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A very square box - assembled in China for the Japanese Brother Corp. (makers of a peculiar array of items from sewing machines to labellers etc.). For its purchase and consumables price, the Brother is hard to beat. It's easy to use, pleasant to look at and reasonably cheap to run. Pros: Reasonable text quality, average graphics quality, convenient paper tray and single feed + straight through facility, easy to adjust software with tray settings, easy setup, average print noise, reasonable footprint, USB and parallel connections, simple display and consumables change. Cons: non-ugradable memory sometimes slows printing down, can run out of memory on complex print jobs, no onscreen indication of toner life, thin print (works virtually as well @ 25% toner savings), rear straight access requires space. Overall: easily obtainable consumables at a lower price than most competitors make this a good value purchase (especially on 6000 sheet toner cartridges). This printer is simple, convenient and easy to use. Easy to set up within minutes, quiet and efficient - this machine has newer rivals - but few combine its relativeely reasonable consumable costs with easy availability. Service and support from Manchester is efficient and helpful.
The HL-1240 printer, utilizes an optimized 66MHz controller that allows fast output. How fast? Up to 12 pages per minute! And there is no long waiting times for that first page to be printed - the optimized first page output is less than 15 seconds.
The Brother HL-1240 printer comes with USB and parallel ports built-in so it is compatible with Windows platforms as well as your iMac, iBook or new G3/G4 Macintosh. All printer drivers are included in the box and there is no need for a parallel-to-USB converter, both interfaces are provided right on-board. True 600 x 600 dpi printing combined with microfine toner produces sharp quality printing. Paper capacity is a staggering 250 sheets of letter size paper, and the HL-1240 allows you to obtain optimum print quality on different media types every time.