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Brother HL-4040cdn Color Laser Printer with Duplex and Networking

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  • Up to 21ppm color and monochrome printing
  • Built-in duplex printing
  • Up to 2400 x 600 dpi resolution
  • Print directly from a USB flash memory drive or PictBridge-enabled camera
  • High capacity replacement toner cartridges
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Product Description

HL-4040CDN Color Laser Printer with Duplex and Networking The HL-4040CDN produces brilliant color output for all your business documents at up to 21 pages per minute in either color or monochrome. Delivering outstanding output quality at up to 2400 x 600 dpi, the HL-4040CDN makes it easy to produce high-quality color reports, brochures, and presentations right from your desktop or directly from a USB flash memory drive or PictBridge-enabled camera. And to keep your operating costs low, high-capacity replacement toner cartridges are available. Its impressive list of standard features also includes: built-in duplex printing for two-sided documents, flexible paper input capacity, including a fold-down multi-purpose tray for envelopes and letterhead, and a built-in Ethernet network interface for sharing its powerful performance with your small workgroup. With its fast print speeds, outstanding print quality, and built-in duplex printing, the HL-4040CDN gives you the ability to get your message across and add impact to all your business documents.

From the Manufacturer

Offering fast print speeds and brilliant color output, the Brother HL-4040CDN Color Laser Printer with Duplex and Built-In Networking produces high-impact color brochures, business presentations, reports, and other business documents right from your desktop. As an ideal choice for any small office, the HL-4040CDN offers fast, reliable performance and plenty of advanced features, such as automatic duplex printing, built-in networking, flexible paper handling, and USB direct printing.

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The HL-4040CDN Color Laser Printer
  • 21 pages per minute print speed (color or mono).
  • Large 300-sheet paper capacity.
  • Automatic duplex printing.
  • Built-in Ethernet port for easy networking.

Step up to the HL-4070CDW, which includes all of the features of the HL-4040CDN plus:
  • Wireless 802.11b/g and Parallel interfaces.
  • BR-Script3 emulation.
  • 800-sheet total input capacity via optional paper tray.
  • One-year on-site limited warranty.
Flexible Paper Handling and High Yield Toner for Volume Applications
Using Brother's high-yield replacement toner cartridges (TN-115 series cartridges sold separately), you can enjoy lower operating costs and greater output for increased efficiency. And with a generous 300-sheet total paper capacity consisting of a 250-sheet paper tray and a 50-sheet multi-purpose tray, the HL-4040CDN can handle large-scale print jobs with ease. Plus, with flexible paper handling that accepts a wide range of media types and sizes, you can print high-quality business materials using letter- and legal-sized paper, envelopes, and more.

Fast Printing in Brilliant Color
Create professional-quality documents in color or monochrome at speeds of up to 21 pages per minute (ppm). Produce brilliant color documents at print resolutions up to 2400 x 600 dpi for exceptional clarity when printing business materials with both text and graphics.

Automatic Duplex Printing for Easy Two-Sided Documents
Create two-sided documents quickly and easily thanks to the HL-4040CDN's duplex feature that automatically prints on both sides of the paper for professional-looking business documents. Automatic duplexing also helps to reduce paper consumption, as well as mailing and filing costs.

Built-in Ethernet Network Interface
The Brother HL-4040CDN offers Ethernet networking capabilities for added versatility. Its standard network interface allows multiple computers within a workgroup to connect to a single printer.

Direct Printing via USB Flash Memory Drive and PictBridge
Sometimes you just need a printout fast, and the HL-4040CDN has got you covered. Simply connect any USB flash memory drive to the printer's USB Direct Interface, and enjoy fast printing without the need for a computer. This saves time and provides added convenience in a fast-paced office setting.

The HL-4040CDN also supports quick and easy direct printing of images from any PictBridge-enabled digital camera without having to download them to a computer first.

Compatible with both Windows and Macintosh, the Brother HL-4040CDN Color Laser Printer measures 16.5 x 18.7 x 12.5 inches (WxDxH) and weighs 64.2 pounds. It is backed by a one-year express exchange limited warranty.

What's in the Box
HL-4040CDN Laser Printer, one TN110BK Standard Yield Black Toner Cartridge (approx. 2,500 pages), TN110C Cyan, TN110Y Yellow and TN110M Magenta Standard Yield Color Toner Cartridges (approx. 1,500 pages each), and one DR110CL Drum Unit (approx. 17,000 pages.) [Toner yields are approximate and are based on 5% coverage (letter). Drum life may vary based on various types of use.]

Product Information

Product Dimensions 24.6 x 22.4 x 22.2 inches
Item Weight 73.7 pounds
Shipping Weight 73.8 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Item model number HL-4040cdn
National Stock Number 7025-01-583-9644
Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #997 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Printers > Laser Printers
Date first available at Amazon.com June 17, 2003

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Customer Reviews

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By Sang Joon Lee on December 17, 2009
This printer will tell you when you are out of toners and need new ones. And when you are out with just one of the color toner, this printer will not allow you to print anything until you replace it with the new toner.

