Brother HL-2040 Laser Printer - Monochrome - 2400 x 600 dpi Print - Plain Paper Print - Desktop

20 ppm Mono Print - Legal, Executive, A4, A5, A6, B6, B5, Com10 Envelope, DL Envelope, B5 Envelope, ... - 10000 pages per month - Manual Duplex Print - USB - MPN: HL2040
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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.
Quick Glance
Printer Type Monochrome Laser Printer
Interface Connection USB Yes, Parallel Yes
System Type PC, Mac
Black & White Print Speed 20 ppm
Green Compliance Yes
Expert Reviews
Brother HL-2040
3 Star Review  PCWorld - Jun 24, 2005

Light graphics is the only weak spot in this solid performer, which delivers nice speed and text quality at a low price.

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Brother HL-2040
3.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Nov 7, 2008

TestSeek.com has collected 8 expert reviews for Brother HL-2040 and the average expert rating is 68 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use TestSeek.com to find all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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Best Brother Printer with Printer type Personal Printers
2 Star Review  reviewgist.com - Jan 4, 2010

Quality is Average according to 1 Printer experts. -- "The HL-2040s text prints were good in our tests, although more charcoal than black."-reviews.cnet.com -- "Its decent at printing text, so-so at graphics, and quick at both."-reviews.cnet.com -- "Fast text and graphics."-reviews.cnet.com Read more to find expert opinions on more features like Speed, Refills, Interface, Usability, etc.

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User Reviews
Bad for office
1 Star Review     

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.

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Fast but only good for simple jobs
3 Star Review   By member sueite - Jan 29, 2008   

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 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.

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Worth every penny!
4 Star Review   By member KrystyAnn - Feb 14, 2007   

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.

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Fantastic Printer For A Little Money
4 Star Review   By member toddster63 - Dec 8, 2006   

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 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.

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Best quality/price value
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Fast and excellent print quality

Weakness: NOISY

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.

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HL 2040
4 Star Review     

Strengths: It's fast and the print quality is fine. Rebate $20!

Weakness: No problem found so far

It is all I expected for home use so far. and I'm satisfied with its speed and reliability comparing to my old ink printers. The rebate works for PriceGrabber Storefronts

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Decent for the price
3 Star Review   By member naru1 - Apr 18, 2006   

Strengths: good quality prints, quick printing, low noise, acceptable paper capacity, small footspace, price, software

Weakness: POWER CONSUMPSION! must manual feed for non 8.5x11 paper size, manual and confusing 2-sided printing, slight paper-curling

Comparing the HL-2040 to similarly priced black and white laser printers (like the Samsung ML-2010 and Konica Minolta PagePro 1350W), this is one exceptional printer. Printed text comes out clear and crisp even at small fonts. It takes about 11-15 seconds for the first page to finish printing from a "cold" print, which I find above average compared to other printers. Unlike other similarly priced laser printers, this one prints graphics very well with minimal banding but only after tinkering with some software settings. I found the toner-saver function was too conservative with graphics though: even dark shades of grey would come out near-white. Text is fine though. Installation took less than 10 minutes on Windows XP with clear instructions. I wish I could comment on the support for this printer, but I never found a reason to call. The noise while printing was high though not quite as high as the Samsung ML-2010. Still, it's noisy enough to wake a roommate if you decide to print in the middle of the night in your dorm. The only major gripe I have about this printer is unintuitive way the paper is printed. It seems the page is turned twice before printing. This may be difficult if you frequently print on both sides or recycle paper by printing on the other side of old documents. With no network capability and unupgradable 8 MB memory, this printer will serve well anyone seeking fast, occassional printing of small to medium jobs. Recommended for: students, small office Not recommened for: those who print a lot of envelopes or legal sized paper (must manual feed), those who frequently print graphics, medium to large offices UPDATE: There is a slight paper-curling problem with this printer; however, leaving the paper to cool for a few seconds will normally resolve this. ALSO, THIS PRINTER TENDS TO DRAW MORE WATTAGE WHILE WARMING UP. BROTHER'S WEBSITE ATTRIBUTES THIS TO THE FAST WAKE-UP PROCESS. BECAUSE OF THIS, LIGHTS TEND TO FLICKER. IT IS NOT RECOMMENDED YOU PLUG THIS PRINTER ON THE SAME CIRCUIT AS OTHER DEVICES THAT DRAW A LOT OF POWER AND LEAVE THIS DEVICE OFF WHEN NOT IN USE. As a consequence, I will lower my rating from 5 stars to 3 stars.

