Great Value For Money- Brother HL 5140 Printer.

by erin on March 26, 2009

Super Compact: The recently updated Brother HL 5140 Printer is super compact and will fit in even the smallest office crack at a mere 15x15x10 inches and 15 pounds, efficiency is definitely not compromised. This little laser printer is ideal for home and office use.

Well Priced: The price of the printer itself is unbeatable at about US$200. The expense problems arise when you want to buy optional extra’s for the printer for example more memory, a second paper tray or networking equipment.

Control Panel: The printer comes with a nifty and easy to understand control panel. Toner, Drum and Paper status is indicated by lights and 2 buttons are also situated on top of the unit to Cancel Print and the other Go, for waking the system from sleep mode or print continuation after errors and jams.

Paper Options : The printer has a 150 sheet output tray and 250 sheet main tray. Another 250 sheet tray can be added at a price almost equal to the price of the printer itself. The printer pushes an impressive twenty-one pages per minute making it ideal for multi-taskers who prefer completing other tasks than to wait for printing jobs to finish. Variety of paper types are accepted by the printer including labels, transparencies, envelopes and plain paper. Paper sizes supported are A4, A5, A6, exec, legal and letter. However legal size will have to be fed manually as well as large quantity printing of envelopes and transparencies. Paper jams are a very regular occurrence with the Brother HL 5140 Printer in terms of standard 8.5×11 multipurpose paper.

Graphic tests: The printer boasts with 2 400×600 dpi maximum print resolutions. However in terms of graphics, the Brother HL 5140 Printer is very average as gradients contained horizontal and vertical banding flaws and deep shadow reproduction on photographs is terrible. The printer is not recommended for photo printing. Uneven print quality seems to be the a feature of this printer. Text printing, however is crisp and impeccable, easily legible, bold characters without any jagged edges and character outline is very good both in plain and italic format even with low almost microscopic, two point font size.

Available memory: The printer comes standard with 16 MB’s memory. SD-RAM memory adding options up to 144 MB is available via third party suppliers as Brother does not sell memory. Upgrading with more memory is recommended for small network runners who have possible large print jobs.

More technical details: The printer has 133 MHz processor with 16 MB RAM standard with expansion possibilities of 144 MB’s. The printer is Personal Computer, Apple Mac and Linux compatible. Interfaces employed are Parallel and USB with wireless and Ethernet optional extra. Your minimum system requirements are Microsoft DOS, Windows 1995, 1998, 2000, NT4.0, Millennium and XP as well as Linux and Apple Mac OS and x 10.1.

Toner info: Brother HL 5140 Toner is very cost-effective and will last approximately two months depending on the quantity printing. However the drum is extremely expensive at about US$ 170.00.  For more information, check out our site

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