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The new HL-2040 monochrome laser printer from Brother is ideal for home or home office use. Offering a compact footprint, fast print speed, excellent print quality, robust standard memory, and flexible connectivity, this printer deliver both the features and value demanded by today's home or small office users.
Printer Type: Monochrome Laser Printer
Interface Connection: USB Yes, Parallel Yes
System Type: PC, Mac
Black & White Print Speed: 20 ppm
Green Compliance: Yes
Product Title: Brother HL-2040 Laser Printer - Monochrome - 2400 x 600 dpi Print - Plain Paper Print - Desktop
Power Score: 3.4 | 42 Reviews
Paper Handling Support: Plain Paper, Bond Paper, Envelope, Label, Transparency, Letterhead, Poster Paper, Thick Stock
Media Size: Letter, Legal, Executive, A4, A5, A6, B6, B5, Com10 Envelope, DL Envelope, B5 Envelope, C5 Envelope
Max Paper Size Width: 8.5 in
Max Paper Size Height: 16 in
Standard Input Sheet Capacity: 250 sheets
General Features: Manual Duplex Printing
Monthly Duty Cycle: 10000 pages per month
Height: 6.5 in
Width: 14.6 in
Depth: 14.2 in
Weight: 14.30 lbs
Warranty Information: 1 Year
URL: Manufacturer Link
Black & White Horizontal Resolution: 2400 dpi
Black & White Vertical Resolution: 600 dpi
Installed Memory: 8 MB
Processor Speed: 96 MHz
Ink Color System: B&W Monochrome
Automated Duplex Printing: Manual
Dimensions: 6.50" Height x 14.60" Width x 14.20" Depth
Print Resolution: 2400 x 600 dpi
Product Reviews (13)
Bad for office
Strengths: Easy to install. USB and Parallel port available. Come with usb cable. Fast print.
Weakness: Bad response for big/moderate amount of impressions. Problems with drums, toners and taking paper.
We buy 20 and in one month most of the printers fails.
Now we are buying new ones to replace all the Brother HL-2040 printers. Very bad experience.
Maybe for home users the printer works fine.
By anonymous; - Feb 18, 2008
Fast but only good for simple jobs
Strengths: Cheap. Efficient. Regular printing is a snap.
Weakness: Feed tray / manual feed has a weird design and feels cheap. Must manually feed envelopes and cardstock one at a time. Double sided / cardstock printing will often produce a ghost (double) image.
For the money, this machine gets the job done and does a fine job printing for most print jobs. However, the design is really strange when it comes to the way it feeds paper. You have to have paper in there permanently. The tray feels cheap, doesn't always grab the paper right, and it swirls the paper around like crazy through the machine before coming out. The paper comes out too curved and hot...
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For the money, this machine gets the job done and does a fine job printing for most print jobs. However, the design is really strange when it comes to the way it feeds paper. You have to have paper in there permanently. The tray feels cheap, doesn't always grab the paper right, and it swirls the paper around like crazy through the machine before coming out. The paper comes out too curved and hot to flip right away. This design makes double sided printing a real pain. Manual feed is just a slot that doesn't always realize you're holding paper in there for it to take. It just keeps saying the printer doesn't have paper. Sometimes you get lucky if you jiggle it in there right. Cardstock must be manually fed one piece at a time. There are ambiguous printer settings for paper type and print options. I found that for double sided and cardstock printing, the machine would often jam and sometimes text would "ghost" giving you a double image. It didn't make my huge batch of cards and envelopes for my wedding guest list simple at all....However, I would say for most people that are just printing out essays for college or something, you won't even think about problems with this printer. It's great for simple, cheap, plain paper, single-sided jobs.
By sueite - Jan 29, 2008
Worth every penny!
Strengths: Cheap & easy to use, good print quality, small.
Weakness: none yet.
Easy to set up. Printed the first page within 5 minutes of opening the box. Fast and quiet compaired to the last laser I owned. I would buy this printer again for home use.
By KrystyAnn - Feb 14, 2007
Fantastic Printer For A Little Money
Strengths: Great Value and great design and great quality output. The manual paper feeder makes it easy to print envelopes and business cards in limited quantities for home users and very small offices.
Weakness: Does curl paper a little, and though the manual paper feeder works well, it can print a little askew on envelopes (but not too terribly bad)
I bought this unit as most users rated it well on various Net sites, and I really liked the design--it looks like a miniaturized laser printer, and not a hybrid laser/inkjet with the feed paper jetting out (and getting exposed to dirt and dust). The integrated paper drawer was a big plus for me! Besides looking great, this printer is sooo SMALL... I've found the text output fabulous--as good as...
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I bought this unit as most users rated it well on various Net sites, and I really liked the design--it looks like a miniaturized laser printer, and not a hybrid laser/inkjet with the feed paper jetting out (and getting exposed to dirt and dust). The integrated paper drawer was a big plus for me!
Besides looking great, this printer is sooo SMALL...
I've found the text output fabulous--as good as any laser I've seen. Graphics and photos are okay for personal use, and since that's what this printer is made and marketed for, this unit should serve single users on a personal level quite well.
It also works fast--waking from sleep within 2 seconds after I press PRINT, and giving me the first print out in within 12-15 seconds.
I have experienced none of the power surge issues a few others have mentioned with this unit--I think this must be an issue regarding individual electrical wiring within homes/offices (as my apartment is old and has had issues with some other appliances, but NOT with this Brother printer)...?
The only problem is the paper curling, but it's not THAT big of an issue, particularly for letter and correspondence that will be folded in the end.
I've found the manual paper feed very adequate and up for the job, though envelopes sometimes print out a little askew.
Overall for around $100 I'm thrilled with this printer, and so happy to be free of the constant expense of pricey inkjet refills for text and letters I need to print.
By toddster63 - Dec 8, 2006
Best quality/price value
Strengths: Fast and excellent print quality
If you don't have a lot of money to spend on a printer, get this one. It does an excellent printing job (similar to the HP) but the noise is disturbing.
By anonymous; - Aug 24, 2006