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HL-2040 Laser Printer review
4 Star Review   By member RonShepherd - Jan 2, 2006   

Strengths: Great printing at a great price. Small footprint and quiet operation. Center single sheet feed.

Weakness: The only weakness I find is that the single sheet feed is a little difficult to use. It is not easy to align the sheets with the quides with no positive indication the sheet is gripped properly.

This little printer is a great bargain. It prints really clear and crisp on regular paper. It is fast and quiet. I needed a printer with a single sheet feed and this one has that. I print envelopes through there and wallet sized checks. When they line up properly it prints beautifully. I read several complaints that it curls the paper too much. I do not find this to be a problem. I highly recommend this printer.

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BIG power problem!
1 Star Review   By member marrii - Nov 7, 2005   

Strengths: Inexpensive, fast.

Weakness: Sucks too much power.

I spent over three hours trying to get this printer to work. Every time I turned it on, my computer would re-boot. It is fast, though. Once I actually managed to get as far as hitting the print icon, and the page was printing even as my computer was shutting down. I checked on Brother's troubleshooting site (after unplugging the printer) and their suggestion to one customer was to put the printer on a seperate circuit breaker. I think it will be cheaper to by a more expensive printer than to have the house re-wired, so back to the store it goes.

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Brother HL-2040
4 Star Review   By member hotobhaga - Oct 31, 2005   

Strengths: Very reasonable price, Small, quite, good quality fast laser printing

Weakness: Paper Curling Problem

The main plus point is it's very rasonable price tag. Brother HL-2040 is very quite and fast printing. It's a small laser printer for anybody's use. It's ideal for everyday use.

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Description
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.
Quick Glance
Printer Type Monochrome Laser Printer
Interface Connection USB Yes, Parallel Yes
System Type PC, Mac
Black & White Print Speed 20 ppm
Green Compliance Yes
Summary
Product Title Brother HL-2040 Laser Printer - Monochrome - 2400 x 600 dpi Print - Plain Paper Print - Desktop
Manufacturer Brother
Lowest Price $433.44 from Amazon.com Marketplace
Power Score 3.4 | 42 Reviews
Printing
Maximum Print Resolution: 2400 x 600 dpi
Media Handling
Max Paper Size Width: 8.5 in
Media Size: Letter, Legal, Executive, A4, A5, A6, B6, B5, Com10 Envelope, DL Envelope, B5 Envelope, C5 Envelope
Paper Handling Support: Plain Paper, Bond Paper, Envelope, Label, Transparency, Letterhead, Poster Paper, Thick Stock
Standard Input Sheet Capacity: 250 sheets
Max Paper Size Height: 16 in
General
Monthly Duty Cycle: 10000 pages per month
General Features: Manual Duplex Printing
Dimensions
Height: 6.5 in
Weight: 14.30 lbs
Width: 14.6 in
Depth: 14.2 in
Warranty
Warranty Information: 1 Year
More Info
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
First Print Speed: < 10 Second Monochrome
Maximum Memory Supported: 8 MB
Product Series: HL
Black & White Horizontal Resolution: 2400 dpi
Voltage Supported: 120 V
Dimensions: 6.50" Height x 14.60" Width x 14.20" Depth
Printer Language(s) Supported: GDI
Product Model: HL-2040
Parallel Port: Yes
Brand Name: Brother
Operating Power Consumption: 450 W
Print Resolution: 2400 x 600 dpi
Automated Duplex Printing: Manual
Shipping Weight: 18 lb
Installed Memory: 8 MB
Language Emulation: GDI
Media Handling: 1 x Manual Feed Slot 1 Sheet
Ink Color System: B&W Monochrome
Recommended Use: Plain Paper Print
Standby Power Consumption: 5 W
Media Sizes Accepted: Sheet - A4 (210mm x 297mm), Sheet - A5 (148mm x 210mm), Sheet - A6 (105mm x 148mm), Sheet - B5 (176mm x 250mm), Sheet - US Executive (7.25" x 10.5"), Sheet - US Legal (8.5" x 14"), Sheet - US Letter (8.5" x 11")
Processor Speed: 96 MHz
Frequency Band: Advanced Features:Watermark PrintingN-Up PrintingToner Save Mode
Black & White Vertical Resolution: 600 dpi
Maximum Mono Print Speed (ppm): 20
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Expert Reviews
Brother HL-2040
3 Star Review  PCWorld - Jun 24, 2005

Light graphics is the only weak spot in this solid performer, which delivers nice speed and text quality at a low price.

