The Brother HL-4040CN ($349) offers decent speed and print quality, but has a sometimes-confusing design. It produced text at a rate of 19.3 pages per minute, and graphics at 4.2 ppm. Text looked crisp, but color images looked yellowish and grainy (they improved with fine-tuning).
The control panel's LCD is very communicative, but the navigation buttons' multiple functions can make you pause. The 50-sheet multipurpose tray is unmarked and hard to find. Most odd, the toner-cartridge bays are not keyed; you could switch them and print a bizarrely colored page (without damaging the printer). The high-yield cartridges are economical, and the standard-capacity versions are also reasonably priced.