So here is how to override these problem, and you decide when the toner needs to be changed... and not the printer.

1. Slide out the toner trays and put a piece of black electrical tape over the sensors on each color toner. This will make the print think that it has full toner.

2. If you already see "Replace Toner" messages, just RESET it by opening the front COVER and pressing CANCEL and REPRINT together. Scroll up and down to reset desired toner.

3. If you think you have more life and juice left on its drum and laser parts, just reset it and forget it! Open the COVER, and hold down GO and hit UP (+) button. Scroll through the menu to select and reset!!!!

After the "replace toner" message, I reset the counter, and I have printed over 2000 more pages on a same cartridge. But be aware! You will start to see some "sprinkles of toners" on your pages as they are way over used.
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I researched and found that cartridges for this machine are a lot cheaper than those for HP's and the toner that comes with the printer has a page yield of 1500 color and 2500 b&w. The Hp's came with toner that had only 750 page yield then you had to pay approx $140 for the toner cartridges for replacement when with this one you can purchase toner cartridges for right around $70 which is half the price with more page yield. So far I have printed 450 pages on the starter cartridges and the toner amount has not lowered and the print quality is excellent!
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I purchased the Brother HL-4040CDN in June 09, after reading all the reviews I could find. Some people mentioned a problem printing envelopes but I thought that was just a random problem;but soon found that every envelope I printed was creased and wrinkled. I tried every Printer Properties option - envelope type, paper type, thicker paper, etc. I researched all the Brother website troubleshooting help for printer, paper feeding and envelope issues, and tried it all. Nothing worked. Then, I went to Solution Center, FAQs: "envelopes wrinkle and crease" I found this one thing that helped tremendously. Very insignificantly listed as the last option: Open the back door of the printer and move the Envelope levers down, these are two grey levers next to the green levers on the fuser unit. Make sure to leave the grey levers down for envelope printing only. When done printing envelopes return the grey lever to the original position or UP position for use with regular paper.

It is very inconvenient to open the back door and move the grey levers every time I need to print an envelope, so I have found that leaving the grey levers down has not caused a problem printing on paper.

Hope this helps someone. It sure helped me, and would have saved me lots of time and envelopes.
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first, everybody else is right: great solid construction, prints fast after initial warm up, toner cartridge price is reasonable. The initial cartridges that come with it seem to be lasting OK. Price is right.

I'm just going to list some downsides here:
1)plan are doing an setup of about a half hour to 45 minutes, it involves a lot of unpacking, inserting components, and removing shipping pins and installing software. No big deal there.

2)the colors printed are not going to be exactly what you envisioned, a graphic of a nice red stop sign is going to more of a pastel, maybe even purplish, a green will be muddy, the only primary color that will be close is yellow. I know this is a product of CMYK printing, but keep this is mind if you're doing brochures.

3)pages have a heavy curl to them after printing. Not really a problem with standard paper, but if you're using card stock (like I use for door hangers), you have to go to the effort of trying to uncurl them before reinserting them back in the tray to print the other side, otherwise you're looking at a paper jam. This wasn't an issue with my older b/w laser, so I was totally surprised by this.

again: great printer, good price (although I bought it from amazon at $275 and now it's at $359, not sure what happened there) just be aware of the issues I had
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I needed a laser printer to create DVD album covers, which often includes graphics and high quality photos. Overall this was a great printer but it didn't have the print quality I needed. It was easy to set up on my Mac and relatively quick to print something. My main problem with this printer was the print quality for pictures. I ended up taking the Brother 4040cdn back and getting a HP CP2025. The HP CP2025 isn't as fast as the Brother 404cdn but the print quality blows it away.

Also, the Brother 4040cdn created pressed lines into my presentation paper from the rollers used to pull the paper through the printer, also something that I couldn't accept. Regular printer paper seemed to be come through with no lines.
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This Brother Color printer HL-4040CDN is definitely worth it's price. The built quality and setup is very easy and the toners are really big so I hope not to spend too much on toners for colors. It replaced my often problematic HP color printer.

- Features for printing (vivid, normal), Mono, Color, duplex, network and more.
- Price per page on color printing
- Easy Setup
- Ease of usage

- Weight of printer
- footprint is enormous
- The 64MB initial memory was not enough memory, I had to purchase another 512MB to be able to even apply the Brother patch firmware. So consider to spend another $50 or so for memory.

Overall, I see this printer to last a very long time. I did research others like Lexmark, HP (CP2025CDN.. toners were super small and toner cost is way to expensive), Samsung (really good on price but questionable on reliability).

I don't recommend wireless network since the signal maybe weak and you can't print. Ethernet networking for printer is better.
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