Brother HL-2240 Laser Printer
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- Prints up to 24ppm Adjustable, 250-sheet capacity paper tray Compact size fits virtually
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My video clip shows the Brother HL-2240 printing the full user's manual, printing 4 document pagers per side of paper, on both sides of paper (via manual duplex). The printer sits in a confined space in a small room, and I find the noise level (printing plus fan noise) more than acceptable.
As a freelance part-time worker sometimes I need to print documents but my employer doesn't give me access to their lasers, so when I saw this for sale at staples for 60 I decided to get one. I've been very happy with this small-footprint mono laser printer.
The starter toner is rated at 700 pages, but supposedly with the Toner Save mode and printing at 300dpi at text setting, plus shaking the cartridge when toner low comes on, you can stretch the toner life for quite a few more pages. Standard toner is rated at 1,200 pages and costs about 45, with an extended toner available for I think 85 bux but good for 2,600 pages.
The printer supports resolutions of 300 and 600 and 1200 dpi. At the lower two, you can use the Toner Save mode which prints in a lighter shade than normal. The print speed is fast at 300 and 600 dpi (I haven't tested 1200 dpi, since I don't want to waste toner), and I don't find the printer noisy, even though I have sensitive hearing -- you can hear the noise level in my video clip.
The printer was a total breeze to setup. It's small and light-weight. Windows driver is included on an accompanying CD-ROM. (Linux and MacOS drivers can be downloaded.) The driver installed quickly on my Win7 laptop, and Win7 update immediately found an updated version and seamlessly updated the driver. There're many settings for the driver.Read more ›
[UPDATE: I've had the printer now for about three months and it's exactly what I wanted. Not only that, but I'm using the ink-saver setting and am still on the starter cartridge that came with the printer! As expected, there are now after-market printer ink refill options. People were just being whiney. All in all, I'm very happy with the purchase.]
I too was frustrated to see so few reviews of this product as I was deciding whether to purchase it (there was only one yesterday!). So, here's my initial review based on having used the printer for less than 24 hours. I'll adjust if my later experience changes.
First, the basics: the printer fundamentally does what it says it does. It prints laser quality copies off at a remarkable speed (at least for someone used to an inkjet printer). Nobody expects the performance listed on the box, I think, but just to give you an idea I tried printing a 19 page PDF document. It printed in about 90 seconds: 15 seconds to warm up and process, and another 68 seconds to print the document. That comes to something like 17 pgs per minute-- not the 34 ppm on the box, but really, who cares?
As per the noise issue: yes, I notice the fan, but it's not as bad as everyone makes it sound. I don't really think it makes a difference while I'm printing... afterwards, though, you do kinda wish it would shut off. It's not a half hour like someone said-- it's more like 5-10 minutes, but maybe still too much.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's OK. I had to try a few, generic cartridges to find one that works, but it's still working now, after 5 or so years! I want another, but $170? Seriously? Good luck with that! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Trace Blends
I have now bought 3 of these. They do not last. Within 12 to 15 months they stop functioning. I'm switching brands.Published 4 months ago by Barbara Carole
perfect. no complain at all. if i have too, i'll buy it again. ThanksPublished 5 months ago by Cubanito2002
This printer is hands down the best monochrome printer you can get! Your search is over.
It prints fast, it's reliable, every part is cheap to replace. Read more
I purchased a 2nd HL-2240. Fast, no waste of time spooling (ink jet cleaning) nonsense like other brands. The toner last a very long time.Published 7 months ago by Charles (Chuck) Wagon
Love this printer. I've owned it for 5+ years now, and decided to write a review given how reliable it has been. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Happy Jester
OVERPRICED. this is a great product but i bought it for 60$ at staples...Published 8 months ago by dave j
For a used printer, it does the trick. I just wanted this one so all of our office printers would use the same toner.Published 8 months ago by Linzee