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4.4

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The Brother HL-2140 is the Perfect Printer for those on a Budget

I LOVE my Brother HL-2140 Laser Printer. I have only owned it for a month, but this thing is GREAT! First, let me say why I even bothered purchasing a laser...Read complete review

I LOVE my Brother HL-2140 Laser Printer. I have only owned it for a month, but this thing is GREAT! First, let me say why I even bothered purchasing a laser printer. I don't own my own business and I am a stay-at-home mom. I have been an ink-jet printer user my whole life. Why a laser printer? Well, I "coupon" and I mean I really coupon. Since staying home, I learned that couponing was a way for my family to save money on groceries. I simply printed the coupons using my old ink-jet printer off of the computer and went to the store. One problem . . . the cost of ink was starting to offset the savings from the coupons. We started spending the money we were saving from coupons on refilling our ink cartridges. So, I started doing some research and many "mom blogs" touted the Brother HL-2140 as the "couponing mom's printer." So, we waited for a sale and bought one. The Brother HL-2140 is a monochrome laser printer, which is okay with me since most retails stores accept black and white coupons. It can print up to 23 pages per minute. The resolution on the printouts, as compared to an ink-jet, are amazing. It also has a Toner Save Mode so you can extend the life of the toner. This particular model comes with a starter toner cartridge, which we are STILL using. It has been a month since we purchased this laser printer. I would have already had to replace my old ink-jet cartridge at least once already. But, there is a drawback; from what I understand the toner cartridges for the Brother HL-2140 cost almost as much as the printer iteself. So, I am waiting to see how long this starter cartridge will last us. From my research, I have read that while the refills are expensive, they DO last a very long time . . . in some cases years. We shall see.

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The Brother HL-2140 Laser Printer is close to the price of an ink jet printer, without the cost of the printer cartiges. The price was the first thign that attracted me to this...Read complete review

The Brother HL-2140 Laser Printer is close to the price of an ink jet printer, without the cost of the printer cartiges. The price was the first thign that attracted me to this printer, and the primary reason I bought it. I was tired of constantly changing printer cartiges and decide to switch to a laser pritner, which is a really good idea if you do not print out many color photos or pages. I have not printed out any color in the previous year, but the ink cartiges continued to be empty! Ink jet printers clean out thier nozzles every once in a hile using ink, which is more like a scam to empty out the ink cartiges, and get the consumer to buy more. I am not sure if laser pritners do anythign similar, but I do know this printer uses an optical system to determien when the toner is low. There are 2 windows on the side of the toner cartige, if the pritner is low on toner, cover those windows and the pritner shoudl still print until it is truly out of toner.

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5.0

Love it!

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from Taylorsville, NC

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I wish I had switched from inkjet to laser many years ago! I do a lot of coupon printing and this is so much more economical. I do not have to worry about how much money it is really costing me to print every time I hit the print button. Super easy to set up, I did it myself and I am normally not the techie in the house! You will not go wrong with this purchase!

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5.0

Gets the job done quickly.

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from Acworth, GA

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I love this laser printer. It only prints in black and white, but it gets the job done. I've had it for about 2 years--and I coupon, so I print A LOT--and I've only had to replace the ink ONCE. The starter cartridge actually goes a lot longer than the 500 pages it states. Google how to reset your ink cartridge and you'll see what I mean. I was able to get mine to go for about 2000 pages.

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5.0

I Love It!

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from Newnan, GA

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If you shop around, you can get this printer for an excellent price; if you shop, you can get the toner for this printer for an excellent price. These two facts combined make this printer absolutely excellent! My husband had no difficulty whatsoever installing this printer, and even though I'm not the best at this kind of thing, I had no problems going in on my computer and changing the settings to maximize the toner efficiency (I really do suggest this...it works wonders and I don't really notice a difference in the print quality, so tell your computer to default to the max efficiency settings). My husband is in graduate school and I print a lot of coupons and things for church, so we print a lot. But it's been four months since we installed this printer, and we have had absolutely no problems with it. We haven't even had to change the sample-size thing of toner that came with the printer! I wouldn't care if this printer was slow or loud, but it is neither!

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We use it very very often, and the "sample" toner it came with lasted over a year.

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5.0

Brother HL-2140: A Great Printer!

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from Diamond Bar, CA

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The Brother HL-2140 is a wonderful laser printer. It is cheap, durable, and efficient. Having a Brother HL-2140 has made networking all my household computers a breeze, especially because of it's wireless capabilities and easy set-up. And seriously, you can print out like, 2,000 pages on one cartridge of toner, and after that, the toner is inexpensive to refill. Pages print quickly and efficiently--you don't feel like you're bleeding ink with every print job. Having the Brother HL-2140 around makes it so that I no longer get paranoid about having to print things!

