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Brother HL 4040CDN

alaTest has collected and analyzed 232 reviews of Brother HL 4040CDN. 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 reliability. The usability and performance are also appreciated. There are some negative views about the noise and size, while comments are divided on the design.

price, performance, usability, reliability, print quality

size, noise

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Brother HL 4040CDN is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 154 user reviews of Brother HL 4040CDN from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.7/5 for other Printers on Reviews about the durability and print quality are generally positive. The usability and price also get good feedback, but some have doubts about the design and noise. Opinions are divided on the reliability.

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77% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Brother HL-4040cdn Color Laser Printer with Duplex and NetworkingBrother HL-4040cdn Color Laser Printer with Duplex and Networking

May, 2018

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Horrible Printer


I bought several of these printers for our business...big mistake! The color output looks terrible on all of the printers, no matter what calibration steps I try. One printer threw a "Print Unable 3B" error code just after the warranty was up...Brother...

Color laser, networking, full duplex

Color is horrible, died just after 1-year warranty was up

Nov, 2010

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Too lazy to deal with this printer's issues.


I can't blame Brother entirely for the problems with this printer since I've dragged my feet on getting support. I bought this printer hoping that it would end the nightmares I've had with cheap inkjets over the years, and after this printer turned out...

It prints

It will not load paper from the main paper loading compartment. It seems like a part is missing or something. I've tried everything described in the included documentation and then some, and have had several friends and family members see if they...

Nov, 2010

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Brother HL4040CDN


Have a Brother HL-1850N that I bought in early 2001, finally needed a new drum and toner for it which was over $230, this 4040 was on clearance at OM, a no brainer. Will pickup memory for it, just a matter of finding it in my companies laptop graveyard.

Fast setup, toners drop right in, not a ton of shipping tape to remove ; Brothers have been rock solid and I prefer them to all the others ; Up and running in under 8 minutes

Have 5 of these at work that I bought, so far only issue is getting them to print with my Itanium HP_UX 11V3 servers but it's not a high priority, just a matter of finding the right drivers ; None except for the price of the carts and drum

Oct, 2010

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Brother Writes Linux Drivers!


I've got the non-duplexing version of this printer, but otherwise they're the same model. I've always had good luck with Brother printers, and this printer has been no exception. Owned it for over a year now, and no major problems.

Linux (and pretty much anything else) compatible, easily networked, long lasting, stays quiet when not in use

A little slow

Oct, 2010

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Very happy


Owned it 10 months now. Happy. NewEgg delivered it fast around Xmas time. It's the first laser printer in our home office. Would not dream of going back to inkjet, but I miss having a fax/scanner/copier in the same room when I banished the old MFD to...

Faster than an ink jet and pretty low maintenance, touch wood. Solid and versatile. Duplex is great. Networking is easy and I don't mind it has no WiFi (glad, actually)

I live about 15 miles from a nuclear powerplant. They want me to call them before I print so they can pull some carbon rods. OK, I exaggerate, but the lights do dim a bit in the home office when this thing actually prints

Oct, 2010

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Built Like a Tank!


Been using it for about 6 months now on a Mac Network and Airport Extreme Router with no problems. Gets along well with other peripherals and works great. Highly recommended!!!!

Very quiet, easy operation, great print quality, fast

Heavy- good thing for preventing theft

Sep, 2010

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VERY pleased


Newegg had an excellent deal and I had never had a color laser, so gave it a shot (replaced a networked Brother B&W personal laser). VERY pleased with the decision. I have this printer installed on every computer in my home network and it works...

Duplex ; Networked ; Relatively fast ; Excellent price ; Prints completely satisfactory

High consumable prices, which applies to every color laser

Aug, 2010

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I got this on sale for about $235 with free shipping. I should have bought two back then. I was a big fan of lexmark but they are way noiser and bigger compared to this.

Duplex ; Colour Printing ; Ease of use ; Light weight (compared to my old Lexmark c530dn) ; Fast printing

Price for cartridges in the future, but that is the same for any laser printer ; Do not expect photo like quality (no laser printer can do this)

Aug, 2010

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couldn't really find any. the price was good - but the quality of this printer is just not there

have been an oki user for years and decided to try the brother. bad choice! i'm not sure if the printer i got was defective but every page prints with black specs on it! it wrinkles ALL envelopes. i had to print an order for a client and went through...

Aug, 2010

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works well, bad repair service


My wife runs a small business, and prints about 200 pages per month. Not much as lasers go, but more than your average consumer/student. It's really a good printer... if not for the drum problems, I think I would have given it 5 stars.

Cheap! Full color, LAN, Duplex, all for $225! Worked VERY well for 9 months or so. (still works quite well for black) ; It is a bit large, but not bad for a color laser with DUPLEX

After 9 months or so, we started seeing red streaks in the color output. FAQs on Brother's website suggested it was a bad toner cartridge, so I put it off for a few months before deciding to contact a Brother repair facility. The told me there was...

Jul, 2010

Product Specifications

Offering fast speeds and outstanding print quality, the HL-4040CDN makes it easy to quickly produce high-impact color reports, brochures, and presentations right from your desktop. And to keep your running cost low, this printer also offers high capacity in-box and replacement toner cartridges.



Energy Management

Power consumption (typical):510

Input Capacity

Multi-Purpose Tray capacity:50
Standard input capacity:250


Internal memory:64
Maximum internal memory:512
Maximum memory:512
Memory slots:2


Network ready: Yes

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):50 - 90.5
Operating temperature range (T-T):50 - 90.5

Other Features

Compatible operating systems:Windows, Mac OS & Linux
Media type and capacity (tray 1):Letter, Legal, Executive, A4, A5, A6, B5, B6
Networking features:10/100 Base-TX
Non-operating relative humidity (non-condensing):20 - 80
Power Requirements:AC 120V 50/60 Hz

Output Capacity

Standard output capacity:150

Paper Handling

Media weight (tray 1):16-28 lbs
Multi-Purpose Tray media weight:16 - 43
Standard tray media types:Bond paper, Envelopes, Labels, Plain paper


Built-in processor: Yes
Processor:NEC VR5500
Processor frequency:300
Processor model:NEC VR5500

Ports & interfaces

Direct printing: Yes
PictBridge: Yes


Power consumption (typical):510

Print Technology

Color: Yes
Duplex printing: Yes
Economical printing: Yes
Maximum duty cycle:35000
Maximum Resolution:2400 x 600
Number of print cartridges:2


Print speed (black, normal quality, A4/US Letter):21
Print speed (color, normal quality, A4/US Letter):21
Time to first page (black, normal):16
Time to first page (color, normal):17

Sound Emission

Print noise level:54
Printing noise level:54

Weight & Dimensions

Dimensions (WxDxH):16.5 x 18.7 x 12.5