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Brother HL 1040

Brother HL 1040
alaAverage 4.4

6 reviews

May, 2018

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 reviews of Brother HL 1040. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Printers for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the price. The performance is also mentioned favorably.

performance, price

On average, users rate this product 87/100.

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For those small laser print jobs


The 1040's are good laser printers. They don't use a drawer like the larger Bro. Lasers but have a tray kind of like an ink jet printer does (except that it's mounted on the top rear rather than in the front). This allows the paper to slide ...

Nov, 2009

Product Specifications

True 600 dpi printing combined with microfine toner produces sharp quality print output at up to 10 ppm. The unique Straight Paper Path Technology ensures smooth, wrinkle-free printing on a wide range of media types & weights. The well designed input paper cassette tray (2.75" x 5" to 8.5" x 14") holds 200 sheets, plus a manual feed slot, and provides excellent paper handling. The media setting control allows you to obtain the optimum print quality on different media types, every time. The cassette even takes 9 x 12 inch envelopes, allowing for unparalleled convenience in the handling of routine correspondence. The Brother HL-1040 printer, utilizes an optimized (16 MHz) controller which allows fast output. Optimized first page output is less than 15 seconds. Brother's data compression technology minimizes RAM usage and returns the user quickly to their application. The 2MB of standard memory allows for ample RAM space for the processing of data. Almost every application is automatically handled by the printer, not only with the standard emulation - PCL4, but also with IBM and Epson emulations and even an included software version of PCL5e included with the printer. Auto emulation mode enables the printer to automatically switch emulations depending on the data type it receives. There is even a software utility for DOS applications (RPC). Windows 3.1/3.11/95/98/NT4.0 drivers are supplied as standard. There is an optional Macintosh driver available. Also bundled is an Automatic E-mail Printing software utility. Optional interfaces are available via the Semi-XIO Port with the RS-100M & an external solution for 10BaseT network connection using the NC-2010p. Economy mode cuts toner consumption by 25% or 50% and the intelligent sleep mode cuts power consumption to <13 watts. The printer driver's duplex mode and the "2 in 1" and "4 in 1" Windows printing modes decreases paper usage even further. The simple two piece toner and drum system ensures full consumable life and a lower total cost of ownership.


Built-in display: No
Color of product:White

Dimensions & Weight


Energy Management

Power consumption (max):280
Power consumption (PowerSave):13


Country Kits:N/a
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Brother HL

Input Capacity

Standard input capacity:200


Internal memory:2




Type: None


Ethernet LAN:N
Ethernet LAN connection: No
Mobile printing technologies:Not supported
Network ready: No
Type: None
Wi-Fi: No

Paper Handling

ISO A-series sizes (A0...A9):A4
Maximum ISO A-series paper size:A4
Maximum print area:Legal (216 x 356 mm)
Maximum print size:Legal (216 x 356 mm)
Standard tray media types:Plain Paper
Standard tray media weight:60 - 158


Built-in processor:MC68EC000
Processor frequency:16
Processor model:MC68EC000
Windows operating systems supported:Windows 3.x, Windows 95, Windows NT

Ports & interfaces

Standard interfaces:Parallel


Power consumption (max):280
Power consumption (PowerSave):13

Print Technology

Color: No
Duplex printing: No
Maximum Resolution:600 x 600
Number of print cartridges:1
Print technology:Laser
Printing colors:Black
Standard printer languages:Epson FX, IBM ProPrinter, PCL 4


Connectivity Technology:Wired
Form Factor:Desktop
Language Simulation:EPSON FX / PCL 4 / PCL 5E
Max H-Resolution B/W:600dpi
Max Media Size (Standard):Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
Max Printing Speed (ppm):10ppm
Max V-Resolution B/W:600dpi
Media Path Type:Straight
Media Type:Envelopes / Labels / Plain paper / Transparencies
Monthly Duty Cycle Range (Printer Class):10,000 - 19,999 pages
Output Type:Monochrome
PostScript Support:Not available
Total Media Capacity:200sheets
Type:Workgroup printer


Print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter):10


Installed Size:2MB


Type: None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Sound Emission

Print noise level:49
Printing noise level:49

System Requirements

OS Required:Microsoft Windows 3.1 / Microsoft Windows 3.11 / Microsoft Windows 95/98 / Microsoft Windows NT 4.0

Weight & Dimensions