12 Monochrome Laser Printers

Brother HL-2040

The Brother HL-2040 is a compact and affordable personal laser printer that currently retails for $90 to $100. It can produce up to 20 pages per minute, and at resolutions of up to 1200x600 (where software dithering lets the manufacturer claim this matches up to 2400x600 levels). It includes both parallel and USB ports for easy PC connectivity as well.

The Brother HL-2040 is reasonably compact, with a front-accessible manual feed slot.

With dimensions of 14.6" x 14.2" x 6.5" (37.08cm x 36.07cm x 16.51cm) and a weight of 14.3 lbs (6.5 kg), this little printer is light and small enough to meet the space constraints of even cramped home office quarters. In fact, it's smaller than many inkjet models, and every bit as easy to move around. This little unit will serve its owners well, as long as their output needs are primarily for text and only secondarily for graphics or photos (which are not terrible in quality, but not as sharp and clear as we and most other people would like to see). Perhaps this reflects the printer's relatively modest 8 MB of built-in RAM or a shrewd decision to keep costs down by providing good text at the expense of halftone and graphics quality.

A 10/100 external Ethernet print server, the Brother NC2100p, is available as an accessory for this printer, though its price of around $180 doubles the cost of the printer itself. A drum cartridge is available for the HL-2040 for around $105, and produces up to 12,000 pages of output for excellent per-page printing costs. Considering that a conventional toner cartridge goes for about $60, and produces only 2,500 pages, the high-output drum is quite a deal by comparison.

  • Maybe I am reading it wrong but this printer offers a separate image drum compared to its toner drum. They come apart and you can buy toner separately. I don't have the numbers in front of me, but the toner might last 2500 pages, but the drum is good for 10,000, so why replace the drum if it isn't ready? The other personal laser printer I was looking at only had one replaceable part, drum/toner together. This was the main reason I got one, I could control my cost better.
  • Sorry, previous comment was for the Brother HL-2040.
  • Brother HL Printers 2040

    Brother HL-2040 is a compact monochrome laser printer designed for both small office and personal use. Brother HL-2040 features a built-in memory of 8MB, 250-sheet paper capacity tray and affordable printing supplies. Compatible Brother HL-2040 toners are known for its quality and inexpensive price tag. As such, Brother HL-2040 toner cartridges are able to generate 2,500 pages of high quality printouts at top 5% coverage.