Brother HL-1440 Laser Printer

Monochrome - 15 ppm Mono - USB, Parallel - PC, Mac - MPN: HL1440
Product Details
Description
The HL-1440 is the successor to the award winning HL-1240. It is a fast, compact monochrome laser printer that produces crisp, high-quality printing. With fast print speeds of up to 15ppm, 2MB of standard memory , 250-sheet paper capacity, an innovative user support system, USB and parallel interfaces, and PC & Mac compatibility, the HL-1440 will exceed your expectations for quality and reliability.
Quick Glance
Printer Type Monochrome Laser Printer
Interface Connection USB Yes, Parallel Yes
System Type PC, Mac
Black & White Print Speed 15 ppm
User Reviews
Brother HL-1440
5 Star Review   By member Printers-online - Sep 26, 2006   

Strengths: Very fast printing. Very in expensive compared to others in its class. Can print letter and legal.

Weakness: can not print 11X17

I am using this for over two years with no problems. I print a lot. Per page, I found this to be least expensive per page. Some others commented about vertical lines after some time. This will only happen if you move the printer with the drum installed. There is a note that the printer comes with advising against this. Anytime you need to move the printer, remove the drum unit from the printer and install it after you move the printer. Otherwise you can damage the gears inside causing the vertical lines. As long as you follow this, it could be the best printer you ever had. You can also install extra 32 MB memory for around $10.

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1 Star Review   By member neilzi - Mar 29, 2006   

Strengths: Initial Quality Good, Easy to Use, Cheap Price, Good Technical Help from Brother.

Weakness: Bad Problems After One Year. Repair Costs Much More Than Printer.

I bought this printer because it had a good price. I was pleased with the initial quality. The memory was easy to upgrade. After 1 year the warranty expired. The printer began to produce random white lines. Brother personel tried to help via the phone. It was no use. I spoke with an official technician. He hates the brother laser printers because they malfunction and cost too much to fix. Want to buy a used Brother HL-1440? Never abused.

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Problematic At Best
1 Star Review   By member Perfessor - Oct 4, 2005   

Strengths: Have not yet experienced what they might be

Weakness: Sporadic, erratic printing. Items in queue simply disappear with no error message - and no printout. Essentially unreliable.

Received as a gift. This had little use for 6 months, but when we started to use it more often, it went completely south. Jobs would not print, or the printer would spew 10+ pages with a line or two of code on them, and then a little bit of the job. Items in the print queue would appear to spool, and then go away, never printed - or the job would just stop. The 'help' desk tells me that the printer stopped working because it's 'out of toner' - but it's never printed enough that that could be the case, unless Brother plans to make a killing on 10% full toner carts. They have committed to sending more toner to resolve the issue, but my conclusion is, stick to HP or other known reliable brands.

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5 Star Review   By member VCNW - Apr 19, 2005   

Strengths: Print Speed, Feed Options

Weakness: Needed to upgrade memory

I have been using this printer for about 3 months and I love it. It feeds labels, and envelopes with ease. I just wish it was a color laser. The fact that it is simple to use is nice to.

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2 Star Review   By member dperfe - Nov 29, 2004   

I have had two of these printers over the past 3 years. Each worked well initially. However, after 1-2 yrs of use significant streaking began to appear on printouts. As has been mentioned before, the drum assembly costs more then the printer. Will not buy again.

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2 Star Review   By member lindemrm - Nov 4, 2004   

Strengths: great initial quality and v. good speed. inexpensive

Weakness: when using in an office environment, both of the 1440s I bought are spent after less than a year of use. They are falling aprt and jamming uncontrolably. Wish I could remember where I bought them...

when using in an office environment, both of the 1440s I bought are spent after less than a year of use. They are falling apart and jamming uncontrolably. Wish I could remember where I bought them... I'd return them, since the warantee hasn't quite ran out. They were great for about 5-6 months then started jamming uncontrolably. We replaced 1240s with these "upgraded" versions. The 1240s were great, these, not so much. And of course the drums are kinda pricey, but you expect that when you buy a Brother...

