Summary: I got a 5240 as a giveaway from another resident in the apartment building with about 1200+ prints total on it according to the status sheet that printed out. I just plugged it in, connected it to my Mac laptop and I got asked if I wanted to download the driver. I clicked "yes" and away it went. The driver downloaded just fine from the web, and the printer worked fine from the first copy onward. This unit is slightly noisy, but for the price - amazing.
Summary: I bought this printer 8 years ago when it first hit the market. I have NEVER had a single problem with it and it is still going strong. No jamming, no streaks, no weird errors. It prints clearly and is as reliable as the sun. The high capacity toner cartridges may seem expensive but they last quite a while. I work from home and do a lot of printing and have no complaints about the amount of toner this printer uses.
Summary: Very good relatively high volume printer at a great price. We have worn out a couple of these, but for the money, cannot be beat. Remember to tape over the little window in the toner cartridge when it tells you it is time to replace, you can get at least another 200 impressions before it actually runs out.
Summary: This 5240 replaces a Brother 5140 that broke because of a toner cartridge that had sat on the shelf for two long and got stiff. I already had one 5240 and now have two. The 5140 lasted about 8 years without a glitch and the first 5240 I have has been performing flawlessly for over 3 years. These laser printers may cost a little more than an inkjet but will soon pay for themselves with the savings on toner.
Summary: Like many others, I just cannot recommend this printer or any other Brother product. This is the second product from this manufacturer that I have owned. The first gave me multiple problems, even the second and third replacement units. That was many years ago and I had mostly forgotten the bad taste BROTHER left in my mouth. So when I saw this on sale at a great price, I couldn't resist. BIG MISTAKE! This thing started wrinkling copies almost from the start.
Summary: Like the other reviews you have, above, this line of printers wrinkles paper. The trouble shooting is of no help. Using the two-blue tabs at the back of the printer and flipping them can be of temporary assistance. Beyond that, the Brother line of printers appears to have a defect that they just cannot correct. Brother: There is a bug in the printer. There is also a bug in the process by which people are able to register these defects.
Summary: I have had this printer for 3 years in constant use for printing out .pdf files for research. I have had absolutely no major trouble. I inadvertently overloaded the paper feed and it jammed one time. Look for toner cartridges on line, Staples and Office Max too expensive. I am very pleased with the printers toner life, I go one year on a toner. After three years of ownership, I confidently rate this product as excellent.
Summary: I was please with the very service of the vendor. There was a part missing when I received my printer however when I called it was corrected without any questions and I received a completly different in a few days.