- 1200 x 1200 dpi
Fast, cheap, versatile, easy to upgrade! 12/09/2009
This review is from: brother HL Series EHL-5240 Personal Up to 30 ppm Monochrome Laser Printer
Price, easy to update memory, manual duplex, 1200x1200 dpi, parallel and USB connectivity, reasonable toner/drum prices, great output quality, Vista/Windows 7 *and* Windows 98 drivers. Bought a refurb one from Newegg dirt cheap after rebate and promo code. Memory was a breeze to add. I connected it to my printserver easily via USB and used the parallel connection (simultaneously) to connect to an older W98 machine I use to run several legacy programs that XP won't support. Two other computers use XP, and I also have a laptop running Win 7. Win 7 was a little difficult to set up, but I think it was more a function of Win 7 (I couldn't use homegroup because the other machines had different OSs). The HL-5240 appears to be a faster version of the HL-1440 with more memory and better resolution, and the interface is almost identical. I own the HL-1440 and have been pleased with it, so I decided to upgrade. I will note, however, that I am a light user.
Uses older laptop memory, not quite as easy/cheap to find as newer DDR versions, but at least it's not proprietary. Manual duplex took a while to figure out. The HL-1440 manual duplex was straightforward, so it took me a while to figure out that on the HL-5240 I had to do things a little differently, even though the interfaces are practically identical. After selecting the manual duplex mode, I had to select "Tray1" for the First Page under the Paper Source, and not let it default to "Auto Select", otherwise it wants to print the second side from the MP Tray, which doesn't hold much paper. Other than this little quirk and the Win 7 setup, everything was easy and straightforward. Oh, shipping took almost a week, which is very unusual for Newegg.
The refurb looked brand new. You'll need to read the manual to figure out how to print out the status page which shows you if your memory has been added correctly and how much predicted life you have left in the toner and drum. Don't buy the expensive memory recommended in the manual. Buy the cheapest 144-pin sodimm SDRAM you can find, just make sure you buy from a reputable vendor, that it isn't registered, and that it's LOW density. I bought PC133, 3.3v, CL3 (CAS latency of 3, not the 2 they say you have to have) and it worked great. If the memory is faster than the recommended PC100, then you can use a higher latency (within reason). The memory they recommend costs 4x more than what I paid (for 512mb). In all, the refurb printer with additional 512mb memory cost me less than a Franklin (assuming I get the rebate).
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