Brother HL-5340D Review
The very affordable Brother HL-5340D is one of the least expensive ways to add extra fast monochrome printing capabilities to your desktop. With 32 pages per minute of performance, this Brother will not keep you waiting regardless of your project size. The device is also equipped with built in duplexing which opens up a world of opportunities in terms of reducing paper usage and cost.
Built in duplexing allows users to print automatically to both sides of their output with no additional interaction. This means that paper usage could, theoretically, be reduced by as much as half when the function is in effect. Duplexing also creates a professional look and feel to single page handouts that two pages stapled together just cannot achieve.
With print resolution topping out at 1200 x 1200 dots per inch, the Brother HL-5340D outperforms the majority of desktop laser printers in the two hundred dollar price range, and this price is sure to drop steadily in the next few years, ultimately resulting in quite a bargain.
Being a very up to date printer, the Brother HL-5340D supports PCL 6 as well as BR-Script 3 emulation, making the unit compatible with pretty much every system currently in use. It connectivity options are unfortunately limited to a single USB port, but this just means that it is the right printer for the individual user with very heavy personal printing requirements.
The Brother HL-5340D is equipped with a standard 250 sheet tray for standard paper sizes such as letter and legal. It also conceals a 50 sheet multi purpose tray that allows special media types such as envelopes to be printed to. When printing to a greeting card or envelope, users can open the rear hatch on the printer to allow a straight through paper path to be in effect. This will almost eliminate folding and bending of these more delicate paper types.
The printer is also equipped with an output capacity of 150 sheets so users will not have to worry about overflowing a tiny output tray. Its processor is also substantial and clocks in at 300 MHz. As far as size goes, the Brother HL-5340D defiantly qualifies as a desktop unit with its dimensions of 14.6 x 15.1 x 9.7 inches (W x D x H). Its weight is just over 20 pounds so moving the device around is no problem.
A maximum monthly duty cycle of 30,000 sheets means that the printer is not only fast but capable of heavy print volume as well. Brother’s recommended monthly duty for the printer is 500 to 3,500 pages, which is still quite a bit of material to move through a personal desktop printer.
It would be nice if the Brother HL-5340D’s media tray supported paper thicker than 43 lbs. Some heavy card stock will simply be incompatible with this device as a result. The unit is also quite minimalistic and therefore is not equipped with an LCD readout, so receiving updates on paper jams and paper outages from the machine is a little cryptic.