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Brother HL-2040
3.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Nov 7, 2008

TestSeek.com has collected 8 expert reviews for Brother HL-2040 and the average expert rating is 68 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use TestSeek.com to find all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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Best Brother Printer with Printer type Personal Printers
2 Star Review  reviewgist.com - Jan 4, 2010

Quality is Average according to 1 Printer experts. -- "The HL-2040s text prints were good in our tests, although more charcoal than black."-reviews.cnet.com -- "Its decent at printing text, so-so at graphics, and quick at both."-reviews.cnet.com -- "Fast text and graphics."-reviews.cnet.com Read more to find expert opinions on more features like Speed, Refills, Interface, Usability, etc.

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User Reviews
Bad for office
1 Star Review     

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.

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Fast but only good for simple jobs
3 Star Review   By member sueite - Jan 29, 2008   

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 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.

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Worth every penny!
4 Star Review   By member KrystyAnn - Feb 14, 2007   

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.

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Fantastic Printer For A Little Money
4 Star Review   By member toddster63 - Dec 8, 2006   

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 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.

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Best quality/price value
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Fast and excellent print quality

Weakness: NOISY

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.

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HL 2040
4 Star Review     

Strengths: It's fast and the print quality is fine. Rebate $20!

Weakness: No problem found so far

It is all I expected for home use so far. and I'm satisfied with its speed and reliability comparing to my old ink printers. The rebate works for PriceGrabber Storefronts

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Decent for the price
3 Star Review   By member naru1 - Apr 18, 2006   

Strengths: good quality prints, quick printing, low noise, acceptable paper capacity, small footspace, price, software

Weakness: POWER CONSUMPSION! must manual feed for non 8.5x11 paper size, manual and confusing 2-sided printing, slight paper-curling

Comparing the HL-2040 to similarly priced black and white laser printers (like the Samsung ML-2010 and Konica Minolta PagePro 1350W), this is one exceptional printer. Printed text comes out clear and crisp even at small fonts. It takes about 11-15 seconds for the first page to finish printing from a "cold" print, which I find above average compared to other printers. Unlike other similarly priced laser printers, this one prints graphics very well with minimal banding but only after tinkering with some software settings. I found the toner-saver function was too conservative with graphics though: even dark shades of grey would come out near-white. Text is fine though. Installation took less than 10 minutes on Windows XP with clear instructions. I wish I could comment on the support for this printer, but I never found a reason to call. The noise while printing was high though not quite as high as the Samsung ML-2010. Still, it's noisy enough to wake a roommate if you decide to print in the middle of the night in your dorm. The only major gripe I have about this printer is unintuitive way the paper is printed. It seems the page is turned twice before printing. This may be difficult if you frequently print on both sides or recycle paper by printing on the other side of old documents. With no network capability and unupgradable 8 MB memory, this printer will serve well anyone seeking fast, occassional printing of small to medium jobs. Recommended for: students, small office Not recommened for: those who print a lot of envelopes or legal sized paper (must manual feed), those who frequently print graphics, medium to large offices UPDATE: There is a slight paper-curling problem with this printer; however, leaving the paper to cool for a few seconds will normally resolve this. ALSO, THIS PRINTER TENDS TO DRAW MORE WATTAGE WHILE WARMING UP. BROTHER'S WEBSITE ATTRIBUTES THIS TO THE FAST WAKE-UP PROCESS. BECAUSE OF THIS, LIGHTS TEND TO FLICKER. IT IS NOT RECOMMENDED YOU PLUG THIS PRINTER ON THE SAME CIRCUIT AS OTHER DEVICES THAT DRAW A LOT OF POWER AND LEAVE THIS DEVICE OFF WHEN NOT IN USE. As a consequence, I will lower my rating from 5 stars to 3 stars.

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HL-2040 Laser Printer review
4 Star Review   By member RonShepherd - Jan 2, 2006   

Strengths: Great printing at a great price. Small footprint and quiet operation. Center single sheet feed.

Weakness: The only weakness I find is that the single sheet feed is a little difficult to use. It is not easy to align the sheets with the quides with no positive indication the sheet is gripped properly.

This little printer is a great bargain. It prints really clear and crisp on regular paper. It is fast and quiet. I needed a printer with a single sheet feed and this one has that. I print envelopes through there and wallet sized checks. When they line up properly it prints beautifully. I read several complaints that it curls the paper too much. I do not find this to be a problem. I highly recommend this printer.

