The Brother HL-5140 is a monochrome laser printer designed for the home or small office user. Its compact design and excellent print quality make it a good choice where space is tight. Expensive upgrades and replacement parts are some of the drawbacks, however Brother toner cartridges are generally cheaper than the competition.
The Brother HL-5140 builds in practically everything a light office user would need from a laser printer, and this is a good thing, because upgrading it is an expensive proposition. For example, paper capacity is 250 sheets, which should be enough for most home or small office users. If not, an additional 250-sheet drawer can be added, but it costs almost as much as the HL-5140 itself. For the combined price, users could purchase a more expensive printer with a 500-sheet capacity. Even a replacement drum costs nearly as much as the printer itself. Users who are happy with the HL-5140's standard configuration will find it a good choice, but users thinking of upgrading it would be better off buying a more expensive model.
The HL-5140 does not include a printed manual, only printed instructions for setting up the printer. The full manual is located on the included software disc. While this is a good way to save paper, it can be frustrating for users who prefer a printed manual. Of course, once the printer is set up, you can use it to print the manual, albeit at your own expense. Print speed is good, but lags a little behind some competing printers. Text prints at around 12 pages per minute, with graphics printing at around 7 pages per minute. Print quality is impressive. Text especially is very dark and defined. Graphics are better than expected for the price.
The Brother HL-5140 toner cartridges come in two sizes. The standard cartridge has a capacity of 3,300 pages and the high-yield version has a capacity of 6,700 pages. The high-yield cartridge is the more economical of the two, and buying third-party compatible cartridges rather than the more expensive brand Brother HL-5140 toner cartridge can reduce costs even more.
Overall, the Brother HL-5140 is a good printer for home or personal use, but only if its standard configuration suits your needs. Upgrading is an expensive proposition, and lack of a printed manual is a minor annoyance.
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