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Brother HL 2040

alaTest has collected and analyzed 601 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the size and print quality. The usability and performance also get good feedback, whereas there are some critical views about the paper handling and noise.

value for money, performance, usability, print quality, size

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 77/100 = Good quality.

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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.

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Brother HL-2040 Laser Printer

 

Review: The Brother HL-2040 is an inexpensive, fast, noncolor laser printer for a home or sole-proprietor business. It's decent at printing text, so-so at graphics, and quick at both. As with the similarly priced Samsung ML-1740, what you see is what...

Fast text and graphics; low price; small footprint

Can't expand memory or paper capacity; only fair graphics output

The Brother HL-2040 makes a fine first laser printer. To serve a small workgroup, seek its sibling, the HL-2070N.

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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...

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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.

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"Not a problem with it yet"

 

I would purchase it again if I didn't already have one, Yeah, the ink is almost the same cost as the printer, but you can get them refurbished, and for how many pages I can get out of a toner, I would just as well purchase a new toner at full price. I...

Inexpensive to purchase, prints relatively quickly. Clear image.

Does curl the pages a bit, This doesn't really bother me, but some people have more problems with that than I do. I have ran into another user that had a problem with feeding paper, but it turned out to be a piece of paper stuck on the toner roller.

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Not a problem with it yet

 

I would purchase it again if I didn't already have one, Yeah, the ink is almost the same cost as the printer, but you can get them refurbished, and for how many pages I can get out of a toner, I would just as well purchase a new toner at full price. I...

Inexpensive to purchase, prints relatively quickly. Clear image

Does curl the pages a bit, This doesn't really bother me, but some people have more problems with that than I do. I have ran into another user that had a problem with feeding paper, but it turned out to be a piece of paper stuck on the toner roller

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"Not a problem with it yet"

 

I would purchase it again if I didn't already... 

Inexpensive to purchase, prints relatively quickly. Clear image

Does curl the pages a bit, This doesn't really bother me, but some people have more problems with that than I do. I have ran into another user that had a problem with feeding paper, but it turned out to be a piece of paper stuck on the toner roller

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Brother HL-2040 Laser Printer

 

I would purchase it again if I didn't already have one, Yeah, the ink is almost the same cost as the printer, but you can get them refurbished, and for how many pages I can get out of a toner, I would just as well purchase a new toner at full price. I...

Inexpensive to purchase, prints relatively quickly. Clear image

Does curl the pages a bit, This doesn't really bother me, but some people have more problems with that than I do. I have ran into another user that had a problem with feeding paper, but it turned out to be a piece of paper stuck on the toner roller

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"Easy to setup, use, nice quality, cheap to maintain."

 

Brother is a great option if you're at home, not print happy, and don't care about not having color. I've had mine for 3 years now and haven't had to change the toner yet. The paper can curl a little on one end when it prints, but it's not a big deal.

Low-cost maintenance, cheap refills, long-life, only 1 jam after 3 years.

Only likes letter-size or smaller, slightly curls the paper.

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Easy to setup, use, nice quality, cheap to maintain.

 

Brother is a great option if you're at home, not print happy, and don't care about not having color. I've had mine for 3 years now and haven't had to change the toner yet. The paper can curl a little on one end when it prints, but it's not a big deal.

Low-cost maintenance, cheap refills, long-life, only 1 jam after 3 years

Only likes letter-size or smaller, slightly curls the paper

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.