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Brother HL-1240

alaTest has collected and analyzed 219 reviews of Brother HL-1240. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other Printers for all reviews. Reviews about the print quality and reliability are overall positive. The usability and performance also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the noise.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Brother HL-1240 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 67/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

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Consumer review by: review summary for Brother HL-1240


alaTest has collected and analyzed 49 user reviews of Brother HL-1240 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.5/5 for other Printers on People are impressed by the noise and print quality. The usability and performance are also mentioned favorably. There are some less positive reviews about the reliability.

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86% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Brother HL-1240 Laser Printer (PC/Mac)

Expert review by:

Brother HL-1240


A monochrome laser printer that's inexpensive and fast enough for most home-office printing needs.

This entry-level laser printer is a fast and efficient single-user model.

Consumer review by:

Old and still working


When our newer laser died, I plunged this thing in and it worked. Some two reams later and it is still going strong. The other printer is less than a year old, but the warrantee doesn't help on Friday afternoon when you need to print now and it's down ...

Made in Dec 2000 and still works in July of 2008.

driver300 dpi xp driver600 dpi if you find another.


Consumer review by:

Great printer


Size, reliability, quality

Don't see any

Consumer review by:

I tried 2 of them, never again


Cheap. Not too difficult to install

High long term costs, drums are short-lived

Consumer review by:

Not in a network!


Cheap, works well for a single user

doesn't work well in network environments

Consumer review by:

Work horse.


2 sec warm up time. No paper jams. long lasting toner. crisp edges.

No network port. No color. No cable in box

Consumer review by:

I Like It


Good price, prints fast

Driver could be better, sometimes has errors

Consumer review by:

I Like It


I bought this unit because I was printing out a bunch of stuff for school and I was spending a fortune on ink cartridges. Plus, I was submitting resumes and law school applications, and the laser just looks more professional.

Good price, prints fast

Driver could be better, sometimes has errors

Consumer review by:

Very disappointing


Small size, inexpensive, ease of use

Drum unit gave out after 13 months of light home use.

Consumer review by:

Way to go Brother!


Fast, excellent quality and affordable.

Quite large

Product Specifications

The HL-1240DX printer utilizes an optimized 66 MHz controller that allows fast output. How fast? Up to 12 pages per minute! And there is no long waiting times for that first page to be printed - the optimized first page output is less than 15 seconds. The Brother HL-1240DX printer comes with USB and parallel ports built-in so it is compatible with Windows platforms as well as your iMac, iBook or G3/G4 Macintosh. All printer drivers are included in the box and there is no need for a parallel-to-USB converter, both interfaces are provided right on-board. True 600 x 600 dpi printing combined with microfine toner produces sharp quality printing. Paper capacity is a staggering 250 sheets of letter size paper, and the HL-1240DX allows you to obtain optimum print quality on different media types every time.

Dimensions & Weight



Compatibility:Mac / PC
Country Kits:Germany
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Brother HL




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Connectivity Technology:Wired
Form Factor:Desktop/Stationary
Interface:Parallel / USB
Language Simulation:PCL 4
Max H-Resolution B/W:600dpi
Max Media Size (Standard):A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in) / Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)/Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
Max Printing Speed (ppm):12ppm
Max V-Resolution B/W:600dpi
Media Path Type:Curved/Straight
Media Type:Envelopes / Labels / Plain paper / Transparencies/Plain paper
Output Type:Monochrome
Total Media Capacity:250sheets
Type:Personal printer/Workgroup printer


Installed Size:2MB
Max Supported Size:2MB


Type: None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty /2 years warranty /3 years warranty

System Requirements

OS Required:Apple MacOS / Microsoft DOS / Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows 3.x/95/98 / Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 / Microsoft Windows XP/Apple MacOS / Microsoft Windows 3.x/95/98/Apple MacOS 8.1 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows 3.x/95/98 / Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 / Microsoft Windows XP