Brother rates the HL-1110 at a very healthy 20ppm. On our long, 20-page document we saw 15.2ppm, which is over three quarters of the way there. Bear in mind, too, that we measure print speeds including preparation time, when all manufacturers quote page-on-page speeds which the ISO standard allows. These will always be higher, but don’t represent real-world print conditions.
The more normal, 5-page documents took 25s and 24s, for text and text and graphics prints, respectively, giving speeds of 12.0ppm and 12.5ppm. A 15 x 10cm photo on A4 in best print quality took 23s. All these speeds are good, particularly given the asking price of the printer. They’re bettered, slightly, by the Pantum P-2000, but there are only a couple of pages in it.
Print quality is generally good, with light, but densely black text and clean line-graphics. Some jagged edges are visible on diagonals, though, despite the 600dpi base resolution of the engine, and greyscale fills are mottled. This can be seen in smooth areas of photo prints, too, where darker shades sometimes also run to black.
The HL-1110 has a slightly noisy paper feed, which we measured at peaks of 66dBA at half a metre.
The prices of drum and toner give a cost per page of 4.5p. This is a bit higher than, for example, Brother’s own, £10 more expensive HL-2132, where we calculated a page cost of 3.9p.
If you want a compact, quick mono laser, it should certainly be on your list, along with machines like the Pantum P-2000, which is a bit quicker and offers a high-yield cartridge option, and the Canon i-SENSYS LBP6020, which is a similar size and price.
Brother’s HL-1110 is a neat and effective mono laser for personal use. It shows a good turn of speed and is very easy to use, though it’s a little noisy and print quality is not quite up to the best in its class. The entry-level laser printer market doesn’t get any less crowded, but Brother still deserves its stall.