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Brother HL-1240

alaTest has collected and analyzed 252 reviews of Brother HL-1240. 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 are impressed by the print quality and reliability. The usability and price are also appreciated, whereas there are some less positive reviews about the paper handling and size.

performance, price, usability, reliability, print quality

noise, size, paper handling

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 74/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 79 user reviews of Brother HL-1240 from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.7/5 for other Printers on Reviews about the noise and print quality are generally positive. The usability and price also get good feedback, whereas there are some less positive opinions about the paper handling and size.

performance, price, usability, print quality, noise

reliability, size, paper handling

89% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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

Jun, 2018

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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.

Apr, 2001

Consumer review (

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.

Jul, 2008

Consumer review (

Great printer


Size, reliability, quality

Don't see any

Dec, 2004

Consumer review (

I tried 2 of them, never again


Cheap. Not too difficult to install

High long term costs, drums are short-lived

Jan, 2004

Consumer review (

Not in a network!


Cheap, works well for a single user

doesn't work well in network environments

Apr, 2003

Consumer review (

Work horse.


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

No network port. No color. No cable in box

Sep, 2002

Consumer review (

I Like It


Good price, prints fast

Driver could be better, sometimes has errors

Aug, 2002

Consumer review (

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

Aug, 2002

Consumer review (

Very disappointing


Small size, inexpensive, ease of use

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

Jan, 2002

Consumer review (

Way to go Brother!


Fast, excellent quality and affordable.

Quite large

Aug, 2001

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.


Built-in display: Yes
Color of product:White

Dimensions & Weight


Energy Management

Power consumption (max):340
Power consumption (PowerSave):5
Power consumption (standby):80


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

Input Capacity

Standard input capacity:250


Internal memory:2




Type: None


Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Mobile printing technologies:Not supported
Network ready: Yes
Supported network protocols (IPv4):TCP/IP, Appletalk, Netware, DEC LAT, Banyan VINES, NetBEUI, DLC/LLC
Type: None
Wi-Fi: No

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 3.x, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows NT

Ports & interfaces

Standard interfaces:Ethernet, Parallel, USB 2.0


Power consumption (max):340
Power consumption (PowerSave):5
Power consumption (standby):80

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:PCL 4


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


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 /2 years warranty /3 years warranty

Sound Emission

Print noise level:49
Printing noise level:49
Standby acoustic emission:27

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

Weight & Dimensions