We thought perhaps we could save on some photography when we unpacked Brother’s HL-4570CDW workgroup colour laser printer, as it looks so similar to the HL-4150CDN we reviewed a few weeks back. This printer is £130 more than the HL-4150CDN, though, and for that you get a faster print speed and wireless connection.
This machine is very similar to the HL-4150CDN, featuring the same black and cream livery and large, monolithic look as its lower spec cousin. The 250-sheet paper tray sits below a fold-down, 50-sheet multi-purpose tray that has a slide-out and flip-open paper support. Fine for occasional jobs, it's not something you'd want to leave open, as the support is a little flimsy and could break if walked into.
A further 500-sheet tray is available as an option, but we still feel a printer aimed at the workgroup should be able to load more than 300 sheets as standard. The top panel has no output tray as such, with pages finishing up sitting flat on its top surface. There's a flip-up paper stop at the end to keep them tidy.
The high-gloss, black control panel has seven buttons for menu navigation, and to start and cancel print jobs. There's also a Secure-print button, so you can hold a print job until you’re standing at the printer. The fold-up, 2-line by 16-character LCD display has a yellowy-green backlight. Just over the front lip of the printer is a USB socket, enabling you to print graphics files directly from a USB drive.
USB, 10/100 Ethernet or wireless connection: the choice is yours. If you go for wireless, you can link up using a pin number, enter a passcode or use a single-button connect, if your router is fitted with one. All three are straightforward and the installation applet spots the printer and completes the connection.
As usual, drivers are provided for Windows and OS X, and you can download a Linux version from the Brother Solutions site. Both PCL6 and PostScript Level 3 support is provided in emulation.
The toner cartridges are pre-installed, but you have to fold down the front panel and slide out the rack holding them, to remove several packing pieces before you can start printing. There's a separate drum, transfer belt and waste toner box, but these need no special preparation.