The Brother HL-5170 is a monochrome laser printer designed for the home or small office user. It has generous paper handling, solid speeds, and a 1200 dpi printing engine. It also has built-in networking in some configurations. The printer has a 133 MHz processor and 32 MB of RAM, which can be upgraded to a maximum of 160 MB if needed. Print speed is quite good, at around 21 pages per minute, and is faster than many competing printers. Print quality is excellent, mostly due to the printer's 1200 dpi printing engine, which provides very sharp and detailed images and text. The Brother HL-5170 toner cartridges have a standard capacity of 3,300 pages. The high-yield Brother HL-5170 toner cartridge is the more economical of the two, containing twice as much toner as the standard at 6,700 pages.