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2 Star Review   By member twy896 - Oct 8, 2004   

Strengths: Fast, relatively cheap

Weakness: Not dependable

I've owned several personal laser printers in the past. This one was very good initially. After one year of use, I started to get gray papers with vertical lines. It turns out that this is a frequent problem with the drummer for this model, as I found out through internet discussion forums. Well, a replacement drum is $150, a new Brother 1440 is on sale for about $120... Hmmm... anyway, I'm getting a different printer now.

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5 Star Review   By member grichards14 - Aug 16, 2004   

Strengths: small footprint, quality output, quiet, fast

Weakness: single button interface, but this is a real minor issue for me

I have 3 computers connected with a netgear router. The computer with the HL 1440 is using WinXP and the others are using ME. All 3 computers can print to this just fine. It is important to install the printer drivers on all computers as if the HL 1440 were conected directly to each. Then by using the WIN XP disk to install file and print sharing on the ME computers, everything works great. The paper tray sits directly below the printer and the output is at the top of the printer so it doesn't take up alot of desk space. It only comes with 2 mb of memory and for just text, that is fine. I haven't printed high graphics yet so I haven't had any memory problems but I did notice you can get 32mb of memory for this on e-bay for about $10. Contrary to what another poster said, the printer DOES wake up when you insert a paper in the alternate paper slot. I use the alternate paper slot for printing envelopes and as soon as I insert the envelope into the slot, the printer wakes up. With rebate, I got it for $129 at Office Depot. I think this is a great printer for home or small home/office setup. After spending years of frustration with ink jets I have finally found a trouble free printer that produces fast quality output. I highly recommend it! I would never go back to those #@$#@ ink jets!

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5 Star Review   By member birdman 1101 - Aug 5, 2004   

Strengths: Fast, inexpensive

Weakness: Small memory; can't easily cancel jobs, but this is probably true of most fast laser printers. No automatic duplexing.

I have printed thousands of pages on this printer and the only trouble it ever gave me was it jammed when I printed a 150-page document unattended. This was because the printer was in a shelf with a low ceiling and the paper backed up into the printer. If your document is graphic intensive output will be considerably slower. Appears to have a sleeker, more sturdy design than the comparable HP models. Text output is of a lesser quality than the really expensive laserjets but is still excellent. That's what you get for $150. I am now a firm believer that Inkjets serve one purpose: printing photos or other color documents.

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1 Star Review   By member rich50 - Apr 3, 2004   

Strengths: Low costs, easy install, good speed

Weakness: won't print with Intuit software

I had the printer for just over a year for home use. I replaced an inkjet printer because of the inkjet cartridge costs. The Brother printers was faster and was supposed to print 3000 copies per cartridge. At just over one year the print quality became fuzzy with a noticeable gray backround. I was advised to replace the toner cartridge, although I only printed less than 2000 pages, and clean the drum unit. I followed tech support instructions, paid $60 for a 6000 page toner cartridge and the printer now printed a total black page. Tech support agreed to exchange my printer for a refurbished one. It arrived and produced the same black page. I was told it could be the drum unit that costs $170 to replace. A new printer of the same model is only $130 at local office supply store. Why fix or replace at those prices? Even with only 500 pages per cartridge from an inkjet at least I don't need to replace the printer two times to use a toner cartridge.

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Product Details
Description
The HL-1440 is the successor to the award winning HL-1240. It is a fast, compact monochrome laser printer that produces crisp, high-quality printing. With fast print speeds of up to 15ppm, 2MB of standard memory , 250-sheet paper capacity, an innovative user support system, USB and parallel interfaces, and PC & Mac compatibility, the HL-1440 will exceed your expectations for quality and reliability.
Quick Glance
Printer Type Monochrome Laser Printer
Interface Connection USB Yes, Parallel Yes
System Type PC, Mac
Black & White Print Speed 15 ppm
Summary
Product Title Brother HL-1440 Laser Printer
Manufacturer Brother
Power Score 3.4 | 28 Reviews
Media Handling
Media Size: Legal - 8.50" x 14", Letter - 8.50" x 11", Executive - 7.25" x 10.50", A4 - 8.27" x 11.69", A5 - 5.83" x 8.25", A6 - 4.13" x 5.83", B6 - 4.92" x 6.93", 3" x 24.60"
Paper Handling Support: Plain Paper, Bond Paper, Transparency, Label, Card Stock
Standard Input Sheet Capacity: 250 sheets
General
General Features: Manual Duplex Printing
Dimensions
Height: 9.3 in
Width: 14.2 in
Depth: 16.9 in
Weight: 20.30 lbs
Warranty
Warranty Information: 1 Year
More Info
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Dimensions: 9.30" Height x 14.20" Width x 16.90" Depth
Processor Speed: 66 MHz
Print Resolution: 1200 x 600 dpi
Automated Duplex Printing: Manual
Installed Memory: 2 MB
User Reviews
Brother HL-1440
5 Star Review   By member Printers-online - Sep 26, 2006   

