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Brother HL 1230

alaTest has collected and analyzed 50 reviews of Brother HL 1230. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Printers for all reviews. People really like the print quality and reliability. The usability and price are also appreciated, whereas there are some critical comments about the paper handling and noise.

price, usability, reliability, print quality

size, noise, paper handling

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Brother HL 1230 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 73/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review (

My Brother's a bit long in the tooth.


We bought our Brother laser printer about 4 years ago. At the time, I believe it was selling for around US$125-150. We wanted a replacement for our inkjet as the print quality just wasn't there. Since that time I'm guessing that we must have printed ...

Starter drum & toner LASTS, good value for money

Poor support, printer is heavy & somewhat noisy.

Mar, 2007

Consumer review (

Excellent Printer for Excellent Price


The Brother laser printer line for personal/SOHO use is definately the way to go for people with small to medium duty cycle needs (1000->2000 sheets monthly per printer). The printers chassis seems to be a carry over from the past few years of ...

Great reliability, quality, paper capacity, usability, printer parallel port

Integrated drum, no built in colour, no extra feeder available

Oct, 2004

Consumer review (

It was great! ...for 11 months.


We bought a brand new HL1230 back in October 2002 and for the price it's been an excellent little printer... UNTIL it started printing a thin 'film' of toner over everything. SO... after 11 months faithful service, we took it back to the shop, got a...

Razor sharp dense black printing and a very low price.

Price of the drum unit, single sheet feed problems and the 'toner film'!

Sep, 2003

Product Specifications

With up to 600 x 600 dpi resolution the HL-1230 delivers high quality mono print at an impressive 12 pages per minute. And coming complete with a range of user-friendly software functions, the HL-1230 provides real value for money, without compromising on performance. The HL-1230 printer is quick and easy to install and includes the benefit of comprehensive, state-of-the-art technical support with Windows interactive Animations, giving a step-by-step guide to your new printer. Plus, for additional peace of mind, you can enjoy direct access to the Brother Solutions Center web site.


Color of product:White

Dimensions & Weight


Energy Management

Power consumption (max):340
Power consumption (PowerSave):5
Power consumption (standby):70


Country Kits:United Kingdom
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Brother HL

Input Capacity

Standard input capacity:250


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

Packaging Content

Drivers included: Yes

Paper Handling

ISO A-series sizes (A0...A9):A4, A5, A6
ISO B-series sizes (B0...B9):B5
Maximum ISO A-series paper size:A4
Maximum print area:Legal (216 x 356 mm)
Maximum print size:Legal (216 x 356 mm)
Non-ISO print media sizes:Letter
Standard tray media types:Envelopes, Labels, Plain paper
Standard tray media weight:64 - 105


Built-in processor: Yes
Processor frequency:66
Processor model:MB86833
Windows operating systems supported:Windows 2000, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows NT, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Home x64, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Professional x64

Ports & interfaces

Standard interfaces:Parallel


Power consumption (max):340
Power consumption (PowerSave):5
Power consumption (standby):70

Print Technology

Color: No
Duplex printing: No
Maximum Resolution:600 x 600
Number of print cartridges:1
Print technology:Laser
Printing colors:Black


Connectivity Technology:Wired
Form Factor:Stationary
Max H-Resolution B/W:600dpi
Max Media Size (Standard):A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in)/A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in) / Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
Max Printing Speed (ppm):12ppm
Max V-Resolution B/W:600dpi
Media Path Type:Curved
Media Type:Bond paper / Cards / Envelopes / Labels / Plain paper / Transparencies/Bond paper / Envelopes / Labels / Transparencies
Output Type:Monochrome
Total Media Capacity:250sheets
Type:Personal printer


Print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter):12
Time to first page (black, normal):15
Warm-up time:45


Installed Size:2MB
Max Supported Size:2MB


Type: None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Sound Emission

Print noise level:50
Printing noise level:50

System Requirements

OS Required:Microsoft Windows 2000 / NT4.0 / Microsoft Windows 95/98 / Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition / Windows ME/Microsoft Windows 2000 / NT4.0 / Microsoft Windows 95/98 / Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition

Weight & Dimensions