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Brother HL-1440 Laser Printer
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- Up to 15 pages per minute print speed
- True 1,200 x 600 dpi resolution
- 2MB standard memory, expandable to 34MB
- Universal 250-sheet adjustable paper cassette
- Parallel and USB ports; PC and Mac compatible
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Setup with the HL-1440 is simple and straightforward, with connections for both parallel port and USB. It comes with a standard 250-sheet paper tray and supports manual duplexing. A manual paper feed is handy for inserting unusually thick papers. The drivers utilize economical power and toner-saving modes, and the unique Shockwave-based Print Management System! (software) combines straightforward operation with an exciting interface.
Weighing about 17 pounds, this desktop printer has a footprint of 17 by 15 inches and supports TN-430, TN-460, and DR-400 toner cartridges. The standard 2 MB of memory is easily upgraded to 34 MB. Optional networking is supported, and a second optional paper tray is easy to install. Both PC and Mac compatible, the HL-1440 comes backed with a one-year warranty on parts and service.
What's in the Box
Laser printer, universal 250-sheet adjustable paper cassette, drum unit assembly with toner cartridge, instructions, driver CD-ROM, AC power cord; printer cable not included
Top Customer Reviews
Out of the box, USB setup of this unit on a Windows XP Home machine was a snap. The 1440 comes with a fully illustrated easy setup guide that will have you up and running in no time. All XP drivers are available on the disks that are shipping with these machines at the time of this review.
One last note: Don't forget to order a USB (or parallel) cable with your printer!
This model HL-1440 was Consumer Reports number one rated laser printer. It had the best print speed, and the lowest per page cost of all the units tested.
Since this allows you to hook it up with a USB cable (or with a standard paralell cable), it enables you to keep your existing printer hooked up. Then when you go to print, you can choose either printer.
The one thing I noticed is that the fullness of the text is not as great as the HP 950 series inkjet. It does have 1200 dpi as an option. It normally runs at 600 as the default.
Something worth mentioning. Some comment that they have had problems with the pages getting junk on the page after using it for awhile. The cartridge that comes with the machine, which is rather substantial, loudly states on the cover in bold print, that when moving the machine, the cartridge must be removed, and stored in the bag, or serious damage may result. Those who are having problems, may have moved the machine around, and didn't treat it too gently. Maybe they did, maybe they didn't. I would set it up where you plan on using it, and not moving it. If I did move it, I would do so carefully.
One thing that sets this one apart, is the loading tray for the paper. It is removable, and sits in the bottom of the unit.Read more ›
1) Super-easy installation for Linux users. Just ghostscript's "Brother" driver. Even the toner-saving modes are supported. I have had ZERO driver problems.
2) Blazing fast printer. After all these years with Canon SX engine printers (LaserJet II, LaserWriter II, etc.) this unit is a bit of a revelation to me... those pages just keep flying out!
3) Excellent print quality. I'm up to about 3,000 sheets in two-and-a-half months and the print quality is still pristine.
4) Very easy to upgrade. The first thing I did is pop the little cover on the back and put in a standard 32MB 72-pin SIMM to upgrade the memory.
5) LARGE paper tray can hold 3/4ths of a ream. For a personal-sized printer, that's not bad!
6) Very quiet, and also has an automatic power-save mode in which it appears to be entirely off... until you send it a job, at which time it wakes up in just a few seconds.
There are, however, some drawbacks to consider (and thus three-and-a-half stars, rather than four or five):
1) Separate drum that will eventually have to be replaced. One more consumable to worry about.
2) Construction is just *slightly* on the flimsy side.
3) No printed manual(s), just a CD-ROM containing .PDF files.
4) Call me old-fashioned, but I'd like more than just one button and a couple of LEDs as external controls.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great printer, but watch supply costs as they age. I never had a Brother fail, but have replaced them in the past due to rising toner and drum costs.Published 11 months ago by Buyer in PNW
I mean really? Only 9 years and countless moves? C'mon! I expect no more than 3 years out of my tech so I can upgrade. Read morePublished 16 months ago by R. Harris
We bought this laser printer several years ago and it just keeps on working wonderful. We haven't had to replace the toner tons due to the high yield cartridges. Read morePublished on January 25, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I purchased a Brother HL-1440 in 2001. I haven't purchased a printer since! This thing is still going strong. Read morePublished on August 14, 2013 by Brian Thompson
problems i thought i had were just a tiny piece of paper on the back roller. pulled it out. running good again. Read more
Great printer. Long life cartridge and no problems and fast enough for my use.
Honorable company to do business with. Excellent service.
I bought this laser printer in 2004 for less than $200 and it came with an extra toner cartridge. This puppy is still running perfectly eight years later, and it was only last... Read morePublished on December 27, 2012 by Kindle Customer
It was working reliably for years but it had trouble grabbing the paper eventually. My previous printer, a HP inkjet, had the same issue. Read morePublished on November 6, 2012 by Paul