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Brother HL 2040

alaTest has collected and analyzed 280 reviews of Brother HL 2040. 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. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and size. The usability and performance are also mentioned favorably, but the paper handling and noise get negative views.

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noise, paper handling

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Brother HL 2040 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: ( review summary for Brother HL 2040


alaTest has collected and analyzed 63 user reviews of Brother HL 2040 from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.7/5 for other Printers on People really like the print quality and durability. The performance and price are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are negative about the noise.

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81% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Remanufactured Brother HL-2040 Monochrome Laser Printer (EHL-2040)Remanufactured Brother HL-2040 Monochrome Laser Printer (EHL-2040)Brother HL-2040 Monochrome Laser Printer

Oct, 2015

Expert review by: Paul Jasper (

Brother HL-2040


With its low price tag, the Brother HL-2040 makes a good personal laser for anyone with low-volume, everyday printing needs.

Competitively priced

Modest output quality

If your have for quantity and quality are modest, the Brother HL-2040's sticker price will make it at home on your desk.

Oct, 2006

Expert review by: (

Brother HL-2040


If you're looking for a personal laser primarily for text, the Brother HL-2040 ($150 street) may be the best value around. It boasts a 20-ppm engine that sped through our tests, delivering excellent text quality along the way. Graphics and photo...

Very inexpensive. Compact. Excellent text quality. Excellent performance for the price. Adequate paper handling, with a 250-sheet capacity and a manual feed

Graphics and photo quality are both relatively low. Oddly for a laser printer, output has a tendency to curl

The Brother HL-2040 is a good value, with fast performance, excellent text quality, and a 250-sheet paper capacity that's appropriate for a personal printer. But as you might expect from a $150 laser printer, it has its shortcomings—most notably poor...


Expert review by: Eric Schwarz (

Review: Brother HL-2040


Inkjet printers are the undisputed champions of budget color printing, but ink costs can quickly mount up. Laser printers have been steadily falling in price, and budget models such as Brother's HL-2040 are available for little more than a mid-range...

Compact, cheap compared to other lasers, fast printouts, sharp text output

Graphics quality not the best, papers get slight curl after printing

The Brother HL-2040 is a great choice for budget printing, as long as you are aware of its drawbacks.

May, 2005

Expert review by: Good Gear (

Expert Review


If your quantity and quality needs are modest, the Brother HL-2040's sticker price will make it at home on your desk.

Small size, fast

Not great graphics prints

Apr, 2011

Expert review by: reviewproduct admin (

Brother 2040 Laser Printer


Brother 2040 is a fast, compact and affordable monochrome laser printer. Ideal for personal use, it features a print speed of up to 20 ppm, HQ1200 resolution and 8 MB of standard memory. The brother HL2040's small footprint can fit almost anywhere,...

Aug, 2007

Consumer review by: N/A (

Best printer I have ever owned


This does exactly what it says: Prints black and white, and never runs out of toner. This is the best printer I have ever owned. I used it for all of undergrad and did not have to replace the toner at all

Only black and white, but that is not necessarily a bad thing

Dec, 2014

Consumer review by: Joe (

Amazing Printer


Watch out if it shows the yellow toner low light, it seems to keep the fuser unit warm. This can waste power, so turn it off if not using it for a while. AMAZING BUDGET PRINTER!

Prints fast, automatically recognized and added by OSX, XP and Vista for me. Prints labels well too. Toner lasted for 3 years. Refill kits only 9USD on e bay ; I bought one, loved it, gf got one, dad got one, mom too. Why don't more people buy these?...

Toner refill can be messy, make sure you wear the gloves, otherwise, just buy a new cartridge for cheap

May, 2009

Consumer review by: Triko (

Most bang for the buck


You have to buy your own USB cable, fyi.

30 after MIR for a Laser printer is an absolute steal, and if the drum last for over 12,000 as Platypi0007 review suggest, then I may never have to buy ink ever again since I just it for personal uses. Everyone is gonna need or want a personal laser...

Can't complain when the printer cost $30, and wouldn't either way, the printer works great and the print quality is what would you expect from a laser printer

May, 2009

Consumer review by: Moom (

Doing a great job for me


Great price ($45 for new unit) and has been performing flawlessly. At that price it was challenging the costs of cartridge for our inkjet printer. Realized I rarely need color printing, so this has really worked out well, and allows me to print while...


May, 2009

Consumer review by: wind73 (



ofcourse, it is the good deal for me, just $30 for the printer , and the quality is very well. at least so far, I do not find any trouble with the printer. the newegg send the printer to me very quickly, just in two days

so far, no

Apr, 2009

Product Specifications

The Brother HL-2040 has been designed to take up the minimum amount of space yet houses all the features you would expect from a high quality laser printer. Impressive print speeds of up to 20ppm, combined with a paper tray that holds up to 250 sheets, makes this machine both convenient and efficient. With its Quick Start Guide you will be printing in minutes and you will soon see the difference that quality laser printing can make to your documents.