an individual networked HL-4570CDW via its internal Web page. SecurePrint, another network application, lets you password-protect specific documents so that they'll print only when you type in the magic word (tediously) on the printer's control panel.
The HL-4570CDW is sturdy, with a 60,000-page monthly duty cycle and good paper-handling features. A 250-sheet input tray sits at the bottom of unit, and a 50-sheet multipurpose tray folds down immediately above that. Paper lands in a 150-sheet top output tray, and the back panel folds down so that you can clear paper jams in the area. Automatic duplexing (printing on both sides of the paper) is standard on both the Mac and PC. The toner cartridges are easy to change: Simply release a top latch to open the front panel, slide out the cartridge tray, and then remove or insert them. The cartridge bays are not keyed, however, so you'll have to pay attention to the narrow color-coding bar on the left side to place them correctly. Illustrated instructions just above the tray show how to orient the locking mechanism properly.
Pleasingly, the toner cartridges for the HL-4570CDW are a little cheaper than average. The standard-size cartridges (a set of them ships with the unit) include a US$61.07, 2500-page black unit and separate cyan, magenta, and yellow cartridges that last 1500 pages and cost US$67.12 apiece. That's 2.4 cents per black page, and 4.5 per color, per page; a page with all four colors would cost 15.9 cents. In the high-yield sizes, the 6000-page black costs US$107.74, or a low 1.8 cents per page; each US$115.49, 3500-page color costs 3.3 cents per page, or 11.7 cents for each four-color page.
Additional consumables include the 25,000-page drum unit (US$180), a 50,000-page waste toner box (US$26), and a 50,000-page belt unit (US$136). As you replace them, they'll add a fraction of a cent each to the cost per page.
The Brother HL-4570CDW has the speed and features to stand up to the rigors of a small to medium-size office. It's less adept at printing photos, as many midpriced models are. You can get basically the same printer in the HL-4140CDN without wireless for US$100 less. Or you can spend US$100 more on an additional bottom-mounted 550-sheet input unit with the HL-4570CDWT.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Smart LED Bulb LB130
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Epson WorkForce ET-4550
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Lexar® Portable SSD
Acer Swift 7
Epson WorkForce DS-360W
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Google Daydream VR headset
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Huawei Mate 9
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
Surface Pro 4
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Oppo R9s Plus phone: Full, in-depth review
- 2 Samsung 2017 QLED Q7 TV: Full, in-depth review
- 3 HTC U Ultra phone full, in-depth review
- 4 Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370-Gaming 5 AMD Ryzen AM4 motherboard review
- 5 Venom Blackbook Zero 14 laptop review
Latest News Articles
- Epson launches new high-speed Enterprise inkjet printer
- When life gives you a 3D printer, make a house
- Hacker hijacks thousands of publicly exposed printers to warn owners
- HP shutting down default FTP, Telnet access to network printers
- Why won’t my printer connect to my wireless router?
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- And the 2017 winner of the Formula 1 Best Pit Lane Boom Gantry is...
- Behind the scenes with Team Walkinshaw at V8 Supercars Melbourne 2017
- First look at the Formula 1 2017 pit lane in Melbourne, Australia
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- FTSocial Media ExecutiveNSW
- TPBusiness AnalystQLD
- CCBusiness AnalystQLD
- TPDevOps ManagerVIC
- FTSenior Software Engineer x 2 - Adelaide Based (PV, NV2 or NV1 required)WA
- TPSenior Project Manager - ReinsuranceNSW
- CCSenior Business Analyst - Financial MarketsVIC
- FTJunior Software Engineer - Adelaide Based (PV, NV2 or NV1 required)VIC
- CCIT Project Scheduler- Port MacquarieNSW
- FTApplication Support Consultant (Oracle SQL, Unix scripting)NSW
- FTMid-Level Software Engineer x 2 - Adelaide Based (PV, NV2 or NV1 required)NSW
- CCFull Stack DeveloperQLD
- TPWintel EngineerVIC
- CCSecurity Incident Analyst - Splunk - TelcoVIC
- FTSolution Architect (e-Health)NSW
- FTIT SpecialistACT
- TPDigital Platforms ManagerVIC
- FTFull stack Developer | 3 mth ContractVIC
- FT.Net DeveloperNSW
- CCSenior Network Architect l Checkpoint firewalls l Cisco ACINSW
- CCWintel Engineers - NV1ACT
- CCBusiness Analyst Digitalisation projectsQLD
- FTPMO CoordinatorNSW
- FTSenior Oracle DeveloperVIC
- FTKey Account ManagerVIC