Brother HL-1440 Review
While the Brother HL-1440 excels in certain areas, such as print resolution, this 2002 model should be viewed as what it is: a very old laser printer. The device is a capable unit by some standards, but falls drastically behind the curve as there have been many significant advances in personal laser printing in the past ten years.
The Brother HL-1440’s 1200 x 600 dot per inch is as impressive today as it was when the unit was released. This device is still better in print quality than many of the units available, and was one of the only smaller laser printers to offer this higher resolution when it was released. The much more common standard at the time, and even today, was and is 600 x 600 dots per inch.
While a multi purpose tray is not included in the Brother HL-1440 package, it does come with a manual feed slot. This slot can be used for special media types and provides a straight through paper path option so material such as envelopes and card stock does not end up with a permanent bend to it when printed to. The bypass slot also allows paper types, including standard ones such as Letter and Legal, to be printed to without unloading the primary paper supply. On board paper storage is made possible by a single 250 sheet tray.
The device is designed with Brother’s commonly seen separate drum and toner setup, meaning users will be able to squeeze the maximum life out of their consumables, as well as change them easily. Cost per page for the device was originally rated at 2.4 cents per page, but is now lower due to the availability of third party toner from online retailers.
With four LED display indicator lights, the Brother HL-1440’s dedicated display system is limited, but sufficient. Its cassette can handle paper up to 28 lbs in thickness, which is a little heftier than some other unit’s can take, and its manual feed slot can safely print to 16 – 43 lb paper, which means even thin card stock is an option.
The Brother HL-1440, like most laser printers, runs much quieter than their inkjet counterparts. This model in particular tops out at only 50 dB(A), even while printing at top speed, and its standby mode is completely silent.
The Brother HL-1440’s 15 page per minute print speed was just slightly sub par at the time of the unit’s release for a three hundred dollar printer. Now, this speed borders on offensive. With a maximum speed of 15 pages per minute, the device is literally half as fast as almost anything being released this year and therefore takes about twice as long to produce anything save single page prints.
While the Brother HL-1440’s 250 sheet paper tray is both typical and sufficient, the fact that the unit has no paper expandability options whatsoever is a major disappointment. Its output capacity is also not upgradable, though this is to be expected, and rests at 150 sheets face down and only 1 face up.