Pros

  • Competitively priced

Cons

  • Modest output quality

At A Glance

Light graphics is the only weak spot in this solid performer, which delivers nice speed and text quality at a low price.

Manufacturer’s Description

The new HL-2040 monochrome laser printer from Brother is ideal for home or home office use. Offering a compact footprint, fast print speed, excellent print quality, robust standard memory, and flexible connectivity, this printer deliver both the features and value demanded by today's home or small office users.

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number HL-2040
Requirements
Operating System Compatibility
  • Microsoft Windows 2000
  • Microsoft Windows 98
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0
  • Microsoft Windows XP
General Information
UPC Code 829160643038

Performance

PCWorld Test Center (Quality)
Print quality: Text Good
Print quality: Grayscale photo Poor
PCWorld Test Center (Speed)
Print speed: Text 16.6   ppm
Performance
One-Page Grayscale Graphic (secs) 12.24
Two-Page Excel Document (secs) 13.96
Output Score, Grayscale Graphics, Best Quality Settings (formerly pf-Output-Print-Grayscale-Best) Poor
Three-Page PowerPoint Document (secs) 16.52
Output Score, Line Art, Default Settings (formerly pf-Output-Print-LineArt-Default) Fair
Three-Page Word Document (secs) 16.55
Ten-Page Word Document (secs) 36.21
Color Photo, Normal Settings 36.46
Output Score, Text, Default Settings (formerly pf-Output-Print-Text-Default) Good
Tested Color Speed (ppm) 5.4
Color Photo (secs) 36.46
Line Art Output Quality Fair