Strengths: Very fast printing. Very in expensive compared to others in its class. Can print letter and legal.

Weakness: can not print 11X17

I am using this for over two years with no problems. I print a lot. Per page, I found this to be least expensive per page. Some others commented about vertical lines after some time. This will only happen if you move the printer with the drum installed. There is a note that the printer comes with advising against this. Anytime you need to move the printer, remove the drum unit from the printer and install it after you move the printer. Otherwise you can damage the gears inside causing the vertical lines. As long as you follow this, it could be the best printer you ever had. You can also install extra 32 MB memory for around $10.

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1 Star Review   By member neilzi - Mar 29, 2006   

Strengths: Initial Quality Good, Easy to Use, Cheap Price, Good Technical Help from Brother.

Weakness: Bad Problems After One Year. Repair Costs Much More Than Printer.

I bought this printer because it had a good price. I was pleased with the initial quality. The memory was easy to upgrade. After 1 year the warranty expired. The printer began to produce random white lines. Brother personel tried to help via the phone. It was no use. I spoke with an official technician. He hates the brother laser printers because they malfunction and cost too much to fix. Want to buy a used Brother HL-1440? Never abused.

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Problematic At Best
1 Star Review   By member Perfessor - Oct 4, 2005   

Strengths: Have not yet experienced what they might be

Weakness: Sporadic, erratic printing. Items in queue simply disappear with no error message - and no printout. Essentially unreliable.

Received as a gift. This had little use for 6 months, but when we started to use it more often, it went completely south. Jobs would not print, or the printer would spew 10+ pages with a line or two of code on them, and then a little bit of the job. Items in the print queue would appear to spool, and then go away, never printed - or the job would just stop. The 'help' desk tells me that the printer stopped working because it's 'out of toner' - but it's never printed enough that that could be the case, unless Brother plans to make a killing on 10% full toner carts. They have committed to sending more toner to resolve the issue, but my conclusion is, stick to HP or other known reliable brands.

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5 Star Review   By member VCNW - Apr 19, 2005   

Strengths: Print Speed, Feed Options

Weakness: Needed to upgrade memory

I have been using this printer for about 3 months and I love it. It feeds labels, and envelopes with ease. I just wish it was a color laser. The fact that it is simple to use is nice to.

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2 Star Review   By member dperfe - Nov 29, 2004   

I have had two of these printers over the past 3 years. Each worked well initially. However, after 1-2 yrs of use significant streaking began to appear on printouts. As has been mentioned before, the drum assembly costs more then the printer. Will not buy again.

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2 Star Review   By member lindemrm - Nov 4, 2004   

Strengths: great initial quality and v. good speed. inexpensive

Weakness: when using in an office environment, both of the 1440s I bought are spent after less than a year of use. They are falling aprt and jamming uncontrolably. Wish I could remember where I bought them...

when using in an office environment, both of the 1440s I bought are spent after less than a year of use. They are falling apart and jamming uncontrolably. Wish I could remember where I bought them... I'd return them, since the warantee hasn't quite ran out. They were great for about 5-6 months then started jamming uncontrolably. We replaced 1240s with these "upgraded" versions. The 1240s were great, these, not so much. And of course the drums are kinda pricey, but you expect that when you buy a Brother...

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2 Star Review   By member twy896 - Oct 8, 2004   

Strengths: Fast, relatively cheap

Weakness: Not dependable

I've owned several personal laser printers in the past. This one was very good initially. After one year of use, I started to get gray papers with vertical lines. It turns out that this is a frequent problem with the drummer for this model, as I found out through internet discussion forums. Well, a replacement drum is $150, a new Brother 1440 is on sale for about $120... Hmmm... anyway, I'm getting a different printer now.