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BIG power problem!
1 Star Review   By member marrii - Nov 7, 2005   

Strengths: Inexpensive, fast.

Weakness: Sucks too much power.

I spent over three hours trying to get this printer to work. Every time I turned it on, my computer would re-boot. It is fast, though. Once I actually managed to get as far as hitting the print icon, and the page was printing even as my computer was shutting down. I checked on Brother's troubleshooting site (after unplugging the printer) and their suggestion to one customer was to put the printer on a seperate circuit breaker. I think it will be cheaper to by a more expensive printer than to have the house re-wired, so back to the store it goes.

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Brother HL-2040
4 Star Review   By member hotobhaga - Oct 31, 2005   

Strengths: Very reasonable price, Small, quite, good quality fast laser printing

Weakness: Paper Curling Problem

The main plus point is it's very rasonable price tag. Brother HL-2040 is very quite and fast printing. It's a small laser printer for anybody's use. It's ideal for everyday use.

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HL-2040 from Brother
3 Star Review   By member webhornet - Oct 31, 2005   

Strengths: Cheap and takes little room

Weakness: I have experienced some paper curl but not too bad.

Overall, this is a good laser printer for the price. I have noticed some comments about paper curling and I have experienced it somewhat. Nothing to loose sleep over. The toner is easy enough to refill but replacements are higher than expected.

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Excellent printer
5 Star Review   By member fireworks1972 - Oct 28, 2005   

Strengths: Excellent for home office

Its size is right for a home office, pretty quite, good printing quality with decent price. It's not noisy at all. It's convenient to use paper in the paper drawer.

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Very affordable...
4 Star Review   By ghostin007 on Mwave.com - Oct 3, 2005   

Strengths: Good print quality, very good print output, does a good job printing 600-1200 dpi

Weakness: paper curls slightly...but I can deal with it and I knew that from the online reviews that I read.

with better paper quality it curls very little, what do you want for the price, the "WORLD." Do your homework and buy it because you want it...

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Ed from Nebraska
4 Star Review   By member youracmanfromTX - Sep 23, 2005   

Strengths: Low Price, Reliablilty

Weakness: Paper curling, "sudden death" when out of toner

I replaced my very old HP laser with the HL2040 and, for the price, I am totally satisfied. It is all I expected and more in terms of speed and reliability. A word of caution.....buy your replacement toner cartridge early and have it nearby because when the toner gets low, this machine dies....i.e., you don't get any warning. I'd definitely buy it again for my "home use." I can live with the paper curling problem.......which is pretty severe on card stock (which I manually feed from the front of the printer.)

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This printer worth Every Dollar
4 Star Review   By member shaurya - Sep 14, 2005   

Strengths: Fast, Cheap, Reliable, Good Documentation and Technical Support.

Weakness: Not Network Ready

I bought this as I am tired of paying $25 for the Inkjet inks. This is a Laser Printer and the price I paid for this is little over than the price of a single Inkjet Cartridge. The print Quality is really good and it appears to be saving toner is toner save mode. Does little paper curling but I am Ok with it.

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2 months' home office experience---no complaints so far
4 Star Review   By member kgivens - Sep 2, 2005   

Strengths: Tidy small footprint, great print quality right out of the box, parallel and USB connectivity

Weakness: The old "starter toner cartridge" trick, no USB cable in box

I replaced a 3 year-old Brother HL-1440 with this unit. It has ably filled its shoes so far, printing about 200 pages a month with nice, crisp black type that is no better and no worse than any of the 4 or 5 lasers I have used to date. I have it connected to my PC via the USB port, but have also used the parallel port to support a wireless aprallel-port print server, so I can send jobs to this printer from my laptop computer (which lives downstairs in my kitchen) even when the host PC is turned off. The first-page-out time is a little quicker than my old HL-1440, which is welcome; about the same in noise level, which is certainly not offensive to me.

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a nice printer for this price
4 Star Review   By member yiduo_wu - Aug 19, 2005   

Strengths: price, compact design

Weakness: expensive cartridge, printing noise

The quality is indeed very good in this price range. The first page prints out pretty quickly. It is so small compared to other laser printers. This might be the reason why it has the paper curling problem.

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Impressive compact printer
5 Star Review   By member techpuppy - Aug 16, 2005   

Strengths: Print speed, Print quality, Customer Service

Weakness: Machine will not print after "it" determines toner is out. My previous laser printer would continue to print until I was not satisfied with the results.

