The Brother HL-1440 printer is excellent for both home and office use. The reason I bought this was because of printing costs. There are a few bad points to get out of the way first. Firstly, the drivers are really hard to get working in the first place. Second, it is really noisy to start up. Third, the start up time is long. Four, it is quite heavy for a basic laser printer. Now to praise the machine, the printer has excellent economy with the toner lasting a long time. The toner may be expensive, but is long lasting - especially the long lasting high - yeild toner cartridge. The printing speed is good, but not brilliant. One thing to look out for with the printer is the paper in the output tray is pushed out by the next sheet, this is because the printer curls the paper up after it has come out. With USB and LTP interface it should fit any modern computer, with ease. The drivers can easily be fixed by downloading the appropriate fixes. Quality of printing is good, but the toner save mode is terrible all the writing goes so faint you can't even see it! Overall, I say that it is a good budget laser printer, however better ones are availiable on the market, as this model is getting old now.
The Brother HL-1440 Laser printer is an excellent printer for personal or business use. Printing is fast and sharp. Installation under Windows XP is as easy as plugging the printer in. Windows XP has native drivers for this printer so it instantly recognizes the printer and installs it. You will have more problems unwrapping the printer than you will have setting it up. I have however run into a few problems with software applications along the way. If you are planning on running this laser printer under Windows XP and you happen to run Microsoft MapPoint, or Visual Manufacturing, you are going to run into problems. These two applications print incorrectly when using the Brother HL-1440 drivers. Characters are upside down and reversed. Other applications may also produce the same results. You fix the printing problem by using the HP LaserJet 6L drivers instead of the Brother drivers. I have not yet found a version of the Brother Printer driver that works correctly with these programs. Simply remove the Brother printer and then click on Add Printer. From here you want to move through the windows making sure that you uncheck the box to have windows automatically detect your printer. If you leave this checked, windows will find the printer and install its native drivers. Once you get to the window that lets you specify your printer, select HP and then HP LaserJet 6L from the list. That?s it. You will no longer see a Brother printer installed on your computer, but you will see an HP LaserJet 6L. Simply print with this printer and all is fine. I have noticed nothing different when using the HP driver instead of the Brother driver. Additionally, this printer really should be skipped by any one who is working in the home lone industry. This is because of the many different formats, software applications, and services that these companies use. Every different company is using a different method of formatting and transmitting documen
ts through out the entire process. I have personally experienced this problem with the Brother HL-1440, in this industry. I now run an HP although my Brother still works perfectly for most things. I would highly recommend this printer to you is you are looking for fast, sharp printing at a low price.
We run a small office, and originally bought two Kyocera FS-600 laser printers for printing the small quantity of technical manuals that we produce. The Kyocera drums are supposed to be super-environment-friendly and last for 100,000 pages. Sadly, this proved not to be the case. After our fourth drum at a total of only 60,000 pages, the first printer was out of guarantee and we looked around for something else. Cost is of course important, but to us, print quality is a number one concern. After comparing lots of print-outs in PC World, we opted for a Brother HL-1250. This printer ran wonderfully for a year, but when the drum needed replacing it turned out that we could buy a brand new Brother HL-1440 for just £20 more than the cost of a new drum (the drums have come down in price since then). Thus my computer now has a one-year old Brother HL-1440, and I thought I would tell you a little about it. WEIGHT (or mass if I'm feeling pedantic) According to the packing sheet that came with my printer, the mass is just over 12 kilogrammes (that's nearly two stone). INSTALLATION The printer was supplied in the usual polystyrene-packaging filled box, and arrived in perfect condition. Installation was incredibly easy. I chucked the CD in the drive, and followed the instructions. The CD autoruns when placed in the drive, and you are presented with a screen asking you to choose which printer you have (HL-1230, HL-1440, HL-1450, HL-1470N). From there, instructions were simple and the printer was going in less than ten minutes! PRINT QUALITY The Brother HL-1440 is a black and white laser printer, and our main reason for buying it was the superb print quality. Text is very sharp, and graphics also print wonderfully. The only quibble I have is that if you print a large block area of black, then the black can look a little grainy when held up to the light. Most people would not notice this, however, and it is a minor quibble indeed. Also
