Brother HL-1440 review: Brother HL-1440

Home office habitable
The HL-1440 will be right at home in any small or home office. Measuring 14.2 by 16.9 by 9.3 inches and weighing just more than 20 pounds, its size won't overwhelm most desks, although its appearance is a bit boxy. The paper handling is fairly basic, with a 250-sheet input tray and a 150-sheet output capacity. The printer also has a single-sheet manual bypass tray. Supported media sizes include letter, legal executive, A4, A5, A6, B6, and envelopes. The HL-1440 takes plain paper, bond, transparencies, labels, and card stock up to 43 pounds in the bypass tray. Replacement toner cartridges run $60 for the 3,000-page capacity and $85 for the 6,000-page capacity. That works out to about 2 cents and 1.4 cents per page, respectively. If you want to reduce your costs even more, select the toner-saver mode in the print-driver settings. If you need to share the printer, Brother offers the $499 HL-1470N model, which includes an internal 10/100BaseT Ethernet card.

Brother's support policy includes a one-year warranty on parts and labor and a year of the company's express exchange policy. The Brother Solutions Center Web site provides updated printer drivers in addition to more support information. The software driver also includes a Web Update button, which takes you directly to Brother's Web site for downloading the latest driver. Live, toll-free technical support is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET.

As cheap as they come
Good luck trying to find another $300 laser printer that delivers as much as the Brother HL-1440. Its speeds are quick, and its output is clean and crisp. It's also easy to set up and comes with handy features such as manual duplexing, a toner-saver mode, and interactive help videos.

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Laser printer speed (text only)
Pages per minute; longer bars indicate better performance
Text and graphics
Brother HL-1440
HP LaserJet 1200
NEC SuperScript 1400
Samsung ML-1210
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The Brother HL-1440 outperformed the other laser printers in its class, delivering a blistering 11.4ppm of text. While not quite the fastest on our mixed text-and-graphics document, the HL-1440 still pumped out 9.6ppm without sacrificing print quality.

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  • Interface Parallel
  • Connectivity Technology wired
  • Printer Type Personal printer - laser - monochrome
  • Max Speed 15 ppm