An affordable price and good features make this printer a good choice. Graphics quality is subpar. The Dell S2500n is a monochrome laser printer manufactured by Lexmark and sold under the Dell brand name. If a color printer is needed, evaluate the Dell 2130cn toner printer. With its low price and high capacity, it caters to small offices with high volume printing needs that may be looking for a budget-priced printer. Input trays hold a maximum of 350 sheets, which is high for its price point, with optional input trays allowing for a maximum of 1100 sheets. The output tray only holds 100 sheets, however, so users should expect to make trips to the printer often in high-volume offices.
The printer includes an ethernet port to make networking simple to setup, and the drivers provide a wide range of functions for adjusting printer toner usage, contrast, and other options. Parallel port and USB connections are also available for connecting directly to a PC.
Build quality may be a concern for some, as the plastic used for the printer is thin and feels a bit flimsy. For a printer designed for high-volume use, it seems odd to use low quality plastic, as it will likely see a lot of use each day. Print quality is good, especially for text, with problems showing up only in the smallest of fonts. Graphics printing, however, shows some banding and uneven toner distribution that is noticeable even to the casual user. If graphics are a priority, buyers may want to look elsewhere.
Dell S2500n toner costs are quite good. When using the high-yield Dell S2500n toner cartridge with a capacity of 10,000 pages, cost per page is around 2 cents, which is very good for the printer's price range. Added to the toner saving features included in the drivers and easily accessible from any PC, smart offices can save even more on Dell toner.
Overall, the S2500n is a good choice for high-volume offices on a budget. If you are not a high-volume office, the Dell 1100 toner printer may be more appropriate. Graphics printing quality and cheap plastic construction are the only major downsides.
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