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Brother HL-4040 Laser Printer

alaTest has collected and analyzed 239 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the design and print quality. The usability and performance also get good views, but there are mixed opinions on the noise and size. Some have doubts about the control panel.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Brother HL-4040 Laser Printer is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

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Brother HL-4040CN

 

Brother takes a major evolutionary step with the HL-4040CN: This is the first color laser designed by the company itself, rather than a rebranded model from another manufacturer. It's a decent first effort, offering good overall speed and print quality...

Low price ; excellent text quality, Excellent setup and documentation

Confusing control panel ; heavy weight, Not expandable

For this color laser printer, a sometimes-awkward design offsets good pricing, speed, and print quality.

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Brother HL-4040cn

 

Design The Brother HL-4040CN is a boxy and standard-looking color laser printer. The navy-and-gray unit sits 16.5 inches wide, 18.7 inches deep, and 12.5 inches tall, and weighs a hefty 64 pounds. All the connector ports (USB and Ethernet) and the...

Great print quality; USB port for cameras and flash drives; network-ready; reprint, direct-print, and secure print features are useful.

Black print speeds are on the slow side; input paper capacity is not expandable; no optional duplexer available.

Despite its lagging black print speeds, the Brother HL-4040CN does a lot of things right and makes a compelling color laser printer for small offices or workgroups.

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Brother HL-4040CN

 

When I think of color lasers, Brother is not among the first names that come to mind. The company has tended to focus on ink-jet based all-in-ones (AIOs) and monochrome laser printers and AIOs. But Brother has decided to jump into color lasers in a big...

Reasonably fast. High-quality text. Graphics and photo quality good enough for internal business use

Colors are a little off in most photos. Paper tends to curl

The Brother HL-4040CN color laser offers reasonably fast speeds combined with high-quality text and reasonably good but far from impressive, graphics and photos.

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Brother HL-4040CN Color Laser Printer

 

Fast color-printing speed ; excellent text quality ; PictBridge support ; easy setup, driver configuration

No duplex-printing option ; slight banding visible in some color photos ; slow monochrome-printing speed

A good-quality color laser for home and light business use, and cheap to operate if you buy the high-capacity toner cartridges.

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"It works in the Old World (Holland) too, many thanx!"

 

Very easy to do

Bad luck for the cartridge-dealers ;-)

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"Not entirely happy - the jury is still out"

 

Service response from company good.

Low cost, speed OK

High price of replacement toners. Had a problem with the machine after 2000 copies. All images had a pink tinge to them. Emails between myself and Brother in Sydney resolved problem. They sent me a new Magenta toner and it fixed it. Then got black spots o

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Easy to set-up and access. No issues. No frills.

 

This printer was on sale for almost half off at a local Office Max. It is by far more reliable and inexpensive to run than any ink-jet I have owned - never going back. Print quality always appears good. (If photographic-grade results are desired, I've...

Quickly sets up. Drivers from Brother.com provide easy network access to Macs or PCs. I've had this for almost a year an have experienced no issues

Typical for a laser printer ... it is heavy and draws enough current to dim the lights momentarily ; Make sure the toner cartridges are well jostled before installing

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"Easy to set-up and access. No issues. No frills."

 

This printer was on sale for almost half off at a local Office Max. It is by far more reliable and inexpensive to run than any ink-jet I have owned - never going back. Print quality always appears good. (If photographic-grade results are desired, I've...

Quickly sets up. Drivers from Brother.com provide easy network access to Macs or PCs. I've had this for almost a year an have experienced no issues.

Typical for a laser printer ... it is heavy and draws enough current to dim the lights momentarily.

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"Not very impressed"

 

Dear Brother, Thank you for taking my money in exchange for pain and high ink costs which I have not bent over for just yet.

Prints fast. Very quiet.

Not very old and already blotches on paper. Color is extremely ordinary compared to previous KonicaMinolta.

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Not very impressed

 

Dear Brother, Thank you for taking my money in exchange for pain and high ink costs which I have not bent over for just yet.

Prints fast. Very quiet

Not very old and already blotches on paper. Color is extremely ordinary compared to previous KonicaMinolta ; Ink shows out way before actually out

Product Specifications

The HL-4040CN offers fast, brilliant color printing for your desktop or small office. Delivering outstanding print quality, the HL-4040CN makes it easy to produce high-impact color reports, brochures, and presentations right from your desktop, or, using its built-in front-panel USB Direct Interface, directly from a USB Flash Memory drive. And to keep your running cost low, this printer also features high capacity in-box and replacement toner cartridges.

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:18.6in/18.7in
Height:12.5in
Weight:63.7lbs/64.2lbs
Width:16.5in

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes

Header

Compatibility:Mac / PC
Manufacturer:Brother
Model:4040CDN/4040CN
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Brother HL

Miscellaneous

Microsoft Certification:Compatible with Windows 7
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Modem

Type: None

Networking

Type:Print server

Printer

Connectivity Technology:Wired
Duplex Printout:Duplex
Interface:Direct print USB / Ethernet 10/100Base-TX / USB/Ethernet / USB
Language Simulation:PCL 6
Max H-Resolution B/W:2400dpi
Max H-Resolution Color:2400dpi
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):21ppm
Max Printing Speed Color (ppm):21ppm
Max V-Resolution B/W:600dpi
Max V-Resolution Color:600dpi
Media Type:Bond paper / Envelopes / Labels / Plain paper / Recycled paper
Monthly Duty Cycle Range (Printer Class):20,000 - 49,999 pages
Output Type:Color
Technology:Laser
Total Media Capacity:300sheets
Type:Workgroup printer

RAM

Installed Size:64MB
Max Supported Size:576MB

Scanner

Type: None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

System Requirements

OS Required:Apple MacOS X 10.2.4 or later / Linux / Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP Professional / Microsoft Windows Server 2003 / Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition / Microsoft Windows XP 64-bit Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition/Apple MacOS X 10.2.4 or later / Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows Server 2003 / Microsoft Windows Vista / Microsoft Windows XP / Microsoft Windows XP 64-bit Edition
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