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5 Star Review   By member grichards14 - Aug 16, 2004   

Strengths: small footprint, quality output, quiet, fast

Weakness: single button interface, but this is a real minor issue for me

I have 3 computers connected with a netgear router. The computer with the HL 1440 is using WinXP and the others are using ME. All 3 computers can print to this just fine. It is important to install the printer drivers on all computers as if the HL 1440 were conected directly to each. Then by using the WIN XP disk to install file and print sharing on the ME computers, everything works great. The paper tray sits directly below the printer and the output is at the top of the printer so it doesn't take up alot of desk space. It only comes with 2 mb of memory and for just text, that is fine. I haven't printed high graphics yet so I haven't had any memory problems but I did notice you can get 32mb of memory for this on e-bay for about $10. Contrary to what another poster said, the printer DOES wake up when you insert a paper in the alternate paper slot. I use the alternate paper slot for printing envelopes and as soon as I insert the envelope into the slot, the printer wakes up. With rebate, I got it for $129 at Office Depot. I think this is a great printer for home or small home/office setup. After spending years of frustration with ink jets I have finally found a trouble free printer that produces fast quality output. I highly recommend it! I would never go back to those #@$#@ ink jets!

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5 Star Review   By member birdman 1101 - Aug 5, 2004   

Strengths: Fast, inexpensive

Weakness: Small memory; can't easily cancel jobs, but this is probably true of most fast laser printers. No automatic duplexing.

I have printed thousands of pages on this printer and the only trouble it ever gave me was it jammed when I printed a 150-page document unattended. This was because the printer was in a shelf with a low ceiling and the paper backed up into the printer. If your document is graphic intensive output will be considerably slower. Appears to have a sleeker, more sturdy design than the comparable HP models. Text output is of a lesser quality than the really expensive laserjets but is still excellent. That's what you get for $150. I am now a firm believer that Inkjets serve one purpose: printing photos or other color documents.

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1 Star Review   By member rich50 - Apr 3, 2004   

Strengths: Low costs, easy install, good speed

Weakness: won't print with Intuit software

I had the printer for just over a year for home use. I replaced an inkjet printer because of the inkjet cartridge costs. The Brother printers was faster and was supposed to print 3000 copies per cartridge. At just over one year the print quality became fuzzy with a noticeable gray backround. I was advised to replace the toner cartridge, although I only printed less than 2000 pages, and clean the drum unit. I followed tech support instructions, paid $60 for a 6000 page toner cartridge and the printer now printed a total black page. Tech support agreed to exchange my printer for a refurbished one. It arrived and produced the same black page. I was told it could be the drum unit that costs $170 to replace. A new printer of the same model is only $130 at local office supply store. Why fix or replace at those prices? Even with only 500 pages per cartridge from an inkjet at least I don't need to replace the printer two times to use a toner cartridge.

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4 Star Review   By member tholcomb - Mar 1, 2004   

Strengths: Brother HL-1440: Great for Small Business, Home Office text output. Initially affordable, Affordable consumables, Low Total Cost of Ownership, Low maintenance, Low frustration factor for users.

Weakness: Brother HL-1440: A little slow on graphical output due to lacking memory (can be upgraded). Duplexing is semi-automatic - meaning it is manual, with software guidance.

I am an IT professional who provides support and consulting for small businesses, non-profits and home office PC users. This printer is an amazing tool for my clients. It is quick and easy for me to setup (costing them less), it is generally maintenance free (save the occasional toner replacement) and the consumables (i.e. toner and drum units) are good quality while also being inexpensive. Many of my clients are not exactly computer savvy, and typically, they think they want an ink jet because ink jets seem to be more affordable. I sit them down and show them the math on Total Cost Of Ownership (TOC) - ink jet versus laser printer - and when they see the retail price of the Brother HL-1440, they LOVE IT. For me, the only REAL downside to this printer is that it seems to never really "break down" - I may be called to fight a virus, to fix Windows or to tweak a router that has weirded out, but the Brother printers I've setup leave me feeling like the Maytag Repair guy. Luckily people still use Windows and still forget to renew their virus definition updates. If not, I'd be waiting tables. Consumer Reports, PC Magazine and a bunch of other magazines give this little work beast rave reviews. It may lack certain frills, but if what you need is a no-nonsense work-a-day printer, the HL-1440 is a sure bet.

