Brother HL-5140 Review
With a print speed of only 21 pages per minute, the Brother HL-5140 is not exactly pushing the envelope as far as personal laser print speed goes. This monochrome device is simplistic in its styling as well as hardware, making for a printer that is easy on the wallet and eyes alike.
With HQ1200 print technology, the Brother HL-5140 is capable of producing 2400 x 600 dots per inch which, though technically is not true 1200 x 1200 dot per inch quality, comes pretty close to the real thing and does result in the same amount of unique pixels per inch. The HQ1200 will produce image quality four times as accurate as 600 dpi devices, though thin line drawings will not look as good as those from a true 1200 dpi printer such as the ones found in Brother’s MFC series.
In the interest of keeping the price of the Brother HL-5140 at a minimum, it does not include luxury hardware such as a network card, though it is equipped with both a USB and Parallel port for single PC hosting. It relies on only PCL6 emulation which still keeps it compatible with almost every system currently in operation.
16 MBs of memory are included and installed in the device, but if this amount proves to be insufficient, a 100 pin DIMM slot allows users to install an additional 16 MB, 32 MB, 64 MB, or 128 MB chip for a maximum total of 144 MBs of RAM.
A maximum monthly duty cycle of 20,000 pages means that it would be very hard to work this machine, though Brother recommends printing only 500 to 3,000 pages per month for maximum product life. If users do have a problem with the hardware within the device’s first year, buyers can fall back on Brother’s one year included warranty.
A 133 MHz processor is exactly the kind of below average CPU one would expect to find in the Brother HL-5140 and, in this case, it comes in the form of a Fujitsu SPARClite. The dimensions of the unit are 15 x 15 x 10 inches (W x D x H), which actually makes it quite large for a personal laser printer. The unit’s legal sized storage tray is partially to blame, and the device is still small enough to fit on a desktop, so its dimensions are not much of a drawback. Its weight of 23 pounds is also a few pounds heavier than a personal printer that one might find on the shelves today, but still nothing to complain about as it can still be picked up and moved around easily enough.
A laser printer that produces only 21 pages per minute is definitely considered slow by today’s standards, or at least below average. This discontinued model can no longer compete with the big boys and has no real additional hardware specifications that would help it maintain its appeal. The Brother HL-5140 is a straightforward, simple, mediocre printer that would be best suited for handing down to some poor student’s desktop.