, if you tended to print a lot of large block areas of black, you would use the toner up very quickly indeed so there is not much call for it! SPEED The HL-1440 has a stated speed of 14 pages per minute, which is realistically achievable. Both the Brother printers have been much quicker than the Kyoceras, though I haven't noticed much difference between the HL-1250 (with a stated 12 pages per minute) and the HL-1440. SOUND LEVEL The Brothers are both very quiet machines. My telephone is right next to the printer, and I can easily hold a conversation with the machine going at full stretch. PC & MAC COMPATIBLE I run the printer on a PC, though the machine is advertised as fully Mac-compatible, and there are instructions supplied for connecting to Macs. CONNECTIONS I use a USB lead with no problems, although there is also an option to connect using a parallel lead if you prefer. This is in stark contrast to my Canon BJC-6200 which refuses to run properly with a USB lead, I was forced to use the parallel option. PAPER TRAY The paper tray can comfortably hold 200 sheets of A4 90 gsm paper (although it can theoretically hold 250 sheets). It pulls straight out the front, so you need to leave plenty of space in front of the printer on your desk. It is very easy to refill (just grab half a ream of paper and put it straight in. It pushes shut with a satisfying click, so you know when it has shut properly. MANUAL SHEET FEED There is a slot at the front of the machine to manually feed single sheets. When printing labels, the software automatically assumes you want to use this option unless you tell it otherwise. I have found that labels print perfectly from the sheet feeder, although it is adviseable to use the manual feed for thicker papers like card. PAPER HANDLING This is the biggest improvement on the Kyocera. The Brothers' paper handling is superb. We have had one easily-so
rted jam in 150,000 pages of printing on our two Brother printers. (That compares to 10+ per DAY with the Kyocera!) We frequently print double-sided, and even print labels straight from the paper tray, 20 sheets at a time. We simply couldn't have printed double-sided with the Kyocera in the required quantities; we had enough trouble printing single-sided! Printing some of our manuals double-sided has saved a lot of paper, with an obvious knock-on environmental benefit. Occasionally the machine fails to pick up a sheet If this happens, it gives the "paper empty" warning - just open the paper tray, readjust the paper, close it again and press the grey button. It never misfeeds, so you don't get any of that horrid crunched up paper. Also, this machine is ideal for double sided printing because you rarely get an extra sheet fed through. (For those of you who don't do a lot of double-sided printing, if you get a blank sheet in the middle of your printouts, it throws all the page numbers out by one and you end up having to throw away half the pages and having to start again.) The one tip I have for double-sided printing is that the printer prefers not to have the paper tray too full when printing the second side. If the tray is full, the printer sometimes has trouble picking up a page (although we never suffer misfeeds). MEMORY The machine comes with 2Mb standard memory, upgradeable to 32Mb. I believe that adding memory can increase the print speed in the case of printing large graphics files. personally, I have had no problem printing with the standard 2Mb. One of our manuals has 100 pages with a third of each page as a .jpeg image, and this prints in about ten minutes without any problems. A friend of mine once had a Hewlett-Packard laser printer that refused to print large graphics files until she upgraded the memory, but I have had no such problems with this machine. DRUM The Drum life is quoted at 20,000 page
s, but I have found that with proper care they last longer than this. My first drum lasted about 30,000 pages before replacement. TONER CARTRIDGE We use the larger TN6600 toner cartridges, which are supposed to last 6,000 pages at 5% print density. We find they last about 3,000 pages, although our pages may be more densely printed than the quoted 5%. The TN3300 cartridges are supposed to last 3,000 pages, and we find they last 1500 pages. If you do a lot of printing, the TN6600 work out substantially cheaper over the long term. DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE HL-1440 AND HL-1230 The HL-1250 sitting in the corner of our office has now been superceded by the HL-1230, but there seems little difference between the two models. There are some small differences between the HL-1230 and HL-1440. The HL-1440 is slightly faster (a stated 14 pages per minute for the HL-1440 and 12 pages per minute for the HL-1230 and HL-1250), and has more memory. The paper trays, paper handling, manual sheet feed and overall look of the three printers are identical, and there is little difference in operation. RELIABILITY & MAINTENANCE The main problem with our Kyocera printers was that after a few thousand pages, a line started to appear down one side of the page. The line gets bigger and more spread out the more printing you do. Often, if we were printing 100 pages, the first ten would be OK, then this line would appear. if you didn't notice, you would end up throwing away a lot of wasted paper. For a supposedly environment-friendly product, this defeated the purpose somewhat. The Kyocera printer drums are not meant to be cleaned, but I am happy to say that this isn't the case with the Brother printers. The first problem I had with the Brother's drum was when I noticed a few tiny black dots running in a line down a series of pages. There were only 4 or 5 per page, but when you are selling your printouts you need to be extra careful about
their quality. I rang Brother, who advised cleaning the drum. This is done with lens tissue and lens cleaning fluid, and works a treat, although you can only repeat the operation a few times before the print starts to fade a little. The black dots are caused by tiny specks of paper dust getting picked up by the drum and sticking. I have found that with all laser printers, this problem gets worse when the printer is hot. Thus I tend to run only 100 pages at a time through my laser printer, then allow it 20 minutes to cool down. The Brothers all have internal cooling fans, but the fans on the HL-1250 and HL-1440 are not adequate for high levels of printing. Having said that, Brother recommend a higher spec printer than the one I use for the volume of printing that is done in our office, so I am happy enough with the results. As long as I keep to the above printing schedule, I don't seem to get much trouble with black dots. If I get busy and start churning out large volumes, then I sometimes get black dots. Whenever this happens, and whenever we need to change the drum or the toner unit, we remove the drum unit and give the inside of the printer a good hoover (with a dusting tool). This removes most of the paper dust and so helps preserve the print quality. Every so often the Brother software prompts you to remove the drum unit and clean the "corona wire". This is a little wire on the drum unit that can pick up paper dust. You clean it by sliding a small plastic slider from one side to the other and back a few times. I'm not sure what the wire does though! SOFTWARE We run Windows 98 Second Edition. The printer software has been very reliable and does not interfere with any other software on my machine. It is simple to use and I find it far superior to the Canon software which runs our inkjet printers. There are no annoying popup messages except when the printer has actually stopped printing, to prompt you to add some pa
