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Brother HL-4040 Laser Printer

alaTest has collected and analyzed 273 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the design and print quality are overall positive. The usability and performance also get good opinions, but there are some mixed views about the paper handling. 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 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Brother HL-4040 Laser Printer

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 9 user reviews of Brother HL-4040 Laser Printer from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Printers on Amazon.co.uk.

value for money, usability, performance

78% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Brother HL-4040CN High Speed Network Ready Colour Laser PrinterBrother HL-4040CN High Speed Network Ready Colour Laser PrinterBrother HL4040CN Colour Laser Network Printer

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Amazon.com review summary for Brother HL-4040 Laser Printer

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 56 user reviews of Brother HL-4040 Laser Printer from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.5/5 for other Printers on Amazon.com.

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

75% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Brother HL-4040cn Color Laser Printer with Built-in Network Interface

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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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Brother HL-4040CN

 

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

Low price, excellent text quality; excellent setup and documentation

Confusing control panel, heavy weight, not expandable

The HL-4040CN is designed to be, and is priced as, a low-end machine. Its only option is a networking add-on.

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Brother HL-4040CN

 

This colour laser has some useful extras but does it do enough to impress Simon?

For a colour laser printer, the HL-4040CN is particularly easy to set up. Pull down the front cover, slide out the tray holding the four toner cartridges and each of them drops into position, but like putting files in a filing cabinet. It's noticeable,...

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Brother HL-4040CN review

 

Brother's HL-4040 received four stars in What's New, Shopper 238, when it was launched last year.

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Brother HL-4040CN colour laser printer

 

The Brother HL-4040CN is the first colour laser printer designed by Brother itself, rather than a rebranded model from another manufacturer.

The inexpensive Brother HL-4040CN produces excellent text quality, is easy to set up and comes with helpful documentation, but it is incredibly heavy, has a confusing control panel and isn't expandable. A decent first colour laser printer from Brother.

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Brother HL-4040cn

 

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

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

Brother backs the HL-4040CN with a one-year limited warranty. Brother's Web site has an FAQ database, downloads, and manuals.

Recommended!

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Brother HL-4040CN

 

Quick, cheap to run and an abundance of features - a worthy award winner

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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