Brother 5170DNT: Excellent Laser!
Crisp text. Fast. Great duplexing. Perfect envelopes. Efficient paper handling from all trays. All functions operate well.
Fold-out trays are more delicate than the slide-in trays. Toner saver is either ''on'' or ''off''; no graduated scale.
Full user opinion
As one who has owned two excellent Apple LaserWriters, I have high standards. This Brother 5170 meets those standards. I bought the 5170DNLT and use the extra paper tray to recycle paper which still has one clean side. All the trays feed and align perfectly. The multiuse tray will stack and feed up to 50 sheets of varied media (labels, transparencies, thick paper, etc.), or several envelopes, or even 4x6 cards. My envelopes were perfect , and the index cards were beautiful as well (both printed from Microsoft WORD). The text output is very crisp, and the smallest, delicate details of even elegant script fonts or symbol-type fonts are sharp and precise. The toner density is preset, but the black output is just what it should be. The 600 DPI is so good that I probably won't need the HQ1200 DPI very much. I'm delighted with the duplexing feature. It operates flawlessly. Although this is a printer primarily for text, I tried printing an 8x10 photo at 1200 DPI. It was really good output--crisp details and smooth grayscale. I decided againt the HP1320 when I saw that one has to feed items one-at-a-time into the printer; nothing can be stacked in the manual tray. I was able to do a simple comparison of HP 1320 and Brother 5170 because a friend who has the 5170 printed out a test sheet and a sample sheet of the installed fonts. I brought these into a Staples store and got a test sheet from the HP. The sales associate's comment says it all: ''Brother has caught up.'' I paid $1500 for my first laser printer. The Brother 5170DNLT was just $300 and with more features. Kudos to Brother. (I use Staples' Multiuse Paper for everyday work; it doesn't jam.)
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