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Brother HL-2140

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1239 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the paper handling and build quality are on the whole positive. The usability and performance also get good feedback, but the multifunction and control panel get less positive views.

value for money, performance, usability, build quality, paper handling

noise, control panel, multifunction

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Printers the Brother HL-2140 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

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Brother HL-2140 Laser Printer Review

 

Review of Brother HL-2140 monochrome laser printer.

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printer cheap: Supplies cost a left lung !!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

You pay a little at the front end for the printer. Then you PAY FOREVER, over and over and over again for choosing the brother. I suspect they profit very little on the machine, but profit big time on all the stuff you buy later; again, and again, and...

Cheap, starts out printing sharp

1. No toner counter, just a mis-guiding idiot light to get you to replace the toner too soon ; 2. Same idiot lights can urge you to replace the drum and/or other parts too soon

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Great laser printer

 

an excellent printer value

Fast, reliable, low cost of printing

takes a while to warm up, drivers can be a pain

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Cheap printer - paper jams constantly

 

After over 50 paper jams - I am throwing it out. Spend a little more and buy a quality printer. I also have the Brother HL-5240 which is the best printer I have ever used. Save up and buy that instead.

Cheap printer

I have tried different types of paper and have the same paper jams. Do not buy this printer as the frustration it provides the user is not worth it if the printer was for free

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Durable and quick printer

 

I'm a student and use this for basic things like printing papers and notes and I'm very satisfied with this printer. I don't need anything more and don't see the need to spend more. I had my doubts because it looked like an old model and it was...

It has a sturdy, durable feel to it and prints quickly. Doesn't make too much noise

It doesn't come with a cable to connect to the computer (only a cable that plugs the printer to the wall) so buying a separate one is a must. I bought a USB cable for about $15

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Worst printer I ever had...

 

No USB cable. This printer (BROTHER HL-2140) is a class action material, that's for sure! It is made to fail! Mine (brand new) failed after printing less than 100 pages and after going through multiple paper jams using a very high quality laser paper!...

None that I know of

Made to fail. Mine failed after printing less than 100 pages and after going through multiple paper jams! Brother offered me to replace my failed one with a refurbished one! And they will only do that if I own a credit card

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Power surge at first print dims lights!

 

I took back the first printer because of the power surge problem--couldn't even get to print a test page. Second one had same problem but I reduced it by powering it from its own AC outlet. Still dimmed the lights! My wife has a lower-level Brother...

Cheap and fast, but not enough to offset the Cons (below)

Power handling of this printer ispoorly designed. On powerup, the first 2 seconds are accompanied by a power surge that momentarily dims all the lights in the room. True on 2 printers. Also printed tick marks on right side of page

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Great product for $49.

 

If you print B&W mostly, this is a big time money saver. I had a cannon inkjet that frustrated me so much, and that is how this came to save my life. Even when I set it to print B&W only, it still ran out of color, and to make it more irritating, it...

Crystal clear prints, faster than inkjet printers I have used. Most important is the cost per page. Starter catridge gave almost 1000 pages. Not so noisy, not bulky. Can print on legal, envelopes, and a variety of paper sizes

3 cons with very simple work arounds.1) Replacement toner is expensive. 2)Pre-mature low toner light. 3) No reset gear with starter catridges. See Bottom line

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After a month it started freezing constantly

 

Please don't buy this without the extended warranty, even for just home users. I dont print much, but the fact that it started jamming constantly just shortly after a month of owning it is very frustrating. (I guess this is why it is good to wait a...

When it works, it does not jam, it works great

A little loud. But primarily it jams (once or twice a day) after a month, and when you clear them, your windows queue is already empty, so anything you were going to print is gone. Again, if you buy this buy the extended warranty

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Not worth the low cost

 

Also had to download program to run this printer, the program takes up alot of memory. Not sure why this is needed for a simple B/W printer. I would not recommend this printer for everyday use.

Text is much clearer than the earlier model I had

Upgraded from earlier model because with the discounts it only cost me $30. After 2 months, the printer makes a whinning noice, constant paper jams, ink marks on the paper (cleaned everything and cannot find the source), ink runs out fast

Product Specifications

The HL-2140 is an ideal low-cost solution to your mono laser printing requirements, providing high speed, professional quality prints from a stylish, compact machine.

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:14.2in
Height:6.7in
Weight:12.8lbs/15lbs
Width:14.5in

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes

Header

Compatibility:Mac / PC
Country Kits:Australia / New Zealand/United States
Manufacturer:Brother
Model:2140
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: None

Printer

Connectivity Technology:Wired
Interface:USB
Language Simulation:Windows GDI driver
Max H-Resolution B/W:2400dpi
Max Media Size (Standard):A4 (8.25 in x 11.7 in) / Legal (8.5 in x 14 in)
Max Printing Speed (ppm):22ppm/23ppm
Max V-Resolution B/W:600dpi
Media Type:Bond paper / Envelopes / Labels / Plain paper / Recycled paper / Transparencies
Monthly Duty Cycle Range (Printer Class):10,000 - 19,999 pages
Output Type:Monochrome
Technology:Laser
Total Media Capacity:250sheets
Type:Personal printer

RAM

Installed Size:8MB

Scanner

Type: None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

System Requirements

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