Dell S2500n Review
While many consumer-electronic stores offer a variety of laser printers, most of the models displayed on the floor aren’t robust or durable enough to handle the demands of medium businesses and classrooms. For a commercial-grade desktop laser printer, one that delivers 1200 dpi at speeds up to 22 ppm, Dell offers the Dell S2500n monochrome printer.
The Dell has a 16” x 16.7” footprint for easy placement in any corner or credenza and at 30.3 pounds it’ll need a study table. Paper and toner are all accessible from the front, reducing the need of moving a printer for refilling. If this Dell printer looks familiar that’s because it’s. The M5200 is really a Lexmark T420, just in a different color scheme and rebadged with the Dell emblem. All the parts inside are the interchangeable.
The cassette tray can hold up to 250 sheets of paper from 5 ½” x 8 ½” up to 8 ½” x 14”. While most desktop laser printers have a multi-purpose tray that only holds from 25 to 50 sheets, the S2500n’s multi-purpose tray can support up to 100 sheets of your heavier papers and cardstock, envelopes, labels, and transparencies. A 250-sheet tray is small for a mid-sized office or classroom, but if you need more capacity, you can stack additional 250-sheet or 500-sheet trays to the S2500n.
The S2500n prints 22 monochrome pages per minute at 600 dpi. In digitally-enhanced 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution, this Dell keeps images well defined.
The Dell comes with 32MB of memory, with an extra slot to increase storage up to a maximum of 288MB, allowing the Dell to easily handle higher capacity workloads across a heavy network. The S2500N can connect directly to a PC using either USB 2.0 connections or IEEE 1284 Parallel. Support for network workstations is provided with a built-in switching 10/100 BaseT Ethernet card.
Understanding the printing needs of today’s businesses, Dell has installed the popular PostScript2, PCL5e, and PCL6 print emulators. The S2500n also comes with 89 PostScript and 89 PCL (TrueType) fonts.
The S2500n shows its age with its 22 ppm print speed, putting it in the same playground as many entry-level laser printers. Being a rebadged Lexmark T420 also means the Dell S2500n has the same problems the Lexmark has.
Dell should have included the option to add a duplexer on the S2500n. Considering its network ready and has options for high print capacity, two-sided printing would be the next logical item businesses will want.
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