Customer Support was outstanding. I had an installation problem that turned out to be a quirk of my computer, not the printer. This printer is a workhorse. I printed a few pages of full reverse (white text with black background) for an attempt at making paper printing negatives for platemaking. It worked. Then I tried running cut electrostatic plate material through the machine for use on my offset press. It worked beautifully. For the price this machine offers great speed and outstanding quality. Add in the excellent customer service and this is a winner.

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Fast, but not worth it
1 Star Review   By member BraveMadMan - Aug 6, 2005   

Strengths: It's fast and the print quality is fine

Weakness: It has the paper-curling problem

I have gone through three brand new printers in 3 weeks. All of them have stopped printing mid page and all the LEDs come on. According to Brother tech support, this is a fuser error and is unrecoverable. After three printers and all three having the same problem, I'm giving up.

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HL-2040 Laser Printer
4 Star Review   By member afrugal1 - Aug 5, 2005   

Strengths: Price.

Weakness: Toner longevity.

This Brother HL-2040 unit is a solid entry-level laser printer. Copies are produced quickly and in an efficient and economic manner. Always good opportunities to obtain this model at very good prices.

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HL-2040 Laser Printer
4 Star Review   By member dinarkamat - Aug 4, 2005   

Strengths: Fast and easy to use Good compact laser for personal use

Weakness: Makes squeeky noises when printing

This is my first laser printer. The reason why I chose this is for its compact size and looks. It was a choice between this or the Samsung. I have not yet figured out how to print envelope. If you want instruction, you have to get it online from Brother.

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Cool printer
4 Star Review   By member gemlin2 - Aug 4, 2005   

Strengths: compact design, price, easy assembly

Weakness: expensive toner cartridge

I bought this printer because of the affordable price and compact design. It is small enough to fit on my desk without being obstructive. I really like the design (stylish, compact). This is a good personal printer for the price and size. It comes with a starter toner. Looks like the toner cartridge will be expensive but maybe the refill kit will be more affordable.

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Brother HL-2040 Laser Printer
4 Star Review   By member fchang777 - Aug 3, 2005   

Strengths: Compact size, fast printing, quality is excellent, price, warms up really fast,

Weakness: Replacement toner is expensive. No memory expansion or networking

Since I got a great deal on this printer, I have very little complaints about it. For small office/home use it is perfect becauase it is compact, fast and easy to setup. I've had no problems with curling, as some have had, after approximately 100+ printing runs. The quality is really good for this class of laser printers. I would highly recommend this product. If you need network capability or have a need to upgrade memory for better performance, look elsewhere.

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fast, cheap printer
4 Star Review   By member wjarcher - Aug 1, 2005   

Strengths: fast to warm up, acceptable quality

Weakness: expensive catridge

easy to set up, fast warm-up. The print-out looks pretty nice, the low price(I got it for around $30) makes it perfect for home-use. A little noisy, the catridge might be expensive compared with other brands.

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compact laser printer
4 Star Review   By member jack2000 - Jul 29, 2005   

This printer is very compact and light weighted. Printing speed is fast and quality is ok. And best of all, it's amazingly cheap compared to other heavy ones. So far I have no complaints about it.

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HL-2040 Laser Printer
4 Star Review   By member jimly05 - Jul 29, 2005   

Strengths: Compact, Sleek, Easy Assembly, Gets the job done.

Weakness: Starter toner, new toner costs almost as much as printer, no network connection

Decent laser printer for a decent price. Since this is my first laser printer, I am absolutely satisfied with the printer's performance so far (have printed about 40 pages). This is a step up from flatbeds, and this laser printer is efficient in avg-medium usage. Is reliable if you don't expect too much from a basic laser printer for personal or small business usage.

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brother laser printer model#hl-2040
4 Star Review   By member anithajavvaji - Jul 28, 2005   

Strengths: it prints faster

Weakness: i couldn't see any drawbacks with this one

its a very nice printer i never ever had before..print quality is very good.it would be more better if it comes with cable.i would prefer to buy in future also..

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Solid printer, great value
4 Star Review   By member kyle_avery - Jul 28, 2005   

Strengths: Good quality, great bang for the buck, compatible with both PC and Mac OS.

Weakness: Low page starter toner (only 1,500 pages), 250 sheet capacity is a little low for me.

I've had this printer for about half a week but I'm already impressed with it. For starters, I didn't break the bank but I wanted a solid printer that would get the job done. Brother doesn't make many printers to my knowledge but this one seems to be a good start. I'm kind of wondering if the next toner I buy will be more than I paid for the printer so I'm a little edgy about that. Otherwise, I'd recommend this for your small business or home with no reservations.

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2040
4 Star Review   By member scheoki - Jul 28, 2005   

Strengths: Cheap, Fast and steady Laser Printer

Weakness: paper curling

I got what I was looking for in this printer. It is fast when starting cold, and even faster once it's going.As for page curling, it does curl them a bit (I use regular Hammermill paper), so that's not a function of the paper as noted by previous users. For me, it's not a big deal--the speed and resolution more than make up for it. They don't curl into a circular tube, the ends of the page turn up a bit.

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4 Star Review   By member EricaM0817 - Jul 25, 2005   

This is a really nice printer, and the prices for it are good. We've used several of these at work. Never had any issues with it. Lasers are good due to their high print speeds. Plus it's small and compact, so it fits just about anywhere your inkjet printer would.

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Good printer for the price
3 Star Review   By member abakben - Jul 25, 2005   

Strengths: Fast,reliable and also small

Weakness: When you print images and text comibination, you get reduced quality images. It has only 250 paper capacity.

I bought it for $65 2 days ago. For that price, it is fine for the average user but you would probably need to get a higher quality if you are image intensive person. It is great and fast for just text though. It causes to paper to curl excessively. I had some problems with two-sided since the paper is excessively curled.

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NIce printer but power problems
3 Star Review   By member stockmanjr - Jul 24, 2005   

Strengths: This laser printer prints very nice documents

Weakness: Problems with power supply

I bought this product even with the comments about power supply.I was very happy with the printing however I was not happy with the power supply problem.I would buy this product but put it on a seperate line from important other electronics

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4 Star Review   By member baysplace - Jul 6, 2005   

Strengths: quality, size, speed, price

Weakness: noise, paper bending

It was very quick and easy to setup. no hassle... I also like the automatic power saving feature. I am sure this is one of the best printers under $200.00 laser printers. It's pretty noisy when printing. I've used Samsung, HP, Konica-Minolta, and other Brother printers before, and this is the most noisy printer ever used... Papers bend, but it's a comman problems to most affordable printers.

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5 Star Review   By member ldragon - Apr 27, 2005   

Strengths: Its size is right for a home office, pretty quite, good printing quality with decent price.

Weakness: cartidge replacement is kind of expensive compared with the price of printer.

I get this print to replace my old inkjet printer. Its size is right for my small home. not noisy at all, even if running through night. I really impressed by it printing quality, using save toner mode can still get good quality with less toner spending. I would recommend it to anyone who plan to buy a print for home use. If you don't care about price, model 2070 is almost the same but with network printing ready, I hope that is even better.

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4 Star Review   By member felid225 - Mar 30, 2005   

Strengths: compact, flawless performance

This compact laser printer is so great compared to other laser printers I owned before. Besides its perfect performance on printing, its small size does fit my small room. In a word, it's perfect for personal use.

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4 Star Review   By member onlycool - Mar 28, 2005   

Strengths: This Brother printer is a great value for the price. I purchased this machine for my home and it has performed flawlessly. I have ran a few larger print jobs, printing various manuals and it churns right through them. The best part is it's small enough t

Weakness: NO

I have purchased this machine for the new compact design and high speed for the price. This machine has met every expectation for a personal laser printer in speed and quality. Print quality is very good.

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2 Star Review   By member diljs - Mar 22, 2005   

Strengths: Price

Weakness: Paper Curl

This printer is a bargain. Brother also seems to have a reputation for quality. Personally, I would recommend staying away from this particular unit, however. It has a serious problem with chronic paper curling. This flaw makes the printer almost worthless.

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4 Star Review   By member techlover - Mar 9, 2005   

Strengths: Fast, efficient, and reliable.

Weakness: Only black and white.

This makes a great addition to the home office. It gets the job done with its great print features. The toner appears to be expensive to replace. Surprisingly, the printer is a workhorse. Highly recommended!

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5 Star Review   By member kutta - Mar 4, 2005   

Strengths: good quality printouts. Toner seem to last longer. usb and parallel printer cable compatible

Weakness: slow to printout

For the price I paid, this is one of the best printers available. Designed for home or home office use, the HL-2040 is an affordable, personal laser printer. Compatible for either Windows or Mac users, the HL-2040 features compact design. I would recommend this printer to every one!

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