per. According to Brother, there are optimised drivers for Windows 95/98/Me/NT 4 and Windows 2000. There is also a Mac OS 8.6 or later driver included, and there is DOS compatibility. The CD came with printer drivers for Windows 95/98/Me/NT4.0/2000 and Mackintosh iMac/G3/G4. It also supports English, German, French, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Finnish (they must have some very talented linguists at Brother!). There is also some troubleshooting software, which I have found very useful. Unfortunately, I'm usually just too darned lazy to turn it on and use it! BROTHER'S HELPLINE On the one occasion I rang them, the Brother staff were very helpful. I found the number in the "Help and warranty Information" leaflet that came with the printer. It is in very large type and jumps out at you the minute you open the leaflet (I wish it was always that easy to find the number you want!). When I rang, I got straight through and spoke to someone who knew what they were talking about. You can't say fairer than that! The leaflet also says they are happy to provide advice even if your product is no longer covered by warranty. The help line number is 0161-931-2354. WARRANTY Brother provide a one year warranty with all their printers. This can be on-site (meaning that they will send out a technician to fix faults on-site), but is usually return-to-base (meaning that you have to send it back to be serviced). If you have a return-to-base warranty, it can be upgraded to on-site after purchase. When we bought ours a year ago, the cost of the upgrade was £42.28 including VAT. Full details are supplied in the "Help and warranty Information" leaflet that comes with the printer. PRINTED INFORMATION Apart from the "Help and warranty Information" leaflet, the only printed information provided was a "Warranty Enquiries" postcard (for you to
request warranty information), a "European guarantee" leaflet (printed in nine european languages), an A4 sheet with special instructions for installing the printer driver on Windows 2000 (in ten languages) and a "Safety Sheet" leaflet. ONLINE GUIDE & FLASHING LIGHTS Apart from the printed information listed above, all the information is in an online user guide on the CD. Now the online guide is very good and has provided some useful information, but nothing can really replace the printed word. The first time I started getting flashing warning lights on the printer, I panicked. There was nothing written anywhere and it was ages before I realised I had to look it all up on the CD. Being a lazy person, I have found out most of what I know by trial and error. With a printed guide, you can flick through to find the pages you want, but this is not so easy with computer software. For anyone who buys one of these then, here's my quick guide to your flashing lights: QUICK USER GUIDE Ready and Alarm flashing together - paper has run out In this case, fill up the paper tray then press the large grey button beneath all the flashing lights to start the printer going again. There is no need to click any of the on-screen warning messages, they will disappear in a few seconds. Alarm and data flashing together - toner is about to run out Ignore this one, though make sure you have a spare toner cartridge to hand. Alarm and Data on continuosly - toner has run out Pressing the grey button (as for when the paper has run out above) can give you a few extra pages. Eventually, the cartridge has to be relaced. After replacing, press the button as before. Ready, Alarm and data all flashing together - your paper has run out, and your toner is about to run out (treat as above for paper run out) Drum light on continuously - drum is reaching the end of its life (although the printer won't stop working, and I hav
e found that the drums can last a lot longer than specified). No action required until the print quality deteriorates. OFFICIAL BROTHER WEBSITE http://www.brother.co.uk You can find all the technical specifications for the HL-1440 on the brother website on this page: http://www.brother.co.uk/our_products/html/printer_hl1440.html They also have a pdf format downloadable leaflet on the same page, and links to information about other Brother printers on the left hand side. http://www.solutions.brother.com has a support page dedicated to the HL-1440. CONSUMABLES PARTS NUMBERS TN-6300 Standard Toner (up to 3,000 pages) TN-6600 High Yield Toner (up to 6,000 pages) DR-6000 Drum (up to 20,000 pages @ 5%) COSTS (all prices include VAT and are quoted on 7th September 2003) Comet website: http://www.comet.co.uk (free delivery on this product) printer HL-1440 £175.06 (online price) printer HL-1440 £182.10 (store price) printer HL-1230 Dabs website: http://www.dabs.com (see http://www.dabs.com/support/faq-article.asp?article=205&m=b for delivery charges which vary according to weight and value of order but usually average at about £5 for most UK postcodes.) Printer HL-1430 £128.07 Printer HL-1230 £116.32 Toner TN-6600 £48.17 Toner TN-6300 £34.07 Drum DR-6000 £88.12 Viking website: http://www.viking-direct.co.uk (no delivery charge over £30 to UK addresses, but there is an annoying "insurance" charge of up to £1.95 + VAT per order. Next day delivery guaranteed - can be very useful if you're in a hurry!) Printer HL-1440 £258.48 Printer HL-1230 £176.23 Toner TN-6600 £54.03 Toner TN-6300 £37.58 Drum DR-6000 £99.86 Overall, I have been very pleased with this printer and would definitely buy another.