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3 Star Review   By member brycen - Feb 12, 2004   

Strengths: Inexpensive, quality output, good toner life.

Weakness: Single button interface, can't properly cancel jobs, badly design sleep mode.

My only real complaint is the printer's sleep mode. You must manually wake up the printer and wait and wait before sticking a sheet of paper into the manual feed slot. Sounds minor, but it happens every time. If a job goes wild, holding the button (it only has one button) is supposed to cancel the job. It never works for me, I have to cycle power. The printer is very good at paper handling, giving no trouble with recycled "already used once" paper, even with staple holes. The straight through paper path option is fantastic for transparencies or stiff cardstock.

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1 Star Review   By member totalfreedom1600 - Jan 30, 2004   

Strengths: Easy to feed envelopes and single sheets. Good print quality when it's working.

Weakness: Two signficant issues: Not enough memory- Fine for text. But the printer chokes on maps, etc. Dirty printing after 500 to 1000 sheets.

I would not recommend this printer. The first toner cartridge lasted approx. 500 to 1000 sheets and then I got dirty printouts. I replaced the toner cartridge - fine again until the 500 to 1000 sheet mark and now the same thing. Tech support has been no help whatsoever. So is it an inexpensive printer? Not when you need to replace that $40-$50 toner cartridge after every ream of paper. I'm tossing it and getting another brand. I've got an old HP that's on it's second or third toner cartridge and has printed 20 reams of paper and it still prints great.

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5 Star Review   By member clawso1va - Jan 24, 2004   

Strengths: Auto-duplex printing, “Work-Horse” that won’t quit or let you down, 6,500 pages per toner cartridge is cost effective for Home, Office, and workgroup printing!

Weakness: NONE!

To: mkowaleski, from VA You complain about this printer when YOU are the blame!!! Anyone looking to purchase "Peripherals" for their PC is responsible for looking at "SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS," but I guess mkowaleski didn't have the SENSE to check this info out FIRST, instead he checked after purchasing the printer, WRONG!!! Now, I own the Brothers HL-1650 laser printer and it is AWSOME to say the very least!! Printing on laser paper there are NO jams at all and auto-duplex printing is a snap and saves a lot of paper too. And the 6,500 pages per toner cartridge is cost effective for Home, Office, and workgroup! This printer is a “Work-Horse” that won’t quit or let you down. And I only paid “One Hundred and ninety-nine” dollars ($199.00) for it and the retail cost was “Four hundred and ninety-nine” dollars ($499.00). Since purchasing the printer I have added a 128MB memory chip (Forty-Five dollars), which brings the total memory to 136MB! And I can print any job at all with no problems. I can’t say enough about this “Work-Horse” of a printer, and it beats HP printers hands down!!! The Brothers HL-1850 laser printer has taken the Brothers HL-1650 laser printer place, but still has all of the features of its predecessor and more!

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4 Star Review   By member sholling - Oct 26, 2003   

Strengths: Fast, excellent print quality, low cost, low cost toner, quick and easy WinXP setup - if you follow the instructions.

Weakness: It's still early in the break-in but it could feed envelopes more reliably, no printer feedback over the USB port, and documentation could be a lot better.

I make a living in the IT business and although I’ve only had it a few days, so far I’m favorably impressed. Print quality is excellent and at 15ppm it’s plenty fast enough for my home office needs. On the plus side toner costs are very reasonable at roughly $50-75 for 3,000 and 6,000 page cartridges. That’s factory new, not off-brands or refills! Drum kits are in the $105-180 range (depending where you buy) and need to be replaced every 20,000 pages. Memory is upgradable to 34MB with a standard and inexpensive, if old fashioned SIMM module. On the down side, well mine is still very early in the break-in, but could feed a bit more reliably. This may be my fault because I didn’t know how many envelopes to put in the tray. Of course the only reason I didn’t know was that there isn’t any sort of manual. Brief setup instruction yes, but no printed user manual! My only other complaint is the lack of feedback over the USB port. If you decide to use USB it will not be able to tell you when it jams or is out of paper. The setup instruction say that these features are supported over the parallel port. All in all it’s an ideal little small office or home office printer for those that print a few hundred letters a month. It’s also ideal for families as a second, non-color printer. With the current price of ink jet cartridges it should pay for itself in no time.

