Brother Laser Printer: A Review of the Brother HL-2140 Personal Laser Printer

I recently purchased the Brother HL-2140 Personal Laser Printer. Luckily, I wasn’t wrong with doing so. I have achieved very satisfactory prints out of this reliable machine. But I also want to share with you the great features of this printer, so pay close attention to my review.


The printer is very plain with a light and dark gray combination of colors which makes it good for weathering as damages, dust, and old age don’t show much on these colors. It’s a very simple device with no frills and no add-ons. The dimensions of the printer are 14.5″ x 14.2″ x 6.7″ and the unit weighs 15 pounds. It’s easy enough to place on any shelf, desktop, and tabletop.

It has no display, and it’s basically an ordinary printer which you connect to the PC using a USB cable. It’s not compatible with a network because it doesn’t have networking cables or connectivity, but that’s not a problem for me because I only use one computer for business use. If you’re looking for a printer that you can share, then this model isn’t for you.

Printing and Other Functions

This Brother laser printer is what it is – it’s only a laser printer. But if you ask me, I think it does a great job even if that’s all it can do. The printer can produce up to 23 pages per minute and it has a resolution of 2400×600 dpi, a higher value compared to many other brands or models of laser printers. The duty cycle of this printer is 10,000 pages, also higher than other brands or models, which means that you can print more documents in this printer in a month as compared to other models. The device has a standard memory of 8 MB for printing data which allows you to keep a lot of documents pending for printing.

There are two types of paper feeders of this printer: the paper tray and the manual feeder. The paper tray can carry paper sizes of letter, legal, executive, A4, A5, A6, B5, and B6; while the manual feeder can carry paper sizes of letter, legal, executive, A4, A5, A6, B5, B6, envelopes, and custom sizes. The printout capacity of the paper tray is up to 100 sheets, so you can leave your printer continuously producing output while you’re doing other more important activities.

Other Features

The printer has a toner saver mode which allows you to save more ink and reduce costs – a feature which I think is not utilized properly by other users. I have read a lot of comments about the toner being too wasteful which is definitely not true for me. I think this printer uses ink just right as long as I’m in the toner saver mode. It’s also Energy Star qualified so I’m not wasting ink nor energy when using this printer. The only thing is that it produces a printing sound level of 51 decibels, quite noisy for such a small machine. But apart from that, I think it’s perfectly fine.


I have experienced the first time use of a firsthand Brother laser printer, and I can say I am very satisfied with it. It can definitely compete with other brands like HP and Canon. It’s a very good device and I wouldn’t trade it for any other model. So if you’re looking for a good laser printer that’s affordable and very functional, the best recommendation I can give you is the Brother HL-2140 Personal Laser Printer.