I would say that the only two downsides to the Brother HL-2140 is the fact that it is unable to print in color and that it is not multi-functional. If it were able to scan or fax, it would definitely be the only printer in the household. However, since I occasionally need to print in color or scan documents, I just use the Brother HL-2140 as my primary and my other printer as a backup. 

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5.0

The Brother 2140 is perfect for a home office

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from Chapel Hill, NC

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I use my printer exclusively for school, and really appreciate that it is much faster than an inkjet, and much crisper for text.  If you don't care to print in color or print any photos, this is an excellent home office printer.

You should be warned, however, that the manufacturer included an automatic toner detection system that allows only for a certain number of pages.  I can guarantee that you will encounter an empty toner error before you actually run out of toner.  This problem can be easily remedied, however.  It is easy to remove the toner cartridge after experiences such an error and cover up the sensor -- this allows you to block the error.  I'm still using the cartridge that the printer came with, and I've gone about 1000 pages over the official limit for the cartridge.

There are a few drawbacks to this machine -- it jams about once every couple hundred pages or so, but honestly, every printer (including the professional printers in any office) will jam at least this often.  It's simply unavoidable.  One other drawback: the printer is not wireless, so you will have to set up a printer server or some other workaround.  This is very easy for Windows 7 users, who can simply add a network printer over the homegroup.

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5.0

Reliable Solid Printer

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from San Marino, CA

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I have had my Brother HL-2140 for 5 years now and it truly is a great workhorse printer. It has survived being thrown around in 3 moves to different states and still looks great and shows no real sign of wear. Replacing the laser cartridge is really easy and on top of that the cartridges last forever. I have been on this last one for almost 2 years now and it shows no sign of running out. The printer most definitely is not a laser ink hog.

Printing quality is great for papers and articles. I do not use it for pictures because it is black and white and not the highest dpi but that is not what it is for. This printer is for printing out papers and other stuff reliably, not printing family photos.

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4.0

A Great Printer for Those That Only Want to Print

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from Mountain View, CA

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I absolutely love this printer.  I bought this printer when I needed just a printer to bring with me to school to use in my dorm.  I loved how this printer was relatively inexpensive and had a toner that lasted a very long time which I was very pleased with.  Some printers, go through toners very quickly and often you spend more money buying toners than on the actual printer itself.  However, this is not the case here.  I also love how this printer prints pages very quickly, which is great for college students who are always on the go.  It is also unobtrusive and does not take up too much room in my dorm room, and holds a lot of paper.  I am disappointed in the fact that it only prints in black and white.  However, that hasn't been much of an issue for me as I only use it to print out school papers and do not need the color function too often.  I also dislike how the printer is often prone to printer jams.

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1.0

Do not use for Business Environment

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from Steinhatchee, FL

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This printer starts out great but if you use cheap paper, the dust will cause the printer to jam over and over. Also we have more than one and we have had to replace the drums in both more than once. We print quite a bit and I would NOT the Brother 2140

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5.0

best printer ever

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from San Jose, CA

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i just purchased this laser printer not too long ago.  one thing i regret most is that i never purchased this printer earlier.  getting a laser printer is very convenient and a lot cheaper in the long run.  if you go out and buy a regular printer that runs on ink, most likely in the long run it will be very pricey as ink isn't a cheap thing to buy.  with this laser printer, i printed over 500 pages and my ink is still full, it has worked to perfection and i love it so much.  i am a college student so printing is a must and this printer has been very reliable.  unlike the old printers i had, there were so many problems that went along with it.  the paper would always get jammed and the printer took ages and the amount of ink it took to print things was outrageous.  I got this printer for  a very good deal and the ink wasn't that pricey either so i highly recommend to those out there that need a printer to get a laser printer!

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4.0

I like this Brother printer but wish the toner would last longer

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from Oklahoma City, OK

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I get clear prints from this printer, and have had no paper jams.  Loading paper is easy too.  My only complaint is that is seemed to run out of ink too quickly (but it didn't really seem like it was out of ink because the last few copies I printed were still dark... the light indicated that it was out of toner, though, and it will not allow itself to work when that light indicator is on.)   However, I learned a trick from another website... you just put a tiny piece of black tape over the sensor on the toner cartridge, and it will keep printing tons of copies!  I tried this and it worked!  (It's still going.... I'm wondering when it is REALLY going to run out.)  I can't help but think it was designed so that you must constantly replace the toner, therefore they make more money.  After "fixing" the toner problem, I am very pleased.  The printer runs quietly, efficiently, and quickly.  I would purchase it again.

 

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