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The Lexmark 2500 All-In-One: The Right Tool for the Job?


The Job

Small businesses feed off all-in-one printers, but is a sub-$60 Lexmark model up to the rigors of daily small business print, copy, fax and scan operations?

The Tool

Lexmark 2500 All-In-One

Lexmark's 2500 Series All-In-One printer provides an entry-level inkjet printer capable of producing 22 black pages per minute (16 color), 5x7 prints and basic greeting cards and small posters. Included Lexmark Imaging Studio software sweetens the deal by providing basic image editing software.

TechRepublic's Erik Eckel tested the Lexmark 2500. Here's what he found.

The 2500 Series strengths are readily evident:
  • This is a low-cost inkjet printer capable of quick setup
  • The 2500 produces decent print quality that'll prove passable in many small businesses
  • Included software provides a suprising array of features, from red eye reduction to cropping capabilities and even greeting card- and poster-creation software
The 2500 Series also possesses several weaknesses:
  • It's an inkjet, so ink cartridges will require frequent replacement in offices printing more than a few dozen printouts a week
  • Again, it's an inkjet, so the 2500's print quality pales in comparison to laser jet models from HP, Brother and others
  • There's no fax modem included (instead, users must ensure their PC includes a fax modem).
  • The unit ships without a black inkjet cartridge, so plan on adding another $20 or so to the total price if you plan on dedicating a separate black cartridge for printing documents, spreadsheets and other correspondence
The Right Tool for the Job?

Whether the Lexmark 2500 Series is the Right Tool For The Job depends upon a businesses' needs. If all that's required is a simple inkjet printer that's compatible with WindowsVista/XP/2000/NT/98 systems, the 2500 is more than adequate. It can even handle printing envelopes, creating small photos and producing the most basic of marketing materials.

But offices printing more than a few hundred pages a month will want to move up the multifunction chain, possibly all the way to a color laserjet. But, as an all-in-one inkjet priced below $60, the 2500 Series will prove adequate as a desktop printer for many staff members.

View Erik Eckel's Right Tool image gallery for an in-depth visual review of the Lexmark 2500.

10 comments
elv1963
elv1963

I have a Lexmark 2500 and everything prints out good. But there is a problem with the scanner when i first got it it was doing great and now i cannot scan anything

123xyz
123xyz

it's a piece of junk...on the 4th try to get the software loaded correctly. Printer keeps trying to access the internet to phone home on startup/printing. It opened ports on my machine without permission. It seems Lexmark wants to own it and sell it to you! Good Luck Lexmark..it's the last printer you'll ever sell to me! Why can't someone make a simple printer to print a document without trying to screw you on the ink cartridges and put some metal into the wear points so the damn thing will last past 90 days! I'm sick and tired of all the printer crap!

Dick325
Dick325

I think it is a fair review. The unit does ship without a black cartridge, a bit unusual. Now to find a good source of cartridges.

honey222
honey222

Lexmark Imaging Studio - 2500 Series I do not like the imaging Studio. It is not user friendly. I will not do things right. I scan the paper and it prints only part of it or it prints it too small. I want it the be the same size. I am a computer tech. So this is a problem that you need to see to fast. I am sure that other people are thinking that there is a problem with the printer. Not so! It is the software Lexmark Imaging Studio. I write lots of reviews on software. You need to send this back to the program department and they need to do the repairs. Get the bugs out of the program. Thank you, Paula D. Sloat

shraven
shraven

No discussion about consumables cost? Especially on a Lexmark, a company notorious for cheap printers with higher than average ink carts... Are you totally unaware of this of just blissfully naive? No discuss of business printers can afford to skip costs of operation. And printers are not alike enought to assume they're all the same in the end.

SwtGypsyMystery
SwtGypsyMystery

Well said, 123xyz! I'll never buy another Lexmark product!

Erik Eckel
Erik Eckel

I thought it went without saying that, if one buys an inkjet printer, the consumables cost is going to be much higher than with a laser jet. Regardless of whether one purchases a Lexmark, HP, Brother or other make of inkjet printer, the cost/page expense is almost always higher than compared to a laser printer. That's pretty much universal. What's not universal, at least in my experience, is the fact the Lexmark shipped this model without a black inkjet cartridge, a fact I pointed out within the gallery.

iloveprada
iloveprada

i had to replace the first one after a few weeks now it doesn't turn on again..., i just need it to print some school papers, not reliable in my opinion, thanks

fw32
fw32

ink is available by the quart, oz, cc with refill instructions. Google lexmark, dell, hp, brother injet refill. for black just pierce the top center of cartridge and add 2 cc with small hypo needle. more difficult with color as entire top of ink cartridge must be removed (it is solvent welded in place) for access to six color wells each of which must be hypo injected.

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