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Brother HL-3040CN

alaTest has collected and analyzed 662 reviews of Brother HL-3040CN. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Printers for all reviews. People are impressed by the print quality and design. The price and usability also get good comments. The reliability and size get mixed views, while some have doubts about the connectivity and control panel.

performance, usability, price, design, print quality

noise, paper handling, control panel, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Brother HL-3040CN is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 49 user reviews of Brother HL-3040CN from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Printers on Reviews about the print quality and noise are overall positive. The performance and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the size and reliability. There are some mixed views about the design and control panel.

price, usability, performance, noise, print quality

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90% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Brother HL3040CN Compact High Speed Network Colour LED PrinterBrother HL3040CN Compact High Speed Network Colour LED Printer

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Tony Hoffman (

Brother HL-3040CN


The Brother HL-3040CN provides good print speed and paper capacity to micro offices looking for a color laser printer.

Good speed and paper capacity for its price. Solid text printing. Password-protected printing.

Sub-par photos and especially graphics.

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May, 2011

Expert review by : Susan Glinert (

Brother HL-3040CN Review and Ratings


A sturdy color-laser-class workhorse, the $299 HL-3040CN is capably fast for the price and ships with excellent networking utilities for small offices.

Inexpensive for a laser-like printer ; Fast for the price ; Excellent networking integration

Paper doesn't always land in rear output tray ; Heavy ; Printing complex graphics requires memory upgrade

Oct, 2009

Expert review by (toptenreviews.com_old)

Brother HL-3040CN


If you are looking for a basic printer for your home or small office, the Brother HL-3040CN may be worth your consideration. This laser printer is compact, lightweight and offers 600 x 2400 dpi print resolution. Its monthly duty cycle and printing...

The Brother HL-3040CN printer offers excellent print resolution at 600 x 2400 dpi

This laser printer offers a measly 25,000 monthly duty cycle and a slow printing speed of 17 pages per minute

The Brother HL-3040CN is a basic laser printer that needs several improvements, such as built-in wireless printing and a larger monthly duty cycle before it can be considered a top printing device.

Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (

Brother HL-3040CN


A neat, LED-based printer with good colour and speed, though a little more expensive to run than some competitors.

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : Ben Pitt (

Brother HL-3040CN review


A competent but not outstanding colour LED printer. Its high running costs mean it's best avoided.

Dec, 2009

Consumer review (

Half way there...


Prints fast once it is on ; Decent looking color ; Price isn't terrible considering reliability of Brother and speed to first page out

LCD didn't work when it arrived, still prints fine ; Whenever it's on my APC battery backup switches on (transformer buzzes intermittantly). I have seen the B&W models come with rf chokes on their power cords, and it makes me wonder why this didn't. If...

Jun, 2012

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Great Printer for the money!


I got a full set of toner refills on (a popular online auction site) for about 70.00 usd, which included (2) black and one of each color and all four reset flag gears. Make sure you get the reset flag gears with the toner refills because Brother...

This is a great printer for the cost. It connects as a standalone printer on your home/office LAN whether you're wireless or hard wired. You can configure all of the basic LAN elements, or just hook it up and let your DHCP configure it. It prints well,...

It has limited RAM, though this is only an issue if you try to print large high resolution color images. Might want a RAM upgrade for that, but then if you want to print such images a laser is probably not the type of printer for you

Oct, 2011

Consumer review (

Works great!


I use this printer with a mac, and I've had no driver problems.

You can print to this over the network! We use this at home as most people would use an inkjet, except the colors don't smear like ink does and the cartridges last way longer than any inkjet. I got this on sale for $160 so it was great deal too

the manual feed tray doesn't hold very many sheets at a time, so if I'm using special paper I usually just put it in the main paper tray face down

Aug, 2011

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2/3 DOA, lots of errors


I've got 3 of these. Two burnt out immediately after first plugging them in. The first one was hit by lightning. Two repaired under warranty. These are good little printers but be prepared for headaches. This would be a good daily user with a more...

