Summary: Admittedly, I only use this printer for light office use. I bought it in 2002 or so, I have moved it via car about 7 times. I have only used the same toner cart. that it came with. Nice black print. Seems to image stuff fairly fast. As I look at some photos in a printed page, a dark photo shows some horizontal striping not seriously ugly, but it is there. I would like to get a printer that works with my ipad. I guess this isn't it, but alas, I can't part with it.
Summary: I bought this printer 6 years ago and it is still working and I'm still on the first toner cartridge. Granted it's only being used for light home office use, but I would wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone looking for a good alternative to the inkjet money pit.
Summary: This HL5040 has treated its owner roughly. PAPER: It rolls every sheet of paper it prints, from cheap to heavy-stock resume, to the point that a 10 page document will roll up against the printer and jam the pages that follow. ENVELOPES: I've never gotten a clean return address on an envelope. It has wrinkled every one I've passed through it, or it catches and prints at a 45° angle. I print labels, and generally lose one.
Summary: I bought this printer for business in the Summer of '05. For the past 2 years, this printer has been great! I use the second tray option every day, and usually print around 20 to 30 pages per day. The printer likes the paper in the secondary tray to be nice and straight. If the pages are curled even a little, the printer folds the paper and sometimes jams. It's not hard to remove the jams though.