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4 Star Review   By member sjrieth - Oct 19, 2003   

Strengths: Fast, high print quality, low cost

Weakness: Design of paper tray is kind of awkward.

I've owned a refurb 1440 for about 10 months. The print quality is excellent and it prints very fast. I have had ZERO problems with this machine including installation for use on WinXP. Additionally, I think I've had one paper jam the entire time. This printer is an excellent value for the money.

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5 Star Review   By member cardmark - Aug 20, 2003   

Strengths: Really inexpensive compared to other lasers. Prints fast, great quality, no paper jams, quiet, easy to change toner and drum.

Weakness: Can only support 1 paper tray at a time. Wish I had a tray that would hold more than 250 sheets or so. One that would hold an entire ream (500 sheets) would be a nice option.

I bought this about a year and 1/2 ago and used it EXTENSIVELY for about 1 month right out of the box. I printed OVER 5000 sheets in that 1st month without hardly any issues whatsoever. I think I experienced 1 or 2 paper jams, which is nothing for that much printing. The toner was easy to change too. My DRUM light has been on now for about 6 months, warning me to change it, but I don't use this printer as much any more and it is printing fine....very light volume now (20 pages per week MAX). Will need to get a new DRUM though soon, I am sure. Great printer and great price. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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5 Star Review   By member mamapajama - Jun 13, 2003   

Strengths: Easy to use, toner cartridge lasts a long time, good quality prints, good price.

Weakness: Can't think of any.

We've been very happy with this laser printer. The toner cartridge lasts a long time, and we haven't had any repair, other issues. We also have Windows XP, and I don't recall any problems we had setting this printer up to work with Windows XP.

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4 Star Review   By member mdwoodman - Feb 27, 2003   

Strengths: Good quality and speed for the price.

Weakness: Wore out too soon.

Mine (the earlier HL-1240 model) is connected to a Windows XP network and every computer in the house (running Windows XP and Windows 2000) can print to it with no problems.

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4 Star Review   By member cambridge7 - Jul 8, 2002   

Strengths: Fast, cheap, reliable, good quality, moderately priced toner, easy to maintain

Weakness: Driver Support (no XP), some quirks such as that annoying quick print box

This is an excellent printer *within its moderate limits*! Don't buy it if you run a WinXP system. Otherwise, it's a workhorse that prints and will keep on printing long after other printers have quit. I've had my share of little quirks, such as having to use an HP LJ IIP driver even for some non-XP machines. And I really hate that quick print window that pops up until you kill it (like the MS Office Assistant). Nonetheless, as a no-nonsense laser printer with endurance to keep up with large and regular print jobs, and coming at such a reasonable price, there is no comparable machine. By the way, I also have that cheap Lexmark E310, and while it has its advantages, I've had problems which are far worse (having to feed the sheets one-by-one to prevent multiple pages from being dragged in, etc.).

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5 Star Review   By member rroes - Jun 9, 2002   

Strengths: Fast, Clean printing, excellent page counter for drum and toner information.

Weakness: Prints face down--for checks just order stacked in reverse order.

I have almost 100,000 pages on my 1240 model. My accounting clients have a lot more than that on this model. A great price for a SUPER PRINTER!!!

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3 Star Review   By member Bashful - May 20, 2002   

Strengths: clean printing, good speed, no paper jams so far

Weakness: Not compatible with accounting software, MIP NPS pro. Had to use HP LJ 6L driver. Preprinted forms go face down in the input tray. No good for numbered forms like checks.

If I did not have to print checks with the machine I would keep it. Because preprinted forms go face down, it will take the check on the bottom and call it check # 1. Until I can find a new printer, I waste alot of time manually reshuffling my checks before I put them in the bin.

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1 Star Review   By member mkowaleski - May 15, 2002   

Strengths: Good price

Weakness: Does not work with Windows XP without a WHOLE LOT of work.

