Summary: Got this for under £100 via an amazon seller... It comes with a set of starter cartridges, but you can get either a refill kit for about £40 on-line to top these up to full capacity when they become empty, or for £65 you can get a compatible set of the 4 toners including drums.
Brother HL-3040CN: Budget price, average picture quality
13 May 2013
Excerpt: The great thing about this printer is the low initial purchase price (less than £130 in November 2011), and the fact that for under £50, you can get a full set of non-OEM toner refills (although you must first buy a Gear Reset kit for around £11 - this is a one-time purchase, however).
Pros: Low purchase price, cheap cost of refill consumables, good overall speed/performance
Cons: Photo print quality only average (fiddly fine tuning), 1 - sheet manual feed, slow start - up
Summary: Since the above review was published there are now lots of high quality compatible and affordable toner cartridges available. I will be going back to laser, because I have had enough of my Canon colour inkjet drinking like there is no tomorrow and costing a cow for very little (I only print b&w...
Pros: Relatively cheap, and now has very affordable compatible toners
Summary: We have had a few Brother printers and have found them to be very reliable. This one is our first laser colour printer and our only concerns were the running costs, the speed of printing and the quality of the print. We needn't have worried because all are fine.
Summary: I had a HP monochrome laser printer for many years until HP dropped support for it in Windows Vista whilst there was still a lot of life left in it. This dropping of support also affected my HP scanner in Windows 7 so I've learned the hard way not to buy HP!
Great printer - shame it doesn't work with windows 2008
25 February 2011
Summary: the drivers that come with this printer do not work with Windows 2008. This is a known problem, which i found out about after buying it. the installation of the driver s/w doesn't' complete as it's trying to do something to the Kernel which the o/s prevents. Very poor show.
Summary: Printer was fine, 5 months later we are sent a box of toners that we never ordered yet we were told otherwise and that we had to pay for them. After a heated discussion and constantly repeating that we would not pay for the toners and that they could come and pick them up, i had to hang up.