Good print quality ; easy network setup ; Linux drivers available for those who refuse to bow to Microsoft (works with Ubuntu) ; I do hope they keep making it and work out the bugs

NOT user friendly... any error keeps it from working ; Ghost" paper jams somewhat common ; Ink needs changed way before toner used ; many toner cartridges ARE DEFECTIVE FROM FACTORY and after putting a new one in it will still demand you change it

Aug, 2011

Consumer review (

As expected


Brother comes through again, using several of their HL series printers(3040CN, 4040CN x2, 4070CDW), and they never fail me.

Color, cost effective, network printing, trouble free

Not super fast, but for the price range, it's very competitive. Can't believe some of the other brand's PPM rates in this price range. Who wants to wait 15-20 seconds for each page

Aug, 2011

Product Specifications

HP Professional Glossy Laser Paper produces high-quality newsletters, reports, proposals and presentations. This paper is ideal for creating standout glossy prints. Create professional-quality marketing materials without leaving the office. Print professional business documents without having to leave the office. This thick, heavy paper delivers crisp text and sharp vibrant color images. HP Professional Glossy Laser Paper features a glossy finish that brings rich color and a high quality look to your documents. The two sided coating ensures reliable duplex printing. This sturdy 120 g/m


Energy Star certified: Yes


Stand-by LED: Yes

Energy Management

Input frequency:50/60
Input Voltage:220-240
Power consumption (PowerSave):8
Power consumption (standby):70
Power consumption (typical):480


Media Subcategory:Photo paper
Printer Consumable Class:Media


Model:Glossy Paper
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP Professional

Input Capacity

Standard input capacity:250


Included Qty:250sheet(s)
Media Type:Glossy photo paper


Internal memory:32
Maximum internal memory:544
Maximum memory:544


Category of Accessory:Printing media


Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Network ready: Yes
Wi-Fi: No

Other Features

Embedded web server: Yes
N-in-1 function (N=):4, 9, 16, 25
Power consumption (active):480

Output Capacity

Standard output capacity:100

Paper Handling

Custom media length:4.57 - 16
Custom media width:3 - 8.66
ISO A-series sizes (A0...A9):A4, A5, A6
ISO B-series sizes (B0...B9):B5, B6
Maximum ISO A-series paper size:A4
Maximum print area:Legal (216 x 356 mm)
Maximum print size:Legal (216 x 356 mm)
Multi-Purpose Tray media weight:60 - 163
Non-ISO print media sizes:Legal
Standard tray media types:Plain paper, Pre-Printed, Recycled paper
Standard tray media weight:60 - 105


Linux operating systems supported: Yes
Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.3 Panther, Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
Processor frequency:300
Server operating systems supported:Windows 2000 Advanced Server, Windows 2000 Server, Windows SBS 2011 Standard, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 x64, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 x64
Windows operating systems supported:Windows 2000, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Professional x64, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Starter x64, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Business x64, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Basic x64, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Home Premium x64, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Ultimate x64, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Home x64, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Professional x64

Ports & interfaces

Standard interfaces:Ethernet


AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:220-240
Input frequency:50/60
Input Voltage:220-240
Power consumption (PowerSave):8
Power consumption (standby):70
Power consumption (typical):480

Print Technology

Color: Yes
Duplex printing: No
Economical printing: Yes
Maximum Resolution:2400 x 600
Number of print cartridges:4
Print technology:LED


N-up printing:4, 9, 16, 25
Print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter):16
Print speed (color, normal quality, A4/US Letter):16
Time to first page (black, normal):16
Warm-up time:27

Sound Emission

Print noise level:53
Printing noise level:53
Standby acoustic emission:30

Weight & Dimensions

Dimensions (WxDxH):16.1 x 18.3 x 9.84
Package dimensions (WxDxH):24.7 x 21.9 x 18.1
Package weight:0.829