This Brother 1440 laser printer is total garbage. I bought it because I thought it was a good deal at $249 at Office Depot. What a mistake. I hooked it up to my high-end Windows XP PC, loaded the supplied CD-ROM, and it didn't work. After looking for help on the Brother website, I find out that the printer is not supported by Windows XP. Brother says "Warning, do not install the supplied CD-ROM on Windows XP computers." I think that the people at Brother should be fired for marketing this machine without informing buyers that it is not compatible with Windows XP. What a joke. A printer sold in 2002 that does not support Windows XP? So, I tried loading the mess of drivers that they recommend that you download and install. What a disaster. It crashed my machine and just made a real mess of things. So, I hastily put it back in the box and went back to Office Depot and returned it. The salesman confirmed that most Brother products don't work with Windows XP. Then I find out on the Brother website that Brother and Microsoft are currently "negotiating" the drivers for these printers. I ended up buying an HP 1200se for $350 (the salesman gave me $50 off the regular $399 price for my trouble with the Brother). Here is my experience with the HP: I took it out of the box, connected the power, connected the USB cable, and loaded paper. My PC instantly configured the printer with no interaction from me. Total set up and running time was 10 minutes. It works perfectly. HP is worth every penny and I will NEVER buy anything but an HP. So, save yourself a whole lot of aggravation and stay away from the Brother 1440 printer. It is not compatible with Windows XP. Buy an HP and you can't go wrong. FYI, at work I have a 12 year old HP Laserjet 4 that has been running non-stop for all these years with no problems. I also have an HP color inkjet that has been humming along for 5 years now. HP is a great product.

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5 Star Review   By member a2m5a2nb - May 3, 2002   

Strengths: Low purchase cost. Fast printing. Good text and graphics. Great laser printer for the cost.

Weakness: Haven't experienced any yet. Prints and performs as expected.

I've printed about 1000 pages so far with this printer without a paper jam over a 4 month period. I have the printer connected via a USB cable to a PC running Windows XP Pro and setup wasn't hard at all, other than having to go to Brother website to download the Windows XP driver that wasn't on the printer's install CDROM. I also have the printer shared (Windows XP Pro computer to a PC running Windows 98 via a 10/100 network card) and I can print fine from the Windows 98 PC. I did have to make sure the shared name of the printer was 8 characters long or less. Initially a shared printer name >8 characters wasn't found by the networked PC running Windows 98. Hint... Hint...

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4 Star Review   By member selhayek - Mar 25, 2002   

Strengths: Fast and dependable, easy to service and good quality printing

Weakness: getting the right driver, it is tricky but once installed properly it runs like a charm. I have this printer running on win2k and winxp professional all in the same office.

I would recommend this printer to anyone that is not affraid to tinker a bit the price is right and it operates well on a network.

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2 Star Review   By member BillBritJackson - Mar 13, 2002   

Strengths: Laser printer for a single machine.

Weakness: Cannot be shared in a Windows XP environment.

As a standalone laser printer this is a very capable printer, I like it a lot - it's fast and I easily expanded it to 34MB with an old stick of memory I had lying around. But, I have a small home network and the PC it's connected is running Windows XP (Pro). The other two PCs on the network (both Win 98SE) can see the printer but cannot print to it. I called support and they said "We don't support sharing across a network" and "Windows XP drivers are difficult to write". To my mind they know about this problem and are just ignoring it. Bottom line, if you will never have a network this is a fine printer (and will be for all users if they decide to fix their drivers).

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2 Star Review   By member rucker0607 - Mar 2, 2002   

Strengths: It is inexpensive. Setup is easy. Easy to operate.

Weakness: There are enough paper jams to cover all of the bagels in New York.

When the paper jams occur (and they do with distressing frequency) it is tricky to get them out. Should you succeed, you have a 50% chance of disrupting the gears, moving a sensor or leaving a wee piece buried so far in the bowels of the machinery that a tech has to pack sunlight with him/her as they burrow into the depths to correct any of these 3 problems--and at a price that makes you wonder if planned breakdowns is one of their engineering principles.

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4 Star Review   By member ms1145 - Mar 2, 2002   

Strengths: fast, quiet

Weakness: xp drivers. It doesn't print in my tax software.Must set it up as an HP4 printer to print in my tax program.Works fine in all other programs.

Though I wish WindowsXP would support the drivers,you must use Brother's xp drivers, I would not hesitate to buy another. Text is clear and changing the toner or drum is a snap. Shop around for the best price.

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