Featuring excellent print quality and a variety of convenient features, the Brother HL-4040CN colour laser printer offers speedy, precise print jobs at an affordable price. While it does not offer any additional function modes such as faxing or scanning, it is an excellent option for those office managers in need of a dedicated second printer. The HL-4040CN is a solid mid-range option for workgroup or small office printing. Boasting a wide array of features and the tried and true Brother brand, this dependable printer can be a perfect fit for small businesses and home offices alike.
The HL-4040CN's boxy form factor (relatively compact at 16.5" x 18.7" x 12.5") may not win awards for innovative design, but it certainly gets the job done. The printer features a single input tray with 250 sheet capacity, including provisions for paper up to and including A4 size. As far as connectivity options are concerned, both wired Ethernet USB connectivity are available. The HL-4040CN additionally includes pict-bridge functionality for print jobs directly from the camera, making large-scale photo printing a snap. One handy feature makes this device something of a standout: its last-print capability retains the last print job, meaning that a simple re-print option is available to users. This feature includes keypad code entry to prevent unauthorised access. The feature set rounds out with upgradeable memory and a toner saver mode for lower-quality mass-produced prints.
Above all, speed in colour print jobs! This colour laser printer manages an impressive 21 pages per minute in colour mode, making it a great fit for large print jobs on a tight schedule. The high paper capacity makes medium print jobs very convenient. Network access and the handy camera support make connecting the printer to various media a simple matter. The USB port allows for direct prints from USB thumb drives, increasing the convenience factor. Poster prints and N-ups are a simple matter thanks to the included software.
Duplexing is difficult to set up and not available as a primary function (although manual duplexing is possible for determined users), black and white print jobs are not particularly quick given other available options, paper capacity is not expandable beyond the standard tray.