Brother HL-2140 Monochrome (Black and White) Laser printer.
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A wonderful little Laser printer, so easy on the wallet!
I own 2 of them and will purchase another just to keep on-hand. I was tired of feeding my ink jet printers with liquid gold, that's what ink should be called! My first Laser was purchased around 2008. I was impressed with it's performance so purchased a second one a year later. The second one is just to keep as backup printer because I work from home. Long ago I learned that machines know the most inconvenient time to break, it's my insurance. I feed about 2 cases of paper a year to my printer, that's 10,000 sheets. Enough to give most printers a good workout. As many ink-jet owners quickly find out, the printer is cheap because you will pay a lot for ink. I wore-out a few ink-jets, had some that I was able to refill cartridges but ink is messy. Most of the time I was able to find cheap after-market ink. Contrary to what printer manufactures say, most after-market ink works great and doesn't damage the printer. But having extra cartridges on-hand isn't the answer, ink drys-out, not Laser toner! Ink-jet manufacturers put computer chips in ink cartridges to monitor usage. The problem with that is they report bogus usage and will report out-of ink when actually there's lots of ink. I was tired of the games and expense and needed a lower cost print alternative. I found it with the Brother HL-2140 Laser. My printing cost per page dropped to a fraction of what it cost with ink-jets. I do a few cost saving things to extend the life of Brother Laser cartridges and the drum. I refill cartridges with toner to cut cost to less than half of a replacement. Then reset a gear, easy to do! Another thing to save is to reset the printer to think it has a new drum. That's not a bad thing to do at all. If the print looks great then why replace? If print quality starts to diminish then I will simply toss it and replace with another low-cost on sale Laser. I found both my Laser's on sale for under fifty bucks! Comes with a starter cartridge good for about 1000 prints. Buy a gear pack from an on-line ink seller for about five dollars and it's good to go again. It's a fantastic little printer for the price!
USB cable is not included, if you don't have one get a USB cable.
Break-in time is a few days. When you get the new printer home use it with good ventlation, perhaps near an open window. Some machine parts heat up inside when printing. The heated new parts have a strange smell for a few days when printing. The smell goes away, then it's fine.
When printing it draws a surge of power. It's best if connected to an outlet that's not on a heavy loaded branch. I ran a heavy extension cord I found in the tool section of a home improvement store to an little used outlet. It's not necessary if you don't mind seeing lamps or TV dim if on same branch. The printer sleeps most of the time when not printing, wake's up to keep a part heated then sleeps again.
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Amount Paid (US$): 49.95
Operating System: Windows