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Head: Fantastic Printer For A Little Money!
Reviewed by: toddster63
Date Reviewed: Dec 22 '06
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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Head: Suitable for home network too
Reviewed by: oldfolky
Date Reviewed: Oct 13 '05 (Updated Oct 13 '05)
In addition to the positives noted in other reviews, I'd add that the HL-2040 works fine for us as a network printer on our 4-PC home network.
I already had a Trendware TE100-P2U1P print server, which can handle one parallel and two USB printers, so I was reluctant to pay extra for a network-ready printer.
I first tried a Dell 1100 laser printer, but it refused to work with the print server, and Dell support was non-existent. The only way to share it on the network was to leave one of the Pcs logged on.
Before buying the Brother HL-2040, I asked support at Brother whether they knew whether it would work with my server. Within a few hours I received an email reply. They said that it had not been tested with my particular print server, but that if it did not work via the USB port, it might well work through the parallel port - no promises. I went ahead and ordered the printer from Costco, where it was available for $80 after rebate, and found that it works fine with the server on both the USB and parallel ports, so I can leave my parallel-only inkjet connected to the network, as well as the new Laser.
As a side note, the more expensive Brother HL-5280DWN is the network-ready equivalent of this printer, but is not as heavily discounted as the HL-2040.
A further advantage of the Brother is that, unlike with Dell, one is not forced into a single source (and price) for toner cartridges. Both Brother-manufactured and 3rd party cartridges are readily available from plenty of suppliers at competitive prices, and in addition to the 2,500 page cartridge, a